Portes-Ouvertes in Saint-Émilion: A Thrifty Traveler’s Guide to Wine Tasting in Bordeaux

In the province of Bordeaux, about an hour bus ride outside of Bordeaux proper, is the quaint, provincial appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) of Saint-Émilion. Upon disembarking the bus here, your eyes will be delighted with the sight of hundreds upon hundreds of acres of vineyards, dozens of wine châteaux, and the gorgeous town of Saint-Émilion, the crown jewel of the area straight out of a fairytale.