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About Saint-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is a commune in the Gironde department of Aquitaine, France; with a population of just about 2,000, it is considered the capital of the Libourne wine-producing region. Named after the traveling monk and confessor Émilion, the town is set on gentle hills; its history dates back to prehistoric times and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can stroll through narrow streets to see Romanesque churches and Roman ruins.

When the Romans were in Saint-Émilion, in approximately the 2nd century A.D., they planted vineyards; the area continues to produce wines today. The local wines are typically a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties.

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