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IVES 9 IVES Conference Series 9 The social construction of wine-growing areas: the “Graves de Bordeaux”

The social construction of wine-growing areas: the “Graves de Bordeaux”


Graves de Bordeaux» est une des rares appellations à porter le nom d’un terroir, au sens agronomique du terme. Et ce territoire vitivinicole présente une relative unité géographique, de Langon à Bordeaux sur la rive gauche de la Garonne. Pourtant l’histoire et les hommes ont finement mis en valeur les nuances du milieu géographique pour que la variété des organisations sociales se traduise par des territoires variés avec, coupant l’appellation Graves en deux, l’affirmation du Sautemais et, au sein même de l’aire d’appellation, l’individualisation des Graves de Pessac-Léognan, sans oublier les appellations Barsac et Cérons.

“Graves de Bordeaux” is one of the few wine appellations that has the name of the soil where it grows. The wine growing area is relatively unified from Langon to Bordeaux on the left bank of the Garonne. Nevertheless the geographical differences have been well exploited along the history so that the diversity of social organizations could be related to different wine areas such as the Sautemais appellation that separates the Graves region in two parts. The Pessac-Léognan appellation is as well located inside the Graves appellation area and last but not least the Barsac and Cerons appellations


Publication date: February 16, 2022

Issue: Terroir 2002

Type: Article



CERVIN /Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux3 -33607 PESSAC Cedex


terroir, AOC, organisation, structure, histoire
terroir, AOC, organization, structure, history


IVES Conference Series | Terroir 2002


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