Cadillac is in the south-west of France, approximately 30 miles south-east of Bordeaux. It is situated on the Garonne River and lies across the water from Sauternes. The name ‘Cadillac’ will be forever associated with the famous arm of General Motors in the US, but can in fact be traced back to this quant French town, which is a port of call on a number of itineraries which explore the Garonne. The origins of the car’s name come from one Antoine Laumet, who was born close to the town and who moved to America and took on the name Cadillac to create a new identity. He was a big part of creating New France, and as such had his name taken first for Cadillac, Michigan and then for the car brand. It all was spawned due to Laumet being born just a short distance from this quaint, interesting town.
Though the town centre itself does not boast any particular landmarks of note, Cadillac is a pleasant place to explore and its quaint streets are home to an attractive church and make for a pleasant stroll. If architectural and historical attractions are of particular interest to you however, then a trip out to either the Chateau de Cadillac and the Chateau des Ducs d’Epernon would certainly be recommended. The former dates back to the late 1500s and is the property of Jean-Louis Nogaret of Valetta, the first duke of Epernon. It’s open for tours and is home to some beautiful interiors. As for the Chateau des Ducs d’Epernon, you’ll get much more out of your visit to the latter if you employ the services of a guide, though there are some ornate tapestries to enjoy inside.
The vast majority of excursions however, will head out to Sauternes and the surrounding vineyards where river cruise visitors can learn all about the history of the region’s celebrated wine-making industry, with a special focus on dessert wines. Guests will be able to tour a choice vineyards and study the wine-making process and there is plenty of opportunity to taste examples during your visit.
Wine will of course be the focus of your visit and a trip to Cadillac offers a great opportunity to add another bottle or two to your wine collection or indeed take a bottle home as a gift for friends and family.