Château de Herrebouc

Saint-Jean-Poutge, France

The Château de Herrebouc is a castle in the commune of Saint-Jean-Poutge. Though an older building, the present look of the castle is the result of a major campaign of construction work at the start of the 17th century. On the ground floor, the 17th century ceiling is partially conserved. The farm buildings date from this period. The pigeon loft is characteristic of the architecture of the time of Henri IV (reigned 1589 to 1610). The wine cellar is probably a later structure.

The mill retains an intact medieval base. Medieval walls are also visible in the buildings of the farm.

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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Gautier Max (2 months ago)
Delicious original wines and an exceptional environment! Passionate and warm winemakers.
Pascal LECOCQ (3 months ago)
Nice tasting today with Hélène. Sumptuous products and a renewed tasting room. For a top-notch welcome, make an appointment.
Vincent Vrancx (5 months ago)
Very nice visit to the cellar. The owners really take the time to make you taste organic wines matured with passion. To do and redo.
samy mus (6 months ago)
We came with a couple of friends for a tasting and we were really well received. The tasting was at the top and we are dealing with a wine whose work is done by women. It is fine and delicate even if the reds have a powerful body as I like. Visit and tasting which deserves the detour and the wine which also deserves to be known.
Michel Angelé (6 months ago)
Place already visited, but it is always a pleasure to come back, moreover today, linked to a tasting beautiful exhibition of paintings peinture, father daughter working on very similar themes, I who am only a novice, j I found the whole very beautiful, it represents our rural side of the Gers, and I found it magnified by the different works on offer.
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