It will soon be two centuries now that seven generations of wine growers have been tending the vines at ChÃ¢teau Villars. Tradition is obviously a basic essential when it comes to managing this family estate. But for more than twenty years now, the quality of the wines of ChÃ¢teau Villars has developed through the application of modern oenological principles, to become today one of the references of its appellation. The vines grow on hills overlooking the valley of the River Isle, in soils of clay and limestone that are known for their capacity to produce wines with great aromatic variety and remarkable elegance on the palate. The different grape varieties in the different parts of the vineyard are harvested only when their ripeness has been closely studied. It is not unusual for harvesting to spread over several weeks, so that the grapes may be picked at optimum richness. Since 1978, the wines of ChÃ¢teau Villars are aged in oak barrels, one third of which are renewed every year. Very strict technical control is observed in the greatest detail from the vineyard until bottling, so that ChÃ¢teau Villars wines remain faithful representatives of the family of Great Bordeaux Wines.