The wine caves are dug deep under the vineyards. During it's working life as a wine estate the grapes would have been delivered via a shaft in the cave directly into the press. The remains of the old guillotine press, so called because of the dangers of operating one, still remain today as do the mechanics of the more modern press! (As seen here)
The pigeon tower extends many feet underground and is in extremely good condition for it's age. The number of slots in the pigeon tower would have represented the hectarage of the vineyard in the 17c. Apparantly building a pigeon tower uinderground was a good way of saving taxes on your land! Please ask to visit to undergroud tower during your visit to La Grande Maison B&B, Bed and Breakfast, Chambes d'Hotes.
The ground level of the pigeon tower is available as a tasting room with views out over the vineyards. The top level has a sun terrace with amazing 360 degree views all around.
La Grande Maison B&B Bed and Breakfast and Chambres d'Hotes and Wine Tours.