• a region where the soil is stony
  • (written as Graves)
    a wine-producing area in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France, named after its stony, gravelly soil. It produces a wide range of very good wines and contains a number of appellations, with the best in the north of the area called Pessac-Léognan AOC. In the classification of 1855 only the wines from neighbouring Médoc area were considered good enough: the only non-Médoc exception in the list was château haut-Brion in the north of the Graves area, which was given a premier cru ranking.