The name of the estate comes from two words of old French and Latin: Puy (mound) and Castéra (camp, fortress). Located between Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe, the winery was started in 1975 by Henri Marès who worked closely with oenologist Professor Emile Peynaud to build a special cellar which uses gravity throughout the wine making process. By doing this, they could prevent grapes from being damaged. In 1978, Château Puy Castéra received the Cru Bourgeois classification.
The Château is now managed by his daughter, Alix Marès, who is a fully qualified agronomic engineer following the traditional Médoc methods of wine-making. Advised by one of the Médoc’s best oenologists, Jacques Boissenot, Alix pays extreme attention to the soil by practicing the concept of ‘intelligent pest management’ in the vineyards.