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Portets (Municipality, Gironde, France)

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Flag of Portets - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 8 May 2022

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Presentation of Portets

Portets (2,676 inhabitants in 2021; 1,549 ha) is a commune in the Gironde department.

The history of Portets dates back to antiquity, when its territory nestled in a meander of the Garonne attracted Iberians and Ligurians. Soon, the Romans set up a first port there, developed river trade and planted the first vineyards from which the wine-making vocation of Portets was born. In the Middle Ages, a fortified castle was built on the territory of Portets. Governed for several centuries by the barony of Gascq, it was successively bequeathed and then sold.
Nothing remains of the Château de Portets built in the 14th century; the current dwelling dates from the 17th century and was remodeled and enlarged in the first half of the 19th century. From 1785 until the end of the 19th century, it belonged to the Séguineau de Lognac family, who received Napoleon the 1st there in 1808 on his return from Spain, before entering Bordeaux. Occupied during the Second World War, the building will then be abandoned for more than a decade. It was listed as a historical monument in 2013. On the Garonne, Portets had three ports, one of which was built as an extension of the terraces of the castle and called the Port du Roy. All that remains of it are the canals and a watchtower intended to monitor river traffic, called the President of Gasq tower.

Olivier Touzeau, 8 May 2022

Flag of Portets

The flag is white with the coat of arms: photo (2016), photo (2016), photo (2018).

The arms of Portets are blazoned:
Party per pale, 1. Azure, a watch tower covered with a dome Argent, gate and windows Sable, set on a wavy river of the field Argent too issuant from the base, 2. Argent, a vine stock Sable leaved Vert and fructed of four bunches of grapes Purple, two on dexter and two on sinister, twisted on its pole on a terrace in base Sable too ; overall, a chief Gules charged with a lion Or

On the representation of the coat of arms are added the words : “(1.) Port je fus (2.) Vignoble je suis” (“I was a port, I am a vineyard”).

Olivier Touzeau, 8 May 2022