St Emilion is probably one of the most picturesque towns in the Bordeaux region. It is placed among some of the most famous vineyards of the right bank that specializes in the growing of Merlot. See the video above for a panorama of some of the wineries surrounding the town.
In December the town is a typical ghost-town with only a few tourists and lonely shop-keepers. However, it could be a good time to visit, too, as there is definitely personal attention. No need to say that the town is packed with wine shops, a useful tourist info, nice little restaurants, etc. Personally, I had a lovely lunch at L'Envers du Décor which offers a nice variety of local dishes(from cheeses, meets & omelettes to tripe sausage) and a wine list to make the richest of us feel poor! I recommend taking wines by the glass in France and try different varietals, vintages, regions. They are numerous and fun to discover!
One afternoon we had a wine class scheduled with Jean-Louis of http://www.ecole-vin-saint-emilion.com/. A two hour presentation of the wine regions of Bordeaux and explanation of the appellations and cru systems. The class includes tastings of 3 wines and with them, an guide to how to taste wines. I would highly recommend beginners and intermediates to do something similar in loco as it promotes the general understanding of the region, and its a fun activity! The cost was very reasonable, 29 Euro per person.