Bordeaux has not one but five wine trails!
The Gironde is the leading fine-winegrowing area in France, with 65 appellations, and Bordeaux wines are prized by connoisseurs worldwide.
In Bordeaux as in 17 other French wine-producing areas, Atout France gives its Vignobles et Découvertes® wine tourism seal of approval to a hand-picked selection of establishments and services. Places to stay, restaurants, wine bars, wine properties, and approved sites make up the Bordeaux “Routes du Vin”.
Vines in the city! Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion – with its remarkable winery designed by Philippe Starck – is the only château that is located within Bordeaux itself. The greater urban area includes more than 20 wine-producing properties. Bordeaux Metropole’s Tourist Office offers a wide range of wine tourism activities that include introductions to tasting, visits to châteaux, harvest workshops, and evenings at wine-producing properties…
To the south lie the origins of the Bordeaux vineyards, with Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Sauternes, Barsac, etc. The Graves and Sauternes appellation on the left bank of the Garonne River produce wine in three colours: red, white, and gold. Must do: Vinothérapie Spa at Les Sources de Caudalie in Martillac, for a heavenly, relaxing break
Otherwise known as «the chateau trail», this 80 km trail through the Médoc vineyards, from Eysines to Saint-Vivien de Médoc, via Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, and Saint-Estèphe, offers views of the varied architecture of Bordeaux» best-known wine estates. In the heart of the Pauillac vineyards, the restored hamlet of Bages is a delightful place to stop, featuring Café Lavinal, a chic bistro, a bakery-gourmet food shop, and several boutiques. Don’t miss: Château Marquis d’Alesme and its “Enchanted Interlude” tasting.
Just across the estuary, on the right bank, the Côtes de Blaye and Bourg and its family properties. Extraordinary views over the estuary, Romanesque churches, Gallo-Roman archaeological sites, and even picturesque little harbours! New spot: the Côtes de Bourg wine bar, a favourite with wine tourists and visiting cruise passengers, with its superb views over the Dordogne.
Saint-Emilion, on the right bank of the Dordogne River, known as the «hill of 1,000 Châteaux», is famous for its fine, elegant wines, as well as its medieval village, UNESCO World Heritage vineyards and the largest monolithic church in Europe, carved out of solid rock. Something to try: the blending workshop available every Sunday at Château Cormeil-Figeac.
The largest winemaking region in Bordeaux, sometimes compared to Tuscany, is located between the Garonne and the Dordogne River and produces a multitude of red, rosé, and clairet wines and a wide variety of white wines. The area also boasts many picturesque villages and historic abbeys.
And be sure to visit: Château de Reignac, crowned «International Best Of Wine Tourism 2018».
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