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A few words about the Route des Grands Crus

Ah Bordeaux … the Gironde, the canelés and the vineyards, what a beautiful region ! The six wine-growing regions of Bordeaux are well known for their world-famous appellations : Fronsac, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol or Pessac, to name only a few of them. The most prestigious wines are listed in the official classification of Bordeaux wines of 1855, ordered by Napoleon for the Universal Exposition of Paris: the Grands Crus Classés were born. You will have the opportunity to create your itinerary in the Bordeaux vineyards : estate visits and sensational tastings guaranteed!

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The Medoc and its great names

The Médoc peninsula, all in length, brings together 60 of the 61 Grands Crus Classés (1855 classification). You might as well say that you will see castles worthy of those found in the Loire. Going up the D2 Department, you will cross the region and its vineyards, between the Gironde Estuary and the Atlantic Ocean. Route 66 for wine lovers is the guarantee of exceptional tastings for a unique wine tourism experience!

Don’t miss it: for cycling enthusiasts, the Velodyssey bike path offers you a sumptuous 120-kilometre ride through the vineyards.

Sauternes and Graves

Back to the roots! If you want to discover the birthplace of Bordeaux vines, planted more than 2000 years ago, this is the place to go. At the southern gates of Bordeaux, the Graves and Sauternes appellations cover some of the 1855 Grands Crus Classés such as Château d’Yquem or Château Haut-Brion. You can stroll along the Garonne and stop in the excellent restaurants (starred or not) in this part of Bordeaux. Castles, starred tables and sweet wines: a colourful programme.

The plus: Stop at Les Sources de Caudalie in Martillac, a must in the region with its baths, treatments and Michelin-starred restaurant.


Saint-Emilion, Fronsac and Pomerol, a great escape in perspective! You will have the opportunity to observe vines that are very different from the rest of the Bordeaux region. In Saint-Emilion, the vines are dense, compact and close together in their plantations, as can be seen in the Burgundy vineyards. In addition, Merlot represents 65% of the grape variety used in the vineyard, which makes it unique. Mandatory passage through Libourne which is the city of central charm in the region. Like others before you, you will be amazed by the beauty of the village of Saint-Emilion: its vineyards, its ramparts and its narrow streets. We guarantee you a wine tourism stay like nowhere else.

Our advice: a stroll through Saint-Emilion, perched on its rock, and its medieval-influenced city centre

Blaye and Bourg

Blaye has more than 6,000 hectares of vines and 450 winegrowers. You will have the opportunity to visit mostly family farms, for unique visits and tastings in an intimate atmosphere. The small villages full of charm and picturesque of the region will undoubtedly seduce you! Bourg and its famous appellation Côtes-de-Bourg is described by the city of Bordeaux as « the centre of the renaissance of wine tourism ». It is in this context that you will discover the Bordeaux region, the winegrower’s profession and its products.

Not to be missed: the various prehistoric caves, including the famous Cave of Pair-non-Pair, in Prignac-et-Marcamps. The ideal stop between two tastings!

The Entre-deux-Mers

Bordered by the Dordogne and Gironde rivers, hence its name Entre-deux-Mers, this wine-growing region is one of the oldest in Bordeaux: experts date its establishment to 2000 years ago, during the Roman era. These large areas of Bordeaux will offer you exceptional visits between cultural heritage and thousand-year-old vineyards. The region covers about 26,000 hectares, you will necessarily find what you are looking for!

The must: Take a break and visit the Château de Cadillac, which will dazzle you with its French-style architecture.

To vary the pleasures, also find the Alsatian Wine Route,  the Provence Wine Route or the Bandol Wine Route.

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