When you arrive at the airport of Bordeaux, the first thing you see is a huge bottle of wine that is three times the size of a tourist. It can be seen what the Bordelais residents are mainly concerned about: wine! Whether it be red or white wine. And the recently opened wine city was designed for this purpose: to preserve a cultural heritage to which the inhabitants of New Aquitaine are attached. But Bordeaux wines have managed to break down their French borders and conquer the world thanks to their fine exclusivity; in the entire world, 21 bottles of Bordeaux are sold per second…! Now isn’t that remarkable?
In addition to its prestigious vineyards and its proximity to the ocean, the culture and significant history of Bordeaux is sufficient in itself and will fill your days with new discoveries!
Once you get there, the first thing you’ll see is La place de la Bourse, the most recognizable square in Bordeaux on the edge of the Garonne. This is where you will find the “water mirror”, a large shallow water pool where children and adults plunge their toes and admire the reflection of the Palais de la Bourse.
If this little swim is not enough for you and you feel the urge to spend the day at the beach, Arcachon and its four sandy beaches are less than an hour away, and this will also be an opportunity for you to see the Pilat Dune, the highest sand dune in Europe.
Now let’s get back to wine, because what would Bordeaux be without its famous wines? If Bordeaux wines are a worldwide heritage, it is because they are above all authentic and distinguished (and we are convinced of this at Les Grappes!) Thanks to the diversity of the terroirs and the air of the sea, the old vineyards of Bordeaux blossom and give birth to many appellations such as Médoc, Pessac-Léognan, Lalande-de-Pomerol, Saint-Estèphe, Haut-Médoc, Graves, Saint Julien, Entre-deux-Mers, Côtes de Bourg, Margaux, Blaye, Fronsac, Barsac, Hermitage, Château Haut-Brion or Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.
To discover this aspect of Bordeaux’s culture and history, book a guided tour inspired by our recommended itineraries! You will never get enough of the city’s vineyards that are located on either side of the Garonne…