Ah Bordeaux… the Gironde, the Canelés and the vineyards, what a beautiful region! The six wine regions of Bordeaux are renowned for their ability to enjoy different terroirs from one region to another. Bordeaux is the land of world-renowned appellations such as: Margaux, Saint-Emilion, Pauillac or Pessac, not to mention all of them.
The most prestigious wines are listed in the official classification of the Bordeaux wines of 1955, ordered by Napoleon at the event of the Universal Exhibition of Paris: that’s when the Grands Crus Classés were born.
Besides the gastronomy, the capital of the Gironde and its vineyards offer unforgettable wine meetings. You will have the opportunity to create your own tailor-made itinerary in the Bordeaux vineyards: visits of estates and sensational tastings are guaranteed!
First stage of our Bordeaux wine route: the Médoc. This thousand-year-old vineyard is the home land of estates that produce some of the most prestigious appellations in the world. On this strip of land wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde Estuary, we can find 60 out of 61 Grand Crus Classés of Bordeaux.
The names of these appellations are probably familiar to you and for very good reasons: we can find Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Estephe or Saint-Julien. You will discover the famous Medici castles that will impress you by their size and their classic architecture. Route 66 for wine lovers remains the guarantee of exceptional tastings for a unique wine tourism stay!
Saint-Emilion, Fronsac and Pomerol, a beautiful getaway! You will have the opportunity to observe very different vines from the rest of the Bordeaux terroir. In Saint-Emilion, the vineyards are dense, compact and close together in their plantation, as can be seen in the Burgundian vineyards.
Here, Merlot is king! It represents 65% of grape varieties used in the vineyard. Libourne is a must-see, as it is a city of charm and is central within the region. Like others before you, you will be amazed by the beauty of the Saint-Emilion village: mostly by its vineyards, its ramparts and its narrow alleys. We guarantee you winegrower meetings like nowhere else in the world!
Third stop, and back to the roots! If you want to discover the cradle of the Bordeaux vines, which was planted more than 2000 years ago, this is where you should go. At the southern gates of Bordeaux, the Graves and Sauternes region festers some of the Grand Crus Classés of 1855 such as Château d’Yquem or Château Haut-Brion.
You can walk along the Garonne and stop at excellent restaurants (starry or not) of this part of the region. In this part of Bordeaux, winemakers welcome you for visits and classic tastings or more unusual activities: castles, starred restaurants and liqueur wines await you for a colorful program.
The Pessac-Léognan wine route will feel like paradise for exceptional wine lovers. Located in the vineyards of Les Graves, between Arcachon and Lacanau, Pessac-Léognan wines offer powerful and fruity aromas. The Bordeaux appellation also has the particularity of being one of the few to exist in red and white. The Pessac-Léognan appellation was born in 1987, on Les Graves territory.
Located at the southern edge of Bordeaux, the Pessac-Léognan vineyard is easily accessible by train, bicycle or car. Montesquieu was particularly fond of the appellation, and said that “the air, the grapes, the wines on the banks of Garonne as well as the mood of Gascons are excellent antidotes for melancholy.” If you also feel like getting some air during the weekend or simply having a good time with family or friends, do not wait any longer: go on the Wine Route of Pessac-Léognan.