Bordeaux is one of the most important culinary destinations in southwest France. Bordeaux ranks second only to Paris in visitor numbers. With its medieval châteaux & medieval villages, charming villages, top-notch wineries, and luxurious manors, your holiday promises a truly enchanting experience. If you’re interested in culture and gastronomy, be sure to add this port city to your bucket list. From its gothic architecture and notable art museums to the ‘black diamonds’ (truffles) found in neighbouring Périgord, everything about this corner of the world screams luxury.
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Bordeaux is the only region with proximity to the ocean. With immediate access to the sea, the area has enjoyed a huge wine exporting industry for centuries. Bordeaux is renowned worldwide for its vineyards, and is a bustling hub for those who enjoy learning more about food and wine. As the capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, you can taste some of the best regional products while enjoying the sights.
Bordeaux's legacy in winemaking, combined with its commitment to tradition and innovation, positions it as a fascinating and esteemed region for French wines, cherished by enthusiasts and collectors globally.
Red grape varieties include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carménère, Malbec and Petit Verdot. White varieties include Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle, Colombard, Merlot Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Ugni Blanc.
The region itself is vast, stretching some 100km from north to south. Centred around the port city of Bordeaux, along the estuary of the Gironde and the rivers Garonne and Dordogne, this huge territory boasts the most prestigious wine varieties in the country.
Like Medoc, Saint-Emilion is also known for its classifications, and is a great place to start your wine tour. Or head to Graves and Pessac-Léognan, the gravel and stone soil sub-region, for a combined hiking and tasting experience. This area is known for its reds, loved by many for the fleshy and balanced flavours with elegant tannins.
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Aquitaine enjoys a pleasant oceanic climate across the year, with summer highs reaching 30°C/86°F or more and the coolest months rarely falling below 12°C/54°F. This means hiking, cycling or strolls on the beach are just as wonderful in the fall or winter.
November, December and January tend to have some rainfall, feeding the needs of vineyards.
Wineries and vineyards are wonderful to visit throughout the year, but the September harvest often means that wineries are unable to receive visitors. January can be barren in terms of the vines, but many people enjoy the atmospheric views around this time of year. It’s also important to note that weekend tastings can be difficult with certain châteaux, so be sure to plan ahead.
The distance between Bordeaux and other regions can vary depending on your specific destination. France has a really easy train and road network.
Paris to Bordeaux > 582 kilometers ≈ 361 miles (Train travel is recommending: 2h to 2h15 with TGV)
Bordeaux to Biarritz > 210 kilometers ≈ 133 miles (By train 2h30/3h ; By car: 2h30 to 3h)
Bordeaux to Cognac > 117 kilometers ≈ 73 miles (Car travel is recommending: 1h30 to 2h.)
Bordeaux to Medoc > 35 kilometers ≈ 22 miles (Car travel is recommending: 40min to 1h.)
Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion > 35 kilometers ≈ 22 miles (Car travel is recommending: 45min to 1h.)
Bordeaux to Margaux > 38 kilometers ≈ 24 miles (Car travel is recommending: 45min to 1h.)
Bordeaux to Sauternes > 45 kilometers ≈ 28 miles (Car travel is recommending: 45min to 1h.)
The Bordeaux wine region has two main divisions, the ‘Left Bank’ and the ‘Right Bank’. On the Left Bank, you'll find Medoc and Graves, while the Right Bank boasts Pomerol and the medieval UNESCO village of Saint-Émilion. Libourne is also part of this area, celebrated for its vibrant art scene, cultural richness, galleries, and lively food markets.
Here is a list of the most famous Bordeaux Regions:
Medoc: Famous for its red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends. It's home to several renowned appellations like Pauillac, Margaux, and Saint-Estèphe.
Saint-Émilion: Known for its elegant red wines, often Merlot-based, and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Pomerol: Recognized for producing Merlot-dominant wines, often in smaller, prestigious estates.
Graves: Produces red and white wines. Pessac-Léognan, within Graves, is esteemed for both reds and whites, especially its dry, white Bordeaux blends.
Sauternes: particularly famous for their botrytized dessert wines.
Entre-Deux-Mers: Known for both red and white wines, providing a diversity of Bordeaux's styles.
There are over 6,000 of these distinguished Bordeaux wine châteaux along the Wine Route in the region and most of them can be visited on a Bordeaux wine tour.
This tour of their vineyards and cellars will reveal secrets of some of the most famous wines in the world, including the Grand Cru Classé. Areas like Entre deux Mers and Sauternes are great for a bike wine tour, while prestigious wineries like and Mouton Rothschild and Pichon Longueville are definitely worth a visit. And with such pleasant year-round weather in the region, the beaches any oyster bars on Arcachon Bay and Cap Ferret demand exploring.
Stay in the capital city of Bordeaux, an 18th Century UNESCO gem, if you’re here for the history and architecture.
Place de la Bourse: A stunning square with the Water Mirror, reflecting the 18th-century buildings.
Cité du Vin: A unique wine museum offering immersive experiences and activities around wine history.
Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux: An iconic medieval bell tower, part of the former city gate, representing Bordeaux's heritage.
Saint-Andre Cathedral: A magnificent gothic cathedral with stunning architecture and panoramic city views from its tower.
Place des Quinconces: One of Europe's largest city squares, often hosting events, fairs, and markets.
Place de la Comédie: Home to the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, a stunning opera house, and luxury shops.
Rue Sainte-Catherine: One of Europe's longest pedestrian shopping streets with a wide range of shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Arcachon: Known for its stunning bay, sand dunes, and the iconic Pyla Dune, Europe's largest sand dune.
Cap Ferret: A beautiful peninsula offering beaches, oyster farms, and a laid-back coastal atmosphere.
Saint-Émilion: It's a picturesque medieval town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with historic architecture and winding streets.
Dordogne Valley: Famous for its prehistoric sites and medieval castles.
Cognac: Known for the production of the renowned brandy, Cognac. Distillery tours and tastings are popular here.
Biarritz: A bit farther, but the seaside town offers beautiful beaches, surfing, and a unique Basque culture.
La Rochelle: A historic port city known for its old port, stunning architecture, and vibrant maritime atmosphere.
Medieval Castles: Various châteaux and castles in the region, such as Château de la Brede, offer a unique immersion in history.
Medoc: Pichon Baron ; Issan
Saint Emilion: Château Bellefont Belcier/ Vignobles K ; Château de Ferrand ; Château Fleur de Lisse
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Home to the best gourmet restaurants in the world, dining out in Bordeaux region and city center is an unforgettable experience even for the most well-travelled of foodies. The region’s delicacies – including expensive black truffles, famous cannelés pastries, caviar and Périgord walnuts – make it totally unique.
In the center of Bordeaux you will find, famous TV names such as Gordon Ramsay to quaint cafes serving fresh, local food, there’s a great deal of variety here, it's a chance to try a food and wine tour.
In the village of St Emilion, there are incredible venues like Logis de la Cadène, holding one Michelin star. Another Michelin star restaurant is Le Saint-James Restaurant by Nicolas Magie, set inside one of Bouliac's most beautiful 18th Century farmhouses or the fabulous 2 Michelin star restaurant at Les Sources De Caudalie.
For the best view of Bordeaux, book a table at Le 7, Restaurant Panoramique at La Cité du Vin. Or for a magical château experience with an impressive wine list from the Pauillac Classified growths, visit the Château Cordeillan-Bages Restaurant in Pauillac.
Gorgeous château hotels are perhaps this region’s biggest draw for luxury seekers. Renowned for this style of high-end abode, and oozing country chic and sophisticated glamour, Bordeaux is easily the number one destination for romantics.
For wine lovers, there’s so much choice when it comes to vineyard accommodation. We hand select the best castles and country manors in Bordeaux so that you have all the indulgent luxuries on your doorstep. From 5 star hotels with Michelin starred restaurants on-site to exclusive wineries and award-winning spas, we’ve left no stone unturned.
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