The Bordeaux wine châteaux are the quintessential French wine postcard: magnificent wine-making castles complete with turrets and lookouts, surrounded by manicured gardens and vineyards. Some boast modern cellars with designs signed by world-class architects; whereas others maintain their original façades and interiors, offering an insightful look into the days gone by with their extravagant art collections spanning a few centuries.
The imposing châteaux -the typical wineries in Bordeaux- are the hallmark of the region, literally wine-producing castles. 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 Grands Crus Classés of 1855.
When you cross the entrance door of these Bordeaux wine châteaux, you enter a fascinating world of outstanding wines, centennial wine-making traditions, and contemporary wine-tourism developments. Take a tour of these Bordeaux wine estates to learn about their vineyards, their terroirs and their history, but mostly for a unique opportunity to taste both grapes and vins in the heart of the vines that made it all possible.
There are many other activities on offer at the wineries in Bordeaux, that complement the classic wine tastings and workshops at the property: you can drive around the vineyards in vintage cars, indulge in a sumptuous dinner cooked onsite by a Michelin-starred chef or simply stroll around the gardens with a glass of velvety red in hand.
Thousands of travelers visit the Bordeaux wine châteaux every year lured by the picturesque images of their extensive vineyards, their first-class wines and the refined French art-de-vivre. Come and see for yourself!