Olivier Pedar­ros

La Com­pag­nie des 2 Rives (“The 2 Banks Com­pany”)

Bordeaux Wine Trip - - Bordeaux Wine Routes Portrait -

What plea­sures await on the Gironde Es­tu­ary and around Blaye? OP:

As a UNESCO World Her­itage listed site, the “Ver­rou Vauban” (the Ci­tadel of Blaye, Fort Mé­doc and Fort Pâté) is in­con­testably the jewel of the Gironde Es­tu­ary. Other his­tor­i­cal sites like the gallo-ro­man vil­las of Plas­sac also at­tract many vis­i­tors. In the last few years, the small wine grow­ing prop­er­ties- whose wines are shaped by the es­tu­ary’s mi­cro­cli­mate- have es­pe­cially ben­e­fited from the devel­op­ment of wine tourism. The shift in the eco­nomic and and touris­tic dy­namic that Bordeaux is un­der­go­ing is re­ally very prof­itable for the re­gion as a whole; we are see­ing the dif­fer­ence all along the Garonne, right up to the es­tu­ary and its ar­chi­pel­ago.

In what way do you help vis­i­tors dis­cover the es­tu­ary’s ar­chi­pel­ago? OP:

De­part­ing from Blaye, as well as from Cus­sac-fort-mé­doc and Pauil­lac, we take them around the es­tu­ary with our part­ners, Bordeaux River Cruise. They can stop off at l’île Nou­velle or at the refuge of Pati­ras, where vis­i­tors can take a walk, a wine tast­ing or dine ac­cord­ing to the order of the day. In ad­dtion, there is the Route de la Cor­niche which links Blaye and Bourg-sur-gironde. We are also de­vel­op­ing ci­tadel-to-ci­tadel ex­cur­sions which take pas­sen­gers to Fort Mé­doc while sail­ing past Fort Paté.

Be­yond the na­ture of your ex­cur­sions, what sets you apart from the other river cruises? OP:

We make a spe­cial ef­fort to en­sure that each of our trips are con­vivial and in­ter­est­ing. That is what fun­da­men­tally sets us apart from the others who mainly of­fer to sail pas­sen­gers from one des­ti­na­tion to an­other with an of­fer of hos­pi­tal­ity. We re­ally lis­ten to our cus­tomers who know that they can en­joy a per­son­alised cruise on­board the 2 Rives. Sem­i­nars, cock­tails, Gas­con snacks, wine tast­ings con­ducted by the wine­grower, etc: pas­sen­gers ( in­clud­ing busi­nesses and as­so­ci­a­tions) have so many op­tions. Some­times the fun goes on late into the night.

Born in Bordeaux, Olivier Pedar­ros learned to sail along the Gironde es­tu­ary. As the owner of the boat Les 2 Rives for 15 years now, he strives to share the trea­sures of “his es­tu­ary’s” her­itage un­der a friendly at­mos­phere.

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