ON THE BORDEAUX WINE ROUTES
In Bordeaux, there are not one but six wine routes! With 65 AOC wines (Appellation of controlled origin), 7,000 wineproducers and an average yield of 5 million hectolitres, the Gironde Department is the largest wine-producing area in France and its vintages are the dream of wine lovers worldwide!
GRAVES & SAUTERNES
To the south, heading to the birthplace of the Bordeaux vineyards and its Pessac-leognan, Graves, Sauternes, Barsac vintages... Located on the left bank of the Garonne River, this region assembles vintages that produce wines ,of three colours: red, white and «gold».
Known as the Route des Chateaux, the D2 secondary road runs through the Médoc vineyards from Saint Vivien de Médoc to Eysines. Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-julien, Saintestèphe ... the prestigious Bordeaux names, of varied architectures, stretch out over 80 km.
BLAYE & BOURG
Just opposite, on the right bank of the estuary, are the family estates of Côtes de Blaye and Bourg. Breathtaking views over the estuary, Romanesque churches, a Gallo-roman archaeological site and enchanting little ports as an added bonus!
SAINT ÉMILION - POMEROL - FRONSAC
Located on the right bank of the Dordogne River, Saintemilion, known as the hill of 1,000 wines, is famous for its fine and elegant wines, but also for its medieval city, its UNESCO World Heritage listed vineyards, its macaroons, and its monolithic church carved into the rock, which is the largest in Europe.
The largest winemaking region in Bordeaux, sometimes compared to Tuscany, produces a multitude of red,rosé, and clairet wines and a wide variety of whites.
BORDEAUX, GATEWAY TO THE VINEYARDS
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Citadelle de Blaye Bages, Médoc Saint-émilion
Château de Roquetaillade, Graves et Sauternes