ON THE BORDEAUX WINE ROUTES
In Bordeaux, there is not one but five wine routes! With 65 AOC wines (Appellation of controlled origin), 7,000 wine producers 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! ‘Bordeaux, the gateway to the vineyards’ is an excellent starting point for exploring the vineyards, chateaux and wine growing villages. Hundreds of estates are open for classic visits, wine experiences, accommodation or dining. More than 800 chateaux with the ‘Vineyards and Discoveries’ award await you on the Bordeaux Wine Routes.
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 Galloroman archaeological site and enchanting little ports as an added bonus!
Château de Roquetaillade, Graves et Sauternes
Citadelle de Blaye