In Bordeaux as in 17 other French wine-producing areas, Atout France gives its Vignobles et Découvertes® wine tourism seal of approval to a hand-picked selection of establishments and services. Places to stay, restaurants, wine bars, wine properties, and approved sites make up the Bordeaux “Routes du Vin”.
BORDEAUX GATEWAY TO THE VINEYARDS
Vines in the city! Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion - with its remarkable winery designed by Philippe Starck - is the only château that is located within Bordeaux itself. The greater urban area includes more than 20 wine-producing properties. Château Taillan is opening Les Clés de sa Cave (“The Keys to the Cellar”), its new tour of the château, winery and... the family’s private cellar. Bordeaux Metropole’s Tourist Office offers a wide range of wine tourism activities that include introductions to tasting, visits to châteaux, harvest workshops, and evenings at wine-producing properties...
GRAVES AND SAUTERNES
To the south lie the origins of the Bordeaux vineyards, with Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Sauternes, Barsac, etc. The appellation on the left bank of the Garonne River produce wine in three colours: red, white, and gold. News: the Léognan castle - straight out of a fairy tale - bet on the love of good food, by proposing a new workshop around wine and chocolate harmony.
Otherwise known as « the chateau trail », this 80 km trail through the Médoc vineyards, from Eysines to Saint-Vivien de Médoc, via Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, and Saint-Estèphe, offers views of the varied architecture of Bordeaux » best-known wine estates. In the heart of the Pauillac vineyards, the restored hamlet of Bages is a delightful place to stop, featuring Café Lavinal, a chic bistro, a bakery-gourmet food shop, and several boutiques. Not to be missed: experience authentic château life! Château Malescasse offers weekends or short stays during which the entire residence is privatized. This jewel of a property is surrounded by 40 hectares of vines.
IN SAINT-EMILION-POMEROL- FRONSAC
This wine trail is popular not only because of its wines and its grands crus, but also for Saint Emilion, or as it also known, the hill with 1,000 châteaux. Its vineyard was the first to be listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1999. Bravo: the Best of Wine Tourism competition is organized at the end of each year by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network and the Bordeaux CCI. Hats off to Château de La Dauphine, which won the Gold «Discovery and Innovation” trophy and the International Grand Prize, for its heritage and gastronomy tour through the vineyards and the hills beside the nearby river.
BLAYE AND BOURG
Just across the estuary, on the right bank, the Côtes de Blaye and Bourg and its family properties. Extraordinary views over the estuary, Romanesque churches, Gallo-Roman archaeological sites, and even picturesque little harbours! Events : the Winegrowers of Tutiac cooperative winery also won a Gold Best Of Wine Tourism award in the «Environmentally-friendly practices” category, due in particular to their commitment to an Agriconfiance approach and their HEV level 2 certification guaranteeing that no toxic products are used.
The largest winemaking region in Bordeaux, sometimes compared to Tuscany, is located between the Garonne and the Dordogne River and produces a multitude of red, rosé, and clairet wines and a wide variety of white wines. The area also boasts many picturesque villages and historic abbeys. And be sure to visit Château Camarsac, built in the 12th century with its traditional castle keep and dovecote are an invitation to travel back through time. A heritage jewel, and a wine-producing property, it received a Best Of Wine Tourism award in the “Architecture and Landscape» category.