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. 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: Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey opened in June 2018 a 5-star hotel and a 1 Michelin-starred restaurant decorated by Lalique.
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: La Rose Pauillac winery, which brings together about 30 producers, is opening a new son et lumière style tour which was designed and created by the Bordeaux Science Museum.
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: go to Château Monconseil-Gazin to enjoy an escape-game and look for Charlemagne’s treasure…
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. 20 years ago, its vineyards were the first to be classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. An anniversary that the town will be celebrating throughout the year! Something to try: the “Créateurs d’Accords” food-pairing lunches, held every third Sunday of the month in a château in the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux appellation.
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 the Vitishow at Château de Seguin. This son et lumière show offers an immersion in history with a presentation of the wine-making techniques used at the château a century ago.