The rolling hillsides around Bordeaux are lined with vineyards where grapes including merlot, sauvignon blanc and sémillon flourish in the bright sunshine and mineral-rich soils. Here are a few ways to enjoy wine tasting and sightseeing in Bordeaux.
Bordered by the Gironde Estuary and the Atlantic Ocean, the 62 square miles (100 square kilometers) surrounding Bordeaux are essentially one enormous vineyard—divided into 60 appellations and some 8,500 different châteaux. North of the city of Bordeaux, the Médoc wine region is celebrated for well-balanced reds from appellations such as Margaux and Pauillac. From the southern Graves region, grape varietals including muscadelle, sauvignon blanc, and sémillon combine to produce popular sweet whites such as Sauternes.
Elsewhere, the Gironde department produces fine varietals including cabernet franc and petit verdot, while the eastern regions of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol are famous for aged Petrus wines—in which merlot is the key grape varietal.
Take a wine tasting and château tour to the Pomerol and Saint-Émilion regions, where you’ll see the sights, and learn what makes Bordeaux wine so special.
Hop into the saddle on a bicycle and foot tour of the vineyards, and cycle to some of the grand cru châteaux for which Bordeaux is famous.
Visit local Bordeaux bakeries, cheese shops, and chocolatiers on a foodie’s walking tour, and finish with a tasting of fine wines.
Delve into the Médoc region to master the art of pairing food with wine, and get insight into the enduring popularity of French wines.