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28 November 2023  |  Culture, Tourism, Wines / Vineyard

Discover the Bordeaux wine trail

Bordeaux is located in the southwest of France and renowned for its exceptional vineyards and rich wine culture. Let's discover the Bordeaux Wine Trail which will offer you an unforgettable wine experience, allowing wine lovers to discover some of the most prestigious wines in the world. Let's go on this intoxicating adventure through the Bordeaux vineyards.


The wine trail begins in the heart of the city of Bordeaux itself. Bordeaux is an elegant metropolis steeped in history and charm. Before venturing to remote wineries, take time to enjoy a glass of local wine at one of the town's many wine bars. You will have a wide choice, ranging from full-bodied reds to refreshing whites.

The Left Bank: Pauillac and Margaux

Following the left bank of the Garonne, our route takes us to Pauillac, a region renowned for its powerful and full-bodied red wines, notably those of the famous Château Lafite Rothschild. You can enjoy a tasting in local castles which offer a total immersion in the world of oenology. Margaux, a next stop, enchants visitors with its picturesque vineyards and elegant wines. Enjoy a stroll through the vineyards before sitting down for a tasting which will reveal the complexity and subtlety of Margaux wines.

Saint-Émilion and Pomerol

The right bank of the Gironde takes us to Saint-Émilion, a village listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Surrounded by vineyards as far as the eye can see, Saint-Émilion is renowned for its balanced and elegant Merlot wines. Explore the catacombs and medieval streets before tasting the region’s wine gems. Nearby Pomerol seduces with its Merlot-rich wines, including the famous Château Pétrus. Small family properties also offer unforgettable taste discoveries, creating an intimate and personal experience.

Sauternes: Sweetness and Delight

The Sauternes is a French sweet wine with controlled designation of origin produced in the Sauternais, one of the subdivisions of the Bordeaux vineyard, famous for its captivatingly sweet sweet wines. The production area of ​​the appellation is made up of five communes: Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes, all located on the left bank of the Garonne, on either side of the Ciron river, south of Bordeaux . Its vineyard includes some wines with world-renowned prestige such as the Château d'Yquem, the only premier cru supérieur retained in the official classification of Bordeaux wines.

You will find on your route: Barsac Set off to discover Château Gravas. This property is managed by Michel and Florence Bernard, both passionate about wine and art. During your visit, you will be able to discover numerous works by artists in a permanent gallery located in the barrel cellar.

Practical Advice

Planning : Check the opening hours of the castles and plan your route in advance. Transportation : Opt for simple transportation, whether by car, bike, or by joining organized tours. The Bordeaux wine route is an immersion in history, culture, and the French art of living. Whether you are an experienced wine lover or a novice, this wine adventure will leave you with beautiful memories rich in flavors and discoveries.


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Amélie Roca

I am a Community Manager for Pure France as well as the host of Pure France TV, presenting high quality rental homes all over France.

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