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The wines of Bordeaux

Gastronomy, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde

The wines of Bordeaux - Gastronomy, holidays & weekends guide in the Gironde
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The prestigious wines of Bordeaux, such as Pomerol, Saint-Estèphe, Margaux, Saint-Émilion or Sauternes, are known all over the world for their wonderful flavours. Made in six main wine-growing areas or terroirs, the Médoc, Sauternais, Graves, Libournais, Entre-Deux-Mers and Blayais-Bourgeais, which are in turn divided into several appellations, such as Margaux, Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien, Moulis-en-Médoc or Pauillac for the Médoc region for example, the wines of Bordeaux come in 57 different appellations!

The red wines, which make up around 80% of production, mainly come from the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. The more tannic reds, such as Saint-Estèphe, Margaux, Pauillac and Saint-Émilion, go wonderfully with mature cheese and beef, game or duck. As for the less tannic reds like Les Graves or Entre-Deux-Mers, these are best enjoyed with a veal, pigeon or capon dish.

The rest of production in Gironde consists of dry or sweet white wines from the Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle varieties, as well as rosé wines from the same varieties as for red wines. While the dry white wines, which are fresh yet aromatic, are ideal with fish or seafood, the famous sweet white wines of Sauternais can be served with foie gras, Roquefort or dessert.

Every two years, in even years, the Girondine capital organises "Bordeaux celebrates wine" ("Bordeaux fête le vin") in late June, a major wine tourism event during which you can enjoy concerts, shows, activities and wine tastings!

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Gourmet day: tastings and wine tours!
Local flavours145 € Bordeaux
Discover Arcachon Bay and the vineyards of Médoc
Nature and the great outdoors154 € Bordeaux
Village tours and wine-tasting in southern Gironde
Local flavours7 € to 230 € Saint-Maixant
Fun wine tour in the city of Bordeaux
Local flavours34 € to 69 € Bordeaux
Bordeaux wine tasting at the Château Bardins
Local flavours45 € Cadaujac
Explore the Saint-Emilion vineyard: visit châteaux and wine tasting
Local flavours89 € Bordeaux
Afternoon in the Médoc: visit châteaux and wine tasting!
Local flavours89 € Bordeaux
Castle tour and organic wine tasting
Local flavours7 € Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse
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