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Bordeaux and the Wine Country Travel Guide

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Plan Your Bordeaux and the Wine Country Vacation

Along with Burgundy and Champagne, Bordeaux is one of the great wine regions of France. As the capital of the Gironde département and of the historic province of Aquitaine, the city of Bordeaux is both the commercial and cultural center of southwest France. It is smack-dab in the middle of one of the finest wine-growing areas in the world: Sauternes lies to the south, flat and dusty

Médoc to the northwest, and Pomerol and St-Émilion to the east. With a smorgasbord of 57 wine appellations to choose from, the entire region intoxicates with good taste.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. La Route de Médoc With eight appellations (districts) in this small area alone, and names like Rothschild, Latour, and Margaux on its bottles, the route will fulfill your grape expectations.
  2. Bordeaux 18th-century wine merchants endowed this city with an almost regal elegance—for proof, see their gracious mansions and the city's sublime squares.
  3. The Rothschild legacy Although the family's Château Lafite is often locked, oenophiles will be welcomed with open arms at Château Mouton-Rothschild's visitor center and museum.
  4. St-Émilion With its 13th-century ramparts, cobblestone streets, and rock-face hermitage, this hilltop town presides over one of the region's richest wine districts.
  5. Bordeaux bacchanal Wine-themed festivals—most notably the Fête du Vin extravaganza, held in Bordeaux's biggest place at the end of June—keep corks popping.

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When to Go

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