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.