Bordeaux and the Wine Country

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  • 1. Cathédrale St-André

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This may not be one of France's finer Gothic cathedrals, but the intricate 14th-century chancel makes an interesting contrast with the earlier...Read More

  • 2. Château and Musée de la Citadelle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This handsome château, which dates from 1723, reveals many layers of history, starting with a typical Gallo-Roman residence and a medieval citadel...Read More

  • 3. Château Angelus

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Named for the prayer-signaling church bells that can be heard from its vineyards, this fabled château is a premier grand cru property. ...Read More

  • 4. Château Ausone

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Just south of the town walls, Château Ausone is an estate that is ranked with Château Angelus as a producer of St-Émilion's finest wines. ...Read More

  • 5. Château des Ducs d'Épernon

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Overlooking the Garonne River in the very heart of town, Cadillac's château was built by the first Duke of Épernon (1554–1642) as a family seat...Read More

  • 6. Château du Roi

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    A stroll along the 13th-century ramparts takes you to the Château du Roi. To this day nobody knows whether it was Henry III of England or King...Read More

  • Château Lafite Rothschild

    7. Château Lafite Rothschild

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Lafite Rothschild is among the most resonant names in the wine world. Even by the giddy standards of the Médoc, Lafite—owned by the Rothschild...Read More

    Château Lafite Rothschild
  • 8. Château Lascombes

    Information Center

    This classically elegant 17th-century château is actually a facade for a sleek and modern operation. Historically considered an underperformer...Read More

  • Château Latour

    9. Château Latour

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Tastings and tours at the renowned Château Latour are typically free, but very selective—you have to be a serious taster, accompanied by a guide...Read More

    Château Latour
  • 10. Château Margaux

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Housed in a magnificent neoclassical building from 1810, Château Margaux is recognized as a producer of premiers crus, and its wine ranks with...Read More

  • 11. Château Marquis de Vauban

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Although several estates in and around Blaye offer tours and tastings (all listed on the Tourist Office website), the Château Marquis de Vauban...Read More

  • 12. Château Mouton Rothschild

    Le Pouyalet | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Most of the great vineyards in this area are strictly private, although owners are usually receptive to inquiries from bona fide wine connoisseurs...Read More

  • 13. Château Palmer

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    It is said that in some years the wines of Château Palmer (classified as a third cru) can rival those of neighboring Château Margaux (a premier...Read More

  • 14. École du Vin de Bordeaux

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    On tree-lined Cours du XXX-Juillet, not far from the banks of the Garonne and the main artery of the Esplanade des Quinconces, you'll find the...Read More

  • 15. Église Monolithe

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Europe's largest underground churches, the Église Monolithe was hewn out of the rock face between the 9th and 12th centuries by monks...Read More

  • 16. Grand Théâtre

    Arts/Performance Venue

    One block south of the École du Vin is the city's leading 18th-century monument: the Grand Théâtre, designed by Victor Louis and built between...Read More

  • 17. Haut-Brion

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    One of the region's most famous wine-producing châteaux is actually within the city limits: follow N250 southwest from central Bordeaux for...Read More

  • 18. L'Église de Cadillac

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This graceful baroque-style church was founded in 1494 and contains an unusual nave, with upper galleries and a ribbed vault. A striking alter...Read More

  • 19. La Grotte de Pair Non Pair

    Cave

    Bourg's version of Lascaux, this remarkable Paleolithic-era cave, covered with lifelike etchings of mammoths, ibexes, bulls and horses, was...Read More

  • 20. Musée d'Aquitaine

    Museum/Gallery

    Two blocks south of the Cathédrale St-André, this excellent museum takes you on a trip through Bordeaux's history, with emphasis on Roman, medieval...Read More

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