Bordeaux

Perfectly placed just half an hour from the city of Bordeaux, yet in the heart of the vineyards of Pessac Léognan, Château Le Pape is an ideal central base from which to discover the Bordeaux vineyards.

If you’re familiar with the Great Wine Capitals blog you will know that a winery can win awards in several categories for their excellence in wine tourism. Château Agassac is one of these lucky properties as, since the beginning of these awards, they have won several of them – and this year is no exception with their recognition for Best Of Wine Tourism for their restaurant: La Table d’Agassac.

Chateau Coutet is right at the heart of the historical centre of Saint Emilion, part of the classification from 1955-85. It is surrounded by other classified growths on the south and south-westerly facing limestone slopes and plateau of the appellation.

An historical vineyard in so many ways, the preservation of the natural environment that this history has allowed is what earned the property its Great Wine Capitals award for sustainability in 2016, a Best Of Wine Tourism in the category “Sustainable Wine Tourism practices”.

It's not really that surprising that Chateau Lynch Bages was announced as Best of Wine Tourism Grand prizewinner for France, despite the stiff competition. The owner, Jean-Michel Cazes, has been welcoming visitors to his family estate ever since he took over in 1975. He was a pioneer of wine tourism - long before the phrase was invented.

Innovation is in Yves Vatelot's DNI.  The inventor of the 'Epilady' has applied his engineering talent and innovation skills to create a first class wine tourism experience at his Chateau de Reignac, winner of a 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award for Innovation in 2016.

The one who is called the 40 castles man, Bernard Magrez, should also be named the « King of the French wine tourism » because of his leadership in this field. Certainly, we could highlight a particular winery, as Fombrauge, La Tour Carnet or even Pape Clément or Haut Peyraguey, but what is interesting concerning Bernard Magrez vineyards it is to study them as a whole.  Indeed, this patiently built kingdom based on wine, praised the French “art de vivre”.

Thanks to hearty rejuvenation efforts that began in the mid 90s, Bordeaux has reclaimed her former glory and rose from obscurity back to its rightful place as one of Europe’s top destinations...

Pessac Léognan is at once one of the oldest and one of the youngest of the Bordeaux appellations.

One of the youngest as it was officially created in 1987 and yet the oldest as it encompasses what was known as ‘Les Graves de Bordeaux’ the ‘cradle ‘ of fine Bordeaux wine making as we know it today...

This article, written by Paris-based Swedish wine writer Britt Karlson, participated in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

All photographs copyright BKWine Photography

 

Three days in the Bordeaux vineyards: Medoc, Entre-deux-Mers, Saint Emilion

This article, written by Bordeaux-based tour guide and journalist Maxine Colas, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sposored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

All photos copyright Maxine Colas

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