Bordeaux

The 2019 international ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards were announced during a gala dinner at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on November 8. The ceremony marked the end of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Great Wine Capitals in Adelaide, South Australia. The international award winners were chosen from among the ‘Best Of’ winners from each Great Wine Capital. This year, there were 384 entrants and 62 local award winners worldwide. Château Smith Haut Lafitte won the International Best Of Wine Tourism awards for Bordeaux!

 

On the occasion of Vinexpo 2015, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network and the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be hosting a conference with the objective to give an overview of the various wine tourism activities and performances in the Networks member regions.

Château de Rouillac

Le château de Rouillac, ancienne propriété du célèbre Baron Haussmann, propose un lieu idéal pour des séminaires d’entreprise. Dans ce lieu chargé d’histoire, des prestations modernes et haut de gamme attendent les professionnels. Depuis la terrasse, les participants profitent d’une vue imprenable sur la chartreuse du 17ème siècle et ses installations équestres, qui abritent chevaux de trait et de course qui s’entraînent chaque jour.

Château de Rouillac

Château de Rouillac, which formerly belonged to the famous Baron Haussmann, is an ideal venue for corporate seminars. This estate full of history features the sorts of top-level modern services expected by professionals. Participants have an outstanding view of the 17th century manor house and its stables with draught horses and race horses that train every day.

Bordeaux may be an historical wine region, grapes have been grown and wine made here since Roman times, but rooted in the past does not mean stuck in it. There is a long history of innovation here, from introducing new aging techniques to produce the ‘New French Claret’ in the 17th century, to solving challenges such as mildew with the Bordeaux mixture in 1878 or the introduction of stainless steel tanks in the 1960’s.

Of all the prestigious wine properties of Bernard Magrez, Château La Tour Carnet is unique, as is immediately obvious when you drive up to the chateau and see the imposing edifice surrounded by a moat.
The French often translate Château into castle - it's not usually an exact translation but this time it is. 

Are you looking for a Zen wine tasting experience in France, an airborne adventure or some fresh air and exercise on your wine tour? Bordeaux can tick all these boxes.

There are many great restaurants in and around Bordeaux but some of the best chefs are to be found in the chateaux outside the city.  It's worth taking a look behind the chateau doors to discover them.

Château Smith Haut Lafitte is no stranger to contemporary art; the owner, Florence Cathiard, shares her eclectic collection with visitors as they wander through the vines and the château - one of the leaders of wine tourism in Bordeaux. She has been systematically adding a piece a year to her collection over the last twenty-six years since they purchased this classified growth of the Graves.

A family trip can be tricky to organise, everyone has different interests and they may not all share your passion for wine. Don't worry, Bordeaux has something for everyone and plenty to keep the younger generation (and the young and heart) busy while you enjoy your wine tasting.

 

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