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.

It may seem a little early to think about the 2019 harvest, but wine makers have the harvest on their minds all year round as they keep an eye on the climate and survey the evolution of the vines and the grapes. It's never too early for visitors to think about the harvest either. Bordeaux blends several different grape varieties, all ripening at slightly different times. The harvest can last for several months here and every chateau has its own traditions and technical differences. It's an exciting time to visit!

The French definition of 'Terroir' often includes climate or at least microclimate. Nowhere in Bordeaux does this seem more appropriate than in Sauternes and Barsac. Thanks to its proximity to two rivers, the large and sluggish Garonne and the smaller more vibrant Ciron, this south-western corner of the region has its own unique microclimate.

 

The list of Bordeaux Châteaux who are opening restaurants amongst their vines or in their cellars continues to grow.  Other vineyards may not have restaurants but that doesn't mean you can't experience their gourmet hospitality! Many will open their doors for you to enjoy the privacy of their dining rooms for a unique French chateau experience.

Many Bordeaux chateaux welcome visitors to taste their wines alongside food, either opening restaurants or offering catering to clients and guests. Bordeaux is known as a food wine after all. A pioneer in Sauternes tourism, Chateau Guiraud is open for visits and tastings seven days a week, and has been for over 30 years, so it's fitting that they were the first amongst the 1er Grand Cru Classé Chateaux of Sauternes and Barsac to open an on-site restaurant in February 2018.

 

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. 

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