Bordeaux

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. 

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.

 

At first view visiting the Bordeaux vineyards in winter may not seem very appealing; the weather isn't always great, the leaves have fallen from the vines making landscape look a bit bleak. But I would encourage you to think again. Why? Two main reasons; firstly you will have the place to yourself.  As there are fewer visitors in the winter, the chateau have more time on their hands to offer up a warm welcome, and get into the nitty-gritty of wine making.

 

The exhibition has brought the date of the world-famous event forward by 1 month, while keeping it a resolutely spring fixture. The event will retain its lively format over the four days punctuated by meetings, discoveries and networking opportunities among the major players in the sector from all over the world.
The 20th edition of Vinexpo Bordeaux, which takes place from Monday 13 to Thursday 16 May 2019, has announced several new features to provide a unique welcome to the world and highlight its position as a strategic show.

A true partner for the sector, Vinexpo Bordeaux brings together all stakeholders in the world of wines and spirits. Over 40,000 trade visitors from 150 countries are expected to come and discover the diversity of products presented by 2,000 international exhibitors.

This major calendar event is also a key opportunity for the region in terms of the economic impact and publicity associated with the event.

To read more, click here to download the press release

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