Bordeaux

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

Thanks to their open door philosophy, welcoming guest for tastings, lunches and dinners in the property, Château de la Dauphine have already received two GOLD BEST OFs, in the categories of “Architecture & Landscape” in 2014, and “Food” in 2016.

They have now added another GOLD Best Of Wine Tourism award for “Sustainable wine tourism practices”, for their new Green Tour. This 'Visite Nature' will appeal to anyone looking to understand the challenges that face vine growers. The tour gives guests an intimate understanding of the ethical and environmental initiatives at the property.

The women of the wine world are often profiled as being something new and unusual but historically there has always been influential women on the Bordeaux wine scene, as well as many others working behind the scenes. Jean de Bellon was the first owner of Chateau Haut Brion in the 16th century. Françoise Josephine de Sauvage d’Yquem was thrown into prison twice during the French revolution but she continued to make Yquem prosper. More recently, Baroness Philippine Rothschild continued and expanded her father's work at Mouton Rothschild and today Corinne Mentzelopoulos owns and runs Chateau Margaux with her daughter. There is nothing new about feminine power in Bordeaux wine.

If you are looking for a vineyard visit with a difference, Château Lamothe Bergeron could be just the place.  On his arrival Laurent Mery, the General Manager of Château Lamothe Bergeron in Haut Médoc, declared that the property would be open for business to both wine professionals and amateurs alike and he has been true to his word. As of 2015, the chateau has opened its doors to visitors, from the reception and conference rooms to the bedrooms, the underground cellars and tasting rooms and the park around the property.

In 2018 they added the Gold 'Best Of' for wine tourism services to their trophies shelf.

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