Bordeaux

The Graves is known as the ‘cradle’ of fine Bordeaux. It is an historic region, with vineyards and chateaux dating back to the middle Ages. In the 17th century they began making ‘The New French Claret’ here, which would come to define the style of red Bordeaux. Known for the quality of both its red and white wines, Graves is the only Bordeaux region that has a classification for its dry white as well as its red wines. Since 1987, the Graves has been divided into two appellations: Graves to the south and Pessac-Léognan to the north.

If you are looking for somewhere different to share a glass of wine with friends, here are a few fun ideas in Bordeaux

The medieval village of Saint-Emilion, under an hour from Bordeaux, sits on a limestone landscape so gorgeously well-preserved it holds UNESCO World Heritage status. And the reds are sure pretty, too.

Château de Reignac is a familiar name in the 'Best Of' family. Ideally situated in the Entre deux Mers, halfway between Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, the property is firmly on the wine tourism map.

Constant innovation means they previously won the 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award for Innovation in 2016 and now they have done it again with another Gold award in 2018 and a World 'Best Of' award for their innovative experience.

Saint Emilion is a hot spot for wine tourism; this beautifully preserved medieval village receives over one million visitors every year.

Bordeaux wines are food wines, showing to their best advantage with food that softens their tannins and flatters their aromas. Lucky then that the food and restaurant scene in Bordeaux is thriving with new chefs and well established ones opening new restaurants or taking over famous names. This trend has now been confirmed by a slew of stars in the 2018 Michelin star awards.

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Chateau Castera is in the North of the Medoc, past the appellation of Saint Estèphe. It is worth the trip. As you travel north, there is a change in the feel of this region and a change in the soil. Mixed in with the famous Medoc gravel, you will start to see clay and some sand - this explains why many of these wines have a higher percentage of merlot, giving them an approachable elegance.

The Château de Reignac, awarded international Best Of winner for 2018, has invented a new conception in wine tasting: a world tour of International Best Of Wine Tourism winners. April 6, the tasting will take place at the Château, and will be duplicated in other member cities of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

What does the instagram feed of a wine lover look like? Bottles will feature strongly of course but how about fantastic architecture:  a wonderful chateau, barrel cellar or tasting room?  An amazing view?  Beautiful gardens? Quirky design and art? Bordeaux has all these instagram opportunities and more. Here is a selection of a few go-to locations to create your own Bordeaux feed.

Bordeaux is 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; introducing new aging techniques to produce the ‘New French Claret’ in the 17th century, solving challenges such as mildew with the Bordeaux mixture in 1878 or the introduction of stainless steel tanks in the 1960’s. This spirit of innovation continues today.

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