Beyond the city of Bordeaux, many exceptional treasures are to be discovered, but of course, the whole region offers its tremendous heritage through the vineyards. With 55 "Appellations d’Origine Contrôlées" (Designations of Origin) and 8,000 Châteaux, the Gironde is largely covered with vineyards.

In the rolling landscapes of the Médoc, the Libourne region and the Entre-deux-Mers wines are a familiar feature. Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Pessac-Léognan, and Sau-ternes are charming, magical sites as well as renowned appellations.

The term “Château” used in the region is specific, and stems from the fact that the big winemaking estates often had their own castle. Margaux, Lynch Bages, Lafitte, Pichon Longueville, Yquem (a historic monument dating back to the 12th century) and many more still embellish the Bordeaux region with their sumptuous architecture.

Some of these properties heartily welcome visitors, and the Great Wine Capitals Global Network makes a yearly selection that awards excellence through the Best Of Wine Tourism contest. 

Visit the awarded Châteaux on our Best Of Wine Tourism pages. (link to the Bordeaux Best Of page)