This article, written by Paris-based Swedish wine writer Britt Karlson, participated in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

All photographs copyright BKWine Photography


Three days in the Bordeaux vineyards: Medoc, Entre-deux-Mers, Saint Emilion

An exceptional harvest for this unique international contest celebrating wineries all over the world for excellence and innovation in welcoming visitors.

The 2015 winners of the Great Wine Capitals' International Best Of Wine Tourism awards were celebrated on November 6,  at Bodega Los Toneles in Mendoza, Argentina.

19 winners, including 6 Gold awards

During the 12th Night of the Best Of Wine Tourism awards ceremony in Bordeaux, no less than 19 trophies were attributed, including 6 Gold Best Of trophies. The recipients were rewarded for their excellent contributions to wine tourism.

This article by Jonathan Choukroun Chicheportiche is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

All the photographs of Château de Rouillac-Pessac-Léognan are from the author.

Château La Croizille

The eye-catching architecture of Château La Croizille’s new cellar is located in the heart of Saint-Emilion. The cellar also houses a magnificent reception room in the stylish modern building, which can accommodate up to 100 people. Private or professional events (receptions, group lunches or dinners, conferences, etc) can be combined with a cellar visit and tasting. The reception room enjoys exceptional views over the vineyards and the Dordogne River. The tasting area has been designed like a promontory, giving visitors the impression of being suspended over the landscape.

Château Couhins - INRA

Château Couhins is located within easy reach of the city of Bordeaux. Since 1968 it has been both the property and showcase of the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA). The estate has enabled the Institute to implement innovative vine cultivation and wine-making practices in order to produce high quality wines with low environmental impact. This approach can be highlighted and explained on site to operators in the wine sector and non-professional enthusiasts alike.

Château du Payre

Château du Payre proposes an interactive and innovative visit, designed for adults and children alike. The « VAL » is a treasure hunt among the vines, which combines cutting-edge technology with insight into eco-friendly vine cultivation and wine-making methods. With the aid of a smartphone or touch tablet, visitors can scan the QR Codes on the signposts using a free application, and access information about the château’s history and the activity of a professional wine grower.

Château Chasse-Spleen

Art, poetry and wine have blended together harmoniously at Château Chasse-Spleen for almost 2 centuries. The estate is currently home to an original collection of contemporary works of art, which are exhibited both inside and outside the château. A world of artistic surprises awaits visitors on the walk from the garden and through the barrel cellar to the tasting table. These temporary or permanent contemporary art exhibitions are set in creatively planted grounds, which include one hundred year-old trees and sculpted shrubs.

The 30th marathon du Medoc will take place on Saturday September 13th in Pauillac, France. The Medoc Marathon is one of the world's longest marathon races, but the track is certainly one of the most beautiful, meandering through the most celebrated vineyards around the famous wine estates of Pauillac, St. Julien-Beychevelle, Haut-Medoc and St. Estephe. This year the disguisement theme will be "Countries of the world and their Carnivals"


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