This article, written by Bordeaux-based tour guide and journalist Maxine Colas, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sposored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

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Enrolment process for the Worldsom Magister in Bordeaux is currently going on.

10 weeks courses taught in English, as well as tasting and dinners at iconic estates in the vineyards will take place in Bordeaux from 13th October 2014 until 19th December 2014.

The training allows wine and spirits professionnals and connoisseurs to recieve the Worldsom Magister, an International Sommelier diploma awarded by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

This post, submitted by Bordeaux-based journalist Wendy Narby, is a participant in the 2014 Guest Bloggers' Program sopnsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.


After 3 years of frustration on the part of visitors to Bordeaux, Chateau Mouton Rothschild is once again open to wine enthusiasts. It was worth the wait, the wine making cellar has been transformed but so has the cultural part of the Chateau.

Marion Merker, Château de la Dauphine, 2014 Best Of Wine Tourism Award Winner - Architecture & Landscape , Bordeaux

“Our involvement in wine tourism being quiet recent, it was particularly relevant for us to participate in the Best Of Wine Tourism Award contest organized by the Bordeaux Chamber Commerce and Industry and the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Being awarded in the “Architecture and Landscape” category comforted us in our wine tourism decisions.

We are all looking forward to spending quality and fun times with our loved ones, while dreading planning the whole thing. At some point we have all done the all-inclusive resort, where the kids happily play in the children’s club and the parents relax by the pool. Let’s face it though - towards the end of it, it tends to get a bit boring as you never go out of the resort! Wouldn’t it be easier if the whole family did something they all enjoyed? Cultural visits, city hopping, winery tours, biking and cooking together as a family.

This post, by Wendy Narby, is a participant in the 2014 Great Wine Capitals guest bloggers' program.

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The satellites, as their name implies, circulate around a star – the star being Saint Emilion.

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If you are planning a visit to Bordeaux this year, here are a few ideas I’ll be suggesting to visitors.  

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Château Larose Trintaudon

Château Larose Trintaudon has made a concerted effort since 1999 to produce wines of irreproachable quality while paying total respect to the environment. Well-aware of the fragile nature of the terroir, the estate owners have instituted a management system focusing on sustainable development. This led to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and Sustainable Agriculture certification.  Larose Trintaudon is the first European vineyard to be designated as "exemplary" by the Afnor in their 2010 reference document!

Château du Tertre

Located on the highest point in the Margaux appellation, Château du Tertre overlooks a beautiful 80-hectare estate. This noble château is surrounded by magnificently landscaped grounds and epitomises the elegance of the Regency period. The interior decoration reflects Tuscan and Flemish influences and offers guests a warm, refined atmosphere: 5 comfortable rooms with a view over the vineyard. A guided tour of the estate is included in the price.  


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