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Visiting Wine Regions

Going off the beaten track and organise a 'personal' day tailored to you is my passion. Bordeaux has around 10,000 châteaux and 60 appellations (defined wine area with its own special rules and specific characteristics). The wide Gironde Estuary and its rivers splits the vineyards of Bordeaux into two; the Right Bank (St Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac) and the Left Bank (Medoc to the North of Bordeaux and then the regions of Graves and Sauternes to the South).

Which Wine Region? If you have one day it is always difficult to say which wine region to choose but I would say the Médoc  if you are interested in the famous names,St Emilion if you are interested in history and beautiful vineyard landscapes (and of course some famous names too!). Of course the best is to have two days and visit both! Both are about one hour from the beautiful city of Bordeaux (a good place to be based)

 

1. The Medoc is the flat penninsula to the North of Bordeaux which is home to the famous villages of Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estephe and its impressive châteaux, 60 of which were included in the 1855 classification many along the D2 Route de Châteaux (it takes about 1 hour and a half to the top and see the key châteaux).

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  1. 2. St Emilion (and its neighbour Pomerol ) is on the right bank and the area is very historical with smaller family owed châteaux and undulating vineyards.The famous medieval village  of St Emilion which dates from the 8th century sits on a limestone plateau in the centre of the region and is worth ambling around.

    1. 3. The Graves and Sauternes region is a definite third day. The Graves region starts immediately south of the city and produces the region's best dry and very fine reds. Its gravelly soils were the home to the first vines in the region. Further south is the magical Sauternes/Barsac area where the world's best sweet wines are produced.

       

    For more information of the wine regions, restaurants and hôtels in Bordeaux see my wine blog www.nicollecroft.wordpress.com