Oftentimes a destination is more impressive and renowned by what it contains than what it exports. In the case of Bordeaux and its environs it would seem that both the locale and its famed wine products hold equal weight in attracting travelers and connoisseurs from around the world. The city has become a brand that delights and allures many eager imbibers. This tip will explain what the highlights of an itinerary to Bordeaux and three major locales of the region can look like.
The difference between purchasing a bottle of the famed vintage at home and setting out to encounter this magical place is quite large I’ll admit, yet many tourists are finding it an increasingly satisfactory experience. The city of Bordeaux itself has seen something of an urban renaissance in recent years. The city has logistically been reorganized, its impressive parks, plazas and buildings renovated and the airport is seeing a buzz of international flights from Europe and beyond.
The beauty of the city is that it is the meeting point around which all the enchanted chateaus, vineyards, and natural beauty are concentrated. Furthermore the new wave of tourists, investors and entrepreneurs has created an atmosphere of exquisite cuisine, small luxury hotels and unforgettable urban scenes of charm.
Spending a week or ten days in the region is ideal especially if one wants to encounter the process, growers and beauty face to face. Much of the greater Bordeaux area is a countryside full of exquisite fields and spellbinding chateau’s all within an hours drive of Bordeaux itself. St. Emilion is probably the most historic. It is a sleepy medieval town wonderfully preserved and whose steeples and walls often feature in the backdrop of many vineyards. The atmosphere transports one to a simpler time and wonderful encounters with savory varietals.
This region sits to the North of Bordeaux and is sandwitched between the definitive Gironde River and the Atlantic Ocean. Above all its resilient soil makes up for the otherwise unfriendly environment cause by the proximity to the ocean. However the combination of the ocean, rolling hills and verdant vineyards makes for indescribable beauty. It is known as the land of secrets and its fantastic cellars and quiet corners will bring one right into the comforts of bliss that the very same wines capture in their full-bodied form.
Bourg and Blaye
This region sits on the right Bank of the Garonne and it is among the oldest wine producing regions in Bordeaux, some vineyards were originally tilled by the Romans as popular lore goes. It is mostly acclaimed for its production of Merlot. The small town of Bourg-sur-Gironde is a great place to see what small town charms and local delicacies define this region. Many of the chateau’s are grandiose and the hills often have gentle and wide slopes between them giving beautiful vineyard panoramas.