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Guide To Bordeaux Wine Holiday

Post by Sharat | June 7, 2011 | See France Tips, Trips to France, SeaFrance Ferries | Comment

Since at least the twelfth century the region of Bordeaux has been known for its wine. Today tourists can still visit both the historic city and the great wine making estates and chateaus that surround it. You can there from the UK by Seafrance Ferries Dover to Calais

There are as many as five different wine routes to choose from, including Châteaux Road, which passes through the famous Médoc region or the Graves Road, which takes visitors through the Sauternes appellation.

Wine tourists will notice that many of the vineyards in Bordeaux have a wide variety of vines planted, since Bordeaux wines are famous for being made from many different types of grape, with such storied names as cabernet sauvignon and merlot

The city of Bordeaux itself was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, and boasts of 18th century palaces, a vibrant river front area, and a centuries old tradition of making wine.

The city is an excellent place to start learning about winemaking and French wines, and tourists can start by exploring Bordeaux city itself, at the wine bar across  the road from the Tourist Information Office, or at the L’Ecole du Vin known in English at the Bordeaux Wine School. Over the summers, two hour wine courses are offered at the very reasonable price of 25 Euros.

Tours of the local wine making estates and chateau’s can be can be made at the Tourist Information office, or you can explore both the city and the countryside by yourself.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the medieval walled town of Saint-Emilion located in the Libourne region, which is a great day trip away from Bordeaux, the town boasts hand carved underground buildings and Romanesque walls and churches. Outside the town’s walls lie some of the greatest wine making estates of Bordeaux, and for those wanting to take a closer look, a wine train can be taken through the surrounding vineyards or for those who prefer something more personal, bikes can be rented from the tourist office.

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