Bordeaux: 7000 “castles” and lots of vineyards | wine tour

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Bordeaux is one of France’s largest wine regions with 112 000 hectares of vineyards. There are about 7000 chateau (“castles”). Everyone does not make their own wine. Some sell their grapes to a negociant or belong to a cooperative. The chateaux exist in all sizes and looks. Some are no more than a regular little villa; others are beautiful Cinderella castle. The oldest are from the 16th century and classified as historical monuments.

The most important thing is after all to have a well-equipped cellar. Some have invested in the latest equipment and have expensive grape sorting machines. Some have brand new concrete vats for the fermentation, beautiful as if in an art gallery. Some prefer stainless steel tanks, while others have not seen any need to replace the old concrete tanks from the 1960s. Everyone has a different philosophy.

We will see much of all this on our wine tour to Bordeaux in April.

And then in the autumn there is a Bordeaux wine tour in October too.

Chateau Phelan Segur in the Medoc, Bordeaux
Chateau Phelan Segur in the Medoc, Bordeaux, copyright BKWine Photography

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