Bordeaux is one of France’s largest wine regions with around 110,000 hectares of vineyards. But it is not only large but also very varied. You probably think most often of the Médoc Peninsula, with the famous communes of Margaux, Pauillac, etc. The landscape there is quite flat. Almost just vines as far as the eye can see. The gravel soil is everywhere. Large, elegant chateaux, just as you imagine a wine palace should be, surrounded by its vineyards sometimes reaching 100 ha.
But if you go in the other direction, to the “right bank”, rive droite, where we e.g. find Saint Emilion and the quite small Pomerol another world opens up. Vineyards blends in with woodland on lush hills. Small medieval villages, not least St Emilion itself. Here, the properties are small, often family-owned. And even the wines are different. Certainly there is a family feeling, everyone is genuinely “Bordeaux”, but there is still a big difference in style between the austere Medoc wines and the fruitier lusher wines from the Rive Droite.
Come and discover Bordeaux with us.
- Bordeaux, October 1-5, 2023
PS: We have written a book about Bordeaux, and have been travelling there since 1986. Can you find a better guide and tour operator?