Wine tours in Bordeaux
Despite the fact that great wines are produced in most regions of France, it is the name Bordeaux more than any other that conjures up images of leafy lanes, men in striped jerseys on bicycles and miles upon miles of vineyards. Bordeaux is home to many wineries and vineyards, and the only way to truly appreciate the scale on which wine is produced here, as well as being the best way to sample the goods, is to take a wine tour.
The region of Bordeaux was split into 4 different wine producing areas back in 1855 by Napoleon, and these areas still exist today, each producing a distinctive and unique kind of wine. With the region being relatively small compared to some in France, it is possible, with some careful planning, to travel around all 4 areas and sample what they have to offer in one trip, truly a trip that will delight wine aficionados.
Most of the wines you will come across on wine tours of Bordeaux will be, as expected, red, however, due to ever increasing competition from new wine producing countries; France has risen to the challenge and are producing an ever increasing variety of wines. So along with the full bodied reds that are synonymous with the region, you will also get to sample medium reds as well as both sweet and dry white wines.
When it comes to planning wine tours of Bordeaux the choice is seemingly endless, but one of the perennial favourites are those that also take in the harvesting to give you an insight of the entire process from vine to bottle. Joining the harvesters is a wonderful experience, and when lunch is served in the field, with wine of course, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in a completely different world.
The afternoons generally consist of wine classes to learn more about the various wines you are sampling, more tasting and finishing off with a dinner in a Bordeaux restaurant. There are variations of course depending on what you personally want to take in, and one of the up and coming tours in terms of popularity is the cycle tours where you ride a bike between the various wineries and vineyards, but this isn’t recommended if you intend sampling the wares at every one.
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