Guide To Bordeaux Wine Tours

When you think of visiting France, it is almost always that Paris is the primary destination that is on your mind. Paris is indeed a beautiful city and it is fun visiting those famous art galleries. A boat ride on the Seine can indeed be an exhilarating experience. Those fond of the countryside would indeed love to visit rural areas surrounding the Capital city. However, there is another treat that awaits visitors, especially lovers of exquisite French wine. And that is a Bordeaux wine tour.

A tour to all the major wine producing regions is indeed an exalting experience for wine lovers. Wine producing regions are spread all over France and you have an option of choosing from about eight wine tours that include Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence (now under Cote d’Azur) and Loire regions. The best, however, is a Bordeaux wine tour.

Bordeaux not only stands apart as a wine producing region in France, it is also an enchanting place to visit. Bordeaux wine tours provide a long lasting experience in tasting first growth wines and allow you an opportunity to learn how that bottle of exquisite wine reaches your table.

Located close to the European Atlantic coast in Southwest France, the city of Bordeaux is built at the bend of the River Garonne and has a long history of grape cultivation and wine production. It has an oceanic climate and winters are mild. The land under viticulture in Bordeaux region is defined by the rivers Garonne and Dordogne and the Gironde estuary. The best vineyards are located in the well drained gravel soil that is found near the Gironde River. In fact there is an old adage in Bordeaux that the best vineyards can ‘see the river’.

A tour of the Bordeaux wine region can change your perspective about wines. The experience almost transforms the manner in which you think about wine - from a pretentious and elitist impression of wine to an experience that is down to earth. This is mainly because you can taste the wine, learn about the produce and enjoy the wine tasting sessions amidst the actual production. The transformation of grapes into fine French wine is amazing. The relaxed atmosphere of the chateaux is something that you may probably remember months after you have taken the wine tour.

A Bordeaux wine tour is also an excellent corporate gift for clients and employees. Some guidelines in knowing where to go and what to expect may prove to be of great help for those planning Bordeaux wine tour for the first time.

Every wine lover would love to see the setting in which Bordeaux wine is produced. The scale at which the operations run can sometimes be mesmerizing. Bordeaux has 17 wine producing districts of which St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien, Margaux, Graves, St. Emilion, and Pomerol are the most popular. These regions produce one of the best red wines that Bordeaux is famous for. Among these, Châteaux Margaux in Margaux; Latour, Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild in Pauillac; and Haut-Brion in Graves make the best Bordeaux wines. A visit to these chateaux and their cellars and the wine museum of Mouton-Rothschild is a must for any Bordeaux wine tour to make it an experience that is memorable.

Only if you feel that you have all the information about Bordeaux and know the places to visit is an independent tour recommended. Otherwise you should contact a local driver who can get you to the right places without wasting time in asking for directions. There is a strong possibility that the driver can also act as a guide. But if you wish to make your Bordeaux wine tour a really memorable experience, the best would be to take a guided tour with an expert. The things that you are likely to learn about different types of wines and how they are produced, the regulations that govern wine production and different varietals will go a long way to help you the next time you want to buy French wine.

A typical day should include a late morning tutorial and tasting and daily visits to the chateaux. Do not miss out on tasting sessions at the leading chateaux of Médoc, St. Emilion and Pomerol since they can be extremely enjoyable. Learning how the exotic sweet white wine of Sauternes is produced is another experience that you may not like to miss.

There is a wide range of accommodations available all over the region. Depending upon your budget you can choose between rustic accommodations to elitist chateaux with five star in-house facilities. If you are a wine lover a Bordeaux wine tour is one thing is one thing that you should not miss at any cost.

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