IWSP Bordeaux

Bordeaux is always a good idea.

Whoever hears the word "Bordeaux" thinks first of all about fantastic red wines and a wine style that has so much charisma that winegrowers from China to California and from Australia to Germany orient themselves to it. Bordeaux is also an exciting destination. The region of Aquitaine is blessed with superlative advantages.

Of course Bordeaux is the world's largest region for pmium wine. Here are about 120,000 ha of vineyards laid out. More vineyard area than in most winegrowing nations as whole. Bordeaux is also a town along the river Garonne whose centuries-long importance for the wine trade is visible through the monumental buildings. Entire 1800 ha urban area has declared the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Then of course the Atlantic is not far, which is responsible for the pleasant maritime climate here. The Côte d'Argent is a sandy beach with an impssive 250 km length. On the coast is also the municipality and oystercamp Arcachon. The delicious oysters from there can be found on the menus of the restaurants and bistros, which are of course also a reason to visit this region of pleasure. This list could be continued for any length of time. In short - Bordeaux is an ideal holiday destination not only for wine lovers.

If you would like to explore this diverse region, it is best to visit the city of Bordeaux. For those who do not want to take the long drive, travel by Paris with the legendary expss train. From 2 July the two metropolises can be reached by 2 hours train journey. For wine and architectural enthusiasts the journey first leads into the new building "La Cité du Vin" in Bordeaux. The architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières designed an extravagant and interesting wine museum. Ideal to get a first glimpse into the region. Restaurants and tasting areas invite you to enjoy the wines and from the view tower you have a fantastic view from a height of 35 meters on the multifaceted wine-growing.

Afterwards, the city of Bordeaux was to be explored. The district of Chatrons in the north was the former high castle of the wine merchants and now houses a number of antique dealers and designer shops. Ideal for all who would like to take something other than wine as a souvenir. Good restaurants and terraces invite you to settle everywhere. If you want to get to know the traditional country kitchen of south-west France, visit La Tupina in the old town. Here classic dishes such as liver patés "Foie Gras" or French classics such as "Chateaubriand" are served. Ideal to taste the local wines from Sauternes to Médoc, which are offered on the extensive wine menu at reasonable prices. The Brasserie Le Noailles in the Allée de Tourny offers the best bistro cuisine and oysters, which can be enjoyed with a cool glass of white Entre-Deux-Mers. By the way, you should get for the journey the gourmet Bible "Guide Michelin". A very reasonable investment, because here you will find countless and, above all, serious restaurant tips for every purse.

Wine lovers are, of course, also interested in visits to the winery. In Bordeaux there are 6 "Route du Vin". In the largest wine-growing area in the world, are 60 names of origin, such as Pauillac, Margaux or St-Émilion hosting plenty of magic Château. Most of the Châteaux have opened their doors and are looking forward to visitors. If you want to visit a winery, you should simply announce by telephone. On the websites of the respective châteaux you can find informations, as well as the offices of Maisons du Vin or the tourist information.

From Bordeaux take the main road D2 to the Atlantic coast to the Pointe de Grave. On the route known as "Route du Château", you will pass through famous appellations such as Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac or Sainte-Estèphe and many famous vineyards. In Margaux it is recommended to visit Château Giscours in Labarde. An imposing castle surrounded by a large park. Château Siran in the neighborhood is known for its wines and its collection of paintings. It belonged to Count Alphonse Toulouse-Lautrec, a relative of the famous painter. Cantenac is home to Château Palmer and Margaux is the home of legendary Château with the same name, which undoubtedly is one of the best wineries here. The list can be forwarded indefinitely.

If you want to recover a bit from the considerable prices, you can take a trip to the Moulis-en-Médoc region in Arcins. Here the Château Maucaillou is highly recommended. Further north, in the Pauillac region, the winery village Bages is absolutely worth seeing. The owner, Jean-Michel Cazes, owner of Château Lynch-Bages and Les Ormes de Pez, has restored the picturesque wine village. Here, a café, restaurant, baker, butcher and wine shop await visitors. If you are on the road, you can hire a bike and go to the Château. On the "Route du Médoc" you can always stop at the river Gironde and visit one of the many good restaurants in the area. Many châteaux also offer charming guest rooms, a special experience on a winery to stay overnight.

On the so-called right bank are famous appellations such as Pomerol and St.-Emilion. The village St.-Émilion is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. In this region, among other things, the winery of the Perse family such as Château Pavie or Bellevue-Mondotte invite you to visit.

If you want it to be less luxurious, you should take the bike from Bordeaux to Sauveterre. On the cycle track "Roger Lapébie" goes out on a disused railway track in the middle of the appellation Entre-deux-mers. The region is a true El Dorado for affordable as well as good wines. Above all the fresh white wines from the refined mixture of the grape varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon should be tasted. At all, one should taste not only the strong red wines from the left and right bank of the Gironde. White Bordeaux can also come from Graves or Pessac-Léognan as a brilliant world-class wine. A fantastic wine style that combines the honey-rich abundance of the Sémillon with the fresh character of the Sauvignon Blanc and is perfectly balanced use of new oak. White Graves like Clos Floridène are fantastic food companions for an upscale kitchen.

The long lasting Sauternes should not be forgotten. A sweet wine produced by noble rot and fermented in new Barrique barrels. These wines seduce with intense honey flavours and the barrels with aromas of coconut and mocha. There is no better wine to the Roquefort cheese, goose liver terrine or ripe fruit. Therefore you should stop on the way home in one of the Château in Sauternes. The Château Giraud, for example, welcomes the visitor in a friendly manner. Here, a few bottles of the highly concentrated sweet wine should be purchased for the next feast. Ideal to celebrate the beautiful travel memories through these regions of pleasure at home.