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Bordeaux is the biggest fine wine region in the world. The great red wine regions are the Medoc, nestled north of the city of Bordeaux, and more to the south, the very best of the Graves region, the Pessac-Leognan, both on the west side of the Garonne river. Generally, they represent what people call the left bank, or in French, rive gauche. On the east of the city of Bordeaux are nestled the Saint-Emilion and Pomerol regions, also called the right bank wines, locally called rive droite. While Saint-emilion and Pomerol wines are mostly exported, some of the fringe appellations, such as Côtes de Blaye and Côtes de Bourg produce some ambitious and fine red and white wines as well, which are mainly consumed in the region. Generic Bordeaux reds can be produced all over the region under the simple appellation Bordeaux. Some of the Bordeaux Supérieur appellation wines can provide some fruity, easy-drinking reds at extremely affordable prices.
In the 3rd century BC, well before becoming a world-renowned wine producing area, Bordeaux existed under the name of Terra Burdigala.
The city started to become prosperous with the arrival of the Romans in the 1st century BC. It was shaped by several invasions, foreign passages and wars. One of the main commercial harbours in the South West of France, the city was opened up to maritime trade especially with Britain and the Northern Countries.
The city really started to develop in the 18th century. It was the beginning of the Bordeaux ‘Belle Époque’, and the city became richer and richer as the wine trade expanded. Beyond the walls of the old town a new city was growing. Wide boulevards, Cathedrals, public and private buildings appeared while a real cosmopolitan atmosphere was created by the settlement of foreign wine traders. The Roman heritage and the later beautiful buildings have combined to produce one of the most beautiful cities in France. Bordeaux was the home of Michel de Montaigne and Montesquieu philosophers, but also of the Spanish painter Francisco De Goya during his later years.
Not surprisingly, in 2007 Bordeaux became a UNESCO world heritage site.
Bordeaux Vertigo is happy to suggest accommodation in Grand Cru Classé Châteaux and thus allow you to enjoy the comfort of a private bedroom overlooking the vineyards. Whether you prefer the charm and intimacy of a Château surrounded by its vineyards, the facilities of a luxurious hotel, or the convenience of a modern fully equipped apartment in the heart of an old town, the choice is yours.
We have selected the most charming settings throughout the entire Bordeaux region. Just ask us and we will be very happy to share with you our top accommodation selections.
Bordeaux Vertigo offers worry free transport for each guest’s individual requirements. We do understand that every moment of your voyage is precious.
Guided by our experience you will thus be able to enjoy Bordeaux landscapes and its wines without worrying about driving. We provide comfortable vehicles such as limousines, mini buses or larger vehicles for groups.
You already have your own car and would like to be driven and accompanied? We dispose of packages that give you the possibility to pleasantly and safely enjoy your tour.
Just like the wine, the French cuisine is the result of a combination of influences, a marriage between the good soils and the sequence of the seasons. Over the centuries, France has transformed the simple act of eating into an art form. The savoir-faire of the chefs, their passion, fruits and vegetables collected at perfect ripeness and freshness are among the influences that made the reputation of the French cuisine. Whereas, during the 17th century the act of eating was a sign of opulence, today the cuisine has become a complex art, a result of continual innovation. The regular development of our society sees people gathering around a dish or a glass, the beginnings of conviviality.
Formerly, the French chef was part of most of the European royal courts. Nowadays, the French cuisine continues to expand its reputation worldwide. Its secrets open to everybody appreciating the finesse of this art.
The enthusiast may let himself be tempted by a multitude of dishes from the Bordeaux region, such as Bordeaux entrecote beef grilled on vine shoots, duck breast and its wine sauce, Pauillac lamb, Bazas beef, Perigord foie gras and fish such as shads, sea lamprey, Aquitaine caviar and delicious seafood like the Arcachon oyster.
Wine & Art & Culture
The Bordeaux wine-growing region has become synonymous with more than two thousand years of history and viticulture.
In the 3rd century BC, well before the arrival of Romans, a Celtic tribe – the Bituriges Vivisci -, settled on the banks of the Garonne. Here, they founded a city they called Burdigala, which later become Bordeaux.
The cosmopolitan nature of the Bordeaux region established itself in the 11th century, when France started to expand under the reign of William the Conqueror. Its growth continued in the 12th century, when the South West of France, the Aquitaine region, became English, under the reign of King Henry Plantagenet and his queen Alienor of Aquitaine. An international long-lasting wine trade started which has increased ever since. Enthusiasm for Bordeaux wines has firmly established itself across the whole of Europe and with its increased quality has brought greater demand.
The 17th century represented the beginning of a golden era that reached its peak with the 18th century, when many wealthy people such as landowners, aristocrats, politicians and merchants massively invested in selected estates that later became famous architectural masterpieces called châteaux or crus.
An expertise or savoir-faire in the production of fine wines built up among the high quality vineyards. Like composers and painters, wine makers have become artists who create masterpieces. By blending flavours, the wine maker follows his passion and talent, in order to reach the perfect symphony.
Appreciating the distinctiveness of a glass of wine will never be the same after an experience in this region. There is no better way of discovering the secrets of these wines than observing the art of winemaking and meeting people who put their signature on the final work.
Every wine enthusiast is welcome in the heart of these world-renowned vineyards!
Buying and shipping wine
It will our pleasure to help you create your own wine library. From the selection of the wines, until the purchase and the shipment back home of your wines. The idea is to accompany you in the selection of the wines which are either difficult to find in your country, or impossible to find.
Wines can be shipped either directly from each estate or from specialized wine merchants who purchase their wines directly from Chateaux, following the unique Bordeaux en Primeur sales system.
Since Bordeaux has become a key wine destination in the last decade, more and more Chateaux open their gates in order to welcome wine enthusiasts from all over the world. Due to its unique sales system, dating to the 18th century, created by the Dutch, British, Irish wine merchants, most of the Bordeaux chateaux sell their wines, before they are even bottled, to wine merchants. Still, most of the Chateaux you will visit started to sell wines directly to visitors, but not necessary all of these Chateaux ship wines.
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