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Guest Post – A Bordeaux Travel Guide

May 8, 2013

I recently did a piece on Prince Edward County for Winerist.com – a U.K. site full of wine travel information. In return, they offered to do a post on one of the areas they had recently visited – Bordeaux! I hope you’ll enjoy Diana’s piece below about things to see to do in this beautiful wine region. She has also included some info on the wine tour options offered by Winerist, should you be interested. I haven’t had the opportunity to try one of these tours, but I’d love to hear from any of you who have in the comments.

A Bordeaux Travel Guide 

By Diana Isac, Winerist.com
Having just returned from Bordeaux, the land
of Castles, Crus, and Claret, we can still taste the ripe tannins of the
regions’ rich reds and remember vividly the stunning wine estates, the relaxing
hotels and perfectly organized tours for you and your loved ones.
Why
Bordeaux?
Bordeaux is all about exceptional wines,
magnificent Chateaux, perfect day tours, great shopping and some of the
friendliest people you will come across. When such great wine is produced on
the doorstep, it is virtually impossible to be unhappy.

The magnificent chateaux of Bordeaux

Where
to stay?
In
the City
Le Boutique
Hotel
right in the heart of Bordeaux is one of the quaintest hotels you
will find in a big city. Located on small side street, it is only 50m away from
some of the best Brasseries, shopping streets (Bordeaux is truly one of the
best shopping destinations so beware!) and great wine bars. The white bedrooms,
luxurious bathrooms and the stunning courtyard sheltered by big trees with its
own wine bar and sommelier make this hotel perfect for both a short city break
or for a longer stay.
In
the Vines
Stay at Pavillion
Villemaurine
for a peaceful escape amongst Saint Emilion’s vines. This old
part of Bordeaux is mesmerising with some of the most beautiful Chateaux – you
can walk to Angelus, Ausonne, Petrus and Cheval Blanc. More importantly, you
will be able to enjoy the hospitality of the family which owns this small
boutique hotel and winery.
By
the Dunes
Many of you will not know about the
beautiful dunes of Arcachon, a place where the white sand emerges out of the
vines onto a most surprising and beautiful white sandy beach. Chateau
Leognan
, one of our selected places to stay offers comfort and French
style, only minutes away from the Dune du Pyla. This B&B has its own
chateau and the winemaker will be keen to introduce you to the wines in the
beautiful Chateau cellar!

Breakfast room in Chateau Leognan: a chic B&B and
winery in Bordeaux
What
to do?
Tasting
Wines and Chateaux Visits
For magnificent Chateaux visits and lunches
at Chateaux, try our Medoc
Morning
or Perfect
Afternoon Wine Tour
!
Oysters,
Beaches and Boats
Visit the Arcachon
Bay
on a tour of wine, oysters and boat rides. Bike and beach tours are
available which will let you take in the fresh sea air, enjoy boat rides and
oysters accompanied by local wines. Sounds perfect to us!
Saint
Emilion Indulgence
The famous town of Saint Emilion provides
the most incredibly romantic setting for a wine discovery. You can discover
this UNESCO classified town, its history, and the chateaux that surround it in
an afternoon
wine tour
or a whole day tour. The full day tours provide an extra boost of
tastings, regional delights and history walks. They are both very special
experiences!

Views of the historic town of Saint Emilion
We cannot wait to go back to Bordeaux this
July, the month when the City becomes a most favourite destination for wine
breaks as well as short escapes into the vines and to the beach. If in doubt as
to what will make the perfect Bordeaux break, get in touch with our team. We
are happy to build the perfect wine escape for you! Info@winerist.com

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1 Comment

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    Reply James Brown June 7, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Lovely pictures which capture the heart of the place. It is maybe 20 years since I visited Bordeaux and my memory of that visit is very vague. Thanks to your article I’m inspired to want to visit again some day.

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