Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Guest Post - A Bordeaux Travel Guide

I recently did a piece on Prince Edward County for - 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,

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!

1 comment:

James Brown said...

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.