10 Bucket List-Worthy Things to Do in France
4. Explore Bordeaux’s top wineries
Bordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital. It has about 116,160 hectares of vineyards, 57 appellations and around 10,000 wine-producing châteaux (castles). It produces 960 million bottles per year approximately. A lot of it is regular, table or everyday wine, but also some of the most expensive wines in the world are produced in Bordeaux. So, going wine tasting in Bordeaux is a unique experience. But you might ask: Which chateaux should I visit? For best value go to Château de La Dauphine, to get the best wine and a beautiful château at the same time, visit Château Pape Clement. Others where you can’t go wrong are: Château Guiraud, Château Bauduc, Château Smith Haut Lafitte & Château Pichon Baron. You must book your visit to the chateaux in advance, online or by phone. As the châteaux are quite spread out, you’ll need a rental car or you can alternatively book a tour from the city of Bordeaux. Not only will you drink nice wine but also you’ll learn a lot about the wine making process, which surprisingly varies a lot depending on the château, while enjoying idyllic views. There is a lot more to do in the area, such as visiting the city of Bordeaux, driving by Arcachon Bay or visiting Europe’s tallest sand dune, Dune du Pilat. If you only want to drink, we won’t judge, that’s OK too!
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