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10 Best Wineries to Visit in Bordeaux
For the past three years, I have been working as a wine guide in Bordeaux taking wine lovers to hundreds of wineries in the region.
Would you like to know which Bordeaux chateaux are the best to visit?
Since there are about 10,000 wine estates around Bordeaux, this might be a tough decision. Think along these lines before deciding where to go:
First, decide which wines of Bordeaux you want to taste the most. If you prefer a certain style of wine, like bold Cabernet Sauvignons, and you don’t want to experiment with sweet whites, you should choose a destination on the Left Bank.
Blends in the Medoc on the Left Bank are dominated by powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. The Right Bank chateaux, in Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Cotes de Bordeaux, mainly produce softer and elegant Merlot and Cabernet Franc wines.
Bordeaux produces mainly red wines. Perhaps, you prefer whites? Consider the Pessac-Leognan region in this case. This region produces outstanding reds and stunning whites.
Second, are you interested in visiting large prestigious chateaux with impressive tasting rooms, or would you rather choose small family wineries where you can get to talk to a winemaker and see real day-to-day life at a French vineyard?
Third, are you looking for beautiful landscapes and history walks, or mostly want to taste and buy wines?
It should not be a stressful decision at the end of the day.
Take a look at a few of my favorite wineries that offer memorable experiences and of course, make great wines. Of course, there are many more great wineries to visit in Bordeaux, but hopefully, this overview will give you a better idea of where to look.
If you are just exploring and looking to have a fun day tasting wines, just rely on your guide to take you to the best places.
1. Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Martillac
2. Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
3. Chateau Beauregard, Pomerol
4. Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes
5. Chateau Villemaurine, Saint-Emilion
6. Chateau Tour Saint-Christophe, Saint-Emilion
7. Chateau Mangot, Saint-Emilion
8. Chateau Grangey, Saint-Emilion
9. Chateau Hourtin-Ducasse, Haut-Medoc
10. Chateau Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
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