Be seduced by the French capital
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK on Eurostar.
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK, via Paris. This is the main station in Bordeaux.
Full of historic charm and renowned for its wines, the city of Bordeaux has so much to offer. Visit the incredible La Cité du Vin, take a relaxed stroll around Quartier des Chartrons or be impressed by the beautiful Cathédrale St-André.Book Now
From Bordeaux to the Pointe de Grave, the finest Bordeaux wine route is best discovered by bike. Rich with châteaux, the Médoc region is home to the greatest Bordeaux wines. Visit the famous Château Margaux, cross the Domaine Saint-Julien and stop off at Pauillac, which hosts the largest amount of wines: Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton-Rothschild. The magnificent cellars are well worth a visit, and there's also a museum dedicated to the art of wine. Continue your visit to the Domaine Saint-Estèphe and Domaine Moulis.
Tip: Spend the night at the Château Cordeillan-Bages in the heart of the Pauillac vineyards and succumb to the cuisine of Jean-Luc Rocha.
On the right bank of the Dordogne, this route takes you to the Libournais region through the vineyards of Saint-Emilion, Fronsac, Côtes de Castillon and Côtes de Francs. Valleys and hillsides dotted with windmills all offer wonderful viewpoints. Walk the medieval streets of Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, surrounded by fine wines: Ausone, Figeac, Cheval Blanc...
Bordeaux boasts a wide range of grape varieties. Using techniques that haven’t stopped improving since wine-producing began, Bordeaux's vineyards produce a subtle palette of tastes and flavours.
Chic and cosy atmosphere at the CIVB wine bar
To find this wine bar, head towards the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux, headquarters of the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Wine Bureau), which is located right by the Grand-Théâtre and Place des Quinconces. You will find the wine bar on the ground floor of this 18th century building. The design is chic and airy, cosy and refined. It’s a beautiful combination of old stained glass windows, high ceilings and new, contemporary furniture. Take a seat in either the soft armchairs or atop the bar stools. In fair weather, make the most of the sunny terrace, with its view of the Grand-Théâtre. Taste from a selection of around 30 wines, which is refreshed regularly and features: reds, dry and sweet whites, rosés, clarets and sparkling wines. Cheese, cold meats, or chocolate are served to accompany your drink. Affordable.
3 Cours du 30 Juillet - 33000 Bordeaux.
Luxury tastings at Max Bordeaux
Would you like to taste the best Bordeaux wines? You’ve come to the right place. At Max, you will find real gems... that are expensive, of course. La Tour, Château Margaux, Laffite, Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild Haut Brion, Yquem... But you can taste these classic grands crus by the glass (2, 4 or 8 cl). This nice concept allows visitors to try wines that are often inaccessible by the bottle. A designer look and cosy atmosphere welcome guests. It’s an unmissable place for both Bordeaux wine lovers and passing tourists.
14 cours de l’Intendance - 33000 Bordeaux.
A convivial evening at Wine & Soul
Located in the Chartrons area, near the Saint-Louis church, this bar is made of exposed stone, and provides a background of jazz or soul, where the welcome is particularly warm. Jérémy, the owner, is the main attraction! Good wine and delicious tapas-style dishes are all at very reasonable prices. One of the best wine bars in Bordeaux for a great evening with local wines, friends and family.
23 rue du couvent - 33000 Bordeaux.
Head north towards the valleys of Blayais and Bourgeais. From Bourg-sur-Gironde to Blaye, the superb Vauban citadel, the road is lined with beautiful pale-stone villages, Roman churches (Bayon), Gallo-Roman remains (Gauriac, Plassac) and little ports offering lovely views of the Gironde estuary.
Prices based on lowest available Standard Class one way fare per person.
© Lionel Lourdel, Emilie Chaix, Luigi Vaccarella-Sime, Fantuz Olimpio-Sime, Ian Shaw-Cephas.