The city of Bordeaux: making past and modern history
Today, Bordeaux is also a city from the past with an incredible wealth of cultural and historical heritage. Two thousand years of history have made the city of Bordeaux the world wine capital, from the Gallo-Roman influence to the wine revolutions of the 18th century and the industrial revolutions of the 19th century.
City of the philosopher Montesquieu, who wrote that “the air, the grapes, the wines of the banks of the Garonne and Gascon humour are excellent antidotes to melancholy”, Bordeaux has during its history become a true economic and cultural hub.
A land of lords, shipowners, merchants, chemists and biologists, the Bordeaux region of the past has given rise to a dynamic region and attracts many visitors both for the quality of its vineyards and for the inestimable wealth of its heritage.
Bordeaux: a land of riches and a mosaic of cultures
Visiting Bordeaux is about discovering the majestic Gironde estuary and the Atlantic coast which offers a magnificent spectacle with beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. The wealth of the region’s flora is breath-taking as you discover the pine forest, the Bay of Arcachon and the Pilat Dune.
Bordeaux and its surroundings are imbued with an incomparable natural richness and terroir (local growing characteristics). From the Atlantic coasts to the Garonne estuary, Bordeaux's winegrowing regions offer a variety of landscapes. Discover this splendid natural heritage by exploring the vineyards and visiting the region’s historic monuments.
Let yourself be tempted by a bike ride in the heart of Bordeaux’s nature and its rolling hills, or a walk on the shores of the ocean and be surprised by the majesty of the dunes and the Landes landscapes.
Composed of a mosaic of vineyards, the region is distinguished by the richness and diversity of the Bordeaux terroir. With its geological diversity, different micro-climates and the presence of the sea, the grape varieties of the Bordeaux region benefit from exceptional conditions and produce high-quality, renowned wines. Visiting Bordeaux and its vineyards will reveal the incredible riches and mild climate that the region offers its visitors.
Bordeaux and the vineyards: discover the wine and the famous appellations
Located 50 metres above sea level, the Bordeaux vines and grape varieties benefit from the incomparable geological riches of the soil, which give their wines the quality and flavour which is so appreciated by everyone.
Wine is rooted in the history of Bordeaux. Since Antiquity, wine has drawn and sculpted the history and economic prosperity of the city of Bordeaux. At the heart of the world's largest fine wine region, Bordeaux is established as the land of wine with more than 60 protected designations of origin cultivated on more than 110,000 hectares of vines.
Through your discovery of Bordeaux, you will come across the most prestigious wines in the world: Petrus, Yquem, Mouton Rothschild, Haut Biron, etc. Wine and the discovery of the Bordeaux vineyards will guide you through a mosaic of exceptional landscapes and monuments. Through the ages and grape varieties, the art and architecture of Bordeaux blend with the cultivation of wine and the richness of its terroir.
Internationally renowned, Bordeaux wine has established the identity of the region and its inhabitants. Because above all, wine in Bordeaux is a pleasure that is shared and leads visitors to discover its unique and priceless world.
There is one thing that has long been sure: Bordeaux is the world wine capital. But since 2007, the city has also been listed as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Site.
A distinction that the city known as “Sleeping Beauty” shares with two other outstanding sites in Gironde: the Saint-Emilion wine area and Blaye Citadel. Gems to discover during a short break.
Discover past and present-day Bordeaux through its most beautiful monuments and museums.
Sail from one bank of the Bay of Arcachon to the other.
Spend four days enjoying the Bordeaux Wine Festival and visit the world’s most famous wine area !
Discover Bordeaux from a new angle over a weekend: that of its three famous writers and philosophers.
Take advantage of the River Festival from 24 May to 3 June 2019 to visit Bordeaux and the Bay of Arcachon from the water.