One of The New York Times' top destinations for 2016, Bordeaux has been recently transformed into a cool and cultured destination for those in the know. What's more, it is only a short hop from many UK airports, making it easily accessible for a long weekend. The upgrading of the high speed TGV train link from Paris in 2017 will make the journey even quicker - and with the added benefit of leaving the car at home you will be free to take advantage of the region's most famous export. We can guarantee there is nothing like drinking a glass of Bordeaux accompanied by a platter of local cheeses and charcuterie whilst watching life à la Bordelais pass by.
This month saw the long-awaited official opening of the Cité du Vin; a striking, shining architectural triumph which houses an impressively comprehensive wine exposition. This is not a place to rush through quickly, it is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, history and enjoyment of the viticulture process - from vine to wine.
Image credit: Cité du Vin Facebook page
Later this month, Bordeaux hosts its biennial Wine Festival which is based in the heart of the city on the bank of the Garonne river. The programme of events includes an open-air wine trail as well as guided tours through the vineyards to showcase some of the most beautiful châteaux in the world. Concerts, an impressive sound and image show, firework displays, and wine tastings are also included.
Image credit: Visit Bordeaux Facebook page
Bordeaux has traditionally been considered to set the benchmark for red wine internationally and produces arguably the finest red wines in the world. The region produces more than 800 million bottles a year, a third of which are appelation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), considered to be the most superior of all wines produced.
So, do you know your Cabernet Franc from your Cabernet Sauvignon?
Even if your interest in wine only extends as far as the UK supermarket shelves, a trip to Bordeaux will open your eyes to the (actually quite interesting!) complexities and subtleties of successful wine production. Santé!
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