Known worldwide, the vineyards of Bordeaux combine natural beauty of a region, the charm of reputed chateaus and the producers’ ability to make the great wines of the world.
All the names of the villages resonate as good bottles of wine: Blaye, Pauillac, Margaux, Saint Estèphe, Saint Emilion and Pomerol. Wine has been produced in the Bordeaux region since antiquity.
When La Rochelle, the wine exporting port for the Bordeaux wines, was taken by the King of France in the 13th century, Bordeaux was transformed into a wine exporting port, exporting wines to England. The King of England gave important fiscal advantages to the wine merchants of Bordeaux who began to plant vines with a vengeance.
In the 19th century the owners and merchants became very rich, investing in planting more and more vines, as well as building homes called “chateaux” as their domains. Certain of these chateaux can be visited and are open to the public for wine tasting, pride and joy of the French !
“France would not be France without wine!” “Wine and baguettes of bread are symbols of France!” But clichés aside, one is in the land of great traditions that make the magnificent statement of French know-how and charm, “à la française”.