Senior Travel in the Bordeaux Wine Country

Jul 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

One of the best reasons to visit France is the wine. The world’s largest wine producer, France’s range of wine types, flavors and tastes is as diverse as the various wine regions in France. Here is a list of the best French wine tours to taste, tour and experience French wine and sightseeing. 

Input “French wine” into your favorite search engne and 55,400,000 references appear.  I have tried to shorten up some of the results and to provide you with some information that may be useful on your visit to France.

The Bordeaux region is the most important wine producing region in France and in the world.  Bordeaux wine takes its name from the region’s main city. The wine region spreads 60 miles around the city and is estimated to have 7,000 chateaux! Bordeaux is the most well-know wine region in France and accounts for one third of the good quality french wine (AOC, crus bourgeois, crus classés). The wine region is near the Atlantic coast, in the south west of France.  I have  been a tour group leader for Exploritas/Road Scholar on twelve Food and Wine Programs in France. The vineyards of France provide lots of good information on French wines.  The Top 6 French Wine Tours give wine lovers  much specific information on the best tours in France.

There’s something noble about Bordeaux wines and it’s not just the proud heritage of their 100-year-old vines, their prominent place in viticulture history, or their world-renowned quality.  It’s also the “noble rot” responsible for creating some of the region’s sweeter wines.  Amazon carries Grands Vins: The Finest Châteaux of Bordeaux and Their Wines and this text has become one of the “Bibles of wine”.  Reviewers find that it is a bit “dated” however it remains a top quality reference.

An interesting fact is that the region has multiple microclimates and from these microclimates and variations in terroir (the vineyard soil and other growing conditions) come the many varieties. The diversity of Bordeaux wines can be explored in places like Saint-Emilion, about an hour’s drive from the city of Bordeaux. A one-day drive through the vineyards provides an awesome view similar to Napa Valley.

The major wines from Bordeaux :
Médoc – Haut Médoc – Margaux – Saint Estèphe – Pauillac – Saint Julien – Listrac – Moulis – Graves – Pessac Léognan – Sauternes – Barsac – 1ères Cotes de Bordeaux – Bordeaux aoc/Bordeaux supérieur – Entre Deux Mers – Saint Emilion – Cotes de Castillon – Cotes de Francs – Pomerol – Fronsac – Cotes de Bourg – Wines of Bordeaux

Other french wine regions :
Alsace – Bourgogne (Burgundy) – Champagne – Corsica – Côtes du Rhône – Languedoc-Roussillon – Loire Valley – Provence – South West

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