Renowned throughout the world for its great and prestigious wines, such as saint-estèphe, margaux, saint-émilion, pomerol or sauternes, the vineyards of Bordeaux is also, with its 117,200 hectares of vineyards, its more than 8,000 châteaux and its nearly 10,000 winegrowers, the largest AOC vineyard in France!
Consisting of six major terroirs, which are the Médoc, Libournais, Sauternais, the Graves, Entre-Deux-Mers and Blayais-Bourgeais, which are in turn divided into several appellations such as saint-estèphe, saint-julien, margaux, the moulis-en-médoc or the pauillac for the Médoc region, the Bordeaux vineyard has no less than 57 different appellations!
Red wines represent about 80% of the production and are mainly made from the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. The rest of the production is made up of dry or sweet white wines, from the Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle grape varieties, as well as rosé wines from the same grape varieties as for the red wines.
Many estates open to the public offer tours of their wineries or tastings. This is the case, for example, of Châteaux Siran, Margaux, Lanessan, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild and Loudenne in the Médoc, or Châteaux d'Yquem and Filhot in Sauternes. It is also an opportunity for food-loving visitors going from château to château to encounter the landscape and architectural attractions that contribute to the reputation of this vast territory.
Great mountain bike oenosportant ride, the Médocaine brings together every year, at the end of May, thousands of participants in disguise who crisscross the roads of the Médoc in a festive atmosphere.