Bordeaux is the world' capital of wine. Two hours from Paris by train, it is a World Heritage Site. In 2017, Lonely Planet named Bordeaux the best place in the world for tourists. Discover one of the world's finest cities. Famous places in France.
Bordeaux City is a city in the south west of France near the Atlantic Ocean. It has about 230,000 inhabitants. About 750,000 people live in the Bordeaux Metropolitan area around the city. The city has a famous university and has a diversified economy with strong points in defense and aeronautics. Bordeaux has a temperate oceanic climate.
The city is most of all known for its vineyards. Indeed, Bordeaux inherited its wealth from wine and from trade with the overseas in the 18th century, including wine trade and the so-called triangular trade. Its historic center, a magnificent Unesco World Heritage Site, is the largest 18th century historic center in France. With an insolent dynamism, the city metamorphoses since the 1990s through new projects: the tramway, the restoration of houses, the rehabilitation of the quays providing pedestrian access to the Garonne river and new pedestrian areas.
Today, Bordeaux seduces as much its inhabitants as the visitors, by its beauty, chic and festive atmosphere and animation as a big city of the south.
La Cité du Vin has been conceived as a cultural and leisure site dedicated to wine as a cultural and living heritage. It offers a spectacular journey around the world, through the ages, in all cultures and all civilizations, in the heart of a stunning architecture.
Open January 1st to March 31st, every day from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Wednesdays 10, 17, 24, 31 January and 7 February. April 1st to August 31st, every day from 10am to 7pm. September 1st to December 31st, from Monday to Friday except school holidays from 10am to 6pm, weekends and during the school holidays from 10am to 7pm.
The 7 restaurant, located on the seventh floor of La Cité du Vin provides a breathtaking view of Bordeaux. It serves dishes made from regional products, that the Chef accommodates to the flavors of the world. Wine comes from 50 countries with more than 500 references.
The Vinothèque de Bordeaux is an iconic wine store very close to the tourist office in the heart of the city.
If you are looking for a rare and prestigious wine, head to this sanctuary which has a unique collection of fine and old wines. The Vinothèque de Bordeaux opened its doors in 1973. Located opposite the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux, it became the iconic wine merchant in the city center. The online sales activity was launched in 2007 to offer all wine lovers the quality and richness of their selection. On the Bordeaux Wine Web site, you can choose from a wide selection of Bordeaux, French and foreign wines, champagnes and spirits. There is a unique collection of fine wines.
Saint-Emilion combines exclusive Bordeaux red wines, the world's greatest Merlot wines, with the charm of Saint Emilion village, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Meet your guide at 8.15am in front of the Bordeaux Tourist Office. Relax in a coach to Saint Emilion. Start with a walking tour of the village. Visit the monolithic church. Stroll through the paved and hilly streets that highlight Saint Emilion's special charm. Take the minibus to meet an organic wine producer local to Saint Emilion. Visit a domain of Saint Emilion Grand Cru. Discover the richness of this tasty wine during a delicious tasting. Return to Bordeaux. Lunch at one of the many gastronomic restaurants in the city center. At 2.30pm, meet your guide who will take you through the city for a 2 hour guided walking tour. Dive into the unique atmosphere that makes Bordeaux so special. Cross the Place de la Bourse where you will find the surprising water mirror. Walk along the lively main street, rue Sainte Catherine. The guided tour ends around 4.30pm. There is a one day option with return train ticket from Paris, pick-up at the station, shopping time in Bordeaux included.
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The medieval Saint-Emilion village is half an hour away from the city of Bordeaux. Set in the countryside, it is one of the loveliest French villages. Saint-Emilion is very famous with wine lovers who appreciate its Grand Cru wine. Saint Emilion is one of Bordeaux's largest winemaking appellations. Awarded UNESCO world heritage status in 1999, the medieval town is well preserved and lovely. It offers visitors a good mix of history, excellent food and wine. Some of the churches date back as far as the 12th century.
Chateau Cheval Blanc, a wine estate in Saint-Emilion, is one of only four Saint-Emilion wines to receive the highest rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé, along with Chateau Angélus, Chateau Ausone and Chateau Pavie. Cheval Blanc's vineyards (Merlot 39%, Cabernet Franc 57%, Malbec 3%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%) enjoy a variety of soils: gravel, clay and sand. Cheval Blanc produces the most famous Cabernet Franc-based wine in the world.