Food and Wine Tours of Bordeaux
Personally I love my wine and my food, so any holiday that can have these two elements in it can only be a winner in my book! So when I look at Bordeaux as a holiday destination I feel it may just be match made in heaven!
Bordeaux is a gourmet city that just seems to have all of France’s specialties! Oysters from Arcachon Bay, strawberries from Perigord, Bazaz beef and of course wine, since it is in the heart of the largest wine producing region in France! It covers 120,000 hectares, and has more than 8500 producers in the region, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Cantemerle, Chateau D’Argadens are just a few to name.
If you are a food and wine enthusiast I recommend you go to Bordeaux, it sure has everything to tantalise the senses! You can discover vineyards and wine chateaux and meet the makers of this beautiful nectar. There are several private companies that you can choose from to arrange your vineyard tour.
33 Tour Bordeaux & Chateaux is a local company who specialise in wine tours in the region. They will take you to Saint Emilion, Margaux, Pauillac just to name the few big names or taylor-make your stay to suit your need.
Have I mentioned that if you ever wondered how wine is being made, now is the time to try! There are four Les Medocaines will offer you just that, they are opening up their vineyards so you can learn the art, from harvesting the grapes all through to blending flavours, there’s a class for all you need to learn!
Bordeaux also has a lot to offer culinarily as well, so when you are done with picking your favourite wines you can start matching them with the delicious cuisine in the region. To the north of Bordeaux you will find a delicious range of seafood straight from the Atlantic Ocean. Make sure you ask for Oysters from Arcachon Bay, which goes splendidly with your white wine varieties.
To the south of Bordeaux you will find the rich heavy cuisine like sausage and duck confit, and not to mention foie gras. In the city centre of Bordeaux you will find several exquisite restaurants that each have a different speciality. Try delicious local lamb at L’Agneau a la braise or beef at Brasserie Bordolaise perfectly matched with local wine by your Maitre’D if you so wish.
And let’s not forget about the delicious pastries that france has to offer, anywhere in the country! In Bordeaux Baillardran makes all-natural caneles, simply combining the best possible produce to create this delicacy! And if one choice is not enough you can always try Anoine, which is a local favourite!
Don’t fall into the tourist trap, if in doubt ask a local for the best restaurants and patisseries in town!
If you want to take all these delicious flavours home with you, you can always learn how to make some fabulous French food in a two-hour private cooking class at the Michelin-Star restaurant, Pressoir d’Argent. You can learn all sorts of trick of the trade!
Bordeaux is an amazing place, a match made in heaven for the food and wine enthusiasts!