The more than two thousand years old society in the Aquitaine has woven close ties between man and vineyard.
Bordeaux is the city that best illustrates the wine traditions, with its wine week the Chateaux and houses are decorated with rich frontages which witnesses to the prosperous period of the wine. The region is like a mosaic spread across five departments. 85% of the vineyards are located around Bordeaux and produce reputable grands crus, such as Margaux, Yquem, Petrus or Mouton Rothschild. The Aquitaine is proud of its prestigious chateaus on booking accessible to the public. But the Aquitaine has many more large resources. For a couple to mention the vineyards of Graves and Sauternes, Entre-deux-Mers in the Bordeaux with the famous Medoc, Saint-Emilion, the vineyards of Bergerac, of Buzet, of Armagnac, of Jurançon, Madiran, Irouléguy , Tursan or hidden vineyards of the Côtes de Duras.Heavenly unions in the Aquitaine From Bordeaux to Biarritz, wine is life in the Aquitaine. For the purists, there is wine tasting. For art lovers, there are the museums on wine and vines. For the curious the tourist office organize tours of the vineyards and wineries. The non-conformist can cross the vineyards with a balloon, on foot, on horseback, by bicycle and can stop en route at one of the castles. And the hedonist of us can enjoy a stay in a spa amid the vineyards. Order our brochure.Tradition and conviviality From January you can participate in the opening days of the vineyards and the traditional festivities. The Commanderie du Bontemps du Medoc and Graves celebrate December, and the so-called Saint-Vincent (or the owner of the vineyards) Jurançon harvest festival is celebrated in June, and the Jurade in Saint Emilion is celebrated during the spring festival. Remember also the major events like the marathon of Medoc in Bordeaux wine festival and the end of June.Chefs, workshops and gastronomic addresses The lifestyle of the Southwest mixes with the culinary arts. Eating is a art for us, both in everyday life while enjoying the delicious cuisine as well as the family cuisine in starred restaurants.In Bordeaux for the connoisseurs among us, we recommend the restaurant Le Chapon fin. The various courses are prepared by the talented cook Nicolas Frion . For a relaxed atmosphere visit the wine bar Le Chabrot, rue de chai Farine in the old Bordeaux. Les Sources de Caudalie invite you to wine-therapies, wines and gastronomy by Frank Salein. For a more rural experience, is the Hostellerie des Ducs.