This is the fourteenth post in the Around the World Birthday Extravaganza Series. Please scroll to the bottom to see all the other posts in this series.
The city of Bordeaux is a great place to stay if you want to explore the wine regions of the area.
You don’t have to go far. Right near the city (just a couple miles outside the center) is highly regarded, (very expensive!), first-growth producer Chateau Haut-Brion (where we spent our first afternoon). Drive out a bit, however, and you’ll experience the French countryside, miles and miles of vineyards, and views of many magnificent “chateaux” or castles from well-known wineries that have been around for hundreds of years.
The Gironde River divides the wine region of Bordeaux roughly into two main regions, the “Left Bank” and the “Right Bank.” On our first full day in Bordeaux, we rented a car (with some friends), and drove to visit several wineries in the Right Bank, (St. Emilion and Sauternes). The second day, we visited the Left Bank, exploring the Haut-Medoc region (St. Estephe, Pauilliac, and Bages).
Here’s a look at our whirlwind adventure that first full day!