Passengers on AmaWaterways’ Taste of Bordeaux cruise sail the waterways of southwestern France, stopping to hike through vineyards, bike on back roads, tour chateaux and sample the region’s fine wine.
Follow this 3-day Saint-Emilion itinerary from a local to discover the UNESCO village, best chateaux to visit, where to eat and more.
When you go on a Bordeaux wine tour, be sure to check out the St Emilion wineries as well as Saint Emilion village. Although small, there are plenty of things to do in Saint-Emilion in addition to sampling St Emilion wine as discussed in this guide to St Emilion Bordeaux.
Discover the wines and village of St Emilion on this half-day Bordeaux adventure. Classified as a UNESCO world heritage site for its outstanding landscape, explore the quaint village and surrounding vineyards, and taste magnificent Bordeaux wines.
Remains of rock-hewn churches may be found in several European and Middle-Eastern landscapes, where natural caves and calciferous rocks invited hermits to shelter in solitude and prayer. In France, such churches were common in Aquitaine.
Full alike of dignity and courtesy, Martin of Tours kept up the position of a bishop properly, yet in such a way as not to lay aside the objects and virtues of a monk. Accordingly, he made use, for some time, of the cell connected with the church but afterwards, when he felt it impossible to tolerate the disturbance caused by the numbers of those visiting it, he established a monastery for himself about two miles outside the city. This spot was so secret and retired that he enjoyed in it the solitude of a hermit.
Sulpicius, Vita, X – translation from Sulpicius Severus: On the Life of St. Martin. Translation and Notes by Alexander Roberts. In A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, New York, 1894.
Read more from source: Rock-Carved Churches in France – Medieval Histories
For the wine lover, visiting France’s Bordeaux region offers the ultimate bacchanalian experience. While first-growth châteaux are very difficult to access, we can offer Andrew Harper members exclusive private tours and tastings at even the most hallowed châteaux. Our connection with these extraordinary wine producers also allows us to source top vintages directly from the libraries of all the collector-level châteaux of Bordeaux.
The Romans introduced wine to Bordeaux in the first century, and wine production has been continuous in the region since then. Today Bordeaux is the largest wine-growing area in France, releasing an average of some 700 million bottles in most vintages, ranging from $12 table wines to storied collector favorites that trade at auctions for many thousands of dollars per bottle. What earns top Bordeaux such stratospheric prices is their finesse. Other wines may have Bordeaux’s power and structure, but few move across the palate with such grace and elegance.
The Médoc, on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary, is home to the most important Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.
Read more from source: Touring the Great Châteaux of Bordeaux | Wine Concierge Hal Oates | Andrew Harper
Bordeaux is one of those cities that’s incredible for a city break and a longer little jaunt into the countryside and vineyards that surround this region of France. Straight after our visit to the gorgeous spots in the Dordogne, I knew I had to get myself over to Bordeaux and that’s something we did recently, with our road trip around the area – with a hefty little stop off in Bordeaux itself. There are so many things to do in Bordeaux that you’ll actually be spoilt for choice… it’s the kinda city that can be as relaxing, buzzing or vibrant as you want.
Anyway, before I ramble on, I wanted to share some of the top spots and things to do in Bordeaux when you visit. It really is a stunning city that I’m almost certain you’ll love.
Take a look at some of the best things to do in Bordeaux.
1.) See the Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux
Read more from source: 12 Of The Best Things To Do In Bordeaux, France
During a lifetime of travels, it’s likely that there will be just a handful of places you consider the best places to go in the world.
Over the last year, we have packed our bags numerous times, filled with the promise of somewhere new but with no concrete expectations.
By travelling with an open mind, we have once again discovered a fabulous selection of destinations that have captured our hearts, minds and recipe books!
But as you will discover with our latest curation, they each have their own personality and individual story to tell.
And for us, that is the very core of travel. The experiences of a new destination are that new chapter, places with rich dialogue and pictures that are simply too hard to put down.
When we think of gourmet food and fine wine, most will instantly think of France. And when we think of where to find the finest wine in France, we of course think Bordeaux. It was Napoleon III who first organized the region’s wine chateaus in 1855 and designated their land as unique in their ability to produce the world’s most exquisite wines. Viking River Cruises takes guest on an eight day epicurean adventure of fine wine and exquisite dining while visiting the ports and lands of this culinary capital of the world.
The Bordeaux region is filled with picturesque port towns and charming villages dispersed between rich farmlands, forests and vast vineyards. These lands are connected by the winding Garonne River in a place called the Aquitaine which was once Europe’s riches kingdom.
All of Bordeaux’s St.-Emilion wines will be made from sustainable, organic or biodynamic vineyards starting with the 2019 vintage. The local wine council is mandating sustainable farming, and other Bordeaux areas are taking notice.
New provision guarantees grapes from four Right Bank appellations will be farmed using organic, biodynamic or other sustainable methods.
Starting with the 2019 vintage, every bottle of St.-Emilion wine will have been made from grapes grown with sustainable farming methods, such as organic or biodynamic viticulture. The local wine council for four Bordeaux appellations has passed a measure mandating sustainable farming. Any wine not farmed sustainably may only be bottled as generic Bordeaux.
The decision impacts nearly 3.85 million cases of wine made annually within the St.-Emilion, St.-Emilion Grand Cru, Lussac St.-Emilion and Puisseguin St.-Emilion appellations. The bold move has sparked interest from other appellations and builds on St.-Emilion’s existing environmental initiatives.
In Bordeaux, one prestigious region will require certification in exchange for the right to a name.
More and more of us are looking beyond the wine in our glass and demanding to know how the wine is made. Whether we want wines that are “natural,” biodynamic, organic or sustainable, increasingly we want to know that winemakers are doing their best to protect the environment and not relying on chemicals to ripen their grapes.
And the wine industry is listening. The Wine Institute in California has developed standards for sustainable winegrowing, defining environmentally friendly practices that leave growers maximum flexibility to deal with the vagaries of the weather. Industry associations in Napa and Sonoma counties, the areas most affected by the recent wildfires, have declared their goal for 100 percent of their members to be practicing sustainable viticulture.
Saint-Emilion, France. You can almost taste the goodness of this area as it swirls around the tongue like a good wine.
This wine region is renowned for delectable flavours, and a deliciously vintage feeling that seeps from its historic heart.
But before I regale you with my experiences of this corner of France, I have something to confess. Something rather embarrassing.
This was not only my first time in Saint-Emilion, but it was also my first foray in France. Our paths just never seemed destined to cross, even though I had developed something of a love affair with France from afar.
My wanderlust daydreams starred leisurely walks along the Seine, gallery hopping and revelling in the café culture of Paris.
With landscapes as unique as the gastronomy, get a taste for culture and cutting-edge cuisine on a continental road trip.
France is renowned for its cuisine and its culture — so why not eat, drink and be merry as you tour its beautiful south west? Around eight hours south of Calais, the Dordogne, Gironde and Charente are home to some of France’s most celebrated food and drink, while at the same time offering an eclectic mix of history, music and arts.
Food is such an integral part of French culture that in 2010 the national cuisine was added to Unesco’s intangible cultural heritage list, in recognition of its ability to bring people together “and create balance between humans and nature”.
Indeed, in France, nature is as unique and beautiful as the gastronomy.
Saint-Émilion is a commune in the Gironde department in Aquitaine region in southwest France. Perched on a limestone hilltop like a graceful balcony above the Dordogne Valley. In 1999, Saint Émilion became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, honored for its cultural landscape and historical vineyards. This medieval, fairytale town is a maze of curlicue ballast stone streets, strewn with charming storefronts, quaint squares, and flower-laden terraces. The town does everything it can to looks its best for the one million tourists who visit each year.
Heritage of Saint Emilion
In this honey-colored wine village, just east of Bordeaux, perhaps the most extraordinary site is the Saint Émilion Monolithic Church, dating from the 12th century. Where 1300 years ago, a Breton monk, Émilion, came to the ancient town then named Ascumbas.
It was a rainy weekday morning and I was walking up one of the famed Tertres of Saint-Emilion in France, an ancient, beautiful, movie-set of a city where I felt — umbrella held over my head as I walked along the steep cobbled street — oddly like Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.”
Paris and even smaller Bordeaux have their own magical charm. But there’s something extra cool about Saint-Emilion, one of the very old but very cared- for cities that sit along the Dordogne River in the eponymous region of France.
Away from modern urban sprawl, Saint-Emilion maintains the look and feel of the bustling city it has long been. Compact and easy to walk, it has history, incredible art, seemingly endless food choices and more than enough stories of old to enchant you.
Gironde is world famous for it’s wonderful wines such as those from the vinyards of Medoc and one of its most well known towns, St Emilion, whose vineyards have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. However, it’s not just the fabulous vineyards of Bordeaux, that make the Gironde one of the most coveted places to own property in France.
Situated in the South West of France in the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, Gironde is the largest départment of mainland France, and takes its name from the majestic estuary formed by the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers.
This large and diverse region has something to suit all tastes, including sandy beaches on the Cote d’Argent, with a host of popular seaside resorts such as Carcans, Hourtin and Montalivet.