Bordeaux Wine Regions Guide

Unleash Your Inner Wine Connoisseur: Discover the Best of Bordeaux and Beyond


Last updated: June 8, 2024


Bordeaux evokes images of the fairy tale châteaux of the left bank (or “rive gauche”), the picture-perfect medieval hamlet of St Emilion on the right, and, of course, the handsome city of Bordeaux itself—considered to be a mini version of Paris. This is the beauty of Bordeaux: You don’t have to look hard to find an idealized version of this venerable region. Yet the largest fine wine vineyard on earth does not solely exist for the benefit of visitors.

Over 110,000 hectares of vines are the economic – and cultural – lifeblood of the Aquitaine region. They produce an incredibly diverse range of styles, including white, rosé, dessert, and even sparkling wines. And while connoisseurs go weak at the knees (understandably) when Chateau Margaux or Cheval Blanc enter the conversation. Bordeaux produces an even greater volume of high-quality and affordable wine.

On one end of the spectrum, the world’s most prestigious bottles and other awful wines that shouldn’t be made at all are found. But there is a gigantic space in the middle for the delectable whites of Graves and the underrated red wines of Fronsac and its neighbors. Make no mistake: Bordeaux does not exclusively cater to auction houses and the oligarch set. But there is plenty of luxury and decadence to go around, too.

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