Weather, peak season, trade events and harvest times are four things that you must keep in mind when planning your visit to the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux, France.
In January, winter months are cold and barren and many Châteaux are busy blending their wine. In April, in the first week of the month, the region hosts important en primeur tastings for those in the wine trade, which means chateaux will have little time for tourists. Another trade event, Vinexpo, the world’s largest wine and spirits convention takes place in Bordeaux every other year and it usually takes place the second or third week of June – so make sure you check if the Châteaux will be busy! Harvest time is one of the most beautiful moments in producing wine, and of course extremely important. During this busy time, which will vary depending on the vintage, it may be very difficult for tourists to visit Châteaux as well.
So when are the best times to visit Bordeaux? April to October, preferably leaving out the hot months of July and August.
This October, in an exciting new venture, Capital Lifestyle together with Maniago Executive Travel Designers will be offering an exclusive trip to this evocation of the soul of wine, and discover the main Bordeaux Appellations: Medoc, Margaux, Pauillac, St Emilion and Pessac-Léognan & Sauternes. On this once-in-a-lifestyle trip, guests will get to visit the two most visited cities in France: Bordeaux and Paris.
5-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour
As unveiled a couple of weeks ago, this magnificent adults-only trip to the Bordeaux region begins at the newly-opened La Cité du Vin or “The City of Wine” – a museum-theme park dedicated to wine.
The following day will be spent at Château Lynch Bages – known for its innovative and daring reputation for often being the last to harvest and as Pauillac’s greatest – where guests will be attending wine school and become their own winemaker. Guided by a sommelier, guests will learn more about the characteristics of each Bordeaux grape variety and make their own blend!
The Château’s reputation as a top quality wine producer took-off in 1945 after a series of exceptional vintages. Since then, the wine’s deep colour and tannic backbone have become part of its signature style. Following a delectable lunch at a local gourmet restaurant, the afternoon will continue with the touring of Chateaux Wine Road and a wine tasting in a Margaux Grand Cru Classification 1855. The day will be spent exploring Médoc, Margaux and Pauillac (the home to the famous Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild) – all on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary.
The charming medieval city of Saint-Émilion and the small Pomerol region on the Right Bank of the wine region of Bordeaux awaits the following day.
What else is in store for you during this 5-day trip filled with copious amounts of delicious French wine, captivating landscapes and great conversations? Stay tuned to Capital Lifestyle as the impressive itinerary is revealed!
Don’t forget to book with the reservation code “Capital Lifestyle” to receive a USD $300 discount!