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Want to find out more and fancy a change of scenery? Make a booking and take an oenological cruise. You will love discovering the vineyards of Bordeaux from the water. From Bordeaux, for example, as you go up the estuary, you can admire the beautiful châteaux of the Médoc, like Beychevelle and Latour ... and then you can hop off to visit them and enjoy a wine tasting. A delicious trip on the horizon.
How would you like to harvest grapes off the beaten track? In Béarn, with winemakers from the Jurançon Wine Route, you cut the grapes in the hillside vineyards, cultivated in terraces and sometimes even in an amphitheatre with the blue line of the Pyrenees in the distance. Enchanting?
You've always dreamt of creating your own wine, a wine that suits you. This is the unique experience offered to you by the B-Winemaker workshop. Learn to distinguish grape varieties and, using your test tube, play the apprentice winemaker, testing out the combinations. You can carry out 9 tests and you'll leave with your own personalised bottle.
Set down your suitcases at the Mourguy estate in Ispoure, in the Basque Country, in the vineyards of Irouléguy, the smallest AOC winery in France. Don't resist the urge to taste some wines from the estate, in the company of Pierre, the winemaker. Because while you're busy with that, Florence will look after your children: they will love a walk round the vineyards on a donkey.
Surprising? It was a daring move, and Jean Nouvel was brave enough. The façade of red steel strips at the new winery of Château La Dominique was inspired by Anish Kapoor's inverted mirrors. Look at the vineyard reflected into defragmented images. But there are more surprises in store as you climb up onto the roof. From here, the view overlooks the surrounding vineyards and the prestigious neighbours - Cheval-Blanc-Figeac, L'Evangile, La Conseillante… why not prolong the experience by treating yourself to a sumptuous grill at La Terrasse Rouge, accompanied of course by a good bottle of vintage wine?
« I had the idea of offering my boyfriend and his son some vintage vines, as a gift to share with the family » recounted Marie-Claude Massé, from central France.
The adventure lasted nearly two years, starting in the spring with the preparation of the vine for a superior organic Bordeaux wine, at château Beau Rivage, in Macau. « The grape harvest with 15 other couples was very friendly» she laughed. Towards the end of the year, it was assembly time. « We tasted several vines to identify the tastes of chocolate and musk. Then we used little flasks to test various assemblies and find a wine we like. » The wine cannot be delivered until at least 18 months after harvesting.
ottling and adding the customised label is a moment of sheer delight when you read : « Cuvée Clémot père et fils » (Clémot & Son vintage). « They are really proud of their vintage » enthused Marie-Claude. This adventure will go down in family folklore.
« I just love this cruise on the Garonne, visiting vineyards along the way ». Robert Sellex, BBC cameraman, is plainly delighted. He took advantage of a few days at a loose end to take a break in Bordeaux with friends. It was only a 90-minute flight from Liverpool.
On the agenda: a visit to Saint-Emilion followed by a Médoc wine-tasters cruise with « Bordeaux River Cruise ». « It makes for a complete break, a great getaway. We started by exploring Bordeaux and the Gironde islands down the river. We've been tasting some excellent wines. We've seen some lovely châteaux from the boat: Beychevelle, Latour, Pichon-Longueville and so on. Our guide has clued us up on the history of Bordeaux, vineyards and wine. We had a magnificent, restful stopover on the island of Patiras, where we chilled out and climbed the lighthouse. We could see the Citadelle de Blaye, the docks and the church in Pauillac. We wound up with a visit to a wine-growing château, the vat-house and barrel storehouse, and learning to taste wine! It was a great day out! » enthused this 50-something Brit. His friends all agreed.
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