Bordeaux Food and Wine Tours

Discover the birthplace of France's prized red wines

In the famed wine growing region of Southwest France, Bordeaux, the city known as La Belle au Bois Dormant, or the sleeping beauty, has now well and truly awakened. Since being classified as a World Heritage Site in 2007, Bordeaux has developed its reputation as an up and coming foodie paradise, with world class wines, extravagant markets and fine cuisine on offer amongst a hubbub of French aristocracy and elegant neoclassical architecture.

French food needs no introduction, and Bordeaux offers no exception to that culinary rule. There are a few classic dishes perfected in the city, including entrecôte bordelaise¸ a rib-eye steak with a rich red wine sauce, whilst those with a sweet tooth will love an indulgent slice of Canelés – a dark cake made with caramel, rum and vanilla. Seafood lovers will enjoy taking advantage of the Atlantic’s proximity, which provides an abundant supply of shellfish. Oysters from the nearby Bassin d’Arcachon are regularly enjoyed by locals with one of their classic white wines, especially at one of several world class food markets. Definitely worth a visit is the Marché des Capucins, where you can easily spend an entire Saturday morning perusing local delicacies in the sunshine - this is where the chefs do their shopping.

If you’re searching for places to eat prepare to be truly spoilt for choice. Bistros and brasseries offer fantastic lunch and dinner menus, whilst famous French and English chefs vie for the title of best Michelin starred eatery in the city. Needless to say, the fierce competition can only be good for visitors, and with fantastic wines guaranteed on the table in this part of the world, you can rest assured that the food will be fit to match it.

Much like the phenomenon that is French cuisine, the wine of Bordeaux has gained equal international fame. Ever since Roman settlement and cultivation began in around 60BC it has been associated with some of the finest wines in the world. The region is most associated with delicious bottles of red blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and the incredible popularity of wine in the area is largely put down to its location. The Gironde estuary and Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream combine with rich, fertile soil to produce a perfect wine-growing climate, with both banks of the river being associated with different styles. Whether you’re looking to sample powerful reds that get better with age or soft, juicy blends ripe and ready to drink, there’s no doubt that Bordeaux is an ideal destination for wine enthusiasts. Enjoy a sumptuous bottle with your meal or take a tour inside some of the world’s most established vineyards.

Whether you visit for the food, the wine or a tantalising combination of the two, Bordeaux is a foodie destination like no other. There’s surely no better place to indulge in the very best of French produce.

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