10 Best Wineries And Vineyards In And Near Bordeaux, France

wineries in bordeaux
Michelle Jamie
Michelle Jamie
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A port city in southwestern France, Bordeaux is known as the center of the famous wine-growing region. It is also known for the Gothic-styled Cathedral of Saint-André, as well as the 18th and 19th-century mansions and remarkable art museums, like the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, which is one of the largest art galleries of France that is located outside Paris. Aside from these notable structures, Bordeaux boasts of numerous vineyards and wineries, worthy of your time. In case you don’t know where to start your winery tour, read on, and discover our top 10 list of best wineries and vineyards in town.

1. Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Château les Carmes-Haut-Brion
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Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is an estate that dates back to the 16th century and was owned by the Carmelite Order for two centuries before it was sold to the founder of the Pichet real estate group, Patrice Pichet, in the year 2010.

The chateau features 5 hectares (12 acres) of vineyard, which produces the signature wine, the Les Carmes Haut-Brion, and a picturesque grounds designed by landscape artist Louis-Bernard Fischer during the 19th century. This property offers tours which will let you discover the estate and its heritage, the stages of making wine, and will end with a wine tasting activity.

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Address: 20 Rue des Carmes, 33000 Bordeaux, France

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:30am–12:30pm/ 2:00pm–6:00pm

Website: Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

2. The Naked Vigneron

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A family owned and managed vineyard and winery, the Naked Vigneron is an 11-hectare (27-acre) organic vineyard that produces a full range of AOC Bordeaux wines. The vineyard is only a part of a 15-hectare (38-acre) farm that produces hay and is home to some wildlife. Tourists will be free to wander around the farm as well as engage in other activities being offered by the family, which include a wine cellar tour and wine tasting. Another special offering is the adopt a vine, wherein you can choose between adopting a single naked vine or a row, with each corresponding to specific benefits that include free bottles of wine, an invitation to events, the nameplate on the vines, discounts, and more.

The Naked Vigneron

Address: Le Bernard, 33220 Margueron, France

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 9:00am–7:00pm

Website: The Naked Vigneron

3. Château Luchey-Halde

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Chateau Luchey-Halde is an estate that has disappeared for 80 years and was only revived in the year 1999. It was brought back to life by Bordeaux Sciences Agro, National School of Agricultural Engineering. This property is located in the heart of the city and it features exceptional terroir that allows the vineyard to produce high-quality wines. The outstanding wines are also made possible by the students and the researchers working hand in hand to better the product. Also, the vineyard has modern production tools that make it easier for them to produce fresh, flavorful, and quality wines.

Château Luchey-Halde

Address: 17 Avenue du Maréchal Joffre, 33700 Mérignac, France

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:30am–12:30pm/ 2:00pm–5:30pm

Website: Château Luchey-Halde

4. Maufras Jean

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Maufras Jean is a 16-hectare (39-acre) vineyard composed of 3 hectares (7.4 acres) of white and 13 hectares (32 acres) of red. It is a family owned and run property that is being passed down from father to son to keep the values and heritage in their winemaking business. Here, you will know how they produce exquisite wine that is based on respect for nature and the season’s cycle. They have a wide variety of red and white wine that undergo careful vinification, making sure of its quality. Also, thanks to their expert winemaker and quality cellars. Don’t forget to drop by this beautiful vineyard and winery on your way to Bordeaux, for a lovely time of wine tasting.

Maufras Jean

Address: 20 Rue Maurice Utrillo, 33140 Villenave-d'Ornon, France

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am–12:00pm/ 2:00pm–6:00pm

Website: Maufras Jean

5. Château Sainte-Barbe

Château Sainte-Barbe
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Poised on the banks of the Garonne giving it a spectacular view of the river, Saint Barbe Vineyard is in 30 hectares (74 acres), of which 80 percent is composed of 80 of Merlot and the remaining land is divided to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The secret to their quality product is their strict control of the vineyards. They are very particular about how each is planted, the spaces between, the drainage, the ditches, the character of the soil, and more. They have two well-known and award-winning wines by the name of Chateau Sainte Barbe and Merlot of Sainte Barbe; make sure to get this when you drop by the vineyard.

Château Sainte-Barbe

Address: Route du Burck, 33810 Ambès, France

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00am–5:00pm

Website: Château Sainte-Barbe

6. Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

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Situated in the medieval village of Saint-Emilion, Château Canon-la-Gaffelière has a terroir of clay and limestones, making it produce a variety of excellent quality grapes, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The visit to this vineyard is strictly by appointment, you can check their calendar for available dates, and book via their website. During the tour, you will discover the vineyard and the elaborate process and presentation of wines and it will end with the tasting of their three wines from their different properties. They also offer private tours with a personalized welcome as well as a free tasting of their wines.

Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

Address: 33330 Saint-Émilion, France

Website: Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

7. Château Bel-Air

Château Bel-Air
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Located at the center of Lussac Saint-Emilion appellation, Chateau Bel-air is in a 30-hectare (74-acre) land with 21 hectares (51 acres) of vines, which produce 70% de Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is owned by Jean-Noël Roi and it has been in the family for over a century now. The vines here are on the average age of 35, which is a fine age to produce well-balanced wines. Then it is harvested when fully ripe for the tannins depend on it. For maturing wines, they use the traditional method of storing it in 150-oak stave barrels, of which one third is renewed annually.

Château Bel-Air

Address: La Madeleine, 33330 Saint-Émilion, France

Website: Château Bel-Air

8. Château de Pitray

Château de Pitray
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Dating back to the 15th century, Chateau Pitray features 30 hectares (74 acres) vines that produce more than 240,000 bottles of wine per annum, made from the grape varieties of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This property is owned and run by the de Boigne family for over 600 years now. It is located in Saint Emilion, which is just one hour away from Bordeaux. The stunning chateau Pitray and its vineyard will surely take your breath away with its beauty and capture your heart when you taste one of its specialty wines. Don’t forget to add this beautiful vineyard to your list of must-visit attractions and wineries when you go on a tour of the city.

Château de Pitray

Address: 49 Le Bourg, 33350 Gardegan-et-Tourtirac, France

Website: Château de Pitray

9. Château Mouton Rothschild

Château Mouton Rothschild
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If you’re planning to go on a wineries tour by yourself, Château Mouton Rothschild must be on your top list, for it is the most welcoming and accommodating chateau in Bordeaux; you can even book a visit online. Upon entering, you’ll fall in love with its manicured vine rows, perfectly raked gravel pathway, and sculpted hedges. Château Mouton Rothschild offers a world-famous claret and it is one of the remaining vineyards in Merdoc that uses oak vats to ferment and then transferred to oak casks to mature. This property also produces a variety of quality grapes that include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. You’ll also find here a former barrel cellar turned Museum of Wine Art that displays medieval tapestries, Chinese porcelain, and the originals label paintings.

Château Mouton Rothschild

Address: Château Mouton Rothschild, 33250 Pauillac, France

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00am–12:30pm/ 2:00pm–6:00pm

Website: Château Mouton Rothschild

10. Château Pape-Clément

Pape Clement
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Château Pape-Clément features a scenic 30 hectares (74 acres) of vineyard, producing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. It also grows a small variety of white grapes such as Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle. It is one of the grandest estates in the area and proud to be making quality red and white wines.

Chateau Pape Clement is the oldest vineyard, which 700th vintage has just been harvested last 2006. Also, you’ll find this chateau very accommodation for it has visitor’s personnel who will assist you with the experience and give you a menu of the tours, wine tasting class schedule, and even accommodation in the chateau.

Château Pape-Clément

Address: 216 Avenue Dr Nancel Penard, 33600 Pessac, France

Website: Château Pape-Clément

Bordeaux

Franconian vineyards in Autumn
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This lovely seaport town will satisfy your wine cravings with its numerous vineyards and wineries, which also feature stunning chateaus that will enchant the little girl and boy in you, who dreams of visiting a castle one day. Don’t forget to check out our list of the best wineries and vineyards in Bordeaux.

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Michelle is a book-loving travel-junkie who tries to write for a living. Her goal is to explore the world, get to know as many people as she can, and inspire others to do the same, for she believes...Read more

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