A bud on a vine

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Twig of vine with a small leaf bud. Chateau Beau-Sejour-Becot. Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France


Bordeaux vineyard, winery and region stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Bordeaux is the world’s biggest producer of quality wine. It has some 120,000 hectares of vineyards split up in some 60 appellations (regions and sub-regions). The region has a wide variety of wine producers: from the very small, rural, family owned producers, often found in the eastern part of the district, to the spectacular chateaux that can be found in the heart of the Médoc which have today often become the rich man’s trophy estate.

The capital of the wine region is of course Bordeaux city itself. It is a wealthy and thriving city that has undergone a substantial “face lift” over the last decade. It is now a city full of splendour, with beautiful city palaces, a charming riverside walk, small winding streets in the old part of the city and many good restaurants. But there are many smaller towns and villages around the region that are worth visiting, the medieval town of Saint Emilion (UNESCO World Heritage site, as is the city of Bordeaux itself) being the most famous.

The landscape is dominated by vineyards and vines. Wherever you go you see straight rows of vines. In winter they look almost barren when the vines are pruned back to the core. In summer the vines are lush and green and in the autumn the take on a colourful aspect.

You have both red and white wines in Bordeaux. The whites now only represent 10% of the total, unfortunately since you can find many excellent (and good value!) dry white wines here. Red grapes are primarily cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. White wine is made from sauvignon blanc, sémillon and muscadelle.

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Bordeaux Winery and Vineyard Sample Wine Travel Photography - Images by Per Karlsson

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