Valuable Resources for Wine, Travel and More…
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Bordeaux France Resources
Bordeaux City Tourism
Bordeaux Tourisme is a branch of the Mayor’s office and promotes Downtown Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site worth visiting. The city center is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France on pages 24-55. Their website is a good resource for additional information for Bordeaux City Center activities.
Vins de Bordeaux is the organization that promotes all of Bordeaux’s wine regions. The website is extensive! They have tons of information about food, wine, events, portraits/profiles of key wine industry people, news, and education. They also have in-depth information about each of the appellations, plus direct links to the appellations’ and sub-appellations’ websites.
The Office de Tourisme de Saint-Émilion is the organization that promotes the Saint-Émilion Village, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of Saint-Émilion vineyards. This office provides maps, brochures and videos, and offers village tours, UNESCO tours, night tours, and tours of the underground monolithic church. The village is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France on pages 400-415.
The Conseil des Vins de Saint-Émilion is the organization that classifies and promotes the Saint-Émilion wine region. What makes this classification unique and powerful is that it is updated every ten years, motivating the winegrowers to produce the very best possible quality in their wines. In 2012 only 82 properties qualified (64 Grand Cru Classés and 18 Premier Grand Cru Classés). Saint-Émilion is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France on pages 316-399.
Wines of Fronsac
The Conseil des Vins de Fronsac is the organization of growers and winemakers that promotes Fronsac wines and its wine tourism. They have a large wine shop with a wide variety of wines from the appellation for sale. Fronsac is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France on pages 416-441.
Wines of Pomerol
The Syndical Viticole de Pomerol is the organization comprised of growers and winemakers that promotes Pomerol wines and its wine tourism. They have a large wine shop with a wide variety of wines from the appellation for sale. Pomerol is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France on pages 442-459
Wines of The Médoc
Vins de Médoc is the organization that promotes this prestigious land of Médoc appellations, with in-depth information about each of their eight sub-appellations. They further provide detailed information on each of the châteaux in each of these sub-appellations. The Médoc is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France on pages 56-223.
The Médoc Grand Cru Classés of 1855
The Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 is the organization that promotes the Médoc’s red wine châteaux (except Haut-Brion in Pessac) and the sweet wines of Sauternes that were bestowed as the best wines in the world by Napoléon III in 1855. There are 61 châteaux, ranked by growths, with only five first-growths known as Premier Crus. They are the big famous names of Château Margaux, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The Médoc is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France on pages 56-223 and Conseil des Grands Crus Classés’ specific information is on page 61
The Cru Bourgeois of The Médoc
The Crus Bourgeois du Médoc is the organization that classifies and promotes Médoc châteaux which have met strict standards of production and has excelled in blind tastings. Cru Bourgeois is not a one-time classification from 150 years ago as each château must submit to the process and be approved annually. The Médoc is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France on pages 56-223, Cru Bourgeois specific information is on page 60.
The Graves Grand Cru Classés
Crus Classés de Graves is the organization that classifies and promotes fourteen prestigious châteaux in the Graves appellation which were classified as great growths in 1953 and 1959. These châteaux have the unusual distinction of producing both red and wine wines of superior quality. Some are classified for only their red wines, some for only white wines, and others for both. Only 22 labels total. Graves (including Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes and Barsac) is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France on pages 240-309.
The Médoc Atlantique is an organization which promotes the many destinations along the Atlantic Ocean west of the Médoc wine regions, including the beaches, lakes and forest. There are numerous cute little towns along the ocean and lakes from Port-Medoc at the north through quaint historic little towns, expansive naturist resorts, two very large freshwater lakes (Hourtin and Lacanau), and the beach town of Lacanau Ocean to the south. The Médoc Atlantique is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France on pages 224-239.
Great Wine Capitals
Great Wine Capitals is a global network of ten wine capitals around the world, including Bordeaux. These are significant wine regions in ten different countries. Among other collaborations, each wine capital conducts an annual contest to determine which wineries offer extraordinary tourism in seven different categories. The index of the Best of Wine Tourism Bordeaux winners in Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux France is on pages 481.
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Wines of Argentina
Wines of Argentina is the organization that promotes the Argentine wines worldwide, providing details on the winemaking regions of Argentina, including the top-three wine regions of Mendoza, Salta and Patagonia found in Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina. Their website is a great resource for information for your Argentina trips and Argentine wine consumption.
Argentina’s Ministry of Tourism provides information about all aspects of visiting Argentina, including the different types of experiences, destinations and suggested excursions, including World Heritage Sites. Information available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian and Chinese.
This is the official website of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for the Province of Salta. They provide current information regarding the geography, weather, history and traditions that you will encounter when visiting this unique and wonderful wine region in the high elevations of the far northwest province of Argentina. Salta is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina on pages 202-247.
This is the official tourism website for Patagonia, providing the total picture of this land to the extreme south of the American continent with its perfect combination of lakes, rivers, mountains, valleys, infinite steppe and wine regions of the Río Negro and Neuquén. Patagonia is reviewed in Exploring Wine Regions – Argentina on pages 248-307.