From Grape to Glass Drive - detailed description


Princely seated, you cruise for about an hour to the region of your choice. Avoiding the motorway, taking smaller country roads, crossing typical French villages with Roman and Gothic churches. A mild sun illuminates the slopes, the wind plays through your hair. A nice and light Atlantic wind breezes. The climate promises a lot of sun, sometimes some rain. No worries, the roof folds down. Drops pleasantly tap on the burgundy red canvas.

Terroir

Is it the soil, is it the climate or is it the grape that makes the Bordeaux area so fertile? The answer is none of the three, but all three. This magical interplay between the various elements of Mother Earth is called "terroir" by the French. Connoisseurs definitely identify these elements in the wine.

The first vines

Three centuries BC. Bordeaux was called Burdigala; a Gallic settlement on the banks of the Garonne. It was the Romans, who around 50 AD. planted vineyards in today's Médoc region. The harvest was of unprecedented quality, a nectar with the character of a thoroughbred. Winegrowing took off, especially when the wide estuary of the Gironde, the port of Bordeaux (and politics) made the worldwide export of wine possible. Whether in bottles or in round oak barrels, the Bordeaux wines found their way to the new empires in the colonies, to the President of The United States of America, and to the Tsar of Russia. Marshes were drained. Every square meter of land was reclaimed for the vines eager to flourish. The region grew into perhaps the most successful monoculture on earth.

Medieval heart

If you take your time, you will see the miracle. The soil of sand, gravel and clay, rocks of soft limestone, where little else wants to grow. Charming towns, sometimes with Roman roots, often with a medieval heart, looking almost hidden over the eternal vineyards. Graceful chateaus, sometimes pompous, tower over the flat countryside of the Médoc. ‘Girondines’, cellars carved out of the rocks of Saint-Émillion, where the precious wine matures.

During the eight-hour version you can see and taste even more. More vineyards, more towns, more chateaus. If you wish, reservations can be made in a charming local restaurant to enjoy the dishes that French gastronomes serve with your favorite wine. A walk is also possible with a déjeuner, a picnic lunch in the countryside, arranged by your driver. There is even time for a winemaking course, after two hours you will be on the road again with your self-bottled wine. (Please email us to talk about the options).

Nothing is compulsory, a lot is allowed, a lot is possible if you take the time.

The Sleeping Beauty

Back to the city of Bordeaux, Sleeping Beauty is her nickname. It might be getting dark, maybe there is still a (late) sun in the western sky. The DS does not drive, it almost floats through the landscape. Your driver-guide will bring you home safely.

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