Best known for the world-famous Chateaux of the Medoc, Bordeaux also produces great wines from the south and east - places like Graves and St Emilion. There are many good value wines from small growers to be found though, particularly in some of the outlying villages of the region. Lesser known areas like Graves to the south of the city, Cotes de Bourg opposite Medoc and Cote de Castillon next to Saint Emilion are good hunting grounds.
Look out for the degustation signs and try out your French. You will not be disappointed.
Great local vineyards
For examples of good value, award winning clarets try these winemakers:
- Chateau Martinat (Lansac, Cotes de Bourg) + 33 (0)5 57 68 34 98
- Chateau Beauregard Ducasse (Perignac, Sauternes / Graves) + 33 (0)5 56 62 35 78
- Chateau Faugeres (Saint Etienne de Lisse, Saint Emilion) + 33 (0)5 57 40 34 99