We arrived in Bordeaux and dropped off the car before heading to our hotel; the Hotel Mercure Bordeaux Centre. We were settled in the Zorro room (lol) and the concierge gave us free tickets to the local wine festival being held down by the river. We walked down for a couple of free wines and then sat down to dinner. Bordeaux then welcomed our arrival with a firework show (or the opening of the wine festival, same thing).
We spent most of the evening checking out the light shows. It was very similar to Sydney’s Vivid Festival and very very lovely.
The next day we were up early for a wine tour… on bicycles! On the way to the meeting point we stumbled upon this beautiful fountain.
We found Bordovino Wine Tours through the Viator website. They drove us out to Saint Emilion, we collected our bikes and off we went! The guide took us through beautiful fields, talked to us about the history of the area and formal appellations of the area.
Our first stop was at a smaller vineyard for lunch. The set up was so beautiful and the food was divine!
We stopped in the Saint Emilion village – an UNESCO World Heritage site full of old Romanesque churches and ruins.
Our other stops were larger places with more formal tours around the property.
Our last day in Bordeaux was spent exploring the sites.
The water mirror. This was the stillest shot I got. Jerks kept walking through the water.
Matt and I were obsessed with caneles while we were in Bordeaux.
Our last dinner was at an amazing wine bar where you can do self dispensing wine tasting via a fancy machine. We ordered a cheese plate and a meat plate to go with our amazing wines. Bordeaux is a food and wine dream, a must do for any foodie.