Bordeaux mystifies many people because it really is a huge wine region. Located in the Gironde department of France centred around France’s 4th largest city, the vines of Bordeaux cover an incredible 120,000 hectares producing more than 850 million bottles of wine annually. There are 8,500 wine producers in the region.
Bordeaux is by far the largest wine growing region in France. Bordeaux’s production is the equivalent of 70% of Australia’s total wine volume from an area that covers less than 15% of the island state of Tasmania. Prices range from a few Euros per bottle to several thousand for one of the top wines.
In the Bordeaux region, 89% of the wine produced is red and the 11% of whites include the highly prized botyrised or Vin Liquoureux. The main red grape varieties grown are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. For white it’s Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Most wines are sold as blends – CabMerlot being the most famous from this region, although you may not always be able to tell from the label.
So if you are a touch confused, relax, Bordeaux is huge. A little research is invaluable. And we are always happy to try and help!