Long referred to as the “Sleeping Beauty”, today Bordeaux is more awake than ever before ! The French city is in full revival, attracting a growing number of enthusiasts and investors. Touted by the international media as a “great place to live”, Bordeaux boasts state-of-the-art facilities and a dazzling new wine attraction, the Cité du Vin. Come and find out for yourself...
Bordeaux, the jewel of south-west France!
The capital of south-west France, Bordeaux is proud of its rich historical past and sun-kissed lands… Nestled in the heart of a thousand-year-old vineyard, it is bordered by the Garonne – river which has shaped its commercial development – and by the Atlantic Ocean a short distance away, with its famed Great Dune of Pyla and Arcachon Bay.
Voted “European Best Destination 2015″, and ranked the 2nd best place to visit in 2016 by the NY Times and The Guardian, Bordeaux is a real gem!
With its updated transport infrastructure, its appeal as a host for major events and new economic and cultural attractions, the future is already happening here in Bordeaux!
An enterprising, expanding city
France’s No.1 city for real-estate investment, 2 for business start-ups,
Bordeaux has been completely transformed since the 2000s.
The restoration and regeneration of its historical centre and riverside has returned the natural lustre and economic attractiveness to the Pearl of Aquitaine.
With several industry clusters including a superior service sector, a highly developed digital and creative economy, eco-businesses, expertise
ranging from winegrowing to medical technologies and water sports,
as well as cutting-edge educational and research facilities,
Bordeaux is one of the most popular choices with the French in terms of quality of life.
WINE AND SPIRITS
A passion for winegrowing generation after generation
In 2016, Bordeaux was named “The new world wine capital” by The Guardian in recognition of its wine and spirits market.
Pessac-Léognan, Saint-Émilion, Sauternes, Médoc… Bordeaux is home to many of the great appellations… names renowned the world over and given pride of place on the finest tables.
The vineyards begin just a stone’s throw away from the city and stretch out across the region, punctuated with majestic castles that remain the driving force behind long-distance exports.
But Bordeaux is not just about wine – spirits are important too. The cognac-producing region is just an hour’s drive away and within two hours you can be tasting some fine Armagnacs!
Wine and spirits production and trade are two of the region’s most important business sectors.
Bordeaux is like a smaller version of Paris” : always bustling and internationally oriented and with such a great quality of life!
The port of the Moon, its atmospheres and neighbourhoods
The Port of the Moon, is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site,
it is the biggest area that has ever been UNESCO classified and
contributes to the reputation of Bordeaux’s historic city center.
You will breath the history of the city as you walk its sun-bathed squares
and cobble stone paved streets discovering surprising details
such as historic fountains, beautifully carved doors, and
artfully decorated historic bell towers …
Each neighbourhood has its own special atmosphere you will stroll through:
lively Saint-Pierre, arty Chartrons, bohemian Saint-Michel, and trendy Saint-Eloi …
Leading names and specialities of the South-West
Whatever your budget, in Bordeaux you can enjoy French gastronomy
in all its forms and all naturally accompanied by a glass of good wine…
from brasseries to Michelin-starred restaurants, or you could be standing
at a market stall or sitting outside a café with an early evening aperitif.
Of course you can sample the fruits of the land,including specialities of the South West – confit de canard and foie gras, garbure landaise (thick vegetable & meat stew) and entrecôte bordelaise, wild mushrooms and truffles from Périgord , locally grown fruit and vegetables – but also the
sea’s bounty – oysters and shellfish from Arcachon Bay, etc…
Heritage, unique events and the great outdoors!
• Explore the Cité du Vin, sponsored by Vinexpo, and go back in time
to discover wine through the ages and through civilisations.
• Join the crowds for a thrilling game at the new football stadium.
• Stroll along the banks of the Garonne, stopping at the Place de la Bourse
famous for its magnificent reflecting pool.
• Venture out towards the right bank, via the pont Chaban-Delmas vertical-lift bridge or the old stone bridge to discover the Darwin Eco-Système project, a symbol of Bordeaux’s alternative creative economy.
• Take the sea air at Arcachon Bay and climb Europe’s highest sand dune, Great Dune of Pyla.
• Visit the delightful village of Saint-Emilion and call at a château or two for a private wine tasting with the producer.
Vinexpo Bordeaux 2017
“Come and experience the world’s major wine and spirits gathering
at the Bordeaux Exhibition Centre.”