Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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Bordeaux is more than just wine country — it’s culturally rich

In the southwestern region of France lies the port city of Bordeaux, which is well known for vineyards & fine wine. Instead of touring this city by land, traveler Katie Hammel embarked on an Amawaterways river cruise to visit the surrounding areas. She discovered an abundance of history & culture that would have been missed had she only stayed in Bordeaux. In addition to the amazing experience of wine tasting, the itinerary introduced tourists to the area’s local fresh cuisine, outdoor markets, historical castles, basilicas & ruins, including a chateau with 20 acres of caves & tunnels. Historical ties to World War II as well as Roman burial tombs were explored.

Key Takeaways:

  • Once known as La Belle Endormie (Sleeping Beauty), Bordeaux — and the wine region that surrounds it — has fully awoken.
  • Roquetaillade Castle (Château de Roquetaillade) was one such place. The fortress — it consists of two castles, the new one was built in 1306, the older one is in ruins
  • At La Cité du Vin (City of Wine), Bordeaux’s 10-story wine museum, we spent hours wandering among the 20 themed areas and interactive exhibits, learning about the history of wine in Bordeaux

“Bordeaux, a port city in southwestern France, has always been synonymous with the high-quality wines it produces, but as I discovered on a river cruise through the area, its appeal isn’t limited to the vineyards.”

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About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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