Who hasn’t heard of the Bordeaux wine region? Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s wine country has an international reputation. But far from the hustle and bustle of the major wine tourism sights there are hidden corners just waiting to be explored. So what are we waiting for, let the fun begin!

The Bordeaux wine region has its fair share of famous châteaux and world-renowned wine estates! To guide you towards some of the smaller, hidden gems, here’s a selection of some truly authentic and inviting wine experiences.


In Saint-Émilion, the Cloître des Cordeliers showcases its sparkling wines in the calm of its troglodyte cellars. Located beneath a listed cloister and a lush garden, the ancient vaults are the perfect place to relax and learn more about this special wine.


You’ll also find underground passageways at the Citadel of Blaye, which you can explore to uncover the secrets behind this fortress, designed by the famous architect Vauban. Follow this with a visit to the citadelle's museum for a deep-dive into the heritage of one of Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s most iconic and UNESCO-listed towns.


In Entre-deux-mers, visit the Cabane dans les Vignes for a stunning view of the vineyard. This intimate location offers wine tasting sessions and an introduction to winemaking and is an excellent place to enjoy the very best in local produce.


Another haven of peace and quiet can be found at île Margaux on the Gironde estuary. Wander among the vines and discover the five grape varieties that thrive on this island's exceptional terroir. Visit the cellars to sample wines from the Médoc and enjoy a timeless wine experience.


Enjoy a glass of wine and some tapas at La Petite Guingette, a cosy wine bar in Graves and Sauternes complete with a beautiful garden, comfy chairs and a relaxed atmosphere.


Whether it’s on the covered terrace or beside the fireplace, be sure to visit the wine bar at the Boutique Hôtel this winter for a wine tasting in a delightful setting. Spend time with the establishment’s sommelier and sample Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s wines along with some gourmet platters in the heart of Bordeaux.


Just a few of the hidden gems in Nouvelle-Aquitaine that you can visit for a slice, or a glass, of the good life!