The vineyards of Bordeaux boast no fewer than six wine routes and almost as many different ways of visiting them, including by bike, motorbike or helicopter… Here’s a little look at how you can make your way around.
Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or only get out once in a while, a bike ride through the vineyards of Bordeaux is an unmissable experience — and for good reason: some of the routes have become absolute musts, including the highly popular Roger Lapébie Trail, a 57-kilometre ride through open countryside, or a trip through the vineyards of Saint-Émilion. And don’t forget the many estates and châteaux that will tempt you to pedal along country trails and through fields of vines — some of these establishments have even become cycling “ambassadors”.
And did you know that you can now take the controls of another type of handlebar as you explore Bordeaux’s wine trails by motorbike? There are a number of packages for hiring two-wheels (including Harley-Davidsons) and arranging your road trip for a day or more. Or, if you’d prefer to take a (comfy) back seat rather than a plain saddle or sidecar, why not take a trip in a London taxi? A knowledgeable driver will escort and guide you through the vineyards, where you can enjoy a novel on-the-go wine tasting. Or perhaps you’d rather drive a hire car yourself? Take the wheel of one of the electric vehicles that are ready and waiting to help you discover the vineyards of Margaux and the legendary châteaux of the Médoc.
If you’re after something even more original, then treat yourself to a visit to a vineyard from the heavens! Thrill-seekers can fly over the vineyards of Bordeaux all the way to Arcachon Bay by helicopter. Or why not pilot the machine yourself on an introductory flight? Or do you fancy a different type of aircraft? No problem! Enjoy your first trip in a microlight, taking off in Libourne and flying over the Saint-Émilion wine-growing region, a classified World Heritage site. Last but not least, there’s all the charm of a trip in a balloon with the promise of an unforgettable experience as you spend three or four hours flying above the most beautiful châteaux in Bordeaux, a sense of serenity and the good life your only guides.
In short, whether you go by road or through the skies, you’re sure to find an itinerary that will delight you on one of Bordeaux’s wine-themed tours which, we guarantee, will be one-of-a-kind!