When going on a wine adventure in Bordeaux, understanding that Bordeaux is a large region with infinite places to visit is helpful in your planning. If you want to stay close to the city of Bordeaux but experience some different areas and wines, a trip to Bergerac is in order. A quick car ride away, you can drive to Bergerac (As in Cyrano De Bergerac!) in a bit under an hour.
Stopping at Chateau des Vigiers on the way is a must. Not only is the hotel historic and stately, they also have a Michelin starred gourmet restaurant and a beautiful golf course. Their Chateau des Vigiers 2010 wine is not to be missed with a lovely lunch at their Brasserie. Many of the rooms are newly renovated and feature huge bathtubs and local art, so if you decide you need a bed for the night, that might be arranged as well.
If you aren't too full from your gourmet lunch and wine, renting an electric bicycle in Monbazillac to ride to the Château de Monbazillac for a taste of their famous sweet white wine is a must. The views as you ascend the mountain are to die for, and really being in the vineyards is so different than going through by car. Once you get to the Chateau, you can take a tour of the medieval castle, take in the spectacular view of the Dordogne Valley, and then have a complimentary wine tasting.
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