Bordeaux France mapBordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital. One of the world’s most prolific wine regions, it also manages to rank among the most famous and prestigious. The official Bordeaux viticultural region stretches for 80 miles (130km) inland from the Atlantic coast.

Bordeaux is home to more than 10,000 producers, who turn out a vast quantity of wine each vintage. These range from inexpensive everyday wines through to some of the world’s most expensive and prestigious labels. Merlot is the dominant red wine grape in the vineyards of Bordeaux, followed closely by Cabernet Sauvignon and then Cabernet Franc. Petit Verdot, Malbec and even Carmenere are also permitted. Bordeaux’s white wines are generally blends of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.