Roll out the barrel

Bordeaux is to wine what your mother is to you.

The vineyards of this area gave birth to viticulture, and nurtured it through infancy until it became big and strong and spawned a new generation of upstarts from the New World.

How to experience it: Tours run daily to various chateaux from the tourist centre. Oz Clarke’s Bordeaux book is a great read for anyone wanting to learn more about the region and its wine.