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Bordeaux wine tours are one of the great attractions to visiting the Southwest of France — which is why we offer such programs as A Week in Bordeaux Wine Country, where you can meet winemakers — but it isn't the only reason to visit.

Southwest France cooking vacations and tours
The city of Bordeaux was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meaning its a beautiful place rich in history. From its 18th century architecture and gardens to the area's natural wonders, such as the Landes forest and miles of vineyards, Bordeaux is a stunning place with more than 350 historical monuments. Clearly the city is an amazing place to explore, especially since the city center's narrow streets are often dedicated to pedestrians!

As for the region of Bordeaux, it is full of gastronomical delights, like foie gras, Basque country pork, oysters, cheese from the Pyrenees, and chocolates. But of course, there's the wine too, and Bordeaux is full of it, since it is the largest producing — and best — wine country in the world. While the region mainly produces red wines, which you can taste during our French cooking vacations, they also produce some wonderful sweet white wines as well.

During The International Kitchen's A Week in Bordeaux Wine Country, stay with winemakers in a 17th century guest house on a 42-acre wine estate. A large part of this trip is exploring the area and tasting the wines and foods of the Bordeaux region. As such, you'll discover how to pair regional wines with the local cuisine!

Our 5-night program Chateau Cooking in Bordeaux is run by Suzanne, who has worked as a managing director of a vineyard for several years. She is also an accomplished chef; in her casual, yet informative, lessons, you will discover seasonal French recipes! Some of these recipes may include salad landaus as well as a fish with a white sauce. While learning about food, you'll also receive a wine education as well as a Bordeaux wine tour at the famous Grand Cru winery.

A third option in Bordeaux is A Taste of Bordeaux. Hosts Jonathan and Barbara open their beautiful Bourgeois-style maison to guests; the 18th-century home is surrounded by fruit trees, as well as a garden, where many ingredients for the cooking classes come from. On day four of this trip, a visit to the Wine Chateaux is included, and a guide will help you discover one of the finest wine regions of the world -- Bordeaux, of course!

For more information about Bordeaux and our French culinary vacations in Southwest France, please click here.

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