Bordeaux has been known for making wine since the 8th century AD and is today the world's major capital of the wine industry. Not by any chance, it is also home to the world's main wine fair, VINEXPO.
Located in the South-West of France, in the Gironde department (the ancient Guyenne), in the Nouvelle-Aquitane region, with nearly three thousand châteaux, this area typically makes celebrated dry and aged red wines, fruity wines in the Médoc
sub-region, softer wines in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion. Only about 20% of the region produces white wines. The local differentiating system between sub-regional and communal areas determines a rigid quality hierarchy among Bordeaux wines.
The vicinity of the Atlantic ocean provides a smooth climate with no sudden temperature jumps. The winter is usually mild, the spring humid and the summer, between July and October, always sunny. The most typical Bordeaux grape varieties are Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Carmenere (red) and Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle (white).