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Bordeaux and the Wine Country vacation, France

Bordeaux, France

Many visitors to France have a hard enough time pulling themselves away from Paris, let alone exploring the far reaches of the country. But it’s worth taking the high-speed TGV train down to the southwest of the country, using Bordeaux as your base. Tour a few of the 9,000 vineyards to the east and find your favorite labels to drink back in town. Head west to the coast and climb the eerie Dune du Pyla before heading into Arcachon for delectable local oysters. Or just take a city break in a place that is beautiful, lively, and full of fantastic bars and restaurants, incuding an influx of wine dining options from notable chefs such as Joël  Rubuchon and Gordon Ramsay.
Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital. It is home to the world's main wine fair, Vinexpo, while the wine economy in the metro area takes in 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century.