France and wine. The two go together like, well . . . France and wine. It comes as no surprise that a country famous for its wine should have numerous regions where exceptional wines are produced. In France, each of those regions is distinct and important, yet Bordeaux remains the country’s largest and most popular.
No matter which river cruise they take, whether it’s the 8-day Bordeaux Affair, the 9-day Bordeaux Sojourn, the 11-day Beautiful Bordeaux, or the 12-day Breathtaking Bordeaux, Scenic travelers are guaranteed opportunities to discover and experience the region’s châteaux in engaging and—in some cases—unique ways. Those interactions begin early on with a sunset reception at Château Siaurac. There, guests can sip the château’s red blend—a full-bodied and well-balanced wine rich with black cherry notes—while they gaze at the château’s Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec vines glimmering in the golden hues of the day’s fading light.
Later on in those journeys, Scenic guests will visit Château d’Agassac, an estate that is among the oldest winemaking establishments in the region with a history that dates back to the 13th century. The château features a stone manor house—quite literally, a castle—that was built during the 16th and 17th centuries; and it’s there that Scenic Bordeaux river cruise travelers will enjoy an evening concert of classical masterpieces.
River cruisers who wish to spend a day touring noteworthy châteaux and perhaps discovering new favorite wines have plenty of esteemed châteaux from which to choose. And although great experiences (and great wine) can be found at many, the following establishments are ones that offer a little bit more—or something a little bit different—than most.