Grapes at Domaine Leduc-Frouin

ripening grapes in the Loire

ripening grapes in the Loire




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Loupiac – the sweeter side of Bordeaux

Loupiac (33 Gironde, Aquitaine) is the home of some of the best sweet wines of Bordeaux, although Sauternes will always claim to be the king of dessert wines.

loupiacLoupiac wines are white wines made in an area on the northern bank of the Garonne river, south-east of the city of  Bordeaux, whereas Sauternes and Barsac are grown on the other side of the river. Here the grapes used can include Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris and being close to the river benefit from the autumnal mists which encourage botrytis.

On the last weekend of November (24 – 25 November 2018) the appellation holds a gourmet weekend, matching their wines with foie gras, and with many wineries opening their doors to the public – Journées Gourmandes Loupiac Foie Gras.

For more info see www.vins-loupiac.com/

Apart Hotel Les Tilleuls

Stay in nearby Saint Macaire where the Appart’Hôtel Les Tilleuls, a 16th century building in the medieval walled city – self-catering studios with bar, a spa, a fitness centre, a restaurant, a large sun terrace with rooftop views over the city.

By Train TGV TGVto Bordeaux