Bordeaux Region – Wine capital of the world.
To say you’re going to take a Bordeaux river cruise is almost a misnomer. There isn’t a “Bordeaux river”. A Bordeaux river cruise actually is a cruise through the region that’s called Bordeaux, on a combination of one of more rivers; the Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne.
There is an actual city called Bordeaux. It’s a port city of nearly 250,000 residents, located on the Garonne river in southwest France. In fact, it’s important to know that two rivers, the Garonne and Dordogne, merge together just north of Bordeaux to form the larger Gironde river.
You can see on the map below where I’ve indicated the location of the city of Bordeaux and the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. At the top of the map, I’ve added an arrow to indicate the direction where the Garonne and Dordogne merge to form the Gironde. Though called a “river”, the Gironde is actually an estuary, affected by tidal flows from the Atlantic Ocean, where the Gironde terminates. In fact, the Garonne and Dordogne are also affected by tides. Nevertheless, all three waterways are called “rivers”.
This premiere wine region follows the paths of the Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne rivers. The city of Bordeaux is the epicenter of world-famous ancient vineyards and wineries.
Map Credit: University of Colorado at Boulder