The Bordeaux wine producing regions is in southwest France, with the capital city also called Bordeaux, on the Garonne River. To the north of the city the Dordogne River joins the Garonne forming the broad estuary called the Gironde and covering the whole area of the Gironde department, with a total vineyard area of over 120,000 hectares, making it the largest wine growing area in France.
Every year an average vintage produces over 700 million bottles of Bordeaux wine, including some of the most expensive and prestigious wines in the world.
The red wine, known as Claret, sweet white wines (most notably Sauternes), dry whites, and (in much smaller quantities) rosé and the fantastic sparkling wines (Crémant de Bordeaux)
Bordeaux wine is made by more than 8,500 producers or châteaux. There are 54 appellations of Bordeaux wine.
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