The Gironde Estuary is located
in Southwestern France
and is the primary body of water the impacts the Bordeaux
Region of France. It opens on the
Atlantic Ocean where the entrance is marked by the historic lighthouse
of Cordouan. The Gironde is more than 80 kilometers in length and is
formed where the Garonne River and the Dordogne River converge
near Bourg. The Garonne River extends 360 miles and is formed to the
Northeast in the Central Mountains of France. The Dordogne is nearly
as long as the Garonne. It runs east and then south all the way to the
Pyrenees Mountains that divide France and Spain.
is located along the middle of the left (southern) bank of the Gironde.
It is home to several of the most famous wines in the world. Within
the Medoc are several famous wine producing communes (towns and evirions)
including Pauillac, Margaux, Saint Estephe, Saint Julien, Listrac
If you move upstream from the Gironde estuary
along the Garonne River you will find the treasured wine regions
and Saint Emilion.
These communes are north of the water in the area and suffer an earlier
frost danger. In order to compensate for the shorter growing season,
most vintners in the region have concentrated primarily on using
rather than slower maturing Cabernet