The Wine World’s Jewel in the Crown
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With its rich history of making and exporting fine wines for over 800 years, not to mention the presence of vineyards in the region for over two thousand more, the mere word “Bordeaux” conjures up beauty, elegance and quality. In short, it truly remains the most established and respected wine-producing region in the world.
Bordeaux as we know it today has its origins in the marriage of France’s Eleanor of Aquitaine to England’s King Henry Plantagenet, or Henry II, in 1152. Given its ideal location as a natural port (its name is derived from the French, “au bord de l’eau,” meaning “along the waters”), it was only natural that commercial opportunities came knocking after the region came under England’s rule as part of the marriage contract.