Wine Folly Breaks Down The Barriers To Bordeaux

October 19th, 2021

SEATTLE, October 19, 2021 - The Wine Folly Bordeaux Region Guide is launching today, making one of the most complex and intimidating wine regions of the world more accessible. What's surprising is how the dynamic guide revealed undiscovered secrets to the team while they created it.

"The latest wine guide reveals undiscovered finds in France's most famous wine destination."

Wine Folly: Bordeaux Region Guide

The Bordeaux Region Guide is the largest and most comprehensive online guide to Bordeaux. The guide grows dynamically as wineries add their stories. Today it features:

  • 2,853 Pages
  • 1,152 Wines
  • 779 Wineries
  • 38 Articles

“We started seeing things that didn't make sense during testing and QA," commented Madeline Puckette, Chief Design Officer and Co-Founder of Wine Folly. "For example, Bordeaux shouldn't have any Chardonnay, but there it was in the data."

The Chardonnay turned out to be an experimental wine that grows in a red wine only appellation on the right bank of Bordeaux. The wine had been declassified to a Vin de France and would normally never be associated with Bordeaux.

"Seeing all the information laid out in an easy-to-learn way makes me excited for students of Bordeaux around the world," said Christine Marsiglio MW who is Wine Folly's Head Wine Educator. "Finally, someone can learn about a place and connect to the wines and wineries in that same moment."

Secrets revealed in Bordeaux's first ever dynamic wine guide

Since wine information dynamically associates with sub-appellations, it's easy to find value from Bordeaux's lesser known red wine regions. For example, Cadillac - Côtes de Bordeaux is right across the river from Sauternes. This appellation is an unknown hotspot for Merlot and Cabernet Franc blends.

The guide also includes all the wineries in the 1855 Grand Cru Classé, a wine tradition reaching back to the Napoleonic era that guarantees high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon with rich flavor.

More fun facts about Bordeaux:

  • 53 distinct wine growing areas make up Bordeaux
  • The region is 297,000 acres in size (six times the size of Napa Valley!)
  • Every second 20 bottles of Bordeaux wine are sold around the world.
  • Grapes have been grown here for almost 2,000 years.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon originated here sometime during the 1700s
  • The most planted grape variety in Bordeaux is Merlot.
  • 89% of all wine made in Bordeaux is red.

As châteaux add their wines, the guide continues to grow

Today the guide features 2,853 pages but as more wineries add their wine vintages, the guide grows bigger. The team worked in close collaboration with the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) to kick off the project with Bordeaux's châteaux.

The Wine Folly Bordeaux Guide is freely available online and will exist for years to come.

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