Postcard from Bordeaux

When you think France, you think wine. Red invariably. If you’re lucky, from Bordeaux. Unequivocally French, n’est-ce pas?! And yet the history of Bordeaux’s wine trade reveals a more international story. The Musée du vin et du négoce is located in the Chartrons area of the city in the cellars of an eighteenth-century building that previously belonged to an Irish wine trader. Yes, Irish. Indeed, the first traders were not French, but came from England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the German Lands. It was only later that French people came to Bordeaux to make their fortune in the wine trade. Bottles were loaded onto ships bound for India, not for consumption but it was thought that the motion and heat of the journey would help them age quicker. Red wine, absolument français mais…

We visited Bordeaux as international house sitters in between gigs in September 2018, February 2019, and April 2019. During our seven months of house sitting in France, it served as a starting point and a place of return. We adore Bordeaux and not just because of the wine! If you’re interested in becoming international house sitters, check out our house sitting tips pages. We’ve found nearly all of our house sits with and we really recommend joining the site. You can receive 20% off membership by using our affiliate referral code: RAF157338 (apply it on checkout).

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