Summer Travel Series: Cruising the Bordeaux with Max and Slate

Are you looking to explore foreign lands, connect with new friends, and liven up your wine tasting palette this summer? If so, there’s no better way to quench your thirst for adventure than with a Bordeaux River Cruise. Here at Max and Slate, this beautiful region has captivated us—and we know we’ll be dreaming about visiting Bordeaux all summer long. Join us to get lost for a while in dreams of delicious wine and relaxing French sunsets.


Explore the Gorgeous French Countryside

The Bordeaux Region is known around the world for its tantalizing selection of wines. However, wine is far from the only pleasure this lovely area has to offer. The scenery along the Bordeaux Rivers is exquisite, and exploring these areas will satiate your wanderlust for years to come.

On this cruise offered by AmaWaterways, you’ll drift gently down the Garonne, Dordogne, and Gironde Rivers for seven days. Along the way, there are plenty of incredible opportunities to explore the French countryside. You’ll be able to hike through the beautiful trails of Libourne, or go on a scenic vineyard tour in the hills of Pauillac. And in Cadillac, Pauillac, and Libourne, you’ll even be able to wander the halls of medieval castles. This delightful Bordeaux River cruise is truly the trip of a lifetime!



Experience The Wine Capital of the World

With its rich history going back over 2,000 years, it’s no wonder the Bordeaux Region is considered the true Wine Capital of the World. Since the time of the ancient Romans, Bordeaux vineyards have been perfecting the art of winemaking. Whether you prefer a deep, robust Cabernet or a light, refreshing Muscadelle, Bordeaux has it all.



At Max and Slate, we decided to learn a bit more about the multitude of delicious wines stemming from this region:

St. Emillion – The Crown Jewel of Bordeaux

Anyone who has even the slightest interest in Bordeaux vineyards has tried wine from St. Emillion. It’s the largest wine producing appellation in all of Bordeaux, and there are plenty of delicious varieties to enjoy. 60% of St. Emillion wine is Merlot, but at 30%, Cabernet Franc has a strong presence at well. Chateau Angelus and Chateau Fongplegade were our favorites from this region, but there were countless other contenders that came close.


Margeaux – A Dream Come True for Cabernet Lovers

The Margeaux commune contains more chateaus than any other appellation in Bordeaux, so there’s plenty of variety to choose from. Situated on the banks of the beautiful Gironde, this region won’t disappoint any true wine connoisseur. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most common wine produced in the area, and our favorite was the Chateau Margaux Pavillon Rouge.


Explore the World with Max and Slate

We hope you enjoyed learning about the dreamlike, delightful Bordeaux Region with us. And if you find yourself preparing for a relaxing cruise down the rivers of Bordeaux, don’t forget to bring your Max and Slate boxer briefs along for the trip. They’ll keep you comfortable and dry as you explore the hills of Libourne or the vineyards of Pauillac. No matter where your travels take you this summer, Max and Slate will be with you every step of the way.