THE BORDEAUX REGION in south west France is the country’s biggest producer of quality (meaning AOC) wine. All the Bordeaux vineyards are located in the Gironde department (33), France’s largest. Bordeaux, the Gironde’s capital city, gives the region its name and is also one of France’s key ports.

TERROIR | The Bordeaux region’s physical geography is dictated by water. The Atlantic ocean lies to the west and is fed by one estuary and two rivers, the Garonne and the Dordogne. These shape the Bordeaux landscape into two halves, the left bank (west of the Garonne and Gironde) and the right (east) bank.

BORDEAUX APPELLATION | Wines grown in the Gironde can be bottled under the Bordeaux AOC.

BORDEAUX AOC REGIONS–LEFT BANK

North of Bordeaux (left bank of the Gironde): Haut-Médoc. / Listrac. / Margaux. / Médoc. / Moulis. / Pauillac. / St-Estèphe. / St-Julien. /

South of Bordeaux (left bank of the Garonne): Barsac. / Cérons. / Graves. / Pessac-Léognan. / Sauternes.

BORDEAUX AOC REGIONS–RIGHT BANK

North (right bank of the Gironde): Blaye-Côtes de Bordeaux. / Côtes de Blaye. / Côtes de Bourg

Centre (north bank of the Dordogne): Canon-Fronsac. / Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux. /  Fronsac. / Lalande-de-Pomerol. / Pomerol. / St-Émilion.

South (between the Garonne & Dordogne): Bordeaux-Haut-Benauge. / Côtes de Bordeaux-Cadillac. / Entre-Deux-Mers. / Entre-Deux-Mers-Haut-Benauge. / Cadillac. / Graves de Vayres. / Sainte-Croix-du-Mont. / Sainte-Foy Côtes-de-Bordeaux

BORDEAUX – ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC SURFACE AREA

2016 In 2016 around 8% of the Bordeaux vineyard was certified organic or Biodynamic, Gwénaëlle Le Guillou told me at Millésime Bio 2017.

2015 There were 8,135 hectares (20,093 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2015 of which 6,829 hectares (16,867 acres) were organic and 1,306 hectares (3,225 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2014 There were 7,421 hectares (18,330 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2014 of which 6,091 hectares (15,045 acres) were organic and 1,330 hectares (3,285 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2013 There were 7,509 hectares (1,8547 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2013 of which 5,203 hectares (12,851 acres) were organic and 2,306 hectares (5,696 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2012 There were 7,548 hectares (18,644 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2012 of which 4,050 hectares (10,003 acres) were organic and 3,499 hectares (8,642 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2011 There were 7,274 hectares (17,967 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2011 of which 2,830 hectares (6,990 acres) were organic and 4,444 hectares (10,977 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2010 There were 5,817 hectares (14,368 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2010 of which 2,168 hectares (40,844 acres) were organic and 3,648 hectares (9,010 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2009 There were 4,086 hectares (10,092 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2009 of which 1,836 hectares (3,423 acres) were organic and 2,250 hectares (5,557 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2008 There were 2,782 hectares (6,872 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2008 of which 1,718 hectares (4,243 acres) were organic and 1,064 hectares (2,628 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2007 There were 2,191 hectares (5,411 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2007 of which 1,636 hectares (4,041 acres) were organic and 555 hectares (1,371 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2006 There were 2,048 hectares (5,060 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2006 of which 1,587 hectares (3,920 acres) were organic and 461 hectares (1,140 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2005 There were 1,819 hectares (4,493 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2005 of which 1,567 hectares (3,871 acres) were organic and 251 hectares (620 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2004 There were 1,800 hectares (4,446 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2004 of which 1,464 hectares (3,616 acres) were organic and 336 hectares (830 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2003 There were 1,832 hectares (4,525 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2003 of which 1,407 hectares (3,475 acres) were organic and 425 hectares (1,049 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).

2002 There were 1,739 hectares (4,295 acres) of organic and/or organic in conversion vines in Bordeaux in 2002 of which 1,290 hectares (3,186 acres) were organic and 449 hectares (1,109 acres) were in conversion (Source: Agence Bio).