Why go there
Located just north of Bordeaux on the Médoc peninsula, the already enchanting route des châteaux, also known as the Route du Médoc, is treated to an additional layer of magic during the autumn months, when row upon row of vineyards are painted in hues of ochre and ruby, and the entire region buzzes with the energy of harvest season.
What to do
Leave Bordeaux and continue along the D209 in the direction of Pauillac as it turns into the D2. A narrow road hemmed in on both sides by an endless sea of autumnal vineyards, this unassuming route is home to some of the Bordeaux region’s most celebrated wine producers, including Château Margaux and, just north of Pauillac, Château Mouton Rothschild. If your passengers are wine-tasting en route remember to book your visit ahead.
Where to stay and eat
A sculptural iceberg of a building, the bright white façade of the Hotel Seeko’o virtually glows amid the surrounding traditional, tawny buildings. Located in the heart of Bordeaux with views over the Garonne River and the Jacques Chaban-Delmas Bridge, this funky boutique hotel is just as cutting-edge on the inside, though it never feels frigid or sterile – and children are welcome here. With the historic centre of Bordeaux a short walk away, it is easy enough to explore the city’s cultural heritage – making sure you visit the UNESCO World Heritage quays – without straying far from the D2 wine route.