The origins of Bordeaux wines are unquestionably Roman. Archeological digs conducted in recent years have shown that vineyards existed in Bordeaux before 40 B.C. There is no doubt today that Bordeaux wine has entered its third millennium. Wine lovers, as they read on seven-wines.com, will soon realize that the history of Bordeaux wines is inseparable from those of its appellations and crus (growths). There is not one history, but many individual stories. The cultivation of vines in Bordeaux has spawned much more than the wine itself, and any brief summary is necessarily inadequate.
During its history Bordeaux has produced about fifty appellations and the region still boasts some seven thousand crus. Both a handicap and a blessing, this great diversity needs some selection and explanation before it can be understood by Bordeaux wine enthusiasts and buyers.