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The marriage of Henry Plantagenet and Aliénor d’Aquitaine impacted wine production

1152 - The marriage of Henry Plantagenet and Aliénor d’Aquitaine impacted wine production

Despite being widely consumed locally, French wine was rarely exported due to the little amount of vineyard land and wine that was produced. But once Henry Plantagenet and Aliénor d’Aquitaine were married in the 12th century, Bordeaux wines saw a sharp rise in popularity. Following the marriage, the majority of Bordeaux claret was exported in exchange for other goods, turning the province of Aquitaine into English territory. Bordeaux became the hub for Richard’s French operations after their son Richard succeeded to the English throne.

 

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