Google began its Google Tour of vineyards by the Bordeaux vineyards.
After several wineries of Cape Town (South Africa), the mapping service has walked the vineyards, cellars and Bordeaux domaines to allow "users to discover the surroundings of the château, vineyards and cellars in a few clicks" (says Anne-Gabrielle Dauba-Pantanacce, spokesman for Google France).
A dozen chateaux signed a partnership and will be visited virtually within 4 months after a long process of assembly. Other areas are concerned: in France, two in Alsace, Italy, South Africa and Spain.
The shots were made by car, truck, tricycle and by foot. (with a trekker, with 15 cameras , see photo, for shooting 360°).
Photo trekker in the vineyards of Saint-Emilion: Google France - Vitisphère
The goal, according to Google, is to promote the French heritage by inviting users worldwide to discover the region, its chateaux and vineyards. In time, Google hopes to present a wine route online.
French vineyards in one click on Google Street View, a good thing? Visit a vineyard without moving, without touching, feeling, and talking with the winemaker is it still visit? Unless it attracts the curiosity of some and develops the desire to discover the vineyards "for real".