Together with Burgundy, the Bordeaux region is probably one of the best-known French wine-growing regions vying for first place among the qualitatively "best wines". The city of the same name is the capital of the Gironde département with its eponymous estuary in southwest France and is considered one of the most beautiful wine cities in the world. The Greek historian Strabo (63 B.C.-28 A.D.) writes that when he visited "Burdigala" in about 20 A.D., he found no viticulture. However, this is not attested by Pliny the Elder (23-79) a few decades later. This means that the Romans established viticulture here around 50 AD. Today's Bordeaux region belonged to England for 300 years (1154-1453) and during this time viticulture took off significantly through the wine trade to England and Flanders. This led to the founding of large trading houses and the historically significant Bordeaux wine trade.