Few cities can boast of having given their name to a product as famous worldwide as Bordeaux Wine ..
Voted ‘Best European Destination’ last year, Bordeaux has much to offer to visitors. Located in the heart of a legendary wine region, Bordeaux, with over 350 buildings listed as Historic Monuments and whose Port de la Lune is classified as a Unesco World Heritage site since 2007, has imposed its culture, style and elegance.
And it’s impossible to imagine a picnic on the banks of the Garonne without a fine bottle of Bordeaux to enjoy with your baguette Camembert. In this article we wish to emphasise its emblematic relationship with wine.
Plunge into Bordeaux’s wine universe and discover . . .
Attend this year’s Vinexpo
From 18 to 21 June Bordeaux hosts this major International Wine & Spirits Exhibition: Created in 1981, the Vinexpo exhibition has established itself over the years as the key event for major international operators in the wine and spirits sector.
A new dynamic 4-day format; an inspiring program that includes conferences, tastings and masterclasses; key international decision makers attending the event; winegrowing to be in the spotlight; WOW! the new bio event created for artisan winegrowers; and Spain, Country of Honour.
Vinexpo Bordeaux is the international wine and spirit trade event you cannot miss if you are a professional of this industry. It gathers, in a unique location, international producers and key decision makers. A rich program within a new and dynamic 4-day format awaits you in a city touted by the international media as a great place to live.
2, cours du XXX Juillet, 33074 Bordeaux
00 33 5 56 56 00 22
Visit ‘la Cité du Vin’
This building, with its futuristic architecture, symbolizes the precious liquid swirling in the bottom of a glass. The impressive structure, 55 meters high, well-rounded, seamless, with scaly glass and aluminum gold plates that are reflected in the river, was opened with great fanfare last spring. This City of Wine offers an “immersive and sensory adventure to discover the cultures and civilizations of wine,”.
La Cité du Vin hosts contemporary exhibitions, performances, conferences and wine-tasting workshops that allow wine lovers to discover the cultures and civilisations of 5,500 years of wine. Themed and interactive spaces take visitors on a unique journey in time and space to explore wine in all its diversity. The permanent exhibition includes a free travel companion, an innovative tool available in 8 languages, and access to the viewpoint of the La Cité du Vin, where you can enjoy 360° of panoramic views of Bordeaux whilst sipping a glass of wine.
La Cité du Vin regularly renews its cultural program. On the third Tuesday of each month the relationship between wine and literature is explored. Admission: € 20, with visit of the permanent exhibition and wine tasting.
135-150 quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
00 33 5 5681 3847
Drink a glass at CIVB
CIVB is the Interprofessional Council of Bordeaux wines, the official body charged with projecting the image of Bordeaux and production and marketing of its wines, which has a nice wine bar (Le Bar à Vin) offering some thirty-plus wines and competent staff for a solid introduction to the wealth of the Bordeaux vineyards.
Here you can also find out anything about Bordeaux wines: Explore appellations with an interactive map, discover the greatest wine-making routes of Bordeaux, find out the best things to do in the city of Bordeaux following insider advice, learn how the perfect grape is grown – the whole process from plowing the vineyard in February to the harvest in September and get advice on choosing your favourite bottle of wine. Find a fun introduction to the art of wine tasting on the CIVB’s website.
1, Cours du XXX Juillet, 33075 Bordeaux
00 33 5 56 00 22 66
See Bordeaux from above
A helicopter company offers flights over this famous appellation. They offer three tours from 59€. The first is a simple round trip, flying over the vineyards and their castles. The package Château Haut Piquat proposes take off from the airport of Libourne, a flight to this castle for a tour of the cellars followed by a wine tasting before heading back.
Another option is a journey to Château de Candale for lunch based on a market menu in L’Atelier de Candale, followed by a return flight over the most beautiful properties of Saint-Émilion (Angélus, Cheval Blanc …).
Circuit “Le Temps des fleurs”, 59 euros.
Coffret “Château Haut-Piquat”, 99 euros.
Coffret “Château de Candale”, 159 euros.
3 266, route de Lyon, 33570 Lussac
00 33 7 61 68 64 98