Bordeaux is the regional capital, setting the tone at once! Tones such as light rosé through to ruby red, not forgetting all the various hues of white wines, from the palest of greens to golden yellow.

But rather than confuse you with concepts of nuance, robe and other wine jargon, we would really like to share the friendliness and discoveries that you can experience all over our region. We can’t stress enough that wine is not just for connoisseurs, there’s fun for everyone! Wine-growers have come up with all sorts of entertaining ways to introduce you to this aspect of French culture!

Let’s take a stroll through the vineyards in Aquitaine exploring various themes and new features tied in with the 2016 Bordeaux Fête the Wine, from 23 to 26 June.

THE new feature: the Cité du vin, a major centre for wines of the world

 

This is a major new feature, the talk of the town for years. It opened on 1 June, just before the 2016 edition of Bordeaux fête le wine. It has already become an emblematic monument in the city.

The Cité du vin takes a look at all civilisations with an interest in wine, exploring its universal, cultural and symbolic dimensions. It offers an immersive experience, part theme park part museum.

The permanent exhibition features 20 highly edutaining themes, often with an interactive element. There are also tasting workshops, temporary exhibitions, an auditorium and, topping the lot, a belvedere and a panoramic restaurant with unique views of the Port de la lune.
www.laciteduvin.com/fr | www.facebook.com/ccv.bordeaux

+++ Not forgetting… more new features
5 new suggestions for you: treetop tasting sessions (yes, in the tree tops!) at the château Rayne Vigneau + an emblematic Madiran estate opening up to wine tourism + a bicycle ride through the « grands crus » of the various Bordeaux appellations with Les Ateliers de Bardins + or a visit to the historic centre of Bordeaux with Les Ateliers de Bacchus + and lastly a hot balloon ride over the Médoc vineyards.

In vogue: the vineyards from the river

 

The Cité du vin sits on the banks of the Garonne, what’s more it has a pier, so you can arrive on boat then sail away again to explore the vineyards.
There are a host of river cruise ideas starting in Bordeaux.

You can spend a few hours on the river enjoying pre-dinner drinks, or take several days to sail through Médoc, Sauternes côtes de Bourg and Graves country.
Alternatively there are cruises starting in Pauillac, Bourg and Blaye, or Entre-deux-Mers with tours of wine-growing estates. Some even go as far as Bergerac in Dordogne.

Not forgetting… the 6 Bordeaux wine routes
Ideal for visiting the 6 major Bordeaux wine areas. You will be treated to a right royal reception! Visit www.bordeauxwinetrip.fr or www.gironde-tourisme.fr

Get an eyeful of modern winehouse architecture!

 

Art and wine go well together. Art and wine go well together. Many châteaux house art exhibitions and concerts. And several estates have entrusted the design of their new winehouses to major architects. To name but the latest:

3 châteaux in Saint-Emilion: Jean Nouvel for La Dominique – www.chateau-ladominique.com ; Christian de Portzamparc in Cheval Blanc – www.chateau-cheval-blanc.com and Mario Botta at Château Faugères – www.chateau-faugeres.com.

Médoc is getting in on the act too: Leoh Ming Pei designed the Lynch-Bages winehouse in Pauillac – www.chateau-lynch-bages and the Lord Foster of Thames Bank at Château Margaux – www.chateau-margaux.com

+++Not forgetting… A project by Philippe Starck and Luc Arsène-Henry for Château Les Carmes – Haut-Brion – www.les-carmes-haut-brion.com

Musical vines: 6 festival suggestions for this summer 

 

Exceptional places for great moments of harmony…

+++ Not forgetting… Lacommande Thursdays – When wine-growers on the Jurançon wine route gear up for the weekend: every Thursday evening throughout the summer.

Estivales de musique en Médoc ©Arnaud Bertrande

Estivales de musique en Médoc ©Arnaud Bertrande

 

Wine is not just in Bordeaux

 

Our dedicated bordeaux-aquitaine-wine-trip website takes you to explore 15 vineyards in the region, from Monbazillac in Périgord to Pau and Jurançon in Béarn. And now that our region has joined forces with others, we can also include the vineyards in Cognac, Charente!

There’s also a bordeaux-aquitaine-wine-trip app to be downloaded on iPhone and Android featuring sites to be visited, information offices and entertainment.

Feel free to visit our dedicated page, with videos and a map to pinpoint the various trips available.

Other info on our latest wine tourism brochure: The key to exploring Vineyards in Aquitaine.

Flash this QR-code to download the bordeaux-aquitaine-wine-trip app:QrCode pour télécharger l'application Bordeaux Aquitaine Wine Trip

Labels… « The Best »

 

While not all good wine has a special label, the various labels can help to choose good wine.

The ‘Vineyards and Discovery’ label applies to all French vineyards.
There’s a dedicated website here for Bergerac and Bordeaux, featuring the same wine-growers as on the Bordeaux Wine Routes.

Then there’s the Best of Wine Tourism label, recapping all the major wine capitals worldwide, with an award for the best wine tourism châteaux.

Regional winners get to compete in the international Best of Wine Tourism contest. In 2016 the Lynch Bages & Cie offer won the International Best Of Wine Tourism award.
>> bestofwinetourism.fr

 

 

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