Festivities in Aquitaine are not confined to wine, of course - there are also gourmet fêtes, fairs and other traditional events.
You could be forgiven for thinking that wine festivals are mainly held at harvest time, in September and October. Wrong! They take place all year round.
And that really does mean all year round, from January – with the Commanderie du Bontemps du Médoc et des Graves which celebrates Saint-Vincent, patron saint of winegrowers – to December, with the harvest festival in Jurançon.
In between, the cellars of the famous medieval town of Saint-Emilion open their doors for a weekend in May; the “Automnales” of Vic-Bilh (old country in Gascon) provide an opportunity to discover this small wine area of Béarn in the beautiful colours of September; the chestnut joins the party at the vin nouveau festival in Dax and Bordeaux in October, etc.
And in early July in Bordeaux, wine is celebrated every two years – alternating with the River Festival.
Place des Quinconces is transformed into a massive wine cellar where all the great wines of Aquitaine can be seen and consumed… with moderation.
For 4 days and 4 nights, the party is in full swing with parades of the various brotherhoods, concerts, and displays of gourmet produce. The next edition is from 28 June to 1st July 2012 – the eighth edition of “Bordeaux fête le vin”.