What’s on in Bordeaux? – Annual Wine Events

Bordeaux is one of the key wine capitals of the world and hosts many events each year in its beautiful city and in its wine regions around it.

If you are coming to Bordeaux to tour the Wine Regions (hopefully with me for a SIP Wine Tour) make sure you have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere down here. Coincide your trip to Bordeaux with of these events to add colour to your stay.

There are 65 different wine appellations organised by different syndicates. The grouping of all of this information what is happening in each region is difficult. The Tourist Information in Bordeaux is one source and the CIVB (the Bordeaux Wine Council is another) when you are here.

For planning in advance, the Tourist information has a site in French of all of the events in the city and around

http://www.bordeaux.fr/p59665/agenda-culture-et-loisirs

Also a more personal collection in French:  http://www.lespavesbordelais.fr

and http://33.agendaculturel.fr

Each appellation has its own Portes Ouvertes/Open Cellar Door (where a number of lesser known smaller producers open their doors without appointments) during a weekend during the year. They happen at approximately the same time each year. Here is a list of the main ones (see more info below); Open Doors in April; Médoc, Haut Médoc, Blaye May; St Emilion, Côtes de Bourg June; Union de Grand Cru Tasting weekend,  October; Fronsac, November; Sauternes, Barsac, Pomerol, Margaux December; Pessac Léognan

Professional Futures tasting of the baby vintage is always held in the first week of April (though this timing may change from 2021). There  are a number of grouped tastings (open to professionals only) organised by the Union Grand Cru (only on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the week group tastings in the key different regions). In addition there are about 50 other tastings organised during the week and the Sunday and Monday before and the Friday afterwards. Also there are more and more tastings in the individual châteaux.  See   http://ugcb.net/en/primeurs   http://www.agence-fleurie.com/

The first week of April is probably the time to avoid if you are not professional and you want to see the famous château as they are mostly closed to the public as they are concentrating on selling their baby wine in the barrel on the futures market and organising tastings for their buyers from around the world and for press.
 
Luckily there are a growing number of sites on What’s on in Bordeaux in English created by international residents of Bordeaux who have done all the hard work for you and are a wonderful source of the best of what is happening throughout the year in terms of culture, food and wine!

KEY WINE EVENTS OF THE YEAR

These are approx dates each year so check this year’s actual dates;

du 1
au 3 
 Futures week (professionals)
Bordeaux gets busy with professional tastings of the new vintage still in barrel
Rens. : www.ugcb.net
 4 et 5  Challenge International du Vin
Concours regroupant des vins du monde entier, à Bourg sur Gironde
Rens. : www.challengeduvin.com
5 et 6 Portes ouvertes (open doors) des châteaux du Médoc et du Haut-Médoc – le printemps des châteaux
Rens. :
www.medoc-bordeaux.com

12 et 13

Le Printemps des vins de Blaye
95 wine producers winetastigns in the historic citadelle built by Vauban (Unesco), in Blaye on the right bank
rens. : http://printemps.vin-blaye.com/
26 et 27
Sweet wine from around france in Loupiac

rens.: http://printempsdesliquoreux.sitew.com/
 26 et 27 Portes Ouvertes à Lalande de Pomerol
Rens. : www.lalande-pomerol.com

May

du 1
au 4

Portes Ouvertes à Saint-Emilion, Lussac-Saint-Emilion et Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion
Rens. : www.vins-saint-emilion.com
 11 Marathon des vins de Blaye
Rens. : http://marathondesvinsdeblaye.com/
10 et 11 Portes Ouvertes en Côtes de Bourg
Rens. : www.cotes-de-bourg.com
 

 

 17 et 18 Rallye national de Saint-Emilion

 

24

La Médocaine – mountain biking in the Medoc vineyards
Journée de détente et de balade à VTT (mountain bike) dans le vignoble du Médoc. 7 000 participants, 6 circuits de 20 à 80 kms à travers le vignoble du Medoc
Rens. : www.medocainevtt.com


   

June

 1 Marathon de Sauternes
Rens. : www.marathon-sauternes.com

7 et 8

Portes ouvertes en 1ères Côtes de Bordeaux et Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
Rens. :
www.premierescotesdebordeaux.com

du 13
au 15

Fête de printemps (Spring Festival to celebrate the flowering)  de la Jurade de Saint-Emilion – see the old brotherhood in their robes with service in the monolithic church)
3 days of art, concerts, animations and a big celebratory meal to welcome the new people intronised into this very old brotherhood.
Rens. : www.vins-saint-emilion.com

 du 26 au 29

Bordeaux fête le vin
Lots of stands and wine and fun atmosphere on the banks of the Garonne.Bordeaux Fete le Vin on the quayside of Bordeaux (takes place in even years when Vinexpo, the world’s largest wine trade fair open to wine trade only, is not on) (click on the map for English)
Rens. : www.bordeaux-fete-le-vin.com

20th June Week-end des Grands Crus
120 châteaux membres of l’Union des Grands Crus invite you to taste a more recent and older vintage at the Hangar 14 Quai de Chartrons (de 10 h 30 à 17 h 00). Then posh dinners in châteaux.

Rens.  et réservations : www.ugcb.net

July

 du 4
au 6
Les 24 H du Swing à Monségur Jazz festival
Rens. : festijazz@swing-monsegur.com
 du 11 au 14 Jumping international de Blaye (Horse jumping)
Rens. : www.jumpingdeblaye.fr

 14

Trail en Côtes de Bourg
Running race – Course nature dans le vignoble avec deux boucles de 14 ou 25 km.
Rens. : http://www.clictoutdev.com/albs/page1.php

du 17
au 20

Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival

 

Jazz in St Emilion around weekend of 20 July jazz concerts in the medieval village in the ancient ‘douves’ moat
Rens. : http://www.saint-emilion-jazz-festival.com/

 

August – best to find a beach!

Septembre 

 13

Marathon du Médoc – Pauillac is the centre
Rens. : www.marathondumedoc.com
 14 et 15 Balades en patrimoine en Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
Rens. : www.cadillaccotesdebordeaux.com

 14

Ban des vendanges (harvest festival of this old brotherhood in their red robes with service in the monolithic church) de la Jurade de Saint-Emilion celebratory meal to welcome the new people intronised into this very old brotherhood.
Rens. : www.vins-saint-emilion.com

 22

Balades Vendanges dans le vignoble de Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux – harvest walks
Rens. : www.cadillaccotesdebordeaux.com

Octobre

18 & 19

Portes ouvertes dans les Graves
Rens. : www.vins-graves.com

25 & 26

Portes ouvertes à Fronsac
Rens. : www.cdc-fronsadais.com


Novembre 

du 8
au 11

Portes ouvertes dans le Sauternais
Rens. : www.sauternes-barsac.com

du 15
au 17

MARGAUX Saveurs – food and wine
portes ouvertes des châteaux et des commerçants de l’appellation avec animations et dégustation.
Rens. : www.medoc-tourisme.com

29 et 30

Portes ouvertes à Loupiac (sweet wine)
Associations avec les foies gras
Rens. : www.vins-loupiac.com


Décembre

6 et 7

Portes ouvertes à Pessac-Léognan
Rens. : www.vins-graves.com
 13 et 14 Saveurs croisées de Noël
2 jours de fête, de dégustations et de découvertes gourmandes à Sainte-Croix-du-Mont (sweet wine)
Rens. : http://www.sainte-croix-du-mont.com/

 

St Emilion Key Events Summary
 
This medieval village is very active and beautiful throughout the year Here are most of its events (dates will be similar every year but check);
– du 14 au 18 mai = Festival Philosophia (thème: l’amour)
– du 1er au 4 mai = Portes ouvertes des châteaux
– 15 juin = La Jurade Fête du Printemps (St Emilion brotherhood Spring festival) 
– du 17 au 20 july = Jazz festival
– 29 july = Country markets Producteurs de pays
– 5, 12 et 19 august= Country markets des Producteurs de pays
– 20 septembre = Patrimony night
– 21 septembre = Harvest festival La Jurade (St Emilion brotherhood)
– 27 et 28 septembre = le salon des “Artisans d’art” art exhibitions
– 11 et 12 octobre = le Marché du Goût Coutry market
– du 17 au 19 octobre = Les “Montgolfiades” de Saint-Emilion Hot Air Balloon
– septembre et octobre = exhibit UNESCO Bordeaux/Blaye/Saint-Emilion

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