What’s on in Bordeaux
There is so much to see and do from the Bordeaux region down to Biarritz and the Basque country and across into Rioja in northern Spain. Visitors are spoilt for choice! Here are some of the top picks selected by the team at Greens and Grapes for wine lovers and goodies.
11 July-28 July 2016 Les Grand Crus Musicaux: The Festival Musical des Grands Crus combines the love of classic music with Bordeaux’s great wines. You can enjoy concerts in several of the most prestigious wine estates, including of course Château Pape Clément and Château d’Agassac with whom Greens and Grapes are partners. The concerts are punctuated by a wine tasting accompanied by appetizers.ay of December at the port of Andernos-les-Bains, a charming village on the Arcachon Bay an hour by car from Bordeaux. Sea, sun, oysters, and white wine.
22-23 September 2016, flea market and wine tasting: Takes place in Chartrons district and in particular in Notre Dame Street, famous for its second-hand stores.
30 September-2 October 2016: Au bon goût d’Aquitaine (Avenue Thiers, Bordeaux): a market of local products Snails, cheese, ham, oysters and of course wine – loads of local products to discover in this famous market.
Last weekend October: New Wine and Antiques Festival: celebrate the year’s “new wine”–the golden bubbly run off from the current harvest–along the cobblestone streets of Chartrons, the heart of Bordeaux’s wine commerce from the 17th century to the mid-1900s. There are street musicians and sidewalk sales, but the highlight is on Sunday morning, when the priest blesses the wine in front of the neo-gothic Saint-Louis des Chartrons church. Drinking wine, in front of a church, with the priest’s blessing? Only in France!
18 -20 November 2016 Bordeaux S.O. Good urban and Gourmet Food Festival: “Bordeaux So Good” is the festival of epicurean and gourmet food. It’s a 3-day theatre of the French art de vivre and the country’s south-western gastronomy. Several chefs will be cooking with local products in iconic heritage sites throughout Bordeaux, such as the “Palais de la Bourse”. The program for this weekend will feature the art de vivre and gastronomy of Bordeaux, and exclusively local products. A farmers and fish market, an abundance of different foods, and a delicate tasting of 7000 gourmet dishes cooked by a collective of chefs will all be presented throughout the festival.