Turn­ing Wa­ter into Wine

Bordeaux J'Adore - - Contents - Marie-luce Ri­bot

2018 is an im­por­tant year for Bordeaux. It’s the year we mark the 20th an­niver­sary of Bordeaux Fête le Vin, an event which has a deep res­o­nance here be­cause it brought about the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of the Borde­lais peo­ple and the world of wine, af­ter a long es­trange­ment. Can you imag­ine it? Two decades ago, when you strolled through Saint-pierre or Saint-michel, Grands-hommes or the Chartrons, you’d strug­gle to find a bar ded­i­cated to wine. Just twenty years ago, our rich her­itage and cul­ture was hid­den be­hind sad fa­cades black­ened by car ex­haust fumes.

The first Fête du Vin took place in the vast, sun-bathed Place des Quin­conces. The at­mos­phere was re­laxed; clus­ters of friends wan­dered about, a wine glass stashed in a shoul­der bag to en­able mul­ti­ple tast­ings. Since then, the fête has de­camped to the newly ren­o­vated quays. The fu­tur­is­tic struc­ture of the Cité du Vin has sprouted up from the for­mer dock­lands, pro­vid­ing Bordeaux with an ar­chi­tec­tural sym­bol of her sta­tus as the moth­er­ship of the vines of the world.

From the 14th to the 18th June, Bordeaux will cel­e­brate this wel­come re­union of the peo­ple and their wine with some­thing fit­ting. But this fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory would never have un­furled had it not been for an­other key player; the river which surges through the city, form­ing the shape of a cres­cent moon. Bordeaux wines would never have shone with such lus­tre had it not been for her large fleet of ships which set sail, laden with bar­rels for dis­tant lands.

At the same time as Bordeaux Fête le Vin, the cal­ico sails of leg­end will flut­ter once again on the Garonne. A fleet of twenty will step their masts to com­mem­o­rate the old Bordeaux al­liance be­tween wine and wa­ter. The Tall Ships Re­gatta prom­ises to be a fairy-tale-like spec­ta­cle. This edi­tion of Bordeaux J’adore will un­lock the se­crets of the city’s long viti­cul­tur­al­ist his­tory, and help you dis­cover this dy­namic re­gion’s cul­ture, gas­tron­omy, pas­sion­ate peo­ple and nat­u­ral won­ders which’ll take your breath away. So get ready to em­bark!

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