Turning Water into Wine
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!