Thursday, 5 June 2008

Bordeaux Wine Festival

Bordeaux is holding a celebration of its prized vineyards over 4 days from June 26th - 29th where hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe are expected. The “wine road” will run along the Garonne river from the Pont de Pierre in the historic city centre through the heart of the surrounding region's vineyards to the Bourse Maritime, offering wine tastings, local food, a sound and light show, fireworks and concerts.

For the first time, there will also be a ‘son et lumière’ show on the 27th, 28th, and 29th June: accompanied by music, giant images will be projected onto the Palais Gabriel.The Port de la Lune will be illuminated as a different firework display brings the end of each evening to a brightly-coloured close.

A parade of Confrèries (Wine Brotherhoods), the giant Banquet de Bacchus and barrel rolling competitions will constitute other highlights of the festival.

Organised for the tenth year, the festival is expected to draw 350,000 tourists from France and abroad.

A 13 euro wine pass will buy visitors 12 wine tastings, while a 70 euro pass covers access to nine tasting routes through the region's vineyards, spread over the four days.

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