Summer is here, and with it comes a cocktail of fun! In keeping with this festive spirit, Bordeaux and its wine region invites you to discover the wealth of wine, heritage and cultural attractions it has to offer.
Make no mistake: you’ll never be bored in the wine region of Bordeaux. All year long the calendar is filled with a wide choice of events for you to enjoy. When the warmer weather arrives, the region is the perfect place for a summer break.
The wine region is filled with activities to suit every taste: hikes, cycling trips, marathons, visits to heritage attractions, open-air events, and more. Close to Saint-Émilion, July is a good time to attend the largest event in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, The Battle of Castillon. 450 people take part in this historical re-enaction in a scenic open-air location. With its stunts and pyrotechnics, there’s something to keep old and young alike entertained.
Summer is also festival time, and the region keeps this tradition alive with a wide selection of concerts! At the gateway to the Entre-Deux-Mers region, the Jazz 360 festival fills the wine region with the sound of jazz for five days. On a different note, the Grands Crus Musicaux event brings the world of wine and classical music together in prestigious châteaux settings.
With a busy programme with around 100 events, the city of Bordeaux’s cultural season is a biennial festival that runs from June to August, this year it is untitled Liberté!. For two months, locals and visitors can enjoy exhibitions, shows and entertainment with friends, alone or with their families, both in and around the city.
Don't forget that the Bordeaux region is a land of taste sensations with a host of gastronomic events to savour. Why not enjoy a gourmet evening beside the estuary during the Music and Cook and Wine festival? In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, enlivened with free concerts, local producers and winemakers from the Médoc are on hand to introduce their delicacies and wines. Along the same lines, over in Bourg, the “La Nuit du Terroir” night market showcases local gastronomy in the Parc de l’Esconge.
In short: it’s set to be a busy summer in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. What will you be doing?