Composed of over 120,000 hectares of vineyards, the French region of Bordeaux is renowned for its wine, with an estimated 700 million bottles coming out of the area for vintage. Widely considered as one of the best producers in the world, it is understandably a mecca for those wishing to sample some of the most prestigious wines in the world.
The dynamic city of Bordeaux is the perfect place to escape, with lush greenery and restored architecture providing the ideal backdrop for your next holiday. If you're feeling apprehensive about booking a trip to the region over the winter, do not fret! There are plenty of wine tasting opportunities that take place over the winter months that is perfect for those of your wishing to learn about the alcoholic beverage without the hustle and bustle that the warmer months bring. For more information about what's on offer in winter, then keep reading!
Cabanes En Fête Oyster and Wine Festival - Saturday, December 2nd
Taking place on the first Saturday of December, head to the port of Andernos-les-Baines in Arcachon Bay to sample some of the best gastronomy and wine in the region. An hour outside of Bordeaux, enjoy the journey to the bay. With sights out over the Atlantic, enjoy the view as the winter sun bounces off the shimmering ocean before appreciating the fresh oysters that have been plucked from the water moments before.
The event, held annually, is in its ninth year, with 40 huts offering a range of different tastes for you to experience, from tapas recipes to showcasing the freshest flavors from the ocean to compliment the array of wines on offer. You'll be sure to have a nice afternoon exploring the fete, with local artists and photographers working on display for you to view.
Journées Loupiac et Foie Gras, Saturday 25th November - Sunday 26th November
There is no better time to learn about Bordeaux wine than by taking part in Journées Loupiac et Foie Gras. Over the course of the weekend, over 30 chateaus will open their doors to the public to showcase the best in Loupiac wine. Partnered with Landes foie gras producers, tantalize your taste buds by sampling this magnificent pairing.
A gourmet option, there are many different ways to take part in the weekend, with various modes of transport available for you to reach each of the open houses. From bicycle to foot, bring a partner or group and make a weekend of the event. If you want to take luxury to the next level, you could even book a stay in one of our holiday villas in Bordeaux . With a wide variety of accommodation on offer, returning to a sumptuous villa is sure to provide you with the perfect place to unwind and relax at once the day is over.
Bordeaux Tasting no. 5, Palais de la Bourse de Bordeaux - December 9-10th
Some of the most expensive and most famous wines in the world originate in Bordeaux and, thanks to the vast expanse of vineyards that the region is home to, there is a multitude of flavors that you can sample. One of the best chances to sip on some of these is by a visit to the Palais de la Bourse for Bordeaux Tasting no. 5.
Taking place over two days, the event is the perfect excuse to become acquainted with the tastes of the city. As there are over 100 wines and champagnes on offer, it is the only public event involving the tasting of fine wines included in a cultural program. Head down to the Palais to view stalls from 120 major Bordeaux wine producers, as well as 20 champagne estates and over 30 guest vineyards from other regions.
Bordeaux Wine School - yearly
With the sessions on year-round, the winter months are the ideal time to take advantage of the Bordeaux Wine School. From two-hour private workshops to technical level courses, broaden your knowledge and familiarity by learning about the different grape varieties, teaching you how to recognize various aromas and evaluate the balance of each wine.
A host of other activities is offered at the wine school, including short training sessions for enthusiasts hoping to get to grips with what makes the perfect wine.
Do you have a favorite wine from Bordeaux? If so, we would love to reach out to you on social media and let us know. With so much more to do in the region, if you're looking for a destination for your next holiday, why not consider Bordeaux? For more information about what events are taking place in France over the winter, take a look at our blog here .