May 22, 2015 to May 31, 2015

This major festival focuses on the Garonne River and its estuary, and takes place every other year, alternating with the Bordeaux Wine Festival. Bordeaux, the capital of great wines and fine cuisine in southwest France, will host one of the world's greatest yacht races: the "Solitaire du Figaro Eric Bompard Cachemire" in the setting of the "Bordeaux River Festival". It is a highly significant occasion: for the second time in the race's history, the skippers will leave from the heart of a city.

For 10 days, the Bordeaux waterfront will be swarming with experienced yachtsmen and sailing enthusiasts: excitement and atmosphere guaranteed!

The programme, from 22 to 30 May, includes activities on the river, cruises, exhibitions, dance classes on the quays, concerts and fireworks. The restored three-masted Belem is due to call into port once again, and for the second time, Bordeaux will host the departure of the Solitaire du Figaro Eric Bompard Cachemire, one of the world’s longest yacht races, now in its 46th year, that takes place in stages. In 2013, tens of thousands of people were present for the departure of the 45 yachts competing in the race. A hugely successful event that is back again by popular demand! Be there for the arrival of the boats on 22 May!

Manuel Muga, Bodega Muga, International Best Of Wine Tourism 2010, Innovative wine tourism experiences, Bordeaux

"Muga Family would like to thank you GWCGN for this International Best Of Wine Tourism Award we received on the 5th of November in Bordeaux. This International Prize makes us feel very proud, since it means the recognition to a work of many years trying to promote the wine sector in the world of tourism with excellent results.
Thank you very much indeed and we wait for you in our Winery.

All the Best"

Springtime in Bordeaux is the perfect season for wine lovers to discover the very places where their favourite beverage is produced.

Indeed, during the April and May weekends, hundreds of châteaux open their properties to the visitors and offer free tours and tastings. People can go and visit the premises and cellars, understand the wine production process but also meet the winemakers and share their passion.

We are pleased to announce that our 2015 Best Of Wine Tourism brochure has been published!

It gathers 45 wineries and tourism operators from our 8 international wine regions that have been selected for the excellence of their tourism activities and welcoming of visitors!

Check them by clicking here and don't miss a visit when travelling in our Great Wine Capitals!

We are very glad to announce that Bordeaux, one of the Great Wine Capitals, has been elected 2015 European Best Destination!

Bordeaux has always been a dynamic, cosmopolitan city and never ceases to reveal exciting, new facets of its character. The city of Bordeaux’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and its bold modernism have made it a key destination for everyone interested in French culture, lifestyle... and wine!

For  6 year running, travellers have been invited to select the best European destination! From Amsterdam to Zagreb, the 20 tourist destinations which will feature most in 2015 have been selected, among which, Bordeaux (France).

Porto, a Great Wine Capital, was elected in 2014... You can now select Bordeaux, another Great Wine Capital, as the best European destination for 2015!

No need to register, one click and your vote is in (one vote per person)!

This article, written by Paris-based Swedish wine writer Britt Karlson, participated in the 2014 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

All photographs copyright BKWine Photography


Three days in the Bordeaux vineyards: Medoc, Entre-deux-Mers, Saint Emilion

An exceptional harvest for this unique international contest celebrating wineries all over the world for excellence and innovation in welcoming visitors.

The 2015 winners of the Great Wine Capitals' International Best Of Wine Tourism awards were celebrated on November 6,  at Bodega Los Toneles in Mendoza, Argentina.

19 winners, including 6 Gold awards

During the 12th Night of the Best Of Wine Tourism awards ceremony in Bordeaux, no less than 19 trophies were attributed, including 6 Gold Best Of trophies. The recipients were rewarded for their excellent contributions to wine tourism.


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