Barrel rolling  

An ancient tradition among the coopers of Bordeaux, the “sport” of barrel rolling is an entertaining spectacle, as old as the invention of the barrel itself!


It used to be a common practice among workers at wine properties and wine merchants, providing a means of moving barrels without becoming (too) tired. Today, barrel rolling has evolved into a friendly sport, and is still practised by the barrel rollers of Lussac-Saint-Emilion, the last club in France and in Europe.

For more than twenty years, the club and its members have ensured the survival of the practice by providing shows and displays. These convivial demonstrations include races between the young and not-so-young enthusiasts, and usually last around 20 to 25 minutes. Sometimes members of the public are invited to try their hand...

The barrel rollers are long-time participants in Bordeaux Fête le Vin, and always put on a lively show!

Barrel rolling / Credit: Vincent Bengold

Practical information

  • Free
  • Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June, 6.30pm to 7pm and 8pm to 8.30pm
  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, 11.30am to 12pm, 2.30pm to 3pm, 4pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 6.30pm