Of Rivers and Vineyards  

The history of Bordeaux and Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s wines is intimately linked to that of the navigation of the Garonne river, its tributaries and the estuary.   

 

The history of Bordeaux and Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s wines is intimately linked to that of the navigation of the Garonne river, its tributaries and the estuary.   For centuries, our wines were transported up and down rivers, and across the seas and oceans.

And while this brought prosperity to wine merchants, shipowners and the shipyards, it also made Bordeaux a "city of the world”, open to Europe and international trade.

This is the history of a golden age, with periods of great splendour, and yet there were also difficult times. The Of Rivers and Vineyards exhibition-trail presents some of these great occasions of the past, and the little anecdotes that accompany them.

"In the distance, I saw what seemed to be a forest of very high trees, stripped of their greenery. These were the masts of vessels of different nations who came to trade in the capital of La Guyenne. I have never been more surprised in my life by such a variety of buildings and pavilions, and the activities of the sailors, after the sea. Everything spoke of luxury and opulence". Marshall Brune, 1788

De fleuve et de vignobles
 

Practical information

  • Thursday 14 June to Monday 18 June
  • 10:30am to 8pm, except Monday, 10am to 3pm
  • On the quays opposite Quinconces
  • Free

Design, production, text: Bordeaux Grands Evénements
Graphic design: Cartographik
Scenography: Ephémère Square

With the assistance of Bordeaux Metropole Tourism & Conventions Office, Bordeaux Metropole Archives, Bordeaux Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Aquitaine, Museum of the Maritime History of Bordeaux, the Wine and Trade Museum and public and private partners.

With the support of the Caisse d’Épargne Aquitaine Poitou-Charentes, and Bordeaux Port Atlantique.