The Bordeaux Wine School Pavilion

Immediate boarding for an unusual voyage of discovery!

The Bordeaux Wine School’s pavilion is one of Bordeaux Fête le Vin’s most popular features! Original, entertaining activities offer novices, wine enthusiasts, or the simply curious, a delightful journey into the heart of Bordeaux’s vineyards. This year, festival-goers will also be invited to embark on a cruise with eight stopovers on eight of the Bordeaux wines pavilions with workshops specifically dedicated to their terroirs.

Terroirs, grape varieties, anecdotes, classifications, appellations, blending: enjoy an overview of the wine world, so you will no longer confuse your Merlot with your Cabernet Sauvignon, learn how to pair wine and food, or simply to describe the sensations of tasting.

All the workshops are run by certified wine trainers from the Bordeaux Wine School.

Winegrowers, oenologists, and cellar masters who wish, in addition to their professional activities, to share their passion for the world of wine and pass on their expertise.

Among this year’s new activities, don’t miss, the Parenthèse Sensorielle (“Sensory Bubble”), the Plant Bar, and the inspiring Scents of Wine workshop....

As night falls, try your hand at clandestine Pari(s) Bordeaux betting tableand the highly popular Rock & Wine!

About the Bordeaux Wine School

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) or Bordeaux Wine Council established the École du Vin de Bordeaux in 1989. Located in a beautiful 18th century building in the heart of the city, the school welcomes any one wishing to learn about vines, wine and the diversity of Bordeaux’s wines: wine lovers, professionals, novices, experts… The “teachers” consists of actual winegrowers, oenologists and cellar masters. Thanks to the diversity of its training programmes and the expertise of its trainers, the school soon became an important tool in developing knowledge and appreciation of Bordeaux’s wines. Following this success, the school began to develop on an international scale in 2006.  Today, it has a community of 250 international trainers who provide training for more than 85,000 people all over the world every year.

To starboard, the exploration workshops space

The scents of wine

This aromatic voyage offers a fascinating experience and highlights an important stage in the tasting of a wine.  This introductory workshop reveals all the secrets of a wine’s bouquet, enabling your senses to be fully awakened to Bordeaux’s wines!

Length: 30 min.

  • Thursday 14 June: 5pm, 6.30pm, 8pm.
  • Friday 15 June: 5pm, 3.30pm, 8pm.
  • Saturday 16 June: 5pm, 3.30pm, 8pm.
  • Sunday 17 June: 11.45am, 3.30pm, 5pm.
  • Monday 18 June: 11:45am, 12.30pm.

The art of blending

Bordeaux wines are almost always a blend of different grape varieties. Having become familiar with the characteristics of the main Bordeaux grape varieties, for red or white wines, participants then blend their own wine.

Length: 30 min.

  • Thursday 14 June: 1.15pm (White), 2pm (Red).
  • Friday 15 June: 1.15pm (W), 2pm (R).
  • Saturday 16 June: 1.15pm (W), 2pm (R).
  • Sunday 17 June: 1.15pm (W), 2pm (R).

Monday 18 June: 1.15pm (W), 2pm (R).

Unusual combinations

The objective of this gourmet workshop is to reveal some of the secrets of how to pair Bordeaux’s wines with food and successfully combine

different flavours. Every day has a new culinary destination!

Length: 30 min.

  • Thursday 14 June: 11.45am, 3.30pm, 7.15pm.

The gourmet trail begins delicately with some of Tata Yoyo's famous choux buns.

  • Friday 15 June: 11.45am, 6.30pm, 7.15pm.

El Taco del Diablo invites globetrotters on a Food & Wine trip in search of Mexican tacos.

  • Saturday 16 June: 11.45am, 6.30pm, 7.15pm.

Lili & Léon will be arriving by bicycle to enliven our taste buds at aperitif time with their locally produced charcuterie.

  • Sunday 17 June: 6.30pm, 7.15pm, 8pm.

The talented duo of chefs, Gil Elad and Arnaud Lahaut from the Mampuku restaurant take us on a flavourful tour of the world. Bordeaux’s cuisine and wines have no borders! Entertainment guaranteed!

The Oenoquizz

An overview of Bordeaux’s wines, followed by an introduction to the art of tasting, and how to match words with sensory perceptions. All culminating in a wine quiz in teams.

Length: 30 min.

  • Thursday 14 June:, 12.30pm, 2.45pm, 4.15pm, 5.45pm
  • Friday 15 June:, 12.30pm, 2.45pm, 4.15pm, 5.45pm
  • Saturday 16 June:, 12.30pm, 2.45pm, 4.15pm, 5.45pm
  • Sunday 17 June:, 12.30pm, 2.45pm, 4.15pm, 5.45pm
  • Monday 18 June: 11am.

To port, the experiential discovery space 

Bordeaux Dating

Throughout the day, the Bordeaux Wine School trainers will be welcoming visitors - couples, friends, or small groups - and offering personalized micro-workshops, to help you get the best out of Bordeaux’s wines, with friendly discussion and practical advice.

Length: 15 min.

  • Every day continuously from 11am to 5 pm*.

Fruits of the earth

In partnership with La Ruche Qui Dit Oui!  Bordeaux wines unveil the first pop-up fruit and vegetable bar in Bordeaux!  Fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed in a thousand and one ways. Raw, simply prepared, sourced exclusively from local, sustainable production, the Bordeaux Wine School invites us to sample them in such a way as to better understand the diversity of tastes and flavours of Bordeaux’s wines. Chanterelles & Pomerol, cherries & Pauillac, oyster leaves & Entre-Deux-Mers… and other unusual combinations that pay tribute to the agriculture of the Gironde. Any unused food will be collected and redistributed by Bordeaux’s Restos du Cœur community restaurant service.

  • Every day from 11am to 7pm continuously*.

Sensory Bubble

The number of places is limited to 7 people; reservation on site is recommended.At the heart of the festival, a mysterious cocoon lies hidden. This isolated "well-being bubble” offers the unique experience of tasting in total peace and tranquillity. In such an environment, the senses are sharpened.

Length: 15 minutes

  • Every day, from 11am to 5 pm continuously*. (Thursday 14 June: opens at 11.20am).
  • Not to be missed: Thursday 14 June, on the occasion of the opening, a 25-minute yoga session will be proposed at 10.50am inside the sensory bubble.

*Except on Monday: until 3pm.

The sun goes down and the celebrations continue!

The pavilion will be hosting a lively musical programme in the evenings, immortalized by the Bordeaux Skinjackin collective, who will be on hand to offer quirky, brightly-coloured, ephemeral tattoos.

“Pari(s) Bordeaux” (Betting) Table

Rosé or white?  Left Bank or Right Bank? 2012 or 2016...? Participants are invited to join the table and bet on Bordeaux! A blind tasting full of surprises and useful information. Open to all festival-goers!

Length: 15 minutes

  • Every day from 6pm to 11pm continuously*.

Rock n’ Wine

Experience a wine tasting as a musical performance, with the collaboration of the Hanuman group and a trainer from the Bordeaux Wine School.

Length: 20 minutes

  • Thursday, 14 June: 8:45pm, 9.20pm, 9.55pm and 10.30pm
  • Friday, 15 June: 8:45pm, 9.20pm, 9.55pm and 10.30pm
  • Saturday, 16 June: 8:45pm, 9.20pm, 9.55pm and 10.30pm

Sunday, 17 June: 8:45pm, 9.20pm, 9.55pm and 10.30pm


A cruise with eight stopovers

This year, the eight Bordeaux wine pavilions will be offering 30 minute-workshops dedicated to their appellations. Every afternoon, from Friday to Sunday, the workshops will offer festival-goers an opportunity to be transported into the heart of Bordeaux’s terroirs.

Length: 30 minutes

  • Friday to Sunday, 2pm to 7pm. Bordeaux-Bordeaux Supérieur Dry Whites, Rosés, Crémants, Saint-Emilion-Pomerol-Fronsac Sweet, Graves-Sauternes  Côtes de Bordeaux Maisons de Bordeaux Médoc

These workshops are accessible with the Tasting Pass (one workshop per Tasting Pass). Every day, from 11am to 11pm continuously, in French and English.

Reservations recommended, directly on the Bordeaux Wine School pavilion.