Bordeaux Wine Festival's eco-responsible commitments

The organisation of Bordeaux Wine Festival 2023 has adopted an ambitious approach to its responsibility towards the environment.

Bordeaux Wine Festival is fully integrated into this ambition and will strengthen its eco-responsible commitments in 2023. The event has been ISO 20121 certified for its environmental management since June 2021. This year, it will also be at the heart of the events planned as part of the European Capital of Smart Tourism year.

This award from the European Commission recognises Bordeaux's exemplary actions in the areas of accessibility, sustainable development, digital technology, cultural creativity and heritage. The sculpture symbolising the award will be placed at the centre of the festival.

Concrete commitments on the event

At the heart of the event lies the promotion of regional products, whether wine or gastronomic.
5 actions are being carried out this year to reduce the environmental footprint of the festival:

  • Reduce waste: 0 plastic sold, implementation of a three-stream sorting system, exemplary waste management on the food stands with the implementation of a compostable waste collection and a reduction at source
  • Encourage soft mobility: public transport included in the Tasting Pass, increased bicycle parking
  • Aim for maximum reuse and recycling of materials used for the stands
  • Measure and reduce the event's carbon footprint with a greenhouse gas emissions report
    Support the wine tourism industry in promoting sustainable winegrowing practices

Actions are also taken to ensure a positive social impact of the festival:

  • For seasonal jobs, encourage the integration of young people, senior citizens and people who are far from employment
  • Organise times dedicated to meetings between residents and visitors for a harmonious living together
  • Encourage the responsible consumption of alcohol, in particular with juice and water bars and the integration of public transport in the tasting pass
  • Propose micro-events in the other municipalities of the city to make the festival live elsewhere than on the quays and in another time frame
Vignoble engagé - Vincent Bengold
Crédit : Vincent Bengold

The different environmental approaches of the Bordeaux vineyards

75% of the Bordeaux vineyards are certified by an environmental approach in 2021 (against 55% in 2016). The objective is 100% by 2030. Biodynamics, draught horses, ecological corridors... The estates open their doors to let you discover these new practices in the heart of the vineyards and in the cellars, during guided tours.


Wine growing is one of the region's sectors of excellence. As such, Bordeaux Fête le Vin is integrated this year into a Bordeaux Wine Week and will thus allow for BtoB meetings favourable to the local economy.

The actions carried out by Bordeaux Fête le Vin are in line with the following United Nations sustainable development objectives:

Objectifs 2022