On tree-lined Cours du XXX-Juillet, not far from the banks of the Garonne and the main artery of the Esplanade des Quinconces, you'll find the École du Vin. Run by the CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux, which oversees the Bordeaux wine trade), this school organizes wine initiation and tasting classes. The on-site Le Bar à Vin is a good place to sample reds (like Pauillac or St-Émilion), dry whites (like an Entre-Deux-Mers, Graves, or Côtes de Blaye),
and sweet whites (like Sauternes or Loupiac). This can be particularly useful when trying to decide which of the 57 wine appellations to focus on during your trip. You can also make purchases at the school's Vinothèque. Further info is available right across the street at the city tourist office.
Mar 1, 2009
Took the 2 hour introduction to wine tasting course at the Maison du Vin and it was terrific! Learned lots in just a couple of hours and sampled some lovely wines. Our class had people from all over the world and so getting to know them was great too.