2018 hightlights

2018: a big year for gourmet cuisine and wine-related events in Bordeaux! June proved to be particularly memorable, with the twentieth anniversary edition of the Bordeaux Wine Festival attracting visitors from all over the world, and then there will be the opening of the Halle Boca in October.

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The future Halle Boca offers a treat for your taste buds!

Housed in the former Debat-Ponsan meat market dating from 1938, in the new Euratlantique district, the Halle Boca will include a food court, specialist food shops, offices, various services and a four-star hotel.

The Halle Boca is the latest addition to Bordeaux’s vast range of gastronomic delights. It will host 16 restaurants, that include Vapiano, the popular Italian chain, and the American-Mexican style Indiana Café (the first branches in Bordeaux). The food court will have a central bar and a delicatessen, and Le Garde Manger will offer snacks and quick meals. The stands will offer a wide range of foods to eat in or take away.

The site has an area of 23,500 m² and includes the Hilton Garden Inn hotel, which will have 166 rooms on nine floors, along with conference facilities and a restaurant.

Inspired by the eponymous district in Buenos Aires, the Halle Boca will offer a colourful, visually stimulating environment, and will accommodate the future “Euratlantique” European business district.


An historic success for the 20th anniversary of Bordeaux Fête Le Vin!

The biggest wine tourism event in Europe dedicated to the wines of Bordeaux and Aquitaine, Bordeaux Fête le Vin celebrated its twentieth anniversary this year, taking place between 14 and 18 June. All reports point to an historic success for this edition which combined Bordeaux and Nouvelle-Aquitaine wines with a visit from tall ships from all around the world. Bordeaux Fête le Vin welcomed a guest of honour: the prestigious Tall Ships Regatta. Several hundred thousand spectators assembled along the banks of the Garonne over the course of the event.

The Tasting Pass broke all records with 61,976 Passes sold, an increase of approximately 26% compared to 2014 and 2016. The festival’s flagship pavilion, the Bordeaux Wine School, welcomed more than 18,000 visitors for an incredible introductory voyage into the word of wine. The Union des Grands Crus also proved highly popular, with 1850 people attending its tastings in Hangar 14. All proposals relating to the Tall Ships, such as sail boat cruises on the river, tours of the boats, the departure parade and deck-parties were fully booked.

On the occasion of this anniversary edition, the histories of Bordeaux’s port and its wine trade were presented side by side in a superb exhibition that received unanimous praise, «Voguent les vins, une histoire bordelaise” (Wines take sail, a history of Bordeaux). There were also spectacular fireworks from Group F. Hundreds of thousands of spectators gathered every night along the quays to watch the adventures of Group F’s amazing fire-breathing dragon.

Bordeaux Fête Le Fleuve 2019 (River Festival): Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June 2019