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Where to wine in Bordeaux

Wine bar in central Bordeaux
Shops, restaurants, bars, tours, schools… there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy and learn about wine in Bordeaux. The world’s wine-making capital, Bordeaux has produced reds, whites and rosés since the 8th century - and it won’t be drying up any time soon! Here are some interesting and iconic ways to experience the region’s specialty.
THE CHIC BAR

Le Millésime: Right in the heart of historic Bordeaux is Le Millésime, a cosy, atmospheric wine bar and restaurant. Here, you can sip grands crus classés by the glass and enjoy small tapas dishes or local south west specialities. There are also DJs on weekends for extra ambiance.

Le Millésime (External link) (in french) - 4 Rue du Puits Descujols

THE FUTURISTIC FOOD HALL

Les Halles de Bacalan only opened recently, but it’s already the talk of the town. Located opposite La Cité du Vin, the food court showcases the crème de la crème in local food with 26 producers, a wine bar, a regional restaurant and a co-working space. Open 6 days a week, it also offers child-care on weekends.

Halles de Bacalan - 149 Quai de Bacalan

THE COOLEST VENUE IN TOWN

A former military barracks, this 20,000m2 space on Quai des Queyries has been transformed into a bubbling hive of innovation and activity. There’s an eco-friendly urban farm, a skate park, a bike-polo field, an organic grocery and even blank walls for graffiti artists to show off their skills. If you’re not a wine drinker, DARWIN is your place: there’s also a microbrewery.

Darwin (External link) (in french) - 87 Quai des Queyries

THE CUTTING-EDGE CHÂTEAU

High-tech meets the traditional at this 16th century wine estate with a spectacular cellar designed by Phillipe Starck. Enjoy a private tour, visit the estate and vineyards, and learn how to taste and drink wine like a local.

Château les Carmes Haut-Brion (External link) - 20 Rue des Carmes

THE WINE-LOVERS’ MECCA

This iconic caviste, tucked away behind the Opera House, sells gadgets and gizmos to help even the most basic wine amateur become a connoisseur (or at least look like one). There’s wine, of course, but also professional accessories such as purifying filters, humidity hydrometers, luxe champagne stoppers and carafe cleaning kits.

Vinothèque - 8 Cours du 30 Juillet

THE MESMERISING MUSEUM

With architecture inspired by knotted vines, wine swirling in a glass and the Garonne River, the Cité du Vin is a sight in itself. Inside, the museum brings wine to life with immersive and sensorial exhibitions, shows and films. The visit concludes at the Belvedere, a 360˚ lookout with an impressive chandelier made out of thousands of bottles.

La Cité du Vin (External link) - 134 Quai de Bacalan

THE WINE SCHOOL

There’s no better place to learn about wine than in Bordeaux. Whether you’re looking for an intensive oenology workshop or simply want to know which food goes with which wine, the École du Vin will pair you with your perfect course. It’s as easy as pronouncing oenotourism!

The Wine School (External link) - 3 Cours du 30 Juillet