Three easy ways to do Bordeaux wine tasting when lacking time!

I get many times asked the following kind of question: “We are passing one day through Bordeaux and want to do some wine tasting. What would be the best way?”. The day is sometimes an afternoon or even a couple of hours but what this basically means is that there is no time to visit the wine chateaux of the famous Bordeaux wine region.
As it goes there are not one but at least three avenues open for a “quickie” wine tasting experience, the word quickie meaning here the limited time span of the action and by no means its lack of formality!

The first and easiest if one finds himself/herself in the very center of Bordeaux is to go to “Maison du Vin de Bordeaux” just across the street from the Bordeaux Tourist Office.
Located in a pointy shaped building, that initially belonged to a member of the parliament of Bordeaux and dating from the end of the 18th century, the “Maison du Vin de Bordeaux” shares its site with no less than 14 other Bordeaux wine related institutions including “Conseil Interprofessionel des Vins de Bordeaux”, “Académie du Vin de Bordeaux”, “Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux “, the “Ecole du Vin” or “Wine School” and most importantly two elegant and well stocked wine bars (“bars à vin”) where one can just drop by and taste a multitude of Bordeaux wines. (The “Wine School” offers many 1 day, 1 afternoon or just 2 hours Bordeaux wine workshops both in French and in English but due to their huge popularity they usually require a several days in advance reservation).
“Maison du Vin de Bordeaux” and its two bars are open all year round.

Bordeaux Wine House
Bordeaux Wine House

The wine bar inside the Bordeaux Wine House
The wine bar inside the Bordeaux Wine House

Bordeaux Wine House
The bottle wall Inside the “Bar à vin” at Bordeaux Wine House

Maison du Vin de Bordeaux
Web Site: www.bordeaux.com/uk/wineschool
Address:3 cours du XXX Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux
Phone: 05 56 00 22 85

A second option is to visit “Planete Bordeaux” situated in an unassuming ’70 style building at the outskirts of Bordeaux on the road to Libourne.
Showcase of the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur “Appellation d’origine controlee” wines “Planete Bordeaux” is a place that allows for the initiation into grape growing and wine making practices as well as wine tasting (You can just drop in!).
Together with its other two branches “Planete Cooking” and “Oenology Club”, “Planete Bordeaux” organizes numerous events surrounding the wine, wine tasting classes, wines and foods accord, wine making etc.(require reservations)

Planete Bordeaux well stocked cellar
Planete Bordeaux well stocked cellar

Wine tasting at Planete Bordeaux
Wine tasting at Planete Bordeaux

Planete Bordeaux
Web Site: www.planete-bordeaux.fr
Address: RN 89 – Sortie 5 – 33750 BEYCHAC ET CAILLAU
Phone: 05 57 97 19 38

The third option is to visit “Wine and Trading Museum” – “Musée du Vin et du Négoce de Bordeaux”. Yes a museum! The choice of Bordeaux wines offered for tasting during a formal session at the end of the visit (tasting included in the museum visit ticket price) is actually not as huge as in the previous two options but after visiting the museum and deciding to buy one or more bottles of wine one can taste several wines before deciding (the personnel is bilingual and extremely wine knowledgeable)!

Bordeaux Wine Museum vault
Bordeaux Wine Museum vault

Bordeaux Wine Museum wine collection
Bordeaux Wine Museum wine collection

Grands Crus Classes wine collection at the Wine Museum of Bordeaux
Grands Crus Classes wine collection at the Wine Museum of Bordeaux

Musée du Vin et du Négoce
Web Site: www.museeduvinbordeaux.com
Address: 41 rue Borie 33300 Bordeaux
Phone: 05 56 90 19 13

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