When wine and music resonate in the Bordeaux vineyard

Authentic, festive, convivial, there is no shortage of adjectives to describe events in which wine and music unite to become one. After all, wine and music are linked like leaves and grapes, they awaken the senses, appeal to the emotions and are appreciated with the heart. Enough reasons to offer you a selection of the best musical events that will take place in the vineyards of Bordeaux in 2018.

Why not start your journey of initiation with a stop at La Cité du Vin?

From 23 March to 24 June a major art exhibition is being held there, highlighting the different associations between wine and music. More than 150 works (scores, costumes, costume jewellery...) from France and all over Europe will be presented through an audiovisual tour.

Original thematic workshops developed around the temporary exhibition are also available for adults and children.

Le vin et la musique (image 2)  

Music & wine will also be in the spotlight on the Wine Route of Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac

For those who prefer to enjoy a concert close to the vineyards, in the courtyard of a château or in the heart of a picturesque village, head for the Wine Route of Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac, where two major events await you:

> For lovers of classical music: from 29 March to 12 DecemberLes Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion” opens the doors of the greatest châteaux of Saint-Emilion, in which world-famous artists will give high-quality classical concerts. Among these artists, the pianist and winner of the prestigious World Piano Competition, Fanny Azzuro, who will perform at Château de Ferrand and Laure Colladant one of the best pianists today who will perform Chopin at Château de Pressac.

> For jazz lovers: on 20 - 21 - 22 July, the Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival invites you for three days of festivities and music. Free and paid-for concerts have been scheduled to introduce you to jazz nuggets like the legendary Maceo Parker, who will close the festival at the "Scène des Douves". The other highlight of this festival will be the Musical Tasting at Château Soutard, which will be hosted by the French guitar prodigy: Sylvain Luc. Added to all these festivities: a gourmet market, pop-up wine bars and many other attractions, rich in colours.

Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival (image 1)  
Quand vin et musique font vibrer le vignoble bordelais (image)  

Continue the musical adventure in the Médoc ...

Music & wine will also be in the spotlight with the “Estivales de Musique en Médoc” to be held from 3 to 13 July. There you can taste the flavours of a unique terroir whose notes blend perfectly with the music of the most promising talents in the classical world. Lukáš Vondráček, winner of the international Queen Elisabeth Competition, and Elsa Dreisig, winner of the women’s first prize at the prestigious “Operalia” competition, are just a foretaste of a musical experience unlike any other.

...and at the Bordeaux gates!

In the same vein, the “Jazz & Wine” festival is another unmissable event in the region. Considered one of the eight biggest wine-tourism events in France, this unique festival has already allowed the greatest stars of jazz to shine - like Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny or Stéphane Belmondo - within the walls of the most beautiful Bordeaux wine estates.

Vary the musical styles and the colour of the wines on the Bordeaux Wine Route in Graves and Sauternes

If you want to vary the musical styles and the colour of the wines, make an appointment on the Bordeaux Wine Route in Graves and Sauternes to breathe in the summer and enjoy the “Rencontres Musicales Internationales des Graves” festival. During this summer celebration that will take place from 17 to 27 July 2018, eight tasting-concerts of all genres (classical, contemporary) will resonate in the heart of the remarkable châteaux of Graves and Sauternes.

Finally, along the same route, you can also visit the 2018 edition of the « Festes Baroques » (from 26 June to 9 July). Immersed in the world of Beethoven, Ravel or Ligeti, you can enjoy a glass of wine while marvelling at the beauty and technicality of a melody played on the harpsichord, the violin or the viola da gamba.

Festes baroques (image)  
Les Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion  

Les Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion