Bordeaux Fête le Vin breaks new record, serving 520,000 glasses of wine

Friday June 29 2018 by Vitisphere

 Although often cloudy, the skies of Gironde were relatively kind to revellers during the wine festival Although often cloudy, the skies of Gironde were relatively kind to revellers during the wine festival

For its 20th anniversary, Bordeaux Fête le Vin set a series of records: "In four days, more than 61,000 tasting passes were sold, more than 520,000 glasses of wine were served, over 60,000 bottles were opened and the Bordeaux Wine School trained more than 18,000 people. These are increases of 25 to 30% compared with the previous event in 2014” said Christophe Chateau, the commissioner of the organising association, Bordeaux Grands Évènements (BGE), at a press point on 18 June on the bridge of the Danish three-masted ship Kaskelot. The anniversary edition was marked by the arrival of about thirty yachts along the quayside in Bordeaux - they alone welcomed an estimated 40,000 visitors per day.

In terms of overall visitor numbers, the organisers have chosen to remain vague due to the complexities of issuing an accurate figure, as the Court of Auditors pointed out. "There has been a sharp increase in attendance, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people came. If anyone knows the exact number, let them say so. But whatever the figures, the 2018 wine festival will be remembered” pointed out Stephan Delaux, chairman of BGE. “1,200 merchants and winegrowers served 60,000 bottles. I thank them for their availability at a time when there is much work to be done in the vineyard”, said a grateful Allan Sichel, chairman of the Bordeaux wine marketing board (CIVB), who described the recipe for the wine festival’s success: “Direct contact between the producer and the end consumer”.

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