Learning for leisure: the École du Vin de Bordeaux
The CIVB's École du Vin de Bordeaux provides the opportunity to gain
a greater understanding of what makes the region's wines so special. The courses on offer are for
everyone, from the wine tasting novice to the advanced student, and comprise in-depth tastings,
practical exercises and visits to Bordeaux's properties. Held in the heart of Bordeaux city, classes are taught in English by local wine experts.
Tasting Bordeaux Wines – from A to Z
(Technical level for beginners)
Two complete days for a comprehensive
review of Bordeaux wines, covering soil
types, grape varieties, the classifications
and the different appellations of the
region. Over thirty wines will be tasted and students can create their own blend.
At the end of the first day there is a Wine
Tasting Dinner in a château, providing an
opportunity to meet the winemakers.
Dates: 15–16 May, 16–17 October 2009
Bordeaux wines explained in the glass!
Open to those who have completed the Technical level. Over two days students will improve their
ability to taste wine; stimulating their senses and enriching their wine tasting vocabulary. The course
takes the form of a blind tasting and also teaches the principles of successful food and wine matching.
Dates: 17–18 May, 18–19 October 2009
Discovering the "Grands Crus" of Bordeaux
(Grands crus level)
Open to those who have completed the Technical or Practical levels. Travel through Bordeaux's
vineyards over three days and visit four areas: the Médoc, Sauternes, Graves and Saint-Emilion.
Students will perfect their knowledge of Bordeaux's classified growths by discovering the origins of
the classifications and the appellations. The course includes visits to classified growth properties
where students can taste the wines and understand why they are the elite of Bordeaux's offerings.
Dates: 19–21 May 2009
In addition to these intensive daytime courses, the École du Vin de Bordeaux also offers Summer
sessions: A two-hour introduction course in English every day (except Thursday and Sunday) from
June to September.
The Bordeaux Wine School can organise tailored courses for 1–24 people.
To book onto any of these courses, please visit ecole.vins-bordeaux.fr. Please note that
prices do not include flights or accommodation.