Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Hundreds of thousands expected at Bordeaux wine fest

BORDEAUX, France (AFP) — France's wine capital Bordeaux will hold a four-day celebration of its prized vineyards this month that is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world.

From June 26 to 29, a "wine road" will run along the Garonne river from the historic city centre through the heart of the surrounding region's vineyards, offering wine tastings, local food, a sound and light show, fireworks and concerts.

Organised for the tenth year, the festival is expected to draw 350,000 tourists from France and abroad.

A 13-euro (20 dollar) wine pass will buy visitors 12 wine tastings, while a 70-euro pass covers access to nine tasting routes through the region's vineyards, spread over the four days.