Exploration of the Gironde Estuary in Bordeaux, Ponton Bordeaux River Cruise, samedi, 19. septembre 2020
About this Event
The Cruise will take place Saturday, September 19 (10:00 a.m. to 7 pm), after The Mondiale.
- Cruising the Gironde roundtrip between Bordeaux and Blaye
- A winemaker’s luncheon in Blaye to taste wines of the region
- A visit to the Citadelle of Blaye with a tour to learn the history and see the views from the clock tower (modified tour available for those with more limited mobility)
- A special blind tasting of Bourg and Blaye wines on your return trip down the river to Bordeaux
- The price per person is $130 USD and includes the boat ride, lunch, snacks, all wines, citadel tour and ticket fees
- We will meet at the Quai des Chartrons (Nº24, in front of Café Ibaïa) at 10 AM and will set sail at 10:30 AM
- Make sure to be ready to board at 10 AM
- The boat will arrive back in Bordeaux at the Quai at 7 PM
- Please bring sunscreen, hats, comfortable attire, walking shoes and a light jacket in case it is cooler on the return trip
- There will be a 10 minute walk to and from the boat when we arrive at Blaye
- The inside of the Citadel contains a number of 17th century steps, and the inside tour is not advised for anyone with mobility restrictions. There is an outdoor only guided tour option for those with mobility restrictions. This option is available when purchasing your ticket
- If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please select the ticket's dietary restriction option and provide us with the specifics at the checkout so we can make the proper arrangements
- We are looking for 6-8 volunteers to help pour and serve wine on the return trip. We would be grateful if anyone interested could indicate by selecting the 'volunteer to pour wine' option when purchasing your ticket
- If you have any other questions, please contact us at email
Gironde Estuary Planning Team
- Jennifer Aspen Mason, Atlanta
- Kelleen Hubbs, Atlanta
- Lynn Lathrop, Grand Regent
- Bruce Taylor, Cleveland
- Eric E. Vogt, Grand Maître
The planning team would like to give special thanks to:
Emmanuelle Miller of Château des Tourtes (Grand Maître, Connetablie de Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux) who has helped us put this Blaye visit together and Didier Meneuvrier of Chateau La Croix Davids (Grand Maître, Connetablie de Côtes de Bourg) who introduced us to the Bourg region last year.
Before you finalize your travel planning for The Mondiale, please consider joining your fellow Commandeurs to travel the path of the ancient Romans while visiting the oldest wine region in Bordeaux. Begin your journey from the City of Bordeaux and travel by boat on the historic Gironde estuary. The Gironde is a tidal, navigable body of water, which stretches from the meeting of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers to the mouth of the Atlantic. By the time you dock near the medieval City of Blaye, you will appreciate the significance of the Gironde in putting Bordeaux fine wines on the world map.
The communes of Bourg and Blaye can be found on the Eastern bank of the Gironde estuary. Blaye, in particular, was the main crossing point from the North to Bordeaux during Roman times until Napoleon bridged the Garonne. In the 16th century, the area was decimated by Protestant attack, and the subsequent decision to build a ‘modern’ citadel was intended not only to protect the local area, but the City of Bordeaux as well. The Citadelle of Blaye, also known as the Fortress of Vauban after its architect, is a spectacular UNESCO world heritage site which you will have the opportunity to visit and ‘walk the walls.’
The wines of Bourg and Blaye are lesser known than many of the other Bordeaux subregions, but due to the long growing season and modern winemaking techniques, the wines here are some of the best values and quality to be found in France. Experience them for yourself while you taste them over lunch with local winemakers, and again on your boat trip back to the City of Bordeaux.
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