救貧院というとなんか良い響きですよね。フランス語ではオスピス・ドゥ・ボーヌとよばれています。実際に現地にいくと創立者のニコラ・ロラン夫妻が神にいのる肖像画がかかっています。が、ブルゴーニュ公爵フィリップ善良公の大臣をつとめたニコラ・ロランは庶民を苦しめたそうです。ブルゴーニュ地方を旅行するとブルゴーニュ公フィリップの肖像画をいたるところで目にします。（フィリップ善良公（Philippe le Bon）となんか庶民思いの王様なのかな？なんてイメージしちゃいますが、ジャンヌダルクを捕まえて英国軍に売り渡したり、パリを占領したり…ネーミングセンスに微妙なものを感じます。）
Marathon du Medoc, Bordeaux – 9th Sept – The main wine festival in Bordeaux takes place in June, but this is a worthy sequel. Wine tasting at around 55 fabulous chateaux whilst you run a 42-kilometre marathon starting and finishing in the village of Pauillac. The tastings accompanied by plates of cheese, oysters and steak en route. An event now in its 33rd year, organised by marathon runners, but for all-comers. Around 8,000 thousand runners participate. Lovely route and lots of fun, with most runners in fancy dress. Dinner and fireworks in the evening. Entries now closed but spectators welcome. More information at Marathon du Medoc.
Ban des Vendanges de la Jurade de Saint-Emilion – 15th/16th September – Less a wine festival than a wine ceremony, which formally inaugurates the start of the grape harvest in a rather spiritual manner. A bit of a curiosity because of the semi-religious nature of the occasion, but it is a process that is mirrored in other wine areas of France. A cortege of several dozen costumed ‘jurats’ walk through the village to a church service to proclaim the start of the harvest. Smaller scale events around the occasion.
Portes Ouvertes des Graves – 20th/21st Oct – Around 69 chateaux open their doors to show their wines in over 3,000 hectares of vineyards. Wine school will lead several tasting workshops.
Portes Ouvertes Fronsac – 28th/29th Oct – Open doors in the chaisfollowing the 12km/24 km marathons that takes place.
Margaux Saveurs – 16th/18th Nov – A more refined and orderly portes ouvertes in this prestigious appellation. A pity some of the best producers prefer to remain behind closed doors, but a good range of tastings, lunches and dinners, musical events and artisanal market.
Portes Ouvertes des Sauternes et Barsac – 10th/11th Nov. – Around 50 chateaux that open their doors to visitors with each one providing a range of attractions as well as wine tasting. Food, concerts, and other cultural offers. Although the famous Chateaux d’Yquem considers the occasion below itself to participate there are many great chateaux that do, with wines just as good at half the price.
Portes Ouvertes des Pessac-Leognan – 1st/2nd Dec – Around 40 chateaux the open their doors to show their red and white wines, accompanied by local fayre and events.
Portes Ouvertes Castillon Cotes De Bordeaux – 8th/9th Sept – Around 18 winemakers open their doors at this appellation on the eastern boundary of Bordeaux.