Springtime in Blaye

The town of Blaye (33 Gironde, Nouvelle Aquitaine) on the right bank of the Gironde estuary is the centre of one of the key sub-appellations of Bordeaux wines – Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux  as it is now known.

blaye_printempsBlaye wine Festival 18 -19 April 2020 sees the Spring Wine Festival (Printemps des Vins de Blaye). Set in the impressive surroundings of Vauban’s Citadelle de Blaye 80 local winemakers  will be showing their wines throughout the weekend, with a variety of other animations, including wine tasting tuition, guided tours of the Citadelle, demonstrations of barrel-making, cookery demonstrations  etc…

There is a charge of €6,00 to access the Citadelle, which is well worth it.

Entrance to the Blaye Citadelle
Entrance to the Blaye Citadelle

unescoThe Citadelle and the City Walls and two defensive island forts in the river are classified as a  UNESCO World Heritage site. Blaye is a port with a ferry service across the Gironde to Lamarque in the Medoc. Takiing the ferry gives you a special view of the port and Citadelle.

VaubanThere is also a hotel within the walls of the Citadelle with a pool and a restaurant overlooking the Gironde – Logis Hotel de la Citadelle

The wines of Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux are mainly red although some white wine, plus a small amount of rosé and sparkling wine are produced. Côtes de Blaye lies directly north of Côtes de Bourg and produces wines that are broadly similar in style  with a little more polish.

Clos Marcamps

nearby vineyard B&B accomomodation at Domaine de la Grande Motte

Outside the town in countryside between Blaye and Bordeaux there is a stylish B&B/Guest House at Prignac et MarcampsClos Marcamps – a 19th-century house in a tree-filled park, with pool, an outdoor heated hot tub and free WiFi access.

For more info on the Wine Fair see  http://printemps.vin-blaye.com

For more info on Blaye – see the Official Tourist Office

In Blaye there is a hotel in the heart of Vauban’s  citadelle – Logis Hotel de la Citadelle

TGVBy Train/TGV from London with Rail Europe