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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.
Price: 350€
Dates: 15-16 May, 16-17 October 2009

Bordeaux wines explained in the glass! (Practical level)
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.
Price: 335€
Dates: 17-18 May, 18-19 October 2009

Discovering the <> 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.
Price: 600€
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 Please note that prices do not include flights or accommodation.

Notes to Editors:

The following airlines fly direct to Bordeaux: bmiBaby (from Birmingham and Manchester), FlyBe (from Southampton), easyJet (from Bristol and London Luton) and British Airways (from London Gatwick).
NB accommodation is not included on any of these courses.

The Bordeaux Wine School was established by the CIVB in 1990 and now it is in partnership with 22 international wine schools and has accredited 164 tutors based all over the world.

In 2008, 4028 people were trained at the Bordeaux Wine School: 341 wine dealers, 134 journalists, 647 students and 3034 consumers.

For further information please contact:
Natasha Claxton
Phone: 0207 384 1333 / Email:
20 February 2009

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