This coming weekend, St Emilion opens its doors for 3 days of visits, tastings and activities. Over 80 chateaux are opening their doors and inviting you in. For a full list of these places follow this link
As part of the celebration of wine, the Barrel Rouleurs will be out in the villages with daily displays. There are running races through the vines and many of the chateau are offering lunch menus and art and craft exhibitions. A detailed programme is here.
|A Rouleur with a barrel|
Monday 1 May is a Jour Ferie (bank holiday) so the St Emilion Portes Overtes rolls over to the Monday and there are loads of shopping and browsing options out and about for the Monday.
Whatever you do over the coming week, have a great time in the Gironde and Dordogne regions.
Week 17 2017
22 April - 8 May : Brocante des Quinconces in Bordeaux
Monday 24 April
Tuesday 25 April
25 April 18h : Le English Choral Experience in the church at Gensac
Wednesday 26 April
Thursday 27 April
27 April 5h : The Eden Cinema in Monsegur is showing an Avant Premiere of Molly Monster
Friday 28 April
Saturday 29 April
29 April : Vide grenier and fête du printemps at Saint-Germain-du-Puch
29 April : Flower and Honey Fair in Libourne centre
29 April 14h30 : La Mediateque in Branne is holding a seminar on prehistoric art as an intro to the
Samedis de Cabara.. All welcome
29 April 17h30 : Samedis de Cabara, this week the theme is 'Pourquoi l'art des Cavernes?' - Why do we have cave art? Free entrance and all welcome.
29 April Cabaret Tapas and dancing in Lamothe (though they're not keen to tell you that on the poster!)
29 April 21h : Jazz Chamber Orchestra Concert in the Salle du Foiral in Duras
29 - 30 April : Trail de St Emilion... get those running shoes on!
29 - 30 April : Sainte Terre celebrates the Lampoie, with a dinner on Saturday, and a lunch and a vide grenier on Sunday.
29 - 30 April : Musique et Gastronomie at Chateau Le Fleur Picon, St Emilion.
29 - 30 April : Art Exhibition in Saint Antoine sur L'Isle
29 - 30 April - 1 May : Portes Ouvertes in St Emilion, free entry to many of the Chateaux. Barrel Rolling displays.
29 - 30 April - 1 May : Portes Ouvertes at Chateau Trapard in St Emilion. The barrel makers Nadalie will be there with a demonstration on Saturday
29 - 30 April - 1 May : Green Festival at La Cave des Vignerons de Puissegan Lussac St Emilion. Visits, tastings, exhibitions and local wines and products.
Sunday 30 April
30 April : Foire de Mai in Cadillac
30 April : Vide grenier, marché aux fleurs, marché artisanal in Gornac
30 April : Vide grenier - fete du printemps in La Sauvetat-du-Dropt
30 April : Vide Grenier in Ste Magne de Castillon
30 April : Vide grenier in Lamothe-Montravel
30 April : Vide Grenier in Menesplat
30 April : Vide Grenier and Brocante in Sauveterre de Guyenne
30 April : Vide grenier in Saint Laurent des Hommes
30 April : Vide grenier and "Bouquet aux 1000 fleurs" Village in Levignac de Guyenne
Monday 1 May
1 May : Vide grenier and floralies in St Meard-de-Gurcon
1 May : Vide Grenier in Villefranche de Lonchat
1 May : Vide Grenier in Moulon
1 May : Marche des Fleurs and Vide grenier in Pellegrue
1 May : Vide Grenier in Frontenac
1 May : Fete des Fleurs in La Reole
1st May also called May Day, La Fête du Muguet, La Fête du Travail in France is a public holiday to campaign for and celebrate workers rights. It is also an occasion to present lily-of-the-valley to loved ones.
King Charles IX of France was presented with lily of the valley flowers on 1st May 1561. He liked the gift and decided to present lily of the valley flowers to the ladies of his court each year on 1st May. Around 1900, men started to present a bouquet of lily of the valley flowers to women to express their affection. The flowers are a more general token of appreciation between close friends and family members these days.