Over three million travelers plan trips to Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world, every year. With a wealth of wine-centered activities, you'll want to be sure you're planning your trip during the right season. So how do you choose the best time to visit Bordeaux, France? Take a look at Auto Europe's guide to Bordeaux, France weather for an in-depth look at wine harvesting, and how the seasons will affect planning your next trip to Bordeaux.
Temperatures in Bordeaux in mid-March are still cool yet comfortably pleasant, making early spring a great time to travel to Bordeaux. Most vineyards are starting to gear up for April tastings and the region won't be teeming with tourists for a few more weeks.
April tastings are one of the best times of the year to visit Bordeaux, but the first week of April should be avoided unless you are in the wine trade. In terms of Bordeaux weather, temperatures continue to rise and so do your wine-focused opportunities!
Another ideal time to visit Bordeaux is during the flowering of the vine beginning in mid-May and ending in mid-July. For a little over a month, travelers will experience intensely hot weather, but they'll also be privy to extended hours for wine tours and increased opportunities for wine tastings.
Most wine lovers would gush over the opportunity to visit Bordeaux in September during the annual wine harvest. However, the harvest is a busy time for all winemakers, owners and producers, so travelers will have to make advance arrangements if they're interested in visiting during this season to ensure they're able to experience the Bordeaux of their dreams.
October and November are two other months that are perfect for experiencing wine tourism in Bordeaux at its best, but travelers should keep in mind that temperatures will continue to drop and should plan to pack warmer clothing to accommodate the change in climate. Due to the fact that this is a busy time for most Bordeaux wine producers, many properties may not be scheduling tours, but it never hurts to check in advance, as they may be willing to accommodate you!
If wine is on your mind during your next trip to Bordeaux, you'll want to avoid traveling in January. During this month Bordeaux weather is cold and the vineyards are barren, as many châteaux in the Medoc are busy blending their wine.
Harvest season is one of the most exciting times to visit Bordeaux, but it can also be one of the most disappointing if you have not made the proper arrangements. As stated above, harvest season is a busy time for wine producers in Bordeaux, so travelers should make their arrangements well in advance in order to ensure they're able to tour the properties they want.
Wine tours in Bordeaux are an exciting opportunity for travelers to get a first-hand look at how and where this regional agricultural product is made. Keep in mind that most wine cellars in Bordeaux are kept around 60 degrees throughout the year, so travelers should plan to bring along a light sweater even if the Bordeaux weather outside is hot.