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Wine fanatics descend on Bordeaux for Fête Du Vin Nouveau

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The festival, known as the Fête du Vin Nouveau in French, is usually scheduled for the fourth weekend of the month, but on extraordinary occasions it may be slotted into the third weekend instead.

2012 is one of those extraordinary occasions and the festival organisers have scheduled this year’s Fête du Vin Nouveau for 20th and 21st October.

Bordeaux is a major French city in south-western France. Situated along the Garonne River, Bordeaux is among the seven most populated urban regions of France, but is famed most of all for its wine industry, which has dominated the local economy for well over one thousand years. It is this heritage that is celebrated each year during the Fête du Vin Nouveau, a harvest festival celebrating the new crop of grapes maturing near the end of October each year.

Wine lovers will appreciate the festival, of course, but the Fête du Vin Nouveau is also of interest to tourists who enjoy a good old-fashioned flea market replete with plenty of antiques. More than 80 antique dealers usually assemble at Notre Dame in Bordeaux, where they present a variety of articles for sale to passers-by. The aura of a European street fair is present in every detail, right down to the street theatre performers who entertain visitors strolling down the avenue, sipping glasses of the new vintage that is the star of the show.

The typical Fête du Vin Nouveau attracts more than 10,000 tourists to Bordeaux. For more details on Bordeaux itself, as well as a variety of local attractions and events, visit the tourism information and assistance site dedicated to this city and region, located at http://www.bordeaux-tourisme.com/.

For holiday rental accommodation during the Fête du Vin Nouveau see www.QualityVillas.com.

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