As the gates of Bordeaux Fête le Vin open today, a new wine tourism application will be going online. The result of many months of hard work by the CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux) in collaboration with hundreds of Chateaus around the region, the new smart phone application “Bordeaux Wine Trip” will allow visitors to plan and organize their visit to Bordeaux before even arriving.
Available on smart phones, tablets and online at www.bordeauxwinetrip.com , the new free application offers a range of tools for visitors. Traditional information on Chateaus and their tourism offerings are available, however it is the geolocation option that is interesting, allowing the user to find Chateaus, restaurants and hotels around the user or in a specific area. You can then create an itinerary and access it later. Knowing that many of the user’s may be from another country (ie they will not have 3G coverage in France) the application also indicates a map of WIFI locations. Following a model similar to TripAdvisor users can also rate and comment on their experience at a winery or locale.
Bordeaux Wine Trip works in tandum with another CIVB application Smart Bordeaux transferring the user directly to the Smart Bordeaux page on the winery.
The application is useful if you are looking to plan a trip to Bordeaux – or just looking to dream a bit while at work – but I would recommend it to those living in Bordeaux. The WIFI option as well as the list of wine bars and restaurants is very thorough. I am curious to see how some of my favorite addresses are rated.
The free application can be downloaded on iTunes or you can play with the application on its website.
Well that’s all for now… I’m headed off to see Bordeaux Fete le Vin for myself!