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  1. Wine tasting in Circular Quay at the Bastille Festival
    Photograph: Supplied/Bastille Festival
  2. A couple getting their wine passports at Circular Quay at the Bastille Festival
    Photograph: Supplied/Bastille Festival
  3. Friends drinking wine in Circular Quay at the Bastille Festival
    Photograph: Supplied/Bastille Festival

French Wine Tasting Tour at Bastille Festival French Christmas Market

Get your passport stamped and go on a journey through the world of French wine at Circular Quay

By Time Out in association with Bastille Festival
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Papiers s’il vous plaît… It’s time to take that journey to France you’ve been hankering after for two years, with the Bastille Festival French Christmas Market arriving at Circular Quay on December 17-20. And like any overseas adventure, you’re not going anywhere without your passport.

The market features a French Food Feast with melted raclette, crêpes, baguettes, macarons, flammenkuchen, an Oyster & Champagne bar and more, but one highlight you won’t want to miss is the self-guided French Wine Tasting Tour. 

The tour costs $37 and comes complete with your own French passport that gets stamped at each of the bars you’ll be visiting. The passport gives you priority bar access (because queuing is for the English, n'est-ce pas?) and lets you taste up to five different premium wines from the country's famous wine regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône, Loire and Provence. 

And when we say ‘taste’ we mean wine tasting à la French: not a sip, but half a glass. Incroyable! You also get your own reusable, Bastille-branded eco wine glass to take home.

Enjoying what you’re sipping? Don't forget to make a stop at Chapoutier Wine Cellar to acquire some wine and cheese to take home for Christmas. All the premium wines are available at the Cellar and are perfect for celebrations or gifting. 

To take the French Wine Tasting Tour​, purchase your passport online then head to the Bastille Festival Information Tent (in front of the Light Rail stop) one any of the four Christmas Market days to collect it. A handy map will show you where the different bars are located and each one on the tour​ has its own wine doyen who can talk you through the drops you’re interested in tasting.

Why not get a bunch of friends together and take the journey in a group? It sounds like more fun than a day out on the Champs Elysées. 

Bastille Festival supports the responsible service of alcohol.

Find out more about the French Wine Tasting Tour at Bastille Festival French Christmas Market. 

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