Burdigala is:

A. The name of a historic celebratory dinner hosted every 10 years in Paris by France’s Grand Crus estates

B. The name of the tribe that settled the region surrounding Burgundy

C. The original Celtic name for Bordeaux

D. The name of the first, but no longer standing, famous forest from which French oak barrels originally came


Burdigala was the name bestowed on the region of Bordeaux by its first Celtic occupants, the Bituriges Vivisques tribe, according to Jane Anson in her authoritative Inside Bordeaux (Berry Bros. & Rudd, 2020). The tribe settled in the Bordeaux region around 567 BCE, and remained there—even under Roman rule–until the 3rd century AD.

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