Join us in Southwestern France to explore the stunning vineyards of Bordeaux while improving your knowledge in the world's best wines through our expert-led full-day Premium wine tours.
From the Medoc to Saint-Emilion, Entre-Deux-Mers, Graves and Sauternes, the vineyard of Bordeaux spreads over 295.000 acres and encompasses 65 appellations and more than 7000 individual estates. Yet Bordeaux gained international recognition thanks to the prestigious chateaux such as Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Cheval Blanc, Latour, Pavie, Yquem, etc. In Medoc, Graves and Sauternes wine regions, you will learn about the 1855 classifications relaying to Paris Universal Exhibition. In 1855, Napoleon III asked a panel to break the region's wines down by price (therefore, hopefully, quality as well). These 1855 classifications were never meant to be an official quality roster but remain mostly unchanged at today.
Medoc and Saint-Emilion are best known for their reds. The red Bordeaux are made with Cabernet Sauvignon, often blended with Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The color tends to be a garnet/ruby shade. The flavor is typically a light one, with blackberry, black fruits, wood, and other notes. Saint-Emilion wines are very elegant made with Merlot blended with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
If you like the white, you will really enjoy Graves wines with its balance of Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon (and sometimes Muscadelle). White Graves with nose of citrus and white flowers offers a nice fruity start with a long finish on exotic fruits… perfect for aperitif or paired with fish or seafood.
Saint-Emilion is one of the region's best known featuring nearly 800 wine producers in and around the picturesque medieval village. Listed at the Unesco world heritage, Saint-Emilion is filled with narrow cobble-stone streets and vibrant squares lined with wine and designer shops, restaurants and cafes. Program includes two guided visits to a Grand Cru Classé chateau (ie: Trolong-Mondot, Beauséjour, Ferrand…) and to an exclusive family-run boutique winery, and a guided walk through Saint-Emilion historic village. On booking a private tour, program includes a gourmet lunch in a Michelin restaurant.
The Médoc vineyards spread on a 30 miles long and 9 miles width strip of land along the Gironde estuary from Blanquefort to Pointe de Grave. You will discover Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe, and visit two Grand Cru Classé chateaux such as Chateaux Palmer, Lascombes, Léoville-Poyferré, Cos d'Estournel, Giscours, Chateau du Tertre. Our Médoc luxury private wine tour includes lunch in a family-run restaurant to enjoy the French traditional cuisine.
Graves and Sauternes located on the left bank of the Bordeaux region, are the oldest vineyards planted two thousand years ago. It's characterized by the gravel soils “graves" after which it is named. Unique among Bordeaux's sub-regions, Graves is equally respected for both its red wines as for its whites. The district's catch-all appellation is AOC Graves, which covers both red and white wines. A typical Graves red is based on the classic Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot sometimes in a supporting role. The typical Graves white is dry, mid-bodied and usually made from the equally familiar combination of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Pessac-Léognan appellation belongs to the Graves. Sauternes are typical dessert wines that we can also pair with foie gras or blue cheese. Exclusive boutique wineries we partner offer tastings of both red and white variants direct from the barrel… a very special experience to enjoy!
$290 per person (semi-private tour limited to 6 people).
Private tour supplement: $270 per person (on a basis of 2 people minimum).
Program includes: transportation by luxury van from/to your hotel in Bordeaux, full-day expert-led guided tour, visits to boutique wineries and Grand Cru Classé châteaux followed by wine tastings, gourmet lunch (private tour only). Not included: Lunch and wine at the restaurant if you book a semi-private tour, personal insurance, personal expenses.
AVAILABILITY: March through November. Tours start at 9am and end at 6pm.