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From Bordeaux: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

1. From Bordeaux: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

Take a half-day tour to the charming village of St. Emilion, and sample a selection of wines. The history of the village goes back to medieval times, and the whole jurisdiction is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural landscape. Upon arrival in the village, embark on a guided walking tour. Explore the charming lanes, Romanesque churches, and ruins that stretch along the steep and narrow laneways. It was the Romans that introduced wine making to the village as far back as the 2nd century. Reminders of the Roman techniques of wine planting can be seen in some of the estates, such as Chateau Bellevue, owned by the world-famous Angelus winery. The village was named after the monk Émilian, a traveling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock in the 8th-Century. Follow your guide for a walking tour of the village to discover all the main attractions.  Then, enjoy a visit and wine tasting session in a Classified Growth Chateau of the Saint Emilion wine region. During the visit, you will learn all there is to know about the estate as well as the techniques used to produce this world-famous wine. From here return to Bordeaux.

From Bordeaux: Afternoon Wine Tasting in the Medoc Region

2. From Bordeaux: Afternoon Wine Tasting in the Medoc Region

Enjoy a drive from Bordeaux to the Medoc region along the Chateaux Route. On this 5.5-hour afternoon tour you’ll learn about the history of Bordeaux wines. Spend some time touring the vineyards and winery at a family run estate. Hear the story of the passionate family that has kept the vineyard alive for generations. Discover the intense colors, woody aromas and distinct tastes of Bordeaux wines during a tasting class. Visit a stunning Great Classified Growth wine estate, in one Bordeaux's most prestigious chateaux areas. Learn about their wine-making process and taste the estate's wines, accompanied by French delicacies, including cheese, fresh bread and dried sausage.

From Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Experience

3. From Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Experience

Take a scenic drive to the beautiful wine region of Saint-Emilion and tour this World Heritage Site. Experience the intimacy of the private chateau, and learn the secrets of wine production and taste some of the finest wines. Depart Bordeaux in the afternoon and visit a charming family-run wine estate on the right bank of the Dordogne River. Tour the traditional vat room and cellar of this private chateau. Learn the steps of proper wine tasting at a tasting class. Train your nose to identify wine aromas before enjoying some fine wines. Next, visit a "Great Classified Growth" (Grand Cru) wine estate overlooking the Saint-Emilion vineyards. Hear about the wine-making process and reward yourself with an aperitif served with quality fresh bread and cheese.   Then, take a guided tour of the medieval village of Saint-Emilion in the early evening, and discover why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Bordeaux for a drop-off at the end of the tour services.      

Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour

4. Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour

Departing from a central location in Bordeaux, this small group, half-day tour explores the beautiful Medoc wine-growing region of France. The region you will explore includes the southern region of the Medoc wine area. You will visit 2 wine estates of Classified Growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that has been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine. Learn all there is to know about the history of the estate, the wine making process, as well as the techniques used during wine making. A wine tasting session follows the visits. After your tasting session, follow the castle road to see some of the most famous chateaus of the region, such as Chateau Margaux or Chateau Palmer.

The Vineyards of St-Emilion by Bicycle

5. The Vineyards of St-Emilion by Bicycle

Ride through the famous vineyards of St-Emilion. Enjoy a day visiting two beautiful chateaux: a charming family run estate and a Great Classified Growth estate. What's more, discover the mythical village of St-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site, while ambling through beautiful medieval streets.          If you like the Merlot grape, you will love the wines of this wine region! The itinerary is as follows:             10:15 am: Be welcomed at Bordovino’s Apartment in the center of Bordeaux. Start the day with a short drive to the St-Emilion region.        11.30 am: Tour the charming medieval village of St-Emilion which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.            12.30 pm: Jump on your bike and start pedalling through the vineyards. Arrive at the first chateau: a charming family run estate. Discover the property while walking through the vineyards and learning about the estate’s traditional way of making wine. Taste the wines and continue with a nice casual and chic lunch in the gardens (or under an arbour in case of bad weather).          3.00 pm: Back on your bike, enjoy sightseeing through mythical appellations such as Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol and St-Emilion and pass by prestigious properties of the region.      4.30 pm : Visit a prestigious Classified Growth estate of St-Emilion. Tour in the estate and learn about their winemaking process from the vineyards to the bottle. At the end of the tour taste their wines.           7.15/30 pm: Back in Bordeaux after a 45-minute drive.

Full-Day Medoc Wine Tour

6. Full-Day Medoc Wine Tour

Departing from a central location in Bordeaux, this small group tour explores the beautiful Medoc wine-growing region of France. You will head towards the famous wine-producing appellations such as Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe. You will enjoy 3 visits in Classified Growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that have been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine. You will learn all there is to know about the history of the estates, the wine making process, as well as the techniques used during wine making. A wine tasting session follows the visits. The Medoc area covers approximately 5,700 hectares of declared vineyards, producing an average 300,000 hectoliters of wine per year. Of the grape varieties permitted, 50% of the viticultural area is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and to a lesser extent Petit Verdot and Malbec. Also allowed within the AOC regulations are the varieties Cabernet Franc and Carménère. After your tasting sessions, follow the castle road to see some of the most famous châteaux of the region, such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Palmer, or Chateau Pichon Longueville.

Soussans: Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting near Margaux

7. Soussans: Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting near Margaux

Enjoy a tour and wine tasting experience at the Chateau Haut Breton Larigaudiere winery near Bordeaux. Nestled in the prestigious appellation of Margaux, you will discover the secrets behind the elegance of this region's wines. Learn about the history of winemaking, and taste locally-produced wines. After being welcomed at the reception, your experience begins with a tour of the property and an explanation of its history. Continue to the fermenting room, where your guide will explain the winemaking process, then visit the barrel cellar to talk about wine aging. The tour will be followed by a guided tasting of several wines (depending on the option) from the Margaux appellation.

Soussans: Guided Winery Tour and Vertical Tasting

8. Soussans: Guided Winery Tour and Vertical Tasting

You’ll begin your guided winery tour at the reception of the Château Haut Breton Larigaudière. Nestled in the prestigious Margaux Appellation and ideally situated on the Road of the Châteaux, you’ll go on to discover the secrets behind the elegance of the special wines crafted here. Your tour will start in front of the winery with a presentation of the property and its history. Next, your expert guide will show you around the fermenting room, explaining the winemaking process as you go, before continuing down to the barrel cellar for an introduction to the art of wine aging.

Bordeaux: Full-Day Countryside Tour

9. Bordeaux: Full-Day Countryside Tour

Be driven from Bordeaux to the Pyla Sand Dune where you will enjoy views of the ocean and the Landes' Forest. At Arcachon Bay, you will have the chance to taste fresh oysters with a glass of white wine before returning to Bordeaux.                                                                      Once you are back in Bordeaux, you will relax with a casual picnic lunch. Afterwards, be driven to the Medoc Region, your journey will take you along the mythical chateaux route.  Visit a charming family run estate of the region and spend a few hours touring its vineyards, vat room, and cellars. Learn more about the wines at a tasting class.                                                                                                                                           In the late afternoon, make your way to the beautiful Great Classified Growth estate, one of the most prestigious chateaux of Bordeaux.  Taste the wine while enjoying an aperitif of French delicacies, including cheese, fresh bread, and dried sausage.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Saint-Emilion: Wine & Food Tasting at the Chateau’s Terrace

10. Saint-Emilion: Wine & Food Tasting at the Chateau’s Terrace

Enjoy a day at the Chateau's Wine Bar, from 5:00 PM  to 6:00 PM. Taste a range of selected wines and local delicatessens overlooking the vineyard’s terraces. Have a tasting of 3 wines representing Bordeaux's Wine Region (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Margaux, Cru Bourgeois, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur).  Spend an afternoon relaxing with good company. Look out from the terrace, with background music. Taste some of the best known wines in the world, paired with wonderful tapas. 

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 189 reviews

The guide was excellent. Comical, easy to understand, knowledgeable. Learned about wine, history of the area and saw not only a chateau and a vineyard but also wine caves in the town. It was enjoyable to be in the village of St Emilion. I would add 15-30 minutes so people can have a chance to look around more or sit and have a drink.

Theo was an amazing guide! The program itself is also great, but I do have to say he was the highlight of it. All the people at the Chateaus were also great and knowledgeable. I would recommend this to anyone who’s thinking about it!

Lovely day, very interesting tour guide who was also a very good driver. Vinyeard and tasting wonderful.

great tour. our guide Leopold was very nice and knowledgable. would definitely recommend this tour

Hugo was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable, full of energy and fun. Really great experience.