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  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)

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Book this Bordeaux super saver, with lunch included, and save 10% compared to booking the tours separately

Enjoy wine tastings galore with this Bordeaux Super Saver, which combines two best-selling wine tours for a discounted price. In Bordeaux, taste and learn about wines from France’s major wine regions — including Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône and the Loire Valley — and pair your tastings with bread, cheeses and cured meats. After lunch, visit two châteaux in the nearby UNESCO World Heritage-listed village of St-Emilion for more wine tastings and a walking tour of the vineyards. Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Bordeaux and St-Emilion full-day wine tour
  • Taste at least 10 types of French wine paired with bread, cheeses and cured meats
  • Enjoy lunch at an apartment in Bordeaux’s city center
  • Visit two châteaux in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed village of St Emilion for more wine tours and tastings
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you really want to learn as much as possible in one day about local wine, this is the tour for you! You won't be an expert after this but you will be able to impress your friends with your new-found knowledge!

What You Can Expect

Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Wine Tasting and Lunch plus St-Emilion Wine Tour

Learn how to taste the famous Bordeaux wines on this full-day tour

Spend the first part of your day experiencing all types of French wine in the heart of Bordeaux, followed by a trip to nearby St-Emilion for wine tours and tastings at two beautiful château wine estates.

Itinerary

Bordeaux Wine Tasting and Workshop
Start your day with a 2-hour, small-group wine-tasting session in Bordeaux’s city center. During this informative workshop, taste four different wines as an expert sommelier gives you an overview of French wine.

You'll discover the unique characteristics of France’s main wine regions including Bordeaux, Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône and the Loire Valley. Gain insight into the terms ‘terroir’ and ‘appellation’ and learn how to read a French wine label.

Taste two more wines as you enjoy a typical French appetizer platter of cheese, saucisson (sausage) and fresh bread. You’ll then practice blending wines using two leading varieties of Bordeaux, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Discover how to analyze various aspects of wine including its color, smell and taste, and mix different varieties to create your own blend according to your personal tastes.

Follow your wine session with lunch at a traditional apartment in the city center.

St-Emilion Tour and Wine Tastings
After lunch, leave the city of Bordeaux behind and drive to the vineyards of St-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval village, home to 800 châteaux and renowned for its spectacular wines. Your guide will teach you about the Bordeaux and St-Emilion wine regions along the way.

Visit the traditional vat room and cellar of an authentic, private château. Wander through the vineyards while your guide explains the main varieties of wine in the region. After your tour of the family-run estate, enjoy another wine-tasting session to learn more about French wine, discover proper wine-tasting techniques, and practice your skills while sampling some of the château’s wines.

In the late afternoon, you’ll head to a classified-growth château overlooking the St-Emilion vineyards. Enjoy a welcome glass of wine accompanied by a platter of local bread, cheese and saucisson (dried sausage), and learn about the winemaking process from the vine to the bottle. The specific châteaux you visit vary, but may include Soutard, Ferrand or Pressac.

You’ll then take an evening tour of the village of St-Emilion, a typical charming French village dating back to medieval times and surrounded by the vineyards that took its name. Afterward, it’s back to Bordeaux to conclude your full-day tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was a great tour. We started with a wine tasting in the "office" but it wasn't the same as all the other tastings I have been to. In this one we learned about the different regions in France and then had a taste test to see if we could determine what we were drinking. We also learned about reading a French wine label which I find very different than the US labels. I had learned a bit about it in Burgundy but this was a much better education. Stephane was a great guide. After lunch we visited a few vineyards and saw the beautiful region of Bordeaux. I highly recommend this tour.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

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