- 6-hour wine tour to vineyards and wineries in the Graves sub-region of Bordeaux
- Visit two châteaux with a guide, and see the winemaking process up close
- Explore the vineyards and see the grapes growing on the vine
- Taste wine at each winery and appreciate the subtle yet complex flavors
- Enjoy lunch in a château, and learn how to pair wine with food
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What You Can Expect
Wine fans may be familiar with the ‘Institute National des Appellations d'Origine’ — an organization that regulates and protects agricultural produce of specific interest throughout France. The red and white wine produced in the Bordeaux winemaking region of Graves were classified in 1953 by the institute under the name Pessac-Leognan, and it has been carefully protected and highly prized ever since.
For your first visit of the day, stop at a wine château in Graves, enjoy a tour of the winery, hear your guide explain the winemaking process and take time to ask any questions you may have. Afterward, try some of the delicate wine during a tasting session.
Continue onward to the second château on your tour. Explore the winery with a guide, and perhaps pose for photographs among the vines! Sit down to a country-style lunch here, and enjoy a second tasting session. This beautiful terroir produces red and dry white wine that can be served with a wide range of dishes. Learn how the professionals carefully select certain wines to complement each course, and gain an appreciation of the exquisite flavor combinations.
The exact châteaux visited on the tour may vary, but will be two of the following: Château Bouscaut, Château Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Château Couhins, Château Couhins-Lurton, Château Fieuzal, Château Haut-Bailly, Château Latour-Martillac, Château Malartic-Lagravière, Château Olivier or Château Smith Haut Lafitte.
After your second visit, relax on the return coach trip back to Bordeaux where your wine tour ends.
First course (choice of one):
- Oysters from Arachon Bay
- Foie gras with Port, apple and gingerbread
- Half–duck breast with a mushroom sauce
- Ewe cheese and black cherry jam
We highly recommend this tour. The countryside and chateaux we drove by were amazing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Most of the fellow tourists were either French or French Canadians and they were happy to listen to the tour guide in French. We ended up being the only 2 English speaking tourists but the tour guide made sure he translated everything for us. The two wineries chateaux we visited for tasting were very beautiful and the wine offered for tasting was of high quality as well as the cheeses that were supplied. The second was built in the 12th century and was very impressive. We actually had the included lunch there. The lunch was an impressive 5 course meal of the highest quality worth every cent. It included Oysters and local cuisine and of course very impressive wines. The red we had was a 2001 vintage. Both wineries also had their own very knowledgeable and articulate people present in detail their winemaking facilities, buildings and processes. Very impressive
Very well organised. Good value for money. The lunch alone would probably normally cost more than the tour! The guides were all very approachable and spoke perfect English. Highly recommended.
We visited two wineries and had very informative tours led by guides who were very well versed and knowledgeable of the winery. Both French and English were presented. Lunch at the second winery was a 5 star experience in itself. Here we were able to sit with the winemaker and learn even more while enjoying a wonderful afternoon with regional specialties and delightful wines at an elegant table.
The Montequieu's Chateau tour felt long. It was at the end of the day and perhaps after such a long lunch and so much information I wasn't ready to be standing around. The Chateau was beautiful and I think I would have enjoyed this part more if I had understood who this family was to Bourdeaux before I left on the tour.
Excellent days outing and the lunch and wines were the best I had whilst in France. The only downside is the long wait while the guide explains everything in French before repeating it all in English. They seem to have so much more to say in French so we did have to wait quite a while and then ony got a short spiel in English
The stops on the tour were terrific. The tour guide was very partial to the french speakers on the tour and did not translate many group discussions into English.
It was supposed to br a wine tour - not a boring, ridiculously long (due to only one bi-lingual guide) tour of some old guy's chateau.