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  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
Spend a leisurely half day exploring wineries and vineyards on a 6-hour tour of the Graves region of Bordeaux, enjoying tastings and learning how to pair wine with food. Visit two châteaux in the area with a guide, and see the age-old winemaking process up close. Marvel at row upon row of vineyards in the Graves region, explore the wineries and enjoy tastings of the delicate wine produced. Learn the intricate art of pairing wine with food, and gain an appreciation of the complex flavors in your glass.

Highlights

  • 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

Grands Crus Classés de Graves Wine Tour and Lunch from Bordeaux

Sample wine in the Graves region!

Step aboard your air-conditioned coach in Bordeaux, and relax as you set off on your 6-hour tour through the winemaking region of Graves. Your guide will explain the history and heritage of the region along the way, and introduce you to the grape varieties for which the area is famous. Sit back and enjoy the views of rows of grape-laden vines as you travel deep into the countryside.

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.

Sample Menu:
First course (choice of one):
  • Oysters from Arachon Bay
  • Foie gras with Port, apple and gingerbread

Main course:

  • Half–duck breast with a mushroom sauce

Dessert:

  • Ewe cheese and black cherry jam

Coffee

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

A fatastic tour. The lunch was an amazing 4 course feast, all paired with amazing wine.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2010

Never been to any place with a wonderful story like this before

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

This was a great day tour through the Graves region. Our tour guide was extremely friendly and fun, and the meal and wine tasting we had at the second chateau was to die for!

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

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.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

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.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2012

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

Stephen V
Switzerland

4 star rating: Recommended March 2010

The wine tour is a good day tour for wine lovers. Packed with information about the wine growers, the "soil terroir" and things about grape growing. The tour was a bit short, though.

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2011

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.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2011

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.

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