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  • Location:Bordeaux, France
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)
Join this small-group day trip to the Saint-Emilion and Pomerol wine-making region of France. This full-day guided excursion from Bordeaux offers picturesque scenery, sightseeing and fine wines – the perfect day out from the city! Sample Bordeaux wines in two fascinating chateaux and explore the charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed village of Saint-Emilion.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of eight people, ensuring personalized attention from your expert local guide.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to the St Emilion wine region in Bordeaux
  • Enjoy wine tasting sessions in Saint Emilion or Pomerol chateaux
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed village of Saint Emillion on a 45-minute, guided walking tour
  • Small-group tour, with a maximum of eight people, ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Saint-Emilion and Pomerol Day Trip from Bordeaux

Small Group Bordeaux UNESCO and St Emilion by minivan

Traveling by luxury, air-conditioned coach, you’ll head north from Bordeaux to the Saint-Emilion and Pomerol wine-making region, home to the charming village of Saint-Emilion. Not only is it one of the most picturesque places in France, it's also one of the principal red wine areas of the Bordeaux wine region.

The chateaux (French for 'castles') that produce the region’s famous wines are divided into two distinct geographical areas, known as appellations. Chateaux in the immediate villages around Saint-Emilion produce wines for the Saint-Emilion appellation, whereas chateaux in the western Libournais region (an area known as Pomerol) produce wines for the Classified Growth Chateau of the Pomerol appellation.

Your full-day tour starts with a visit to a chateau in Saint-Emilion, where you’ll enjoy a Bordeaux wine-tasting session with your knowledgeable local guide. During the tasting, learn about the dominant grapes used in the individual appellation, and how factors such as climate and soil can enhance or influence a wine’s flavor.

Continuing on to the hill-top village of Saint-Emilion, enjoy a 45-minute guided walking tour around its quaint and pretty streets. You’ll have time to spend at leisure in the village, so you use that opportunity to grab some lunch, admire the historic UNESCO World Heritage-designated buildings or enjoy some retail therapy in the local boutiques.

Then depart Saint-Emilion and travel to a nearby wine estate in the Pomerol appellation, where you will enjoy a wine tasting in a Grand Cru Classé chateau. You will be introduced to the art and techniques involved in the wine-making process and taken on a tour of the vat house and the cellars before returning to Bordeaux.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable. Our first winery at Pomeral was a delightful traditional winery. We enjoyed our visit there. Arriving at Saint Emillion we visited a wine merchant, the village is full of them. It was an interesting visit and good wines were tasted. We had an hour free time before a walking tour of the village and the church. We caught a quick bite then explored...so much to see...lovely streets and everything so old. The walking tour was interesting and not hurried. We would have liked more free time there really, to relax over a meal and explore the museum and shops. Our last stop out of the village was another winery but it lacked charm and was so very modern and efficient. Wine was very rough. Disappointing. We would have rather had another hour at Saint- Emillion or another winery with character. We did however have a great day and were well looked after by our guide.
Can I suggest a tour to Saint Emillion with less wine tasting and more time in the village.Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is a fantastic day trip. Our host David, a fellow Australian from our home town, was extremely knowledgeable and made the day very interesting. This is a must do side trip from Bordeaux and if you are fortunate enough to have David as your host then that is an added bonus. Thank you David for ALL of your assistance. Robyn, Dennis and Dana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a fantastic trip, the knowledge of our guide was excellent and additional wine tasting in the village of St Emilion itself was a great bonus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

What a wonderful day. Boris was fantastic, very knowledgeable and quite funny. We had 6 in our tour all 8 would have been a tight squeeze in the van which was perfect. 2 vinyards we visited were different and interesting in their differences. The town was great - the 2 hours to eat and wander around were perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent tour. Isobel, our guide, was enthusiastic and very well informed, as were the staff at the two vineyards - and the contrast between the two locations and wines was very interesting too. It was good to have a decent amount of free time to explore and enjoy lunch in St Emilion. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Really enjoyable day
Very knowledgable guide
Good information about wines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Matthew was a very knowledgable and professional guide and the tour was very worthwhile. Early on we visited Chateau de Sales in Pomerol where we were shown over the winery by a manager who provided expert commentary and information and were able to taste a number of wines from different vintages. We had an extensive tour around St Emilion , had lunch in the village not a good choice of restaurant as it turned out- Matthew was advised to not recommend it in future and a wine tasting in one of the retail outlets. After leaving the village we were taken to another chateau and winery for another tasting. Altogether a very informative tour which included a stop at Chateau Latour which produces the most expensive wines in the world. To be in close proximity to the merlot vines that produce that wine was very exciting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour. Terrific guide Chris. Long day but well worth it. James in Saint-Emilion for the wine tasting was entertaining and a font of knowledge.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Chris was a great tour guide; very knowledgeable and informative. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This trip was really great. We saw some beautiful chateaus and had great wine. The town of Saint-Emilion was also really fun and interesting. It was a great day and the guide was well versed in everything we wanted to know about the town and the wine process. It is a great tour.

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