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Médoc
Stretching north and west of Bordeaux along the Garonne River, the Médoc region produces some of the area’s best wines. Renowned for its idyllic vineyards, historic chateaux, and cabernet sauvignon wines, Médoc should be at the top of the list for wine lovers visiting Bordeaux.
 
The Basics
With hundreds of vineyards, wineries, and wine chateaux, it’s no surprise that wine tasting is the most popular activity in Médoc. The scenic Castle Road (Route des Chateaux) whisks visitors on a tour of the region’s idyllic vineyards, dotted with prestigious wine estates, and passing through towns, such as Pauillac, Margaux, and Saint-Estephe.
 
Half and full-day wine tours set out from Bordeaux and visit up to four wineries in a day. Many wine estates offer a vineyard tour and cellar visit, followed by a guided wine tasting, sometimes paired with regional cheeses or local delicacies.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The legal drinking age of 18 applies for all wine tastings in Bordeaux.
  • It’s best to book chateaux visits and wine tastings in advance, as most vineyards are not open to the public.
  • Smart-casual dress is recommended, particularly when visiting the more prestigious chateaux.
  • A hat, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are recommended, especially if you plan on walking through the vineyards.
  • Many Médoc wineries are wheelchair accessible, although vineyard tours are not always possible. It’s best to check in advance to avoid disappointment.
 
How to Get There
The Médoc region is located north of Bordeaux along the west bank of the Garonne River. Buses and trains run from Bordeaux to Médoc towns, such as Pauillac and Margaux. Drive or join a tour to visit the wineries.
 
When to Get There
The best time for wine tasting tours is during high seasons from mid-May to mid-July or September, when there are fewer crowds and slightly cooler weather. August can be hot and tours book up quickly, while some wineries close their doors in winter. Avoid visiting during “Primeurs” week (first week of April) when wineries are overcrowded, and be sure to book ahead, if visiting during harvest time (October–November).
 
Médoc Region Wines
Most renowned for its full-bodied red wines, the Médoc region’s most common grapes include cabernet sauvignon and merlot, along with a smaller percentage of cabernet franc, malbec, and petit verdot. Médoc is home to some of Bordeaux’s most prestigious wines, including almost all of the official 1855 Classified Bordeaux and Cru Bourgeois wines. Main appellations include Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Estephe, and Haut-Médoc. Some of the top chateaux are Pontet-Canet, Mouton Rothschild, Lynch Bages, and La Lagune.

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Médoc Half-Day Wine Tour from Bordeaux

Enjoy the idyllic scenery and world-class wines on a half-day wine tour of the Médoc region from Bordeaux. Visit two classified growth chateaux wine estates for guided wine tastings. Admire the spectacular scenery surrounding them and along the drives. Pass other famous chateaux, such as Palmer and Chateaux Margaux.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Medoc Wine Tour from Bordeaux

Enjoy a full day of exploring the beautiful Médoc region on a wine tour from Bordeaux. The Médoc region is responsible for some of the best wines that are produced in Bordeaux, and it’s an excellent place to go wine tasting in France. Stop at three wineries housed in magnificent chateaux. The idyllic surroundings, renowned vineyards and historic castles make this a perfect day trip from Bordeaux.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Medoc or St-Emilion Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux

Spend an afternoon wine tasting in the French countryside in one of two famous wine regions – St-Emilion or Medoc – during a tour from Bordeaux. On this half-day tour, stop at two charming châteaux to sample the local wines. Nibble on French cheese and cured meats with fresh bread as you sip. Cap off the small-group tour with a mini-class, during which you'll learn some wine-tasting tips from an expert.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip

Discover the subterranean cellars and winemaking secrets of the Bordeaux wine region on a half-day tour from Bordeaux. Admire sweeping vistas of the picturesque countryside as you travel by air-conditioned coach to prestigious wineries in the appellations of either Saint-Emillion or Mèdoc. Descend into the ancient cellars and see oak barrels of refined wines before marveling at expansive sprawls of vineyards. Pamper your palate with delicious samples of wine and gain fascinating insight into the wines’ delicate flavors and meticulous manufacture.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Trip to Arcachon with Oyster Tasting and Lunch plus Médoc Wine Tour

Combine two of the most popular Bordeaux excursions into one full-day including magnificent châteaux, picturesque vineyards, wine tasting and fresh oysters in the Bay of Arcachon and Médoc wine region. With this Bordeaux Super Saver, you'll experience the best of the region in one day at a discount. Group size is limited to eight people, ensuring more personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Bordeaux Wine Day Trip

While in Bordeaux, discover the bounty of wine country on a full-day guided tasting tour! With an expert guide, tour a wine cellar in Bordeaux’s historic district and enjoy a tasting before stopping in town for a traditional lunch. Then depart Bordeaux to explore outlying wine chateaux in either Medoc or Saint Emilion. You’ll visit one or two esteemed wine estates, meet local vintners, learn about the extraordinary local viticulture traditions and sample a range of fine wines.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Medoc 1855 Classification Premium Wine Tasting Day Trip and Lunch

Sample some of the best of the French wine world with a full-day wine tour of the fabled Médoc region from Bordeaux. With an expert guide, visit three châteaux for wine tastings where you'll sip firsthand the wines giving this region its worldwide reputation since the 1855 Bordeaux classification. Learn about the appellations and classification system for wine, get insider tips on pairing food with wine, find out how to decode a French wine label and more. At the second château of the day, dig into a traditional French lunch.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Tour: Médoc Route des Châteaux Wine Tasting from Bordeaux

Delve into France’s fertile winemaking country on this 9-hour private Médoc Route des Châteaux wine-tasting experience from Bordeaux. Travel along the Médoc’s wine route as your private guide sheds light on the region’s rich winemaking heritage. Enjoy fine views over the sun-soaked landscapes and discover famous local appellations including Pauillac and Margaux. Visit three wineries to taste their fine wines, and enjoy a traditional apéritif in the vineyards. Sample different grape varietals during a blending session and mix them to your tastes to make your own wine.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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