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.
Tour of two wine chateaux, including tastings
Discover Bordeaux's winemaking history and heritage with your guide
Explore winemaking territories such as Médoc, St Emilion and Sauternes
Tour the cellars and stroll through the vineyards of some of Bordeaux’s age-old wineries
Taste the wines for yourself and gain an insight into their delicate flavors
After pickup from a centrally located spot, escape the metropolitan bustle of Bordeaux and travel to lands of verdant vineyards in an air-conditioned coach. Marvel as the views from your coach transform from a city sprawl to a spellbinding natural tableau of rolling hills and beautiful vineyards, and listen as your guide offers fascinating insight into the rich geological and historical heritage of the winemaking region, which dates back to the 8th century. Depending on the day of your tour, visit two different wineries and vineyards unless touring St-Emilion. See the picturesque territories of each region and delve into the underground cellars of the wineries to taste refined samples produced on the property. Please see the Itinerary section for a daily schedule of each winery. After two tastings, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to central Bordeaux.
• Monday: Blaye / Bourg • Tuesday: Bordeaux / Entre-Deux-Mers • Wednesday : Saint-Emilion and the medieval town (one chateau visited only) • Thursday: Medoc • Friday: Graves and Sauternais • Saturday: Medoc • Sunday: Saint-Emilion and the medieval town (one chateau visited only)
This felt very rushed by the tour guide as were on a strict time limit. The first winery was very commercial. Would have been better if more time were alotted and if we went to a different winery. Also, the tour guide kept interrupting the workers at the vineyards.
The sights were beautiful, but my group and I did not love this tour. It seems we spent more time listening to people talk about wine than actually getting to sip or enjoy the gorgeous chateau. It was quick off the bus, listen to a long presentation, taste a few sips of wine while standing around, and then quick back on the bus. I would not recommend this trip if you are looking for a relaxing day in the vineyards.
My friend and I booked this tour as it had great reviews, but we were somewhat disappointed by the tour overall.
We went to Merdoc and the two châteaux we visited were lovely. The first one was run by a company so didn't feel as authentic, but the second one which had a great staff member telling us all about the history. Also the guide on our coach gave a lot of comprehensive info in both French and English about the area and history.
However, we were totally rushed around. We set off 15 minutes late due to the coach being blocked in which of course couldn't be helped, but then we didn't get to spend much time at the first château enjoying the garden. We had brought lunch with us and were told there'd be time to eat it understandably we couldn't eat on the coach of course but the only stop was a random one to take photos of a château you aren't allowed to visit. The weather was bad by this point but we didn't stop at all afterwards at the second château.
The tour was supposed to be 5 hours and it lasted just over 4 hours. We think that the tours that include 3 châteaux visits are probably better, but we wouldn't recommend this one for this price.
The guide was very knowledgeable, St Emilion was a beautiful medieval town to visit and learning about the wine making process at the chateaux was interesting. Tasting two wines at the end was a nice wine to finish the tour before heading back to Bordeaux.
You need to know that this tour happens on a full-sized coach with a very large group of people. But, that said, the two vineyards we visited in Medoc were both very good quite different from one another, which was a bonus. And we got to see a fair amount of the countryside on the way to and from Medoc. Our guide, Brigitte, was outstanding.
The tour group was too large for it to be enjoyable. It was great to see the chateaus in the Medoc and to stop off at a couple. However because of the size of the group it was difficult to hear what the guides were saying and not enjoyable for someone travelling by themself.