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Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip

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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, Saint-Emillion, 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
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach
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 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.

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It was ok!
goa_ele_love
, Oct 2019
It was ‘ok’. The tour guide talked the whole journey, and I mean non-stop, which was a bit annoying. When we arrived at St Emilion, a few of us went to the toilet and told her we were, and asked she wait for us so we could join the tour to the underground church, which was optional. She said ‘yes’ of course, but despite us only taking a few minutes, she walked off without us. We literally had to run to catch up. Don’t say yes, but then leave! The underground church viewing took far too long. What started as interesting, quickly became boring. I’d strongly recommend you opt out and spend the time in the town instead. There’s nothing of interest in there. It’s dark, dank, cold and like I said, biting after about 10 mins. I think we were in there for about half hour!!! We tried to get out but the door was locked, so had to endure it. I wish we’d gone for a glass of wine or shopping in the pretty town instead. We then had about 20 mins in the town before boarding the coach again to go for wine tasting. Again, it was just ok. To call it wine tasting is overdoing it. It was literally a ‘drip’ of wine. We got to test two wines. Nobody expects a glass of wine, not even half or quarter of a glass, but honestly, despite not being a ‘drinker’, it barely wet my lips. Very disappointing. Many people were saying the same thing! It was nice to visit St Emilion, even if briefly. I’d have liked to score higher and be more enthusiastic about it but I can’t.
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Pleasant evening for wine tasting
antwniailia
, Oct 2019
Beautiful feedback across the whole trip about wine and châteaux. A day to spent if you are in Bordeaux.
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Highly recommend
93dinam
, Oct 2019
I went on Thursday 3rd of October. The guide on the bus was SO good. He didnt just give us a history of Bordeaux that he had read in 5 mins from a lonely planet book as many often do. He gave us history, word etymologies, explained culture and language, al in the trip to the vineyard. Such an excellent guide, very pleasant and professional and didnt even ask if we "could leave a review". The first lady at Chateux Auzac (brown hair) was formidable, a wealth of information, no question she did not know the answer to. The tour was great, and we got to learn a lot about the wine making process. The second location was less commercial so got to see the process a bit. Tour guiding wasnt super like the last one. My only criticism is that we didnt get to go to a vineyard or see any of the processes really of wine making. If possible, this could be added on for when I bring my mum next time! The coach was super clean and comfortable.
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Overall disappointing but good sights
Nomad31725
, Oct 2019
Disorganised at the start. Group too large. Guide should have used a marker eg flag to find him. One part was a steep downhill walk - we should have been advised to bring strong shoes. The wine tasting was brief and the group too large. Water should have been offered. The English of the young French woman at the winery wasn’t quite adequate in this setting.
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Half day to Blaye
annafarnham
, Sep 2019
There were way too many people on this trip to make it enjoyable and the journey between wineries was very long.
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A taste of Bordeaux - Highly Recommended
Joni_Yorks
, Sep 2019
We went on two half-days trips, to two different regions of Bordeaux, with two different guides, and found both tours equally interesting and enjoyable. Both trips were with large groups, Our first tour was to the Medoc region. Our guide Christine explained as we travelled the history of wine growing, speaking both in French then in English. We visited two chateaux where upon arriving we were split into French and English speaking groups. We learnt further about the chateaux we were visiting, the grapes they were growing and the wine they produced, sampling two wines at each chateaux. Our second tour was to St Emillion and the beautiful Chateaux Pressac. Brigitte, our tour guide, once again explained the history of wine growing as we travelled, but delivered the explanation in a different style to our first guide so it was still very interesting (speaking both in French then in English). Brigitte also explained the history of St Emillions in both languages, pointing out lots of interesting items as we walked through the village and churches. We remained in one large group on arriving at the Chateaux Pressac, where the company guide spoke French then in English about the grapes which were being grown and the wine produced. Again we sampled two wines. As non-drivers we think these tours are a good experience to see in a very short space of time the countryside, villages and chateaux of Bordeaux whilst at the same time learning more about the wine industry.
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Relaxing tour tru Medoc
Erwin S
, Sep 2019
Very knowledgeable tour guide . Nice bus with a friendly driver. Worth the price considering renting a car would be more,
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My experience
susimanzana
, Sep 2019
it was a very nice tour, I enjoyed the experience so much, the two places we visited were incredible and the hosts of the vineyard houses were very kind and willing to answer all questions
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Pleasant afternoon
tower1881
, Aug 2019
It was very interesting to see two vineyards and worth the €42. However it would have been even better if the process had been clearly explained. The tour guides could be given a script which would add clarity. It was good to taste some of the wine but again it would be better if someone gave a brief lesson on tasting wine - the bouquet, legs etc.
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Fine for the price. Not great
jamierubin149
, Jul 2019
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.

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