After 4 or 5 previous small group wine tours in BDX, I was very pleased with the wineries visited, including one 2d growth. The Viator guide and the winery guides were very good, providing a lot of information in fluent French and English. I recommend this tour highly.
Ammar A USA
Fantastic tour, exceeded my expectations. Not only were the Chateaus chosen were grand and impressive, but the reception was elegant, the tour itself extremely informative, and the host very gracious. The guide and driver were professional and very helpful. Thank you for a great memory.
Excellent guide. very informative trip. The lunch was delicious and there was an opportunity to taste some Grand Cru Classe top growth wines. I highly recommend this tour. good value
Wonderful tour and a great value with visits and tasting to top Chateau. A great tour for new visitors to the Left Bank. The lunch was fantastic and the choice of Chateau just wonderful. All in all just a perfect start to our first visit to Bordeaux.
Stephen V Switzerland
This wine tasting day trip is a definite must for wine lovers. Full of information about wine, its classification, what food it goes well with and other trivia. A definite must do!
David B USA
Our guide was helpful and thoughtful in both French and English. She really knew a lot about the chateaus and the wine business in general, grape to table.
Katie S. USA
Overall, we enjoyed this tour. It was a good opportunity to see the Medoc region, since we knew little about it. The lunch was fabulous and the guides were very good. All of the vineyards were beautiful. The only downside was that we didn't get to actually taste the wine very much. We had a small tasting after each tour, but didn't get to taste the variety of wines that the vineyards produced.
A large bus of people, not as intimate as I expected. The guide appeared irritated with having to lead another wine tour.
Good,especially the vist on Branaire Ducru, where we got an excellent lunch at the chateau with excellent wines and a professional presentation. But also Chateau Lascombe and Lynche-Bages gave good presentations. Unfortunately none of the Chateaus gave tastings on mature wines or good years.
Downside was that it was announced as an English speaking tour, but much time was spend on 2 (out of 23) only French speaking guests.
Additionally, the tourguide didn't add value,and spend much time on smalltaking with the frenchspeaking guests and the Chateau representatives- much of which didn't make it to the English translation.
With a good guide, the tour might have been worth the cost.
We tasted 8 wines in an all day tour which was a lot less than I hoped for. Really it is a tour on a big bus that shows you where the good stuff is and allows you a few tastes with a nice lunch where we tasted half of the wines for the day.
Wayne G Australia
I just hate it when you are dumped in a town and told to amuse yourselves for several hours. Yes I agree some free time is required but it was far too long, especially on a cold wet rainy day. Alternatives should be thought of if the weather is unsuitable for wandering through a small town.
I have to say I had much higher expectations for this tour. I specifically came to Bordeaux to visit left bank and had a nice visit but could have been better. To start, we were to meet at the tourism office. We arrived well in advance and no one knew anything about Viator. We nearly missed the tour until we realized that we were with a large group mixed with another tour company on a coach. No one called our names, no one looked for us. Not off to a good start.
The first winery was pleasant, the second excellent. No complaints about the lunch. Very well done.
The 3rd winery was a complete waste of time. I'm not sure why you would take us to a Grand Cru winery that specializes in Merlot on a left bank tour....clearly I will go to St Emillion for this.
The tour promises English...and it is available but the tour is both French and English so you have to hear everything twice. And some of the English content was lost. At the second winery the host did not feel comfortable speaking English so didn't....at first our tour guide was whispering the translation until another guest insisted that we be able to hear the whole thing in English....a little frustrating that we would need to insist.
Lastly, from the picture it looks like your going to visit really beautiful chateaus. I was disappointed that none of the ones we visited were anything to look at from the outside. We did pull off the road in the bus for 30 seconds so we could take a picture through the glass of the bus.
It was okay....the lunch really saved the tour for me.
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