Bordeaux wine tour - The Best of the Bordeaux vineyards by car
Eight centuries of history are not enough to explain the huge prestige of the wines of Bordeaux! The amateurs will love this exceptional Bordeaux wine tour through one of the widest vineyards of the world : Pauillac, Margaux, Haut Medoc, Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, Premières côtes de Bordeaux, Sauternes, Graves and Pessac Léognan.
You will be welcomed by the producers who will give you all the secrets of their high-class wines, from most industrial ones to the most small-scale ones. You will discover two cooperages, will take part in a tasting initiation, cultural visits and will be accommodated in hotel**, hotel*** or charming guesthouses.
Your stay will begin at the beginning of the afternoon at Pauillac with a the famous Château Lafite Rotchschild guided tour. This “1st Cru Classé” Pauillac, with the perfume of almond, violet and bilberry, is worldwide known for its elegance and its delicacy.
Since Louis XV who did it ” Wine of the King “, the monarchs pass but the years of the High-class wine of Lafite make the History.
After driving in the Medoc, by the wine road, you will join your hotel 4* or guesthouse in Pauillac,located inside a greenery landscape in the heart of the vineyards. You will have a dinner in an inn located just beside the hotel. The chief will propose to you a traditional meal.
In the morning, you will be awaited just beside your hotel, at Château d’Arsac, one of the oldest Fields of the Medoc with its 112 hectares including 40 in Margaux appellation.
The visit of the wine storehouses and the park with many sculptures, will be followed by a tasting of Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc and Margaux. 3 bottles of Haut Medoc red wine will be given to you at the time of your departure.
You will then reach Bordeaux for a free lunch and a free visit of the main districts and monuments of the town of Bordeaux.
Dinner in the heart of Bordeaux on the Tourny alleys, in a restaurant with an exceptional wine bar (190 worldwide vintages wines).
Night in hotel*** beside the restaurant, in the heart of historical Bordeaux.
You will leave in direction of Libourne for a visit and a tasting in another Château where one produces Pomerol, described like “a full wine, elegant, equipped with an incomparable bouquet and a smoothness”. For many amateurs, subtle and elegant quality is indeed the mark of this wine.
Departure in direction of St-Emilion and free lunch.
At the beginning of afternoon, visit of the property of the Château de Môle, 18th century house where you will spend the night as well. The owners will make you share the charm of this guesthouse and will invite you to discover the perfume of their ground and taste their wine. You will have a dinner in a restaurant of St-Emilion.
The morning, guided tour (approximately 2 hours) of the underground monuments of the medieval village of St-Emilion, classified within the World Inheritance of Humanity by UNESCO. You will discover the cave of the Monk Emilion, the Vault of the Trinity, the Catacombs, old underground cemetery, and one of the largest monolith church of Europe.
Free lunch in the Medieval City.
At the beginning of the afternoon, you will be awaited for a tasting initiation with a professional oenologist. During 1h30, it will present St-Emilion vineyard, various type of vines, before making you recognize the tastes and the flavours of the wines.
You will then leave Saint-Emilion to Capian and will be received in Château Grand Branet for the dinner and a night in “Bacchus” 3 ears of corn guesthouse. The owners will be happy to accommodate you in their residence of XVIInd century, in the heart of their wine exploitation.
Visit of the property and tasting of Première côtes de Bordeaux in company of your hosts.
Departure for Fargues. Free lunch and visit of the Château Rieussec. This castle and this vineyard of 110 hectares were acquired by the Baron de Rothschild family in 1984. The liqueur-like wine amateurs will appreciate the wine of Rieussec Castle which is registered since several generations like one of the first references of Sauternes.
Dinner in a guesthouse, in the heart of the village of St Symphorien.
At the end of the morning, you will be awaited by the ” impassioned and very interesting ” owners of a beautiful chartreuse, located in the middle of a splendid park and vines. They produce Graves wines and will make you visit theirs vines and wine storehouse. You will discover there a small-scale manufacture (the grape is still collected with the hands) and taste white and red wines. You will leave the property with, in remembering, 3 bottles.
Free lunch in a restaurant located beside the property or close to the afternoon visit.
In the afternoon, visit of the Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Grand Cru Classé Graves, Pessac-Léognan appellation. You will of course taste this well-known wine, after having discovered the underground wine storehouse with wooden barrels, the cooperage of the Château. You will be able to discover on your own outsides (vines, pond, hotel, restaurant, vinothérapie center).
Night in a charming guesthouse, in a castle of XVIIIrd century. You will have a dinner in an excellent restaurant with local specialities located at 3 km of the castle.
End of this wine tour, the head full of the memory of these sumptuous Châteaux and these artists who make them live. Possibility of a free visit of the castle of Montesquieu.
Your travel pack corresponds to the documents or numeric files that you receive before your trip (usually one month before) and upon your arrival at the first accommodation.
- A welcome letter with the main practical information:
- The time slot for luggage transport
- Details of the delivery and recovery of rental bikes if necessary
- Your local contact and telephone number(s) in case of emergency
- Any additional information
The travel book including a map with the route (at the appropriate scale) and directional, tourist and practical indications
The voucher(s) to be given to the service provider(s) (only if requested)
On request and depending on the tours:
The “Evazio” application to download to your Smartphone for a “GPS” guidance. This guidance is visual (reading of the track on the Smartphone’s screen) and vocal.
The application also contains practical and tourist information. Once the trip has been downloaded, no internet connection is necessary
The loan of a GPS device with pre-loaded tracks
GPX traces of every step for use with your own navigation device
The type of accommodation is classified into 3 ranges:
- Comfort : The trip mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars (or equivalent) and guesthouses.
- Superior : The tour mainly presents hotels classified 3 and 4 stars (or equivalent) and charming guesthouses.
- Luxe : The tour mainly presents hotels classified 2 and 3 stars or equivalent
Our assistance remains available for the duration of your stay.