Wine tour - Wine tasting weekend Bordeaux vineyards ... by car
The amateurs will like this weekend through one of the widest wien area of the world, the Bordeaux vineyards. You will taste geart wines like Graves, Pessac Léognan and Saint-Emilion. You will be welcomed by the producers who will give you all the secrets of their high-class wines, from the most industrial ones to the most small-scale ones. You will taste their production and will set out again with some “samples”. You will be accommodated in a charming guesthouse.
Rendez-vous in country of the Graves vineyards, close to La Brède, for a first guided tour, at 10h30 AM.
The owners of this beautiful chartreuse, located in the medium of a splendid park and vines, produce Graves wines and will welcome you there for a visit of the vine and wine storehouse.
You will discover a small-scale manufacture where the grape is still collected with the hand and will taste white and red wines. You will leave the property with 3 bottles.
You will have a gastronomic lunch in a charming restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will be awaited in the Château Smith Haut Lafitte, for a guided tour of the estate. This one will be completed by a tasting of this wine.
In 1990, Daniel and Florence, the owners, sell all they have to repurchase Smith Haut Lafitte. After two years of hard work, as well in the farm buildings as in the XVIIIth century chartreuse one, they settle in the castle where they live all of year to devote themself entirely to their new passion: the breeding of the white and red high-class wines of Smith Haut Lafitte.
The fermenting being finished, the wine is put in wooden barrels, in the underground wine storehouse which you will discover with your guide. The castle has its own cooperage; it is by this place that you will complete your visit. Rare are the producers manufacturing their own barrels, excepted the most famous ones like Lafitte, Pétrus and Margaux.
Once your visit finished, you may continue to freely visit the outsides of this splendid chartreuse, surrounded of vines, a pond, a hotel and a of vinothérapie centre attended by many personalities.
At the end of the afternoon, you will be awaited, few kilometres from there, in another castle, but this time to spend the night there.
You will have all the time to install you in this XVIIIth century castle renovated with taste and respect of the stone. The owner will welcome you to make you discover one of the charming rooms.
You will have a dinner in an excellent restaurant, in the heart of the vineyard and classified ” Gault and Millau “. You will taste regional specialities.
After a good breakfast in the castle, you will leave in direction of one of the many Châteaux of Saint-Emilion jurisdiction .
In company of your hostess, you will discover the secrets of this prestigious wine, which makes since centuries the fame of Saint-Emilion:
Visit of the property, wine storehouse…
Historical and general presentation of Saint-Emilion name, classification of the vintages.
Evocation of the topography of the vineyard, the nature of the grounds, type of vines, the vegetative cycle and the work of the vine
Initiation to the wine making and the breeding of the wine
Tasting of few wines.
You will set out again with a 2 bottles of the production.
However, the great value of the wines of Saint-Emilion is not only gustatory, it is also an emotional value, aesthetic, and a placement appreciated by collectors of the whole world.
You will have a lunch in an excellent restaurant located in the heart of the medieval village of Saint-Emilion.
During the afternoon, free visits of the medieval city of Saint-Emilion, classified within the World Inheritance of Humanity by UNESCO. Saint-Emilion comes from the name of the monk who settled in a cave, as a hermit, at the 8th century. The village, surrounded by famous and prestigious vineyards, is one of the richest in historic buildings. One finds there in particular, a monolith church, built from the 9th century to the 12th century, the largest of Europe.
End of this wine tour, the head full of the memory of these sumptuous residences and these artists who make them live.
- The documents
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.