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From Bordeaux: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

1. From Bordeaux: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

Take a half-day tour to the charming village of St. Emilion, and sample a selection of wines. The history of the village goes back to medieval times, and the whole jurisdiction is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural landscape. Upon arrival in the village, embark on a guided walking tour. Explore the charming lanes, Romanesque churches, and ruins that stretch along the steep and narrow laneways. It was the Romans that introduced wine making to the village as far back as the 2nd century. Reminders of the Roman techniques of wine planting can be seen in some of the estates, such as Chateau Bellevue, owned by the world-famous Angelus winery. The village was named after the monk Émilian, a traveling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock in the 8th-Century. Follow your guide for a walking tour of the village to discover all the main attractions.  Then, enjoy a visit and wine tasting session in a Classified Growth Chateau of the Saint Emilion wine region. During the visit, you will learn all there is to know about the estate as well as the techniques used to produce this world-famous wine. From here return to Bordeaux.

From Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Experience

2. From Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Experience

Take a scenic drive to the beautiful wine region of Saint-Emilion and tour this World Heritage Site. Experience the intimacy of the private chateau, and learn the secrets of wine production and taste some of the finest wines. Depart Bordeaux in the afternoon and visit a charming family-run wine estate on the right bank of the Dordogne River. Tour the traditional vat room and cellar of this private chateau. Learn the steps of proper wine tasting at a tasting class. Train your nose to identify wine aromas before enjoying some fine wines. Next, visit a "Great Classified Growth" (Grand Cru) wine estate overlooking the Saint-Emilion vineyards. Hear about the wine-making process and reward yourself with an aperitif served with quality fresh bread and cheese.   Then, take a guided tour of the medieval village of Saint-Emilion in the early evening, and discover why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Bordeaux for a drop-off at the end of the tour services.      

Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour

3. Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour

Departing from a central location in Bordeaux, this small group, half-day tour explores the beautiful Medoc wine-growing region of France. The region you will explore includes the southern region of the Medoc wine area. You will visit 2 wine estates of Classified Growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that have been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of the wine.  Learn all there is to know about the history of the estate, the wine-making process, as well as the techniques used during wine-making. A wine tasting session follows the visits. After your tasting session, follow the castle road to see some of the most famous chateaus of the region, such as Chateau Margaux or Chateau Palmer.

From Bordeaux: Afternoon Wine Tasting in the Medoc Region

4. From Bordeaux: Afternoon Wine Tasting in the Medoc Region

Enjoy a drive from Bordeaux to the Medoc region along the Chateaux Route. On this 5.5-hour afternoon tour you’ll learn about the history of Bordeaux wines. Spend some time touring the vineyards and winery at a family run estate. Hear the story of the passionate family that has kept the vineyard alive for generations. Discover the intense colors, woody aromas and distinct tastes of Bordeaux wines during a tasting class. Visit a stunning Great Classified Growth wine estate, in one Bordeaux's most prestigious chateaux areas. Learn about their wine-making process and taste the estate's wines, accompanied by French delicacies, including cheese, fresh bread and dried sausage.

The Vineyards of St-Emilion by Bicycle

5. The Vineyards of St-Emilion by Bicycle

Peddle through the famous vineyards of St-Emilion on this cycling day trip from Bordeaux. Visit two châteaus and a charming family-run wine estate, a Great Classified Growth estate, and the UNESCO-listed village of St-Emilion.  Be welcomed at Bordovino’s Apartment in the center of Bordeaux in the morning. Start the day with a short drive to the St-Emilion region. Tour the charming village of St-Emilion which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.  Cycle through lush vineyards by bike and arrive at the first chateau which is run by a local family. Walk through the vineyards and learn about the estate’s traditional way of making wine. Savor a wine tasting and continue to the garden for a flavorful lunch.  Hop back on your bike and ride by Pomerol, Lalande de Pomerol and St-Emilion. Pass by prestigious properties in the region on your way to a Classified Growth estate of St-Emilion.  Explore the estate on a guided tour and learn about their winemaking process from the vine to the bottle. At the end of the tour try a hand-picked selection of their wines. Head back to Bordeaux and conclude your tour. 

Full-Day Medoc Wine Tour

6. Full-Day Medoc Wine Tour

Departing from a central location in Bordeaux, this small group tour explores the beautiful Medoc wine-growing region of France. You will head towards the famous wine-producing appellations such as Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe. You will enjoy 3 visits in Classified Growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that have been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine. You will learn all there is to know about the history of the estates, the wine making process, as well as the techniques used during wine making. A wine tasting session follows the visits. The Medoc area covers approximately 5,700 hectares of declared vineyards, producing an average 300,000 hectoliters of wine per year. Of the grape varieties permitted, 50% of the viticultural area is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and to a lesser extent Petit Verdot and Malbec. Also allowed within the AOC regulations are the varieties Cabernet Franc and Carménère. After your tasting sessions, follow the castle road to see some of the most famous châteaux of the region, such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Palmer, or Chateau Pichon Longueville.

Medoc: Morning Wine Tour

7. Medoc: Morning Wine Tour

9:30 AM: Meet your guide in the center of Bordeaux and drive to the Medoc wine region. They'll talk to you about Bordeaux wines during the journey to the chateaux.                                             10:30 AM: You will be welcomed at a prestigious Classified Growth Estate dating back to 1855. Walk around the vineyards and cellars, learn about the estate’s wine making processes and finish by indulging yourself in various wine tastings.                                                11:45 AM: Discover a charming family run estate of the region and see how they make their wine, before trying them with crusty French bread and cheese.                                                1:15 PM-1:30 PM: Back to Bordeaux.                                              

Saint-Emilion: Wine & Food Tasting at the Chateau’s Terrace

8. Saint-Emilion: Wine & Food Tasting at the Chateau’s Terrace

Enjoy a day at the Chateau's Wine Bar, from 5:00 PM  to 6:00 PM. Taste a range of selected wines and local delicatessens overlooking the vineyard’s terraces. Have a tasting of 3 wines representing Bordeaux's Wine Region (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Margaux, Cru Bourgeois, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur).  Spend an afternoon relaxing with good company. Look out from the terrace, with background music. Taste some of the best known wines in the world, paired with wonderful tapas. 

Soussans: Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting near Margaux

9. Soussans: Guided Winery Tour with Wine Tasting near Margaux

Enjoy a tour and wine tasting experience at the Chateau Haut Breton Larigaudiere winery near Bordeaux. Nestled in the prestigious appellation of Margaux, you will discover the secrets behind the elegance of this region's wines. Learn about the history of winemaking, and taste locally-produced wines. After being welcomed at the reception, your experience begins with a tour of the property and an explanation of its history. Continue to the fermenting room, where your guide will explain the winemaking process, then visit the barrel cellar to talk about wine aging. The tour will be followed by a guided tasting of several wines (depending on the option) from the Margaux appellation.

Bordeaux: Wine Tour with Tasting

10. Bordeaux: Wine Tour with Tasting

Meet your wine educator. Take part in a casual wine tasting class and significantly improve your skills in tasting and comparing fine French wines. To start you off on this 2-hour activity, you’ll enjoy a welcoming glass of white wine and a glass of red wine. Learn to break the code of wine tasting by using their color, aroma, and taste.        Then you’ll take a tour of France through its wines. Taste 4 wines from the 4 main wine regions of France, discovering their diversity and hearing about the concepts of ‘terroir’ and ‘appellation’. Afterwards your wine educator will conduct a blending workshop. Bordeaux wines are blends made from various types of grapes, such as Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, and others.                Taste each type separately and create your very own ‘cuvée’ from the varieties that you have preferred. At the end of the class you’ll have a chance to enjoy your wines with traditional French delicacies followed by a casual & chic lunch. After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive to the beautiful Saint Emilion region, kicking off your tour with a visit to an authentic and charming family-run estate along the right bank.              Feel the intimacy of the private chateau as you tour the traditional vat room and cellar of this intimate estate, and then delight in a tasting class, learning the steps of wine tasting and educating your nose to identify wine aromas. At the end of the visit, you will enjoy some of their wines, and then make your way to the Great Classified Growth estate overlooking the Saint Emilion vineyards.                  There, you will enjoy explanations about the winemaking process, from the vine to the bottle, and then reward yourself with an aperitif accompanied by some French delicacies, such as fresh bread and cheese. In the early evening, enjoy a guided tour of the village of Saint Emilion, classified on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.  

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4.6 / 5

based on 189 reviews

This was a highlight of our trip to France and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone. We were able to experience some history and places we wouldn’t have otherwise seen. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and it was appreciated to have our tour in English, as all the regular tours given at the cave are in French. We were also able to have extra time to examine the drawings alone without being in the big tour group. All I can say is book this tour, you will not regret it.

Our guide, Luigi, was superb. We were a group of 6 women and he handled us really well. So knowledgeable on wine and the industry. Lots of information on the way which meant we got more from our trip. The visit was the right amount of time and we felt we had seen a lot. Absolutely loved the scent game on the way back. Would definitely recommend!

The tour to Saint Emilion is an experience we highly recommend! It was nice to see the vineyards, taste the wine and get lost in the alleys of this beautiful country. Luigi (our guide) was thorough, precise and personable!

An enjoyable half day, with very pretty countryside once off the motorway & very pleasant wine tasting in St Emillion village. Very fortunate to have a quiet day in the village at this time of the tourist season.

Emilie was an amazing tour guide. Would definitely recommend!