JOIN A SMALL GROUP
Maximum 8 participants
Get your fill of the rich history and renowned Chateaux of the Medoc and St Emilion wines.
2018 per person price
* Price based on double room occupancy - please contact us for details on single room supplements
Upon your arrival in Bordeaux, settle in to your room in the heart of the historic city. Depending on your arrival time, you can wander the cobblestoned streets and squares, relax on the shaded terrace of a café, or visit one of the many art galleries and museums. Dinner tonight is included at one of our favourite restaurants.
For the 1855 "Exposition Universelle" of Paris, Emperor Napoleon III requested a classification system for France's best Bordeaux wines which were to be on display for visitors from around the world. The Medoc wine region spans from the mouth of the Gironde River down south and includes the four famous communes of St-Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien and Margaux.
Depart for the Medoc region, where some of the most famous wine chateaux are located, including three of the 5 First Growth Grand Cru Classés. Explore the Chateau Route through Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac, and Ste Estephe. The day is a great introduction to the wines and blends of the Left Bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon is King. You'll have three visits and tastings at Classified chateaux over the course of the day. A stop with time for lunch at a great local restaurant is planned. (Lunch not included).
Your destination today is the Saint Emilion and Pomerol wine producing appellations where Merlot is the predominant grape variety.
St. Emilion was a much smaller appellation in its formative years. Today, that is no longer the case; St. Emilion is one of the largest wine producing regions in Bordeaux with almost 4,000 hectares of Grand Cru classified vineyards. However, while there are a few larger estates in the appellation, the average vineyard is only about 7 hectares in size.
Pomerol, in contrast, is the smallest of all the major Bordeaux wine producing appellations. There are only 800 hectares of Pomerol vineyards; the appellation is about 3 kilometers by 4 kilometers! The old adage proves true here, good things do come in small packages; Pomerol is the home for some of the most expensive, sought after wines in the world: Petrus, Chateau Lafleur and Le Pin are within walking distance of each other. Yet, casual visitors to the region would not know it. There are no properties with a grand chateau. The area is humble and charming. Some of the top chateau do not have signs or markings of any type on their property to let you know you are there, or even how to get there.
On your tour today, your guide will open your eyes to the hidden treasures of these two wine regions. Your day will include visits and tastings at 3 Classified growth Chateaux, and a walking tour of the beautiful village of St Emilion itself, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999, and where you can find lunch (not included). At the end of the day, return to Bordeaux for your final night there.
Your Bordeaux Wine Tour has come to an end; after a final breakfast at your hotel, connections are easy from Bordeaux for your further travels. Bon Voyage!