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Armagnac wine tour
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Departure from Bordeaux / Bassens ports of call

All year except December 25th, January 1st


From 09:30 to 18:30



Total: 550


Located in the Gascony region, Armagnac is a distinctive kind of brandy distilled from wine usually made from a blend of grapes traditionally using column stills rather than the pot stills used in the production of Cognac. The resulting spirit is then aged in oak barrels before release. The undulating valleys of Bas-Armagnac in the West of the region grow vines  on  meager and acidic siliceous-clay soils.  Parts are mixed with ferrous elements that color the earth, from hence comes the name 'tawny sands', and the boulbènes, are silty sediments characteristic of the region.  This area produces light, fruity, delicate and highly praised eaux-de-vie.

Today, depart from Bordeaux and head towards the Bas-Armagnac producing region to discover all there is about to know about this brandy. We will first take you to a local winery that has decided to promote not only the Armagnac but also the "terroir", the crafts, traditions and local life of the wine makers. Here, you will discover traditional farm houses that date back to 17th century and that are built in local sandstone (with fossils), their roofs are made of Roman tiles laid on oak beams entirely hand carved. Within the buildings the different kinds of works and activities made by the wine makers and farmers of those days are illustrated by over a thousand tools. During the visit, you will also discover the still that is used every November and December to produce the local Armagnac. Next to the impressive copper Still,  you will also admire 11 other still on display including a reproduction of a model dating from 3500 BC. After the visit of this property, you will enjoy a tasting of the local brandy including Armagnac and the lesser 'Floc de Gascogne'.

Then depart for the traditional village of Labastide d'Armagnac, a XIIIth century Bastide, where you will have some time for lunch and personal discovery. After lunch, we will take you to one of the most famous ageing cellars of the region where some exquisite Armagnac's are blended. After distillation, the Armagnac is set to age in oak casks called «pieces». Most of these 400 liter casks are made from wood from the forests of Gascony or the Limousin area and are kept in cellars where the temperature and humidity levels are important factors for the ageing. As the woody flavors gradually become more refined, they gain aromas of vanilla and prune, and rancio appears with its characteristic aromas of dried fruits and the degree of alcohol diminishes progressively as the alcohol evaporates (the “angel's share”). The brandy turns a beautiful amber, then mahogany color. Here, you will have the opportunity to taste various selections, blends and vintages so that you may better understand the craft behind Armagnac wine making. After the tasting return to Bordeaux.

This private tour ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide.

Inclusions / Exclusions


1. Services of an English speaking driver/guide
2. Pick up and return at ship
3. Transportation in recent & fully equipped compact van
4. Visit and tasting at a Winery of Bas Armagnac
5. Visit and tasting in an ageing cellar in Bas Armagnac
6. Bottled water in the minivan
7. Free Wifi access on board


1. Entrance fees, wine tasting fees
2. Personal insurance and expenses
3. Meals and drinks
4. Gratuities for the driver/guide

Meeting point

Pick up at ship in Bordeaux / Bassens ports of call

Pick up information

Pick up at ship in Bordeaux / Bassens ports of call
Tour returns to original departure point

Additional information

Additional information

- Pick up at ship in Bordeaux or Bassens ports of call
- Tour is for 8 passengers maximum per vehicle
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Confirmation of the tour will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Price information

- Program and Prices are listed as a guide only
- Indicated price is per minivan (not per person)
- Currency is in Euro

Specific options: Pick Up From Ship In Bordeaux / Bassens Ports Of Call
Possible languages: English, Español, Français