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Graves & Sauternes regions wine tour
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Departure from Bordeaux / Bassens ports of call

All year round except December 25th and January 1st



Total: 510


The Graves region is bordered on the north by the Garonne river and contains the sub regions of Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes and Barsac. It is known for its intensely gravelly soil. While Château Haut-Brion was included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc, the Graves appellation itself was classified in 1953 for its red wine producers. White wines were then included in an updated 1959 classification. The Graves is considered the birthplace of claret. In the Middle Ages, the wines that were first exported to England were produced in this area. Château Pape Clément, founded at the turn of the fourteenth century by the future Pope Clement V, was the first named chateaux in all of Bordeaux. In 1663, Samuel Pepys' mention of Château Haut-Brion was the first recorded mention of French Claret in London.

Sauternes is a subregion of Graves known for its intensely sweet, white, dessert wines such as the Premier Cru Supérieur classified Château d'Yquem. Wines produced in the region of Barsac, such as Premiers Crus Château Climens and Château Coutet are allowed to be labeled either with the commune name or with Sauternes. The intense sweetness is the result of the grapes being affected by Botrytis cinerea, a fungus that is commonly known as noble rot. In the autumn, the Ciron river produces mist that descends upon the area and persists until after dawn. These conditions are conducive to the growth of the fungus which desiccates the grape and concentrates the sugars inside. The three main grapes of this area are Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle.

This morning pick up at your ship and begin with the discovery of the Pessac Léognan appellation. Enjoy a the visit and wine tasting in two chateaus amongst which a classified growth of the Pessac-Leognan appellation.

After some free time for lunch, you will head towards the magical landscape and famous wine region of Sauternes and Barsac. After a drive through the vineyards enjoy a visit and wine tasting session in a classified growth of the Sauternes region. Return to ship.

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

Inclusions / Exclusions


1. Reservations for 2 Classified wineries
2. English speaking driver guide
3. Pick up and return at ship
4. Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
5. Bottled water in the minivan
6. Free Wifi access on board


1. Tasting fees, entrance fees
2. Meals and drinks
3. Personal expenses
4. Gratuities for the driver/guide

Meeting point

Pick up at ship in Bordeaux or Bassens

Pick up information

Pick up at ship in Bordeaux or Bassens

Drop off at ship

Additional information

Additional information

- Pick up at ship in Bordeaux or Bassens
- Tour is for 8 passengers maximum per vehicle
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible

Price information

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

Possible languages: English