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Ophorus Tours - Medoc Wine Immersion Full day Bordeaux Vineyard Tour

Bordeaux

Medoc Wine Immersion Full day Bordeaux Vineyard Tour

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Explore Médoc's magic! This Bordeaux day trip whisks you to prestigious wineries along the famed "Route des Châteaux." Savor intimate tastings, delve into historic châteaux, and discover the secrets behind Médoc's acclaimed red wines.

Highlights

  • Route des Châteaux: Cruise along the scenic vineyard route, lined with historic châteaux.
  • Prestigious Médoc Wineries: Visit renowned châteaux and discover the secrets behind world-class wines.
  • Médoc Winemaking Secrets: Delve into the art of crafting iconic Médoc wines.
  • Intimate Tastings: Savor carefully chosen selections during exclusive wine tasting sessions.
What is Included / Excluded for this tour

Program & Itinerary

for a remarkable in the heart of , designed for wine enthusiasts seeking to delve into the intricacies of French winemaking..  from Bordeaux offers an intimate exploration of Medoc's vineyards, prestigious, and a scenic drive along the famous .  Your adventure begins at a central and accessible location - the at 12 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux. This prime spot is easily reachable, ...

Discover the Elegance of Medoc: A Full-Day Wine Journey from Bordeaux

Join us for a remarkable small-group tour in the heart of Bordeaux's Medoc region, designed for wine enthusiasts seeking to delve into the intricacies of French winemaking.. 

Our expertly crafted full-day trip from Bordeaux offers an intimate exploration of Medoc's vineyards, prestigious Chateau Wineries, and a scenic drive along the famous Castle Road

Central Meeting Point in Bordeaux

Your adventure begins at a central and accessible location - the Bordeaux Tourism Office at 12 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux. This prime spot is easily reachable, a mere 10-minute stroll from most central city hotels. 

If you're staying on the outskirts of the historical center, like near the train station or specific hotels, the Quinconces tram station, right next to the Tourism Office, offers a convenient link.

Timely Departure for an Exclusive Experience

We place great emphasis on punctuality to ensure a seamless and enriching tour. As we pre-book our winery visits to offer you an exclusive experience, please arrive at our meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time. 

Our precise scheduling is key to ensuring you get the most out of the highly sought-after Bordeaux wineries, which require advance booking.

Should you foresee any delay, inform us immediately. We can wait up to 10 minutes, but any later may result in your reservation being marked as a no-show, without a refund.

Welcoming and Expert Guide

Upon reaching the meeting point, you'll be greeted by our friendly, English-speaking guide, easily recognizable by their Ophorus sign and badge. 

They will provide an overview of your day's itinerary. Settle into our comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, complete a P/A system, ensuring a smooth and connected journey.

Morning: Scenic Drive and First Winery Visit

Your tour begins with a picturesque drive along Castle Road, passing iconic wineries like Chateau Palmer and Chateau Margaux. You'll explore different appellations, such as Margaux and Pauillac, while absorbing the stunning vineyard vistas.

At your first winery stop, delve into the estate's history and explore the winemaking process from vine to bottle. The guided tour culminates in a sophisticated wine tasting session, where the subtle nuances of Medoc wines are unveiled. 

You're welcome to purchase wines directly from the winery, adding distinguished selections to your collection.

Lunch in Pauillac (at own expense)

The charming town of Pauillac awaits for a leisurely lunch break (not included in the tour price). We suggest a light meal to optimize your tour experience, considering the timing of the afternoon winery visits.

Afternoon: Two Diverse Winery Tours

Post-lunch, immerse yourself in the Medoc wine experience with visits to two distinct wineries, each representing a unique facet of the region's terroir. 

Learn about the historical significance of wine trading in Bordeaux and the pivotal role of the 300 trading houses in shaping the industry.

The tour offers not just tastings but insights into the traditions and innovations that make Medoc wines truly exceptional.

Return to Bordeaux

Concluding your explorations, we'll journey back to Bordeaux, offering you time to ponder over the day's rich experiences. 

As we arrive back in the city, our tour concludes, leaving you with memories of a delightful day spent among the vineyards of Medoc.

Book your Medoc wine tour now for an unforgettable experience in Bordeaux's prestigious wine region, where history, culture, and the art of winemaking converge in a symphony of flavors and landscapes.

*Depending on availability, there can be 2 winery tours in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. Lunch break will always be in Pauillac.

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  • 09:20 am

    Meet your guide in front of the Bordeaux Tourisme Office

  • 09:30 am

    Depart for Bordeaux Wine Tour to Medoc

  • 10:45 am

    Arrive at first winery for visit & tasting

  • 12:00 pm

    Free time for lunch in Pauillac (at own expense)

  • 02:00 pm

    Visit & Wine tasting at 2nd Winery

  • 03:30 pm

    Visit & Wine tasting at 3rd Winery

  • 05:30 pm

    Drop off at Bordeaux Tourism office

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Ophorus Tours - Medoc Wine Immersion Full day Bordeaux Vineyard Tour
Ophorus Tours - Medoc Wine Immersion Full day Bordeaux Vineyard Tour

Know before you book

In regards to the protection of the environment, we will no longer provide plastic bottles of water during our tours. You are kindly advised to bring your own. Water and refills are available at the wineries, museums and attractions visited.

Booking & Confirmation:
  • Book your spot instantly with our online booking system!
Tour Requirements:
  • Minimum of 2 adults required for tour operation.
  • This tour is for adults only (18+).
Tour Experience:
  • Explore alongside fellow wine enthusiasts.
  • Enjoy guided visits to wineries & tastings.
  • Tour commentary conducted in English.
  • Please note the timing of winery visits may vary.
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Meeting point

12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000 BORDEAUX

Departure

Pick up in front of Bordeaux Tourism Office. Guide will have a sign with company logo and tour name. Please be ready 10 minutes before tour departure time. All tours leave on time!

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

4.9/5 (118 reviews)
  • Mun Jong Choi

    12, May 2024

    Jerome was the best tour guide!
  • Grace

    09, May 2024

    Very informational and fun! Best wine tour to experience if you only stay for few days in France :)
  • Vania Matheus

    07, May 2024

    Clare was a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide that is knowledgeable about the wine and the Medoc Region! We loved each winery on the tour and getting...
  • Edmund Vinci

    07, May 2024

    Absolutely great. Our guide was excellent. Would recommend to everyone
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Included / excluded

Included

  • Visit and wine tasting session in 3 Medoc wineries
  • Follow the Castle road
  • English-speaking driver/guide, Expert in Bordeaux wines
  • Travel in premium, spacious vehicles
  • Limited to 8 persons per group
  • All Wine tasting fees included

Excluded

  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
  • Gratuities

FAQ

  • What types of wines can I expect to taste during the tour?

    During the tour, you can expect to taste a variety of exquisite Bordeaux wines. The Medoc region specializes in producing elegant, fruit-forward, and aromatic wines using grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot,
  • Do you pick up at hotels on your Bordeaux shared wine tours?

    All our scheduled/shared tours have a precise departure location that is mentioned on your voucher in each city. If you wish to be picked up at your accommodation then you will need to book a private tour.
  • How long is the tour duration?

    How long is the tour duration? Our Bordeaux Medoc wine tour is a full-day tour, providing an immersive experience in the region. The duration of the tour may vary depending on traffic and other factors, but generally, you can expect the tour to last 8 hours in total.
  • What is the size of the tour group?

    To provide an intimate and personalized experience, our Bordeaux Medoc wine tour is conducted in small groups. The group size is of maximum 8 participants to ensure a comfortable and engaging experience for all.
  • What is included in the Bordeaux Medoc wine tour?

    Our Bordeaux Medoc wine tour includes transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan, an English-speaking expert guide, visits to carefully selected wineries, guided tours of the wineries' properties and technical installations, informative commentary during the drive with our onboard P/A system, and commented wine tasting sessions.
  • Where is the meeting point for the tour in Bordeaux?

    The meeting point for our Bordeaux Medoc wine tour is in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office, conveniently located at 12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX. It's in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat building, and within a maximum 10-minute walking distance from most city center hotels.
  • What happens if we do not find the meeting point?

    You have to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to tour departure. If you are having difficulties finding the meeting point you must call us on our office number +33 556 152 609 so that we may help you find the exact area. Please note that tours leave on time and if you are not there at the designated area and indicated time the driver/guide will leave. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.
  • How do I contact the tour operator in case of delay?

    In case of any delays, please contact us promptly via SMS, phone, or email. We will advise the driver/guide to wait for you, although the waiting time is limited to a maximum of 10 minutes. It's essential to notify us as soon as possible to coordinate accordingly. Our office is open during week-days from 8.00am to 8.00 pm. Contact number is +33 556 152 609.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a Bordeaux shared wine tour?

    Our company uses only Mercedes Vito Tourer 8 seater minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space and on board P/A system for commentaries by the guide. All guests can hear the commentaries wherever they are seated.
  • Who conducts these Bordeaux Shared Wine tours?

    We only employ accredited and licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments and so on. In some regions, where wine tours prevail (Bordeaux, Alsace) the tours are conducted by professional local guides, that are experts in Wines. Most of our Guides in Bordeaux hold the WSET level 2 in wines or are professional sommeliers.
  • How many wineries will be visited during the tour?

    During our Bordeaux Medoc wine tour, you will visit multiple wineries. Typically, we include visits to three carefully selected wineries to ensure a comprehensive experience of the Medoc wine region.
  • How many Bordeaux wines will I taste during this Médoc Wine tour?

    Unlike other wine tasting sessions that you might have followed around the world, the tastings in Bordeaux are not as generous in terms of pours . The amount of wine tasted is not what many would expect but here it is all about elegance, fruit, quality, aromas and flavors rather than quantity.

    Each Chateau will have you taste their premium wine and what we call the 'second' wine of the estate. Sometimes, Chateau owners also add a tasting of some other wine if they happen to be the owners of another Chateau in Bordeaux. So basically, at each winery visited it will be 2 to maximum 4 wines tasted.

    If you wish to taste more wine, lunch in Pauillac is a perfect location to sample other appellations - it is easy to order wines by the glass. To further enhance your wine experience, it is always possible to buy some bottles at the wineries visited. Bordeaux has also a very large number of wine bars where you can enjoy a further tasting experience. Ask your guide for great recommendations.
  • Can I purchase wine at the visited wineries?

     Yes, you will have the opportunity to purchase wine at the wineries we visit. If you find wines that you particularly enjoy, you can buy bottles directly from the wineries to take home and savor the flavors of Bordeaux. Some wineries will also offer some shipping options for those who would like to send some wine home.
  • Can we choose which wineries we will visit on a shared Bordeaux Wine Tour?

    No, unfortunately a scheduled tour is already pre-programmed and the wineries have been (carefully) selected. If you would like to visit some specific wineries while you are staying in Bordeaux then do not hesitate to book one of our Private Wine Tours from Bordeaux.
  • Are lunch options provided during the tour?

    While lunch is not included in the tour, upon reaching the town of Pauillac, your guide will point out various lunch options. To ensure ample time for the winery visits, we recommend opting for a light lunch that won't be time-consuming.
  • Are the Winery Tours private?

    During our scheduled/shared tours the visits at the wineries are not private and you may find yourself being grouped with others. Groups usually always remain in low numbers. If you are seeking a more exclusive Bordeaux Wine Tour then do not hesitate to book one of our private tours. We will organise a private visit just for you and your party.

    Please note that on our shared Bordeaux Day Trips, Ophorus tours are always conducted in English during the tours or at the wineries. Unlike other providers we refuse to mix languages.
  • What is the significance of the Medoc wine region?

    The Medoc wine region is renowned for producing some of France's most admired wines. Its prestigious wineries, including Chateau Palmer, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, and others, are located along the Castle Road (D2), which crosses the appellations of Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac, and Saint Estephe. The region's unique terroir and expertise of winemakers contribute to the exceptional quality and flavors of Medoc wines.
  • What is a Margaux Wine?

    Margaux wine refers to one of the most famous wines produced in the Bordeaux wine region called the Medoc. At its best, Margaux wine is the most seductive and perfumed of all Bordeaux wines. The grape varieties often found in Margaux wines are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent Cabernet Franc. Petit Verdot occasionally makes it into the blend but this being a very delicate grape to grow, the climate of the vintage has its importance.

    Margaux wines have a complex bouquet with fruity aromas of raspberry, cherry, and red currant, but also floral, spicy, and roasted aromas. The wines on the palate are powerful and the ageing of the wines can last from 5 to 30 years.

    We usually include a visit & wine tasting in a Chateau of the Margaux appellation on this Full Day Medoc Wine Tour.
  • What are the famous wineries along the Castle Road in Medoc?

    The Castle Road or Route des Châteaux in Medoc is renowned for its prestigious wineries, including Chateau Palmer, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, and many others. These esteemed wineries are known for their exceptional wines and historical significance in the Bordeaux region.
  • Can one visit Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Chateau Mouton Rothschild or Chateau Lafite Rothschild?

    Chateau Margaux is the lead winery located in the appellation that bears its name. This is certainly one of the most frequent questions that we have. NO, it is not possible to visit Chateau Margaux anymore

    YES, it is possible to visit Chateau Mouton Rothschild in the Pauillac appellation. Pricing of the tour depends on option of visit chosen, prices range from 250€ to more than 350€ per person. If you would like us to book a visit for you and your party, don't hesitate to contact our team and we can organise a fully customizable private tour just for you that will include this winery.

    No, it is note possible to visit Chateau Lafite Rothschild in the Pauillac appellation. The winery only allows for professional visits. If you have a wine importer in your country and that you purchase wines from Lafite, then don't hesitate to ask if they can make a request for a visit directly.

    No, it is not possible to visit Chateau Latour. Only wine professionals or wine merchants can follow a visit and participate in a wine tasting session at this winery. If you want to visit & wine taste you will have to prove that you are in the wine trade as this will be asked by the administration of the winery.
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