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Ophorus Tours - Medoc Wine Tour Shared Full Day Trip From Bordeaux

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Medoc Wine Tour Shared Full Day Trip From Bordeaux

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This Small Group Medoc region full day tour from Bordeaux offers a day of carefully chosen wine tasting sessions, Bordeaux vineyard visits and a drive along the famous Chateau Road.

Highlights

  • English speaking local guides, experts in Bordeaux Wines
  • Follow the Chateau Road, lined with World famous wineries
  • In depth visits of 3 Chateaus including all tasting sessions
  • Taste fabulous Medoc red wines, guided by a knowledgeable hand

Program & Itinerary

This morning, we will come and pick you up in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located at 12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX, in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat building. The tourism office is located close to all the hotels located in the city center, usually a maximum 10 minutes walking distance.If your hotel is located slightly ...

Pick up at a centrally meeting point in Bordeaux 

This morning, we will come and pick you up in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located at 12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX, in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat building. The tourism office is located close to all the hotels located in the city center, usually a maximum 10 minutes walking distance.

If your hotel is located slightly on the outskirts of the historical center (train station, Radisson Blu, Seeko'o, Hotel Burdigala, Hilton Garden Inn), then the ideal solution is to take the Tram and stop at Quinconces tram station. This stop is located just next to the Bordeaux tourism office.

Please be on time as winery visits are pre-booked!

For all our shared day trips from Bordeaux, we ask our clients to be present 10 minutes before departure time. It is important to be on time as Bordeaux wine tours imply strict timing as all the wineries visited have been pre-booked especially for our clients.

Due to this, all our tours must leave on time to meet this schedule. In Bordeaux, unlike many other wine destinations, it is not possible to just show up at a winery for a tour, especially for the wineries that are highly demanded.

If you think that you might be late, please contact us rapidly by sms, phone or email so that we can advise the driver/guide to wait. However, waiting time is limited to 10 minutes maximum. If you are not present at the time of departure, your reservation will be considered as a no show and will not be refunded!

Meet your English speaking driver/guide - who is an Expert in Bordeaux Wines

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.

Once you have met your guide, he will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to the famous wine producing region of the Medoc.

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guides commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another.

Morning - Drive along the Chateau Road, visit a first Winery

On this highly recommended full day small group tour in the Medoc, you'll discover one of France's most admired wine-growing regions. Beginners and seasoned wine connoisseurs alike will find plenty to love on this guided wine tasting tour of Medoc led by local expert wine guides. Drawing on local knowledge and a real love of wine, our tour guides will fill you in on this unique and beautiful region, and you'll discover what make Medoc wines so special.

Your first stop will be at a winery located along the Castle Road. This small winding road, also known as the D2, is lined with some of the most prestigious wineries of the Medoc including Chateau Palmer, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and many others. It crosses through the different appellations that make up the Medoc such as Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe.

Upon arrival at the winery, start your tour with a visit of the property. Then, you will be taken to the technical installations so that you may understand the whole wine making process. After the visit, it will be time to experience your first commented wine tasting session. This will be a chance to gain an excellent understanding of the wines produced here, whether as an introduction to wines or to expand on your existing knowledge..

Unlike other wine tasting sessions that you might have followed around the world, the tastings in Bordeaux are very refined. The amount of wine poured is not what many would expect but here it is all about elegance, fruit, quality, aromas and flavors rather than quantity. If you want to further your wine experience, it is always possible to buy some bottles at the winery.

Reach the town of Pauillac for lunch

After your first visit, your drive will continue and if time permits your driver/guide will probably stop along the way for great photo opportunities. The number of Wine Estates that can be seen along the famous wine route is also a perfect element of commentary for your guide who will explain the historic facts behind the building of some many estates in this area.

As you arrive in Pauillac, it will be time for lunch on your own. Your guide will point out the different options but please note that due to strict timing for the winery visits, we suggest that you opt for a light lunch that will not be time consuming.

Afternoon - Visit & Wine Tasting sessions in 2 Wineries

After lunch, it will be time to slowly make our way back towards Bordeaux. Along the way, we will stop in two different carefully selected wineries so that your full day wine tour from Bordeaux to the Medoc is complete. On a typical day, we will include different appellations. This is an important aspect of the tour as the wines in France are based on the importance of the terroir (a combination of the soil, the climate and the expertise of the winemaker).

Another interesting aspect that can be approached during your winery visits is the way Bordeaux wines are traded. There are 300 trading houses (or maisons de négoce) which, for several centuries, have been a major financial and economic force known by the name of “Place de Bordeaux".  

Wine trading began in Bordeaux around the 11th century with the development of business between Bordeaux and England. At the time, practically all of the wines were bought in bulk at the estate then aged in the cellars owned by the négociants who were then in charge of selling them. 

Today, their principal role is selling selected crus and producing wine: négociants blend, age and sell wines under their own brand names, providing consumers with a guarantee of know-how, and retailers with a guarantee of regular supply.

After the visit and wine tasting session in the two wineries of the afternoon, it will be time to return to Bordeaux and that will be the end of our services.

What does Medoc mean?

Historically, the word comes from latin: Meduli Litus that could mean 'in between seas' or middle of the land. Another theory is that it bears its name from the Medulles tribe that was present in the area during the Iron Age.

Today, Medoc is best known as a unique wine-growing region part of the Bordeaux wine region. Sitting on the Left Bank of the Gironde river estuary, it's close to the Atlantic coast and in proximity to sprawling forests. The geographic diversity of this fascinating wine region gives the final products a distinct character.

There are 8 regional or communal appellations that compose the Medoc wine region, the most famous being Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe. However, in the past years winemakers located on the appellations of Moulis, Listrac and Haut Médoc have made great progress in the quality of the wines produced.

Often blending cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and petit verdot grapes, the wines are in general intense, complex, structured, robust and round. The main aromas that can be found in Medoc wines are liquorice, red and black small berry fruit, and roasted with ageing. The ageing of these wine range from 5 to 50 years.

Our other wine tours in Bordeaux:

We also organize other wine tours from Bordeaux to the major wine producing areas such as Cote de Bourg, Fronsac, Sauternes, Saint Emilion and Graves.

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  • 09:20 am

    Meet your guide in front of the Bordeaux Tourisme Office

  • 09:30 am

    Depart from Bordeaux Tourism Office

  • 10:30 am

    Arrive at first winery for visit & tasting

  • 12:30 pm

    Free time for lunch in Pauillac

  • 02:30 pm

    Visit & Wine tasting at 2nd Winery

  • 04:00 pm

    Visit & Wine tasting at 3rd Winery

  • 06:00 pm

    Drop off at Bordeaux Tourism office

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Ophorus Tours - Medoc Wine Tour Shared Full Day Trip From Bordeaux

Know before you book

  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
  • Adult tour only, no children accepted under the age of 18
  • Chateaux visits are not private
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group option, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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

18 reviews
  • YingChi

    23, Oct 2020

    Highly Recommended
    Review for: 半日遊 - 下午團(4月至11月)

    Recommend to those who love red wine very much and enjoy a little bit history and...
  • Seow Keng

    25, Apr 2020

    Highly Recommended
    Great trip with visitation to 3 vineyards. I enjoyed the wine tasting and the beautiful scenery in the chateau. J was a wonderful...
  • Rasmus Reinholdt

    01, Sep 2020

    Highly Recommended

    Very nice trip, with a knowledgeable guide and good wine tastings and tours around the facilities.
  • Anonymous (Germany)

    06, Sep 2020

    Sehr interessante Tour

    What did you enjoy the most? Das Gespräch mit dem Guide
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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
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

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

FAQ

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 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. YES, it is possible to visit Chateau Margaux. Don't hesitate to contact us at the time of planning your coming to Bordeaux. If you want to book Chateau Margaux just a few days before you arrive then forget it!

    To book a tour to Margaux, you need to take into consideration that the number of visits per day are limited as are the number of guests. All bookings must be made a long time ahead of your tour date. If you contact us directly, our dedicated team of Bordeaux Winery Bookings will be pleased to design your Bordeaux wine tour itinerary.

    YES, it is possible to visit Chateau Mouton Rothschild in the Pauillac appellation. We do not include the visit of this winery on our regular scheduled tour as the cost of the visit & tasting is of 80€ per person (2020 season). 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.

    YES, it is possible to visit Chateau Lafite Rothschild in the Pauillac appellation. We do not include the visit of this winery on our regular scheduled tour as the number of visits & guests are limited per day. 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 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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