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

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Medoc Wine Tour Shared Half Day Trip From Bordeaux

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On this wine tour from Bordeaux, you’ll enjoy scenic drives through the Médoc wine region and taste some delicious French wines in top rated wineries

Highlights

  • Discover 2 carefully selected Chateaus
  • Taste fabulous Medoc red wines
  • English speaking guides, experts in Bordeaux Wines
  • All winery visits & wine tastings included
  • Small Group Tours of Maximum 8 persons

Program & Itinerary

This morning, we will come and pick you up in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located 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. For all our shared day trips from Bordeaux, we ask our clients to be ...

PICK UP AT CENTRALLY LOCATED 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 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.

PLEASE BE ON TIME AS WINERY VISITS HAVE BEEN PRE-BOOKED JUST FOR US!

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 A LOCAL EXPERT ON BORDEAUX WINES

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking tour 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/she 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 Saint Emilion wine producing region.

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guide's 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.

ARRIVE IN THE MARGAUX WINE APPELLATION FOR A FIRST VISIT

With Ophorus, experience is the most important factor when it comes to our small group sightseeing tours of the Bordeaux wine region. On your Medoc region wine tasting tour, you’re sure to discover hidden gems and taste prestigious wines in an informal yet expertly guided way. This highly recommended wine tour from Bordeaux will introduce you to the Margaux & Haut Medoc appellations where some of the most famous chateaux are located.

From Bordeaux, reach the Medoc wine producing area by driving on the Castle Road - Route des Chateaux -  that is lined by numerous wineries of the Medoc. Upon arrival at the winery, you will be greeted by a local guide. Begin the tour with a commented visit of the property, its history and a short resumé of who the owners are. Then, your guided tour will be followed by a visit of the technical installations. You will get to know how wine is made on this estate, from the vineyard to the harvest ending with the bottling process. The visit concludes with a commented tasting of the Chateau wines. 

PARTICIPATE IN A SECOND CHATEAU VISIT & TASTING

After the first visit, we will take you to a nearby property for your second winery tour. Typically, our half day tours in the Medoc includes the visit of a prestigious Classified Growth Chateau combined with the visit of a more boutique winery, usually classified as Cru Bourgeois of Cru Artisan. If your first visit was in the Classified Growth Chateau, then this second visit will be in the more boutique winery. Also, the terroir will be different as we usually combine a visit in Margaux followed by another in the Haut Medoc appellation.

If your second visit is in a family owned winery, the visit is usually conducted by the owner or a family member. This more casual visit is when you can really interact with the locals and find out what it is like to own and manage a vineyard in Bordeaux today. Of course you will also get to tour the property, hear about the winemaking process and tour the different cellars. Yet the goal here is to get as close as possible to the realities of winemaking, far from the 1855 Classification that was limited to just a chosen few.  

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE WINE

Both the Margaux and Haut Medoc produce wonderfully perfumed french wines. Margaux wines have a distinctive fragrant taste attributed to the high gravel content of the soil in these vineyards. The soil’s excellent drainage means the plants need to root down further to find moisture, making them particularly strong and bringing up the flavors of the deeper earth.

The Haut Medoc appellation is vast, with almost 400 different wine producers operating there; the different wineries produce wine that have a wide variety of textures and flavors. If time permits, your guide will try and organise a stop at Chateau Margaux for photo opportunities.

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOUR

With Ophorus, rest assured that your Medoc vineyard tour will be everything you imagined. All our drivers are fully accredited guides, meaning you’ll get double the expertise on this great Medoc tour. Every one of our expert guides holds at least the WSET level 2 certification in wines and spirits and they take great pride in their region and craft. 

You’ll learn how to judge a wine with all the senses, using your eyes, nose, tongue, and memory. These licensed guides are not only wine connoisseurs, they’re also authorities on the local area, ready to share a wealth of information with you. This tour is for adults only, 18 years and older.

Most of our Bordeaux wine tours in the Medoc area run primarily with an 8-seat minivan. There is free Wi-Fi access on all tour vehicles. All visits and wine tastings are included in the price, so there’s no unexpected additional fees to worry about. Our cancellation policy is one of the best as it is 100% guaranteed up to 24h before your tour, so you can book ahead with peace of mind.

Other major wine regions of the area include St Emilion, Pomerol, Graves & Sauternes as well as lesser known but very interesting appellations such as Fronsac, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux or Côte de Bourg. We also organise full day private tours to all these regions as well as walking tours in Bordeaux and Saint Emilion.

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  • 08:50 am
    or 01:50 pm

    Meet your Guide in front of Bordeaux Tourism Office

  • 09:00 am
    or 02:00 pm

    Depart from Bordeaux Tourism Office

  • 10:00 am
    or 03:00 pm

    Visit & Wine tasting in 1st Chateau

  • 11:00 am
    or 04:00 pm

    Visit & Wine tasting in 2nd Chateau

  • 12:00 pm
    or 05:00 pm

    Leave the Médoc wine region

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    Drop off at Bordeaux Tourism office

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Ophorus Tours - Medoc Wine Tour Shared Half 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 XXX 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

10 reviews
  • Andre (Brazil)

    09, Mar 2020

    A just-perfect-must-do" tour getting to now the region, its history, culture, sightseeing and of course excellent wines ! What did you enjoy the most?...
  • Florence (Switzerland)

    26, Dec 2019

    Bruno was a very knowledgeable and courteous guide. We learned about the history of the region, had the opportunity to see two wineries and taste at each....
  • Charmen (United Kingdom)

    06, Oct 2019

    The tour was well organised and the hostess was very knowledgeable of the region and it’s wines. We tried to book another trip the following day but it...
  • Kazuhiro (Japan)

    06, Sep 2019

    it was a small group. we could hear of what the tour conductor explained easily and understand how their wines were made from grapes.

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Included / excluded

Included

  • Visit & wine tasting in 2 classified Châteaux
  • All tasting fees included
  • English-speaking driver/guide, Expert in Bordeaux wines
  • Travel in premium, spacious minivans
  • Limited to 8 persons per group
  • 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?

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How many / much wines are served in the Wineries?

    In Bordeaux, the Wineries will typically serve 1 to 3 wines during the tasting sessions. It is always the wine produced by the chateau that will be tasted. Usually the first and second wine of the estate.

    Important note: For all our guests who have experienced wine tours in other countries, please note that the average pour of wine in Bordeaux is less important than in other destinations. Even though we strive to work with Wineries that are more generous, they remain the only ones that can appreciate the quantity of wine poured in a glass.
  • 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.
  • Can one visit Chateau Margaux?

    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.
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