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Ophorus Tours - A Taste of Medoc: Half-Day Private Wine Tour from Bordeaux  Port


A Taste of Medoc: Half-Day Private Wine Tour from Bordeaux Port

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Taste fabulous Medoc wines, guided by a knowledgeable hand on this small group half day Bordeaux Wine tour. Your vineyard tour will be conducted by an English speaking driver guide, expert in Bordeaux red wines.


  • Taste fabulous Medoc red wines, guided by a knowledgeable hand
  • Discover 2 carefully selected classified growth Châteaux
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Bordeaux Wines
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
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Program & Itinerary

Take part in a small group private half day wine tour that will take you to the most famous wine region of the Bordeaux vineyard: the Medoc.During this half day tour, you’ll discover delicious red wines with cabernet sauvignon blends in the heart of this celebrated Bordeaux wine region.With Ophorus, experience is the most important factor when it comes to our small group sightseeing tours. On ...

Take part in a small group private half day wine tour that will take you to the most famous wine region of the Bordeaux vineyard: the Medoc.

During this half day tour, you’ll discover delicious red wines with cabernet sauvignon blends in the heart of this celebrated Bordeaux wine region.

With Ophorus, experience is the most important factor when it comes to our small group sightseeing tours. On your Medoc region wine tasting tour half day, you’re sure to discover hidden gems and taste prestigious wines in one of France’s most celebrated wine regions 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.

Meet your English speaking local guide, expert in Bordeaux wines

As you exit your Cruise Ship located in either Bordeaux City or Bassens Cruise Ports, meet your passionate, English speaking tour guide (other languages on request) who will go over the itinerary and program of the day. Then, board your air conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way, through vine covered countryside, to the Grand Cru Wineries of Bordeaux.

As you leave, reach the famous castle road along which many of the Grands Crus Classés wineries are located. At each winery, you will be introduced to the history of the property and you will then visit the wine making facilities.

Visit and wine tasting in 2 Wines Estates of the Medoc

This is where you will have the opportunity to understand the wine making process. Then, your tour of the médoc region will continue with a wine tasting session that includes commented tastings by the guide in each winery. You’ll then get the chance to sample delicious cabernet sauvignon wines on this half day trip that can be taken as a morning tour or an afternoon one.

Both the wine growing regions of 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.

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 about the stunning Bordeaux region.

Our half day bordeaux shore excursions to the medoc area run with an 8-seat minivan. There is free Wi-Fi access on all tour vehicles as well as bottled water in the vehicles. All tours are conducted by expert local guides.

World renowned wines & wondrous ocean views

As well as producing some of the world’s most exquisite wines, the Médoc region also boasts over 60 miles of sandy beaches and is dotted with stunning castles. The Castle Route, running from the vibrant city of Bordeaux to the tip of the Médoc peninsula, is packed with breathtaking vistas and secluded fairytale classified growth Châteaux.

Saint emilion wines that are mainly composed of Merlot grapes, the Medoc wines are known for their high quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blending. The most famous region includes Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe.

Gentle hills, sand dunes, deep lagoons, and sweeping Atlantic coastal views highlight a trip to another part of the Médoc region. The best way to see different things in the Medoc is to program a full day private tour that we will set up for you and that will allow you to experience the diverse flavors of the region in expert hands.

Flanking the town of Pauillac, some of France’s most acclaimed vineyards cover the eastern side of the Médoc peninsula. This area is home to many fabulous castles, including Château Margaux, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. Another highlight of the region is the Gironde estuary. Formed from the convergence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, it is home to a monument that is known as the ‘Versailles’ of lighthouses.

If you hesitate upon your Bordeaux Shore Excursion destination, we also strongly suggest the visit of the St Emilion wine region. The medieval village of Saint Emilion is a real treat and we organise walking tours in the village that include the underground monuments; the red wines produced here are also fantastic with merlot being the main grape variety used in the blend. Discover right bank wines guided by a knowledgeable hand.

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  • 09:00 am
    or 02:00 pm

    Pick up at Your Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens Cruise Port

  • 10:00 am
    or 03:00 pm

    Visit and wine tasting at 1st winery

  • 11:00 am
    or 04:00 pm

    Visit and wine tasting at 2nd winery

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    Return to Cruise Ship in Bordeaux or Bassens


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Ophorus Tours - A Taste of Medoc: Half-Day Private Wine Tour from Bordeaux  Port
Ophorus Tours - A Taste of Medoc: Half-Day Private Wine Tour from Bordeaux  Port

Know before you book

  • If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business. We accept split payment transactions by credit card.
  • Small group, personalized experiences
  • 4 hour Private Tour to Medoc from Bordeaux
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Tasting fees can be included during the booking process
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Chateaux reservations will be made once the booking is confirmed
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

Meeting point

Quai Louis XVIII Cruise Berth Bordeaux


Pick up at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.


Drop off at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call

Included / excluded


  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship
  • Pre-booking in 2 Selected wineries
  • Wine tasting fees
  • English speaking driver wine/guide
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Travel in fully equipped A/C minivans
  • Wifi on board the vehicle


  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums attractions
  • Meals and drinks (lunch)
  • Personal travel insurance & expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide


  • What should I expect on a Shore Excursion with Ophorus?

    As a specialized France Tour Operator and tours & activities provider, we organize worry free shore excursions departing from all cruise ports in France. Our professional team of travel advisors, drivers and guides speak fluent English, are experts in the destination and all our shore excursions take place on board premium vehicles.

    All our shore excursions in France include pick up and drop off at your ship, once you have exited the Cruise Port terminal. We will always indicate where your driver/guide will be waiting for you. Our itineraries and programs are customized to suit your needs and never include side visits or stops that you had not confirmed. We guarantee your return to ship on time and have a very flexible cancellation policy. All tours can be cancelled up to 48 hours before the tour.

    All our shore excursions are for small groups only, we do not cater for groups larger than 20 persons. Typically, we use premium minivans that will take up to 7 or 8 persons maximum. If your group is larger, then we will provide a small minibus but no larger than 20 passenger seats.
  • Who conducts these Bordeaux Shore Excursions?

    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, like the St Emilion underground 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.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a Bordeaux Shore Excursion?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Can we choose which wineries we will visit on this trip to Medoc?

    Yes, we will be happy to make the pre-bookings for your winery tours of Medoc. Please note that most wineries open their doors to visitors but some high end wineries such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau La Tour and a few others do not welcome any visitors. Also, it is important to mention that we only make the required Chateau reservations once you have booked your tour with Ophorus.
  • Are the Winery Tours private in Bordeaux?

    Yes, we do our best to privatize the wine tasting sessions during our Private Bordeaux Shore Excursions. This means that you will follow a private visit of the winery, followed by a private commented wine tasting session.
  • 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 determine the quantity of wine poured in a glass.
  • Should I bring something specific for this Shore Excursion?

    Always check the weather before you follow one of our shore excursions. By doing so, adapt your clothing to the local weather conditions. On one of our shore excursions we will not require you to bring your passport but it is always better to have some type of ID just in case. We strongly recommend that you bring with you a photocopy of any ID. Good walking shoes are always recommended in France as you never know on what type of grounds you might be walking.
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