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Ophorus Tours - From Bordeaux Saint Emilion Wine Tour half-day trip


From Bordeaux Saint Emilion Wine Tour half-day trip

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Join a small group guided Bordeaux wine tour to explore the world famous wine region of Saint Emilion. Visit Bordeaux Vineyards, Chateau Wineries and Saint-Emilion UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste delicious Grand Cru Bordeaux red wines.


  • Taste fabulous Saint-Émilion red wines
  • Visit the UNESCO village of Saint Emilion
  • Small Group Wine Tour From Bordeaux
  • Local guides experts in Bordeaux Wines
  • Everyday, morning or afternoon option
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Experience the enchantment of one of our favorite villages and wines on a half-day wine tour from Bordeaux. Join us at our centrally located meeting point in Bordeaux, in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office, and embark on a journey filled with exquisite flavors and captivating history.Please ensure you arrive on time as our winery visits have been pre-booked exclusively for our tour group. We kindly ...

Experience the enchantment of one of our favorite villages and wines on a half-day wine tour from Bordeaux. Join us at our centrally located meeting point in Bordeaux, in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office, and embark on a journey filled with exquisite flavors and captivating history.

Please ensure you arrive on time as our winery visits have been pre-booked exclusively for our tour group. We kindly request all participants to be present 10 minutes before departure, as Bordeaux wine tours adhere to strict schedules due to the high demand for winery visits. Unlike other wine destinations, simply showing up at a winery without prior arrangement is not possible in Bordeaux.

If you anticipate being late, please promptly contact us via SMS, phone, or email so that we can inform the driver/guide to wait for a limited maximum of 10 minutes. Failure to be present at the departure time will result in your reservation being considered a no-show and will not be refunded.

Meet Your Local Expert Driver/Guide Fluent in English

Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be warmly greeted by your English-speaking guide, easily identifiable by a sign displaying the tour name and the Ophorus logo. Our guides wear nominative badges, making it effortless to recognize them.

Your guide will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the program and itinerary for the day. Once you settle into our comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan, equipped with an onboard P/A system, you can relax and enjoy the scenic drive to the Saint Emilion wine region. During the journey, you won't miss a word of your guide's commentary, thanks to the P/A system that ensures everyone in the van can hear clearly. 

Immerse Yourself in Wine and History on this Half-Day Saint Emilion Wine Tour

Indulge in the delights of our half-day small-group wine tour, carefully crafted to provide a memorable experience in just a few hours. Ophorus invites you to savor the exquisite flavors of Bordeaux wines and explore the rich historical attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saint Emilion.

Depart from Bordeaux and Venture into the Right Bank Wine Region

Setting off from Bordeaux, a short and pleasant drive in our comfortable, air-conditioned minivan transports you away from the city to the idyllic countryside plains and rolling hills of the right bank wine producing area. This picturesque region is the heart of Bordeaux's renowned wine region, home to numerous vineyards bearing the prestigious Saint Emilion AOC designation. Each winery in this locality produces vintages with distinct soil characteristics, rooted in a long winemaking heritage.

Your first stop will be at a carefully selected local estate, a Grand Cru Chateau, where you will embark on a captivating visit and wine tasting session. Delve into the winery's history as a knowledgeable guide unveils the intricacies of the wine production process and shares intriguing anecdotes about the estate.

The wines you'll sample are skillfully crafted blends of Merlot grapes, boasting deep, bold flavors, complemented by other local grape varieties, particularly Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon. Your Ophorus guide, well-versed in the world of wines, will accompany you during the visit, providing an opportunity to address any queries you may have. Feel free to inquire about the history, techniques, flavors, aromas, or food and wine pairings to enhance your wine experience.

Explore the Charming Village of Saint-Emilion

Following the wine tasting session, your half-day tour continues with a guided walking tour through the captivating village of Saint-Emilion. Meander along the enchanting cobblestone streets of this medieval town, while your knowledgeable tour guide recounts the fascinating local history, from the days of the 8th-century hermit Emilion to the 19th-century mining galleries that still lie beneath the village.

The village boasts significant historical sites, including the Romanesque cloister and the Monolithic church, a remarkable 12th-century underground structure carved into limestone cliffs (not included on this tour but available on our private full-day Saint Emilion tour).

Saint Emilion's well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage status, bestowed upon it in 1999, is a testament to its charm and cultural significance. After the guided walk, enjoy some free time to explore the village at your own pace. Consider venturing into one of the numerous wine cellars for a continuation of your tasting journey. Finally, we'll return to Bordeaux, concluding the wine tour after a day filled with knowledge and appreciation for this renowned wine-producing region.

Dig Deeper into Saint-Emilion's Heritage

For those seeking additional insights into Saint-Emilion, below you will find more information about the village's heritage, vineyards, and typical grape varieties prevalent in the wines produced within this part of Bordeaux's right bank wine region.

The Legend of Emilion

The origins of Saint Emilion date back to the Roman Empire, but the story truly begins in the 8th century AD when a monk from Brittany sought refuge in a natural cave near the settlement of 'Ascum Bas.' Known as Saint Emilion, this humble hermit is believed to have performed miracles during his secluded life in Aquitaine. Word of his extraordinary powers spread, attracting pilgrims and followers from afar. The small settlement quickly grew into a religious center, and after the monk's passing, the town of Ascum Bas was renamed Saint Emilion to honor his memory.

Centuries of Wine Making and a Famous Monk

Perched atop a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley, the captivating village of Saint Emilion showcases its picturesque rooftops and medieval stone buildings. This idyllic setting, coupled with a unique microclimate and fertile soil, has transformed the area into a haven for winemaking. While Saint Emilion's fame is partly attributed to the monk after whom it was named, the underground monolithic church of Saint-Emilion stands as the village's most emblematic monument.

Carved into a limestone cliff beneath the village, the church was constructed in the 12th century by the monks who inhabited the area. Its underground chambers and passageways served various purposes, including a chapel, a refuge, and a storage area for wine barrels. To this day, the church remains shrouded in mystery, with the identity of its original architects and builders, as well as the purpose of certain features, still unknown.

The Soils of Saint-Emilion Wine Region

The vineyards of Saint-Emilion boast diverse soils that contribute to the distinctive character of the wines produced in the region. Limestone and clay are the predominant soil types, each playing a crucial role in nurturing high-quality grapes for winemaking.

Limestone soils, referred to as "calcaire à astéries," consist of fossilized marine sediment, ensuring excellent drainage for the grapevines. Clay soils, on the other hand, retain more water and nutrients, fostering robust vine growth and grape development. Additionally, the Saint-Emilion vineyards contain gravel and sand, further enhancing drainage and water regulation.

The combination of limestone and clay soils is particularly favorable for the cultivation of Merlot grapes, the primary variety grown in the Saint-Emilion region. Merlot thrives in soils with optimal drainage, balanced water availability, and nutrient richness, resulting in exceptional wines.

Immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Saint Emilion, where wines steeped in history and terroir await your discovery. Our half-day wine tour from Bordeaux promises an enchanting experience that seamlessly blends the magic of this beloved village with the delights of its renowned wines. Book your tour today to embark on an unforgettable journey through time and taste.

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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 for Bordeaux Wine Tour to Saint Emilion

  • 10:00 am
    or 03:00 pm

    Visit & Wine tasting in a Grand Cru Saint Emilion Winery

  • 11:00 am
    or 04:00 pm

    Visit Saint Emilion village, free time for personal discovery

  • 12:15 pm
    or 05:15 pm

    Depart from Saint Emilion village

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    Arrive in Bordeaux, drop off at Tourism Office


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Ophorus Tours - From Bordeaux Saint Emilion Wine Tour half-day trip
Ophorus Tours - From Bordeaux Saint Emilion Wine Tour half-day trip

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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.

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  • saint emilion wine tour bordeaux
  • 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 involves some walking, walking shoes recommended
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group option, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros

Meeting point

12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000 BORDEAUX


Meet your guide in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office, 12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000, who will have a sign with the name of the tour. Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time. All tours leave on time. 


Tour returns to original departure point.


4.8/5 (331 reviews)
  • Jorge P

    05, Dec 2023

    Our guide was fantastic, funny, very knowledgeable about the area and the wines. The tour group was small so we got one on one Q&A about the town, the...
  • Regina

    02, Dec 2023

    Karin was extremely knowledgeable about wine making and the area but he taught us in a very fun and engaging way. The St Emilion medieval town was spectacular...
  • Matthew

    30, Nov 2023

    Brilliant, highly recommend. The tour guide was fantastic and very informative.
  • Mike W

    30, Nov 2023

    Exciting stories and facts about the Saint Emilion region and winegrowing. The comfortable car ride and the tour were great. Recommended!
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Included / excluded


  • Local Guide, expert in Bordeaux Wines
  • Visit & wine tasting in a Grand Cru Chateau or wine cellar of Saint Emilion
  • All wine tasting fees
  • Walking tour of the village
  • Travel in spacious minivans
  • Limited to 8 persons per group


  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance or expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide


  • How far is Saint-Emilion from Bordeaux?

    Saint-Emilion is located approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Bordeaux. The journey typically takes around 45 minutes to one hour, depending on traffic conditions.
  • Is the tour suitable for wine enthusiasts of all levels?

    Absolutely! Our Saint-Emilion wine tour caters to wine enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners to connoisseurs. Our expert guide will provide insightful information about the winemaking process, terroir, and the nuances of Saint-Emilion wines, ensuring an enriching experience for everyone.
  • Is the tour suitable for children or non-drinkers?

    Since the focus of the tour is wine tasting, it is not suitable families with children. However, the tour is suitable for non-drinkers but the price of the tour will remain the same.
  • Can I bring my own transportation to join the tour?

    For logistical reasons and to ensure a smooth and organized experience, we provide transportation as part of the tour package. This allows us to coordinate the visits and optimize the itinerary, ensuring that you make the most of your time in Saint-Emilion.
  • What is the group size for the Saint-Emilion wine tour?

    To provide an intimate and personalized experience, our Saint-Emilion wine tour maintains a small group size. To ensure a comfortable and engaging experience for all participants, the maximum group size is of 8 travelers.
  • What is included in the Saint-Emilion wine tour from Bordeaux?

    Our Saint-Emilion wine tour from Bordeaux includes round-trip transportation in a comfortable vehicle, an expert guide fluent in English, visit to a renowned winery in Saint-Emilion, guided tour of the winery and facilities, and a delightful wine tasting experience.
  • How many wineries will be visited during the half-day tour?

    During our half-day tour to Saint-Emilion, we typically visit one Grand Cru or Grand Cru Classé winery. The wineries selected will represent the diversity and excellence of the region's wine production, offering a comprehensive experience for wine enthusiasts.
  • Can I purchase wine at the visited wineries in Saint-Emilion?

    Absolutely! You will have the opportunity to purchase wines directly from the wineries we visit. This allows you to bring home your favorite bottles and enjoy the flavors of Saint-Emilion long after the tour. Most wineries offer shipping options for those that would like to send a certain number of bottles home.
  • What makes Saint-Emilion wines special?

    Saint-Emilion wines are renowned for their exceptional quality and unique characteristics. The region's vineyards produce rich, full-bodied red wines primarily from Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. The distinct terroir, with its limestone soils and favorable climate, contributes to the complexity and elegance of Saint-Emilion wines.
  • What is the best time of year to visit Saint-Émilion?

    The best time to visit Saint-Emilion ranges from the month of April until mid-October. The hottest months in the area are July and August so you will need to avoid these months if heat is not your thing. The ideal time of the year to visit is during the harvest time that usually takes place from mid-september to end of October. However, please note that this can change from one year to another due to the climate conditions.
  • How old is Saint-Emilion?

    The village of Saint-Emilion, located at about 45 minutes from Bordeaux, is said to date back to the 8th century when a benedictine monk came to settle ther as a hermit. 
  • What is Saint-Emilion known for?

    Saint-Emilion is known for its world-renowned red wines made from different grape varieties of which Merlot is predominant. In addition to the its wines, the village was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion that includes an exceptional landscape devoted entirely to wine making. In the medieval village itself, the rich history and architecture including the underground monolithic church, are also associated to what Saint-Emilion is known for.
  • Are there any historical sites to visit in Saint-Emilion?

    Saint-Emilion is known not only for its exceptional wines but also for its rich history. The charming village is a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring ancient monolithic churches, underground catacombs, and well-preserved medieval architecture. 
  • What are the top things to do in Saint Emilion?

    This charming UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of Bordeaux wine country offers a plethora of unforgettable experiences. From exploring ancient vineyards to savoring world-class wines, Saint-Emilion captivates visitors with its rich history and breathtaking landscapes. In this article, we'll unveil the top things to do in Saint-Emilion, ensuring you make the most of your visit to this wine lover's paradise.

    1. Explore Historic Saint-Emilion:
    Saint-Emilion boasts a captivating history that dates back centuries. Begin your journey by strolling through the enchanting village's cobbled streets, lined with medieval buildings and picturesque squares. Don't miss the iconic Monolithic Church, a stunning underground church carved entirely out of limestone. Climb the bell tower for panoramic views of the vineyards and the village below, offering an unparalleled perspective of Saint-Emilion's beauty.

    2. Visit Prestigious Wineries:
    No visit to Saint-Emilion is complete without indulging in its world-famous wines. Explore the region's prestigious wineries, such as Château Ausone, Château Cheval Blanc, and Château Angélus. Take guided tours of the vineyards and cellars, where you'll learn about the winemaking process and the art of wine aging. End your tour with a delightful wine tasting session, savoring the exquisite flavors of Saint-Emilion's renowned red wines.

    3. Experience Wine Workshops and Classes:
    Enhance your wine knowledge with immersive workshops and classes offered in Saint-Emilion. Join expert sommeliers and winemakers who will guide you through sensory wine tastings, teaching you how to identify different aromas and flavors. Engage in blending workshops, where you can create your own personalized bottle of wine. These educational experiences provide a deeper appreciation for the craft and expertise behind each glass of Saint-Emilion wine.

    4. Indulge in Gastronomic Delights:
    Saint-Emilion offers a delectable culinary scene that perfectly complements its exceptional wines. Treat yourself to a gourmet dining experience at one of the region's Michelin-starred restaurants, where talented chefs showcase the finest local ingredients. Sample regional delicacies like tender duck confit and creamy artisanal cheeses, paired perfectly with the elegant wines of Saint-Emilion. Don't forget to try the famous macarons, a beloved sweet treat from the region.

    5. Cycle Through the Vineyards:
    Embark on a picturesque cycling tour through the sprawling vineyards surrounding Saint-Emilion. Rent a bicycle and pedal along scenic routes, taking in breathtaking views of the lush landscapes and meticulously manicured vineyards. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance as you explore the countryside, stopping at charming wineries along the way to taste their exceptional wines. It's a unique and active way to discover the true essence of Saint-Emilion.

    5. Attend Wine Festivals and Events:
    Saint-Emilion is renowned for its vibrant wine festivals and events that celebrate the region's rich viticultural heritage. Plan your visit during the Fête de la Fleur, a grand ceremony held in June, where winemakers gather to honor the new vintage. Experience the Harvest Festival in September, where you can witness the grape harvest and participate in traditional winemaking rituals. These events offer an authentic glimpse into the local culture and provide unforgettable memories.
  • What is the Saint-Emilion classification system?

    The Saint-Émilion classification system ranks the top wineries in the Saint-Émilion wine-producing region of Bordeaux. It was established in 1955 and is based on the quality of wines, the reputation of the winery, and the vineyard's terroir. The wineries are divided into two categories: Premier Grand Cru Classé (subdivided into A and B) and Grand Cru Classé, with around 60 wineries in the latter. The system is reviewed and updated approximately every 10 years, with the most recent update in 2022.
  • What are the best wineries to visit in Saint-Émilion?

    The Saint-Emilion wine region of Bordeaux is composed of more than 700 wineries that cover a surface area of 5.500 hectares - roughly 13500 acres. The appellation, however, is divided into 2 sections: Saint-Emilion & Saint Emilion Grand Cru. The best wineries and wines of Saint-Emilion can be found in the Grand Crus appellation. However, not all the Grand Cru wineries offer a great visiting experience for customers. Below, you will find our selection of the best wineries to visit in Saint-Emilion and that include a professional guest experience and that tastings of delicious wines.

    1. Château Le Châtelet: Grand Cru Classé - One of our favorites, located on the limestone plateau, produces great Saint-Emilion wines and this family owned property knows how to welcome all its guests in a special way.

    2. Château Bellefont Belcier: Grand Cru Classé - Part of the vignobles K properties, a unique location close to Château Pavie and some great Saint-Emilion wines. What we like here is that you can also taste wines from other vignobles K properties.

    3. Château Rol Valentin: Grand Cru Classé - Located at the limit of the appellation and close to Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, this property has just risen from Grand Cru to Grand Cru Classé. The high quality of the wines & unique visits are certainly part of the reason.

    4. Château Grangey: Grand Cru - Family owned winery located in Saint Christophe des Bardes area that produce a delicated Saint-Emilion wine since they took over in 2012. A smaller operation that will allow you to get a detailed explanation of the wine making and ageing process, followed by a commented tasting with one of the owners. 

    5. Château Coutet: Grand Cru - A family owned winery since the 1600's! The 14th generation of the David Beaulieu family will welcome you to their estate for a visit of the technical installations, followed by a unique wine tasting session of their Saint-Emilion wines. 
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