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Ophorus Tours - Saint Emilion Wine Discovery half-day Bordeaux Vineyard Tour


Saint Emilion Wine Discovery half-day Bordeaux Vineyard Tour

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Immerse yourself in the charm of Saint-Emilion on this small group half-day wine tour from Bordeaux. Explore captivating vineyards and historic châteaux, all while learning the secrets behind Saint-Emilion's world-renowned Grand Cru wines.


  • Uncork winery secrets: Learn about winemaking at a renowned Saint-Emilion estate.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour: See the tools used to craft world-class wines.
  • Taste Saint-Emilion's best: Sample iconic wines, including Grand Crus.
  • Explore charming village: Discover Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Program & Itinerary

Our tour sets off from a central location in Bordeaux, right outside the . Here, your awaits, readily identifiable with a sign featuring the Ophorus logo. Prompt arrival is crucial, as our winery appointments are exclusive and meticulously scheduled. If delayed, please contact us immediately; we can only hold the departure for a maximum of 10 minutes.Once aboard our luxurious, , complete with ...

Your Half-Day Exploration Begins at Bordeaux's Heart

Our tour sets off from a central location in Bordeaux, right outside the Bordeaux Tourism Office. Here, your English-fluent, expert local guide awaits, readily identifiable with a sign featuring the Ophorus logo. 

Prompt arrival is crucial, as our winery appointments are exclusive and meticulously scheduled. If delayed, please contact us immediately; we can only hold the departure for a maximum of 10 minutes.

Relish the Scenic Drive to Saint Emilion in Comfort

Once aboard our luxurious, air-conditioned minivan, complete with a state-of-the-art P/A system, your journey to the picturesque Saint Emilion wine region begins. You'll appreciate the clear, insightful commentary from your guide during the drive, ensuring an enriching experience right from the start.

Discover the Essence of Bordeaux Wines and Saint Emilion's Allure

Your first destination is a carefully chosen Grand Cru Chateau, where a fascinating tour and wine tasting await. Learn about the winemaking process and sample the bold, Merlot-dominated wines, renowned for their depth and complexity.

Stroll through the Medieval Streets of Saint-Emilion

After savoring the wines, immerse yourself in the medieval splendor of Saint-Emilion during a short walking tour. Your knowledgeable guide brings to life the village's history, from the legendary 8th-century hermit Emilion to the mysterious 19th-century mining galleries. 

While the tour doesn't include the Monolithic church, you can explore it in-depth on our private full-day Saint Emilion tour. The UNESCO World Heritage status of Saint Emilion speaks volumes about its cultural significance. During free time, soak in the village's timeless beauty.

Dig Deeper: The Rich Heritage of Saint-Emilion

Saint Emilion's story dates back to Roman times, gaining prominence in the 8th century with the arrival of the monk Emilion. His legacy turned the village into a religious hub, shaping its character and name. 

The village's wine heritage is equally impressive, with centuries-old traditions producing some of the world's finest wines.

The unique soil composition of limestone and clay in the Saint-Emilion wine region plays a pivotal role in the quality of its Merlot grapes. These conditions yield wines that are as rich in history as they are in flavor.

Book Your Half-Day Saint Emilion Wine Tour Today

Ready for an enchanting experience that combines the magic of Saint Emilion with its celebrated wines? 

Our half-day wine tour from Bordeaux offers an exclusive glimpse into this renowned wine-producing region. Reserve your spot now for an extraordinary journey through history, culture, and exquisite 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 - Saint Emilion Wine Discovery half-day Bordeaux Vineyard Tour
Ophorus Tours - Saint Emilion Wine Discovery half-day Bordeaux Vineyard Tour
Ophorus Tours - Saint Emilion Wine Discovery half-day Bordeaux Vineyard Tour
Ophorus Tours - Saint Emilion Wine Discovery half-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.

  • Book with Ease: Secure your spot instantly with our online booking system!

  • Adults Only Experience: Enjoy a sophisticated wine tour designed for adult guests.

  • Pick-up & Meeting Point: Tour departs from a central location in Bordeaux, near the Bordeaux Tourism Office. Be sure to arrive on time!

  • Transportation: Relax in a premium minivan with a P/A system for the scenic journey to Saint-Emilion. Please note this tour is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate

  • Chateaux visits are not private in most cases

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 (364 reviews)
  • Robin

    02, Apr 2024

    We had a wonderful day with Clement giving us a very good explanation of the wineries of
    Bordeaux and an excellent apéro.
  • Aidan M

    02, Apr 2024

    We had a great tour guide in Jerome who was witty and knowledgeable and gave a great explanation on the wine making process. Saint Emillion is a charming...
  • Florian Delage

    31, Mar 2024

    Tour très sympa du village de Saint Emilion et d’un vignoble. Notre guide Rodolphe était top et a apporté une super énergie. Nous recommandons !
  • Orla O

    31, Mar 2024

    What a great half day we had with Luigi. A friendly, knowledgeable guide and very accommodating. We visited a beautiful winery and had a very nice afternoon....
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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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