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    Visit & Wine tasting fees per person in 3 carefully selected wineries during your full day wine tour in Bordeaux
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Ophorus Tours - Medoc, St Emilion & Graves Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Trip from Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Medoc, St Emilion & Graves Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Trip from Bordeaux

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Visit Bordeaux’s three major wine regions with an Expert Guide: The Médoc, Saint Emilion & Graves

Highlights

  • Taste fabulous Médoc, Saint Emilion & Graves red and white wines
  • Pre-Booked Visits to Our Selection of Wineries.
  • Three distinct, expert-commented wine tastings
  • Enjoy some free time for lunch in Saint Emilion
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Bordeaux Wines

Program & Itinerary

Not much time to spend in Bordeaux? Take part in a comprehensive small group private day trip & vineyards tour of the major Bordeaux wine regions. Visit prestigious wineries and taste delicious wines.Our English speaking and Expert wine tour guides will be with you the whole day and you will be driven in recent and comfortable air conditioned minivans that can take up to 7 or 8 persons.In the ...

Not much time to spend in Bordeaux? Take part in a comprehensive small group private day trip & vineyards tour of the major Bordeaux wine regions. Visit prestigious wineries and taste delicious wines.

Our English speaking and Expert wine tour guides will be with you the whole day and you will be driven in recent and comfortable air conditioned minivans that can take up to 7 or 8 persons.

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your accommodation in Bordeaux. Meet your English speaking driver/guide that is an expert in the wines of Bordeaux.  At first, your guide will go over the itinerary and program of your day touring that will include winery tours in three different wine regions of Bordeaux.

Typically, your wine tour from Bordeaux will begin in the Medoc wine region of Bordeaux with a visit and wine tasting session in the Margaux appellation (Please note that this is not a visit to Chateau Margaux – we can organise a visit in this prestigious wine estate but it all depends on availability at time of booking).

Then your small group tour will take you to the St Emilion wine producing area where you will enjoy a tour and tasting in another winery. Here your guide will certainly take you on a short walking tour of the village before you enjoy some free time for lunch (at your own expense).

Finally, reach the Graves wine producing area that produces both red wines and white wines for your final visit and wine tasting on this full day wine tour.

All our private Bordeaux wine tours include a winery visit where you will see the vat rooms and hear about the wine making process. All visits in the different regions include Grand Cru or Grand Cru Classé properties and are private wine tours, not group tours.

We also offer different types of options concerning lunch such as picnic lunch in a Chateau or Set table lunch in Grand Crus wineries. Your guide can also suggest a number of restaurants depending on your wishes and budget.

BORDEAUX WINE REGIONS VISITED
The Médoc & Margaux appellation

The Medoc wine region spans from the Atlantic ocean to the left bank of the Gironde estuary from the mouth of the river to the city of Bordeaux and includes the four famous communes of Saint Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint Julien and Margaux. It is about 60 km north to south, and about 10 km wide, with around 10,600 hectares under vines and a production of about 50 million liters per year.

All the wine made here is red wine and the main grape varieties used are Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Some white wine is also produced but it is then categorized as generic Bordeaux wines and does not bear the appellation name on the label.

This Bordeaux Wine region is for the Wine Lovers. The wines produced in this region are classified into different categories and under different names of regions. Famous categories include the Cru Bourgeois or 1855 classification Grands Crus Classés wines of which world renowned wineries such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite are part of. Famous regions include st julien, saint estephe, margaux, haut médoc or pauillac.

The Margaux appellation will be on your program today. Located on the left bank of the Gironde Estuary, the Margaux appellation is one of the most famous wine producing areas of Bordeaux. The appellation is located on five communal grounds: Arsac, Labarde, Cantenac, Margaux and Soussan.

It is the soil of Margaux that gives the wines produced here 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 main grape varieties used in the blends are Cabernet Sauvignon and merlot as well as Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (seldom used today). The wines of Margaux are classified under different names including those that were part of the 1855 classification of bordeaux wines but also under Cru Bourgeois or AOC Margaux.

The wines produced are predominantly red wines but there is also a small production of white wine that falls under generic Bordeaux AOC. The most famous wineries of the Margaux appellation include Classified Growths Chateaus such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Palmer, Chateau Rauzan Segla, Chateau Marquis de Termes and many more.

Saint Emilion

Located on a hill set along the Dordogne Valley and surrounded by beautiful countryside, it’s not hard to see why the medieval village of Saint Emilion was the first wine region to be given World Heritage status in 1999. The first to plant vineyards were the Romans, who brought grapes here in the 2nd century.

The village however takes its name from Emilian, a monk from Brittany who fled his home town of Vannes. He took refuge in one of the natural caves of Saint Emilion and lived a hermit’s life until his fame for performing miracles spread far and wide and drew disciples from around the region and beyond. The village subsequently became an important religious center and pilgrimage site and even after his death his followers reinforced his legacy by naming the village after him.

The town continued to thrive through the Middle Ages, at which time local monks developed wine making in the region elevating it to the status it has today. Although excluded from the famous 1855 Bordeaux rating, Saint Emilion wines were finally classified in 1955.

Today, far away from the local train station, the stoic beige rooftops and medieval stone buildings make Saint Emilion feel like an open-air museum. Everywhere you walk reveals another picturesque scene and the many cafes and restaurants offer some of the best outdoor dining views to be found in France.

The best attractions in the village are located underground: beneath the town, a gigantic network of tunnels and galleries. Quarries were carved out of the hill in order to provide fertile soil for the surrounding fields and vineyards, and they have left Saint Emilion with many unique underground attractions.

Chief among them is surely the Monolithic Church, an underground church carved from the limestone in the 12th century that reaches above ground up to a 68-meter high bell tower. The ancient Cordeliers cloisters, which sit alongside the monolithic church in the heart of the old town, are another emblematic local landmark.

Local soil features combined with a unique microclimate have contributed to the reputation this wine region has developed for producing some of the very best red wines of Bordeaux. This is true for both Pomerol and St Emilion wines. The grape varieties which grow best here are Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The most famous Saint Emilion wines are typically a blend of these grapes and are known for their robust flavors and rich earthy notes.

Graves

The Graves Bordeaux wine region is bordered on the north by the Garonne river and contains the sub regions of Pessac Léognan, Sauternes and Barsac the latter producing sweet wines. It is known for its intensely gravelly soil.

While Chateau Haut Brion was included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc, the Graves appellation itself was classified in 1953 for its red wine producers. White wines were included in the updated 1959 classification. Graves is considered the birthplace of claret.

In the Middle Ages, the wines that were first exported to England were produced in this area. Château Pape Clément, founded at the turn of the fourteenth century by the future Pope Clement V, was the first named chateaux in all of Bordeaux. In 1663, Samuel Pepys’ mention of Château Haut-Brion was the first recorded mention of French Claret in London.

The Graves region is a lesser known region to foreign travelers but very well known to both local and other french wine aficionados. Graves region produces both red and white wines and the main grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc but also lesser used Petit Verdot and Malbec.

For the dry white wines varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon or Muscadelle. Famous wineries include La Mission Haut Brion, Domaine de Chevalier, Château Haut Bailly, Château Bouscaut, Chateau Carbonnieux and many more that are classified as Crus Classes wines and most are located in the pessac leognan sub region. Other wines of the area include Graves AOC and Graves supérieurs.

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accommodation in Bordeaux

  • Visit and wine tasting at 1st Winery in the Margaux appellation

  • Visit and wine tasting at 2nd Winery in the St Emilion appellation

  • Free time for lunch and personal discovery in St Emilion

  • Visit and wine tasting at the 3rd winery int he Graves and Pessac Wine growing region

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Bordeaux

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Ophorus Tours  - video Medoc, St Emilion & Graves Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Trip from Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Medoc, St Emilion & Graves Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Trip from Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Medoc, St Emilion & Graves Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Trip from Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Medoc, St Emilion & Graves Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Trip from Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Medoc, St Emilion & Graves Wine Tour Small Group Private Full Day Trip from Bordeaux

Know before you book

  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • 10 hour Medoc, Saint Emilion & Graves wine tour from Bordeaux
  • Tasting fees can be included during the booking process
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • 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
  • 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

Train Station, Hotel or AirBnB in Bordeaux

Departure

We will come and pick you up at Train Station, Hotel or Airbnb in Bordeaux or surrounding area, circle of 30 kms (20 miles) around Bordeaux at no extra cost.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Reservation for Chateau Visits 
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in premium, spacious vehicles
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

  • Wine tasting fees
  • Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for Bordeaux private tours?

    Yes, absolutely. We will come and pick you up at your Hotel, accommodation or AirB&B in Bordeaux. We can also come and pick you up if your accommodation is located within a 30 kms (20 miles) radius around Bordeaux, at no extra cost.
  • What type of vehicles are used during your Bordeaux private tours?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private wine tours from Bordeaux?

    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 or sommeliers that are experts in Wines.
  • Can we choose which wineries we will visit during your Bordeaux private wine tours?

    Yes, we will be happy to organize and pre-book your winery tours of the Medoc. Please note that most wineries open their doors to visitors but some high end wineries such as Chateau Latour 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 private wine tour with Ophorus.
  • Are the winery Tours private on your Bordeaux Private tours?

    During our private tours the visits at the wineries are most of the time private, especially if you book well in advance. 
    However, for some last minute bookings, it might be that you will be grouped with others, but in this case the groups are always in very low numbers.
  • 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 type of Wine is Margaux?

    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.
  • What type of wine is Saint Emilion?

    Located on the right bank of the river Garonne the appellation specialises in red wines from the grape varieties Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The wines of St-Émilion are generally delightfully complex and elegant. Common fruit flavours include plums, strawberries, cherries which can become more dried and stewed with age. Oak ageing is very common, providing balanced flavours of vanilla, toast and nutmeg.
  • What type of Wine is Graves?

    Graves is a very interesting Bordeaux wine region to visit as it is the only one where you can wine taste the three main wine types of Bordeaux - reds, whites and sweet wines. The wine production is dominated by the red wines that are typically blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet France to which winemakers sometimes add Petit Verdot and/or Malbec. The typical white wines of the Graves wine region are dry and blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grape varieties.
  • What type of wine is Pessac-Léognan?

    Pessac-Léognan wines resemble in a way those of Médoc wine region. The main grape varieties used in the blend of the wines are Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot that bring to these wines a subtle mix of power, delicateness and refinement. As for the whites, the blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes bring complexity, freshness, intensity and harmony to these wines. The Pessac-Léognan appellation includes all of the Crus Classés of the Graves wine region that produce reds and/or dry whites.
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