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  • EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF YQUEM - ANTHOLOGY TOUR

    € 170.00

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    Private guided tour followed by the following tasting: Tasting of two exceptional vintages of Château d’Yquem: 2005 & 2015

  • EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF YQUEM - DISCOVERY TOUR

    € 100.00

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    Private guided tour of Chateau d'Yquem in the Sauternes Wine Region followed by a tasting of 2017 Château d'Yquem.
  • EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF YQUEM - TRILOGY TOUR

    € 330.00

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    Private guided tour followed by a commented tasting of three vintages of Château d’Yquem: 2005, 2009, and 2017

  • BORDEAUX PRIVATE FULL DAY WINE TOUR - TASTING FEES FOR 3 WINERIES

    € 105.00

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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 - From Bordeaux Graves & Sauternes Wine Tour private

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From Bordeaux Graves & Sauternes Wine Tour private

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One of the best wine tours in Bordeaux Wine region of Graves. Visit the vineyards & wine tasting of red and white Graves wines in Grand Cru Chateau Wineries. Then visit Sauternes, famous for its Bordeaux sweet white wines & Château d'Yquem.

Highlights

  • Visit the heart of Bordeaux’s famous wine region
  • Taste fabulous wines, guided by a knowledgeable hand
  • Visit & Wine tasting in the Graves wine region
  • Discover the intimate Pessac-Léognan appellation, home of Château Haut Brion
  • Discover the Sauternes appellation, home of Château d'Yquem
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Bordeaux Wines
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Program & Itinerary

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the prestigious wine regions of Graves and Sauternes with our private full day tour from Bordeaux. Discover the rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and exceptional wines that have made Bordeaux a world-renowned wine destination.Your adventure begins as we pick you up from your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux. Meet your friendly and knowledgeable English-speaking ...

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the prestigious wine regions of Graves and Sauternes with our private full day tour from Bordeaux. Discover the rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and exceptional wines that have made Bordeaux a world-renowned wine destination.

Pick up at your accommodation in Bordeaux

Your adventure begins as we pick you up from your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux. Meet your friendly and knowledgeable English-speaking driver/guide, who is an expert on Bordeaux wines, and get ready for an immersive experience tailored to your preferences.

Step into our comfortable and spacious Mercedes Minivan, designed to ensure a luxurious and enjoyable ride for you and your group of up to 8 people. As we embark on this wine exploration, our minivan is equipped with a PA system, allowing you to hear every detail of your driver/guide's insightful commentary, no matter where you are seated. 

Make your way to the Graves wine region

Leaving the bustling city of Bordeaux behind, we venture into the picturesque countryside, where the plains and rolling hills of the left bank wine producing area come alive. This region is the heart of Bordeaux's famous wine region, known for its prestigious vineyards carrying the esteemed Graves and Pessac Léognan AOC designations. Each winery in this area boasts distinct soil characteristics, reflecting its unique terroir and showcasing centuries of winemaking heritage.

Experience the magic of the original wine producing region of Bordeaux, where the Romans first planted grapevines nearly 2,000 years ago. The name "Graves" originates from the gravelly and stony soil found here, creating the ideal conditions for grape cultivation. Marvel at the vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see, offering a captivating panorama of nature's beauty intertwined with rows of vines.

A highlight of this personalized tour is a visit to a local estate, carefully selected for its exceptional quality and winemaking traditions. Immerse yourself in the world of Bordeaux wines as you step into a Grand Cru Chateau, where you'll be warmly welcomed and guided through a captivating tour of the estate. Explore the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and witness the artistry behind producing these world-class wines. And, of course, delight your palate with a curated wine tasting experience, sampling a range of exquisite red and white wines that showcase the craftsmanship and dedication of the winemakers.

Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable Ophorus guide will be by your side, ready to answer any questions and share their passion for French and Bordeaux wines. Whether you're curious about the region's history, winemaking techniques, flavor profiles, or food and wine pairings, our guides are eager to provide insights and create a memorable and educational experience for you.

Discover the Pessac-Léognan wine region

As the journey continues, we invite you to discover the Pessac-Léognan wine producing area, a prestigious appellation that was once part of the Graves region. Recognized for its exceptional red and white wines, Pessac-Léognan earned its communal appellation in 1987. Let the rich aromas and flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon grapes enchant your senses as you explore this remarkable wine-producing territory.

During your exploration of Pessac-Léognan, visit renowned wineries such as Chateau Haut-Brion, which holds the distinguished 1er Grand Cru Classé level of the 1855 classification, a testament to its exceptional quality and historical significance. Walk through the vineyards, marvel at the meticulously maintained grounds, and gain a deeper understanding of the winemaking process that has elevated these wines to international acclaim. Engage in delightful tastings, savoring the elegant nuances and refined character that define Pessac-Léognan's red and white wines.

Free time for lunch (at own expense) & Sauternes wine region

After a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, prepare to be enchanted by the enchanting Sauternes wine region, famous for its luscious and sought-after sweet white wines. The crown jewel of this appellation is Chateau d'Yquem, classified as a Premier Grand Cru Classé in the prestigious 1855 Bordeaux wine classification. Explore this legendary winery, as your guide unveils the secrets behind the production of these golden nectars.

Learn about the unique natural process that occurs in Sauternes, where a benevolent fungus called Botrytis Cinerea, also known as noble rot, imparts a distinctive sweetness and complexity to the grapes. Marvel at the vineyards enveloped in morning mist, followed by warm and dry afternoons that concentrate the sugar content and create the signature flavors of Sauternes wines. As you step into the winery, immerse yourself in the fascinating world of late harvest winemaking, where time and meticulous attention to detail result in wines of unparalleled richness and elegance.

Indulge your senses in a guided tasting of Sauternes wines, allowing the exquisite flavors of honey, blossom, and stone to transport you to a realm of pure delight. Learn from the experts about the art of food pairing, discovering the perfect culinary companions for these exceptional wines.

Return to Bordeaux

As the day draws to a close, we bid farewell to the enchanting Sauternes region and make our way back to Bordeaux, leaving you with cherished memories of this extraordinary wine adventure. Take home not only bottles of fine Bordeaux wines but also a deep appreciation for the craftsmanship, dedication, and timeless allure of this world-renowned wine region.

Join us on this private full day tour to Graves and Sauternes, where passion, heritage, and exceptional wines converge, creating an experience that will forever linger in your heart and palate. Let us be your guide to the remarkable world of Bordeaux wines, unlocking the secrets and stories behind every bottle, and allowing you to savor the essence of this legendary wine region.

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accommodation in Bordeaux

  • Visit and wine tasting at 1st winery

  • Visit and wine tasting at 2nd winery

  • Free time for lunch in Martillac or surroundings

  • Visit and wine tasting at 3rd winery

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Bordeaux

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Ophorus Tours - From Bordeaux Graves & Sauternes Wine Tour private

Know before you book

  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • 8 hour Graves & Sauternes 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

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.

Reviews

4.7/5 (3 reviews)
  • Alison Cownden

    30, Sep 2021

    Our tour guide was very well informed and gave us excellent information
  • PaigeLO

    19, Jun 2019

    Comfortable transportation and knowledgeable guide. Easy pick-up at our rental unit. We were a group of 4 and we toured 3 unique chateaus in the Sauternes...
  • Gail H

    12, Apr 2019

    On my return trip to Bordeaux last month, I signed up with Orphorus for their three wine tours based on recommendations and ratings of other Trip Advisors....
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Included / excluded

Included

  • Reservation for 3 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.
  • 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 Graves & Sauternes wine regions. During the booking process you will have the possibility to include your wine tasting fees. If you have certain wineries that you would like to visit, send us your list and our team will do the rest. Also, it is important to mention that we only make the required Chateau reservations once you have booked your private wine tour with Ophorus.
  • Is lunch included on this private Graves & Sauternes wine tour from Bordeaux?

    No, we never include lunch on our private tours. However, if you would like to include lunch don't hesitate to reach out and we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements for you. It is also possible to ask your guide for suggestions. 
  • Is it possible to visit Château d'Yquem?

    Yes, absolutely. Château d'Yquem is open to visitors however the groups are limited in numbers. If you would like to visit this winery it will be possible for you to add it as an extra during the booking process. There are three different visits offered by Château d'Yquem so you will need to choose the one that suits you best. Please note that we will confirm your booking as soon as we have received confirmation by the winery. Visits are subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Is it possible to visit Château Haut Brion?

    Yes, absolutely. Château Haut Brion is open to visitors however the groups are limited in number and visits do not take place everyday. The tour of Haut Brion can be combined with a tour to La Mission Haut Brion. If you would like to visit this winery, you can make a request during the booking process and our team of travel advisors will do the rest. Visit of Château Haut Brion depends on availability at time of booking.
  • What type of wine is Sauternes?

    The Sauternes wine region of France is part of the Graves section of the Bordeaux vineyard. The sweet white wines of Sauternes are made of Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle and Sémillon grape varieties. What makes Sauternes wines so unique is that the grapes have been affected by Botrytis Cinerea which is also known as noble rot. This occurs thanks to the specific climate conditions that can be found in the Sauternes area. The Sauternes wines pair perfectly with soft cheeses, blue cheeses, foie gras, ice cream and cheesecake.
  • 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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