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Ophorus Tours - A Private Day in Saint-Emilion: Explore Wines & Charm


A Private Day in Saint-Emilion: Explore Wines & Charm

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A private Bordeaux wine tour departing from Saint Emilion to visit & wine taste in local Grands Crus Chateaux. Visit the vineyards, taste delicious red wines in carefully selected Chateau Wineries. Visit St Emilion village with local guide.


  • Visit one or several Grand Cru Wineries of St Emilion
  • Follow a guided walking tour of the village
  • Lunch (at own expense) in a local restaurant
  • Optional Private Guided Tour of the Underground Monuments
  • Bordeaux Wine Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Bordeaux Wines
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Program & Itinerary

This morning, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux.    In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Saint Emilion. Meet your English speaking guide who is an expert on Bordeaux Wines. Your driver / guide is also a certified guide which means that he or she is licensed to conduct tours in historical villages such as Saint ...

Pick up in Saint Emilion

This morning, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux.   

Meet your English speaking guide who is an Expert on Bordeaux Wines

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Saint Emilion. Meet your English speaking guide who is an expert on Bordeaux Wines. Your driver / guide is also a certified guide which means that he or she is licensed to conduct tours in historical villages such as Saint Emilion and has access to monuments and museums that are not accessible to those that do not possess this licence.

Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of your private wine tour with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to discover the vineyards of the Saint Emilion wine producing region. 

Travel in a spacious Mercedes minivan

Your private Saint Emilion wine tour will take place in one of our very spacious Mercedes Minivans. This vehicle can take up to 8 persons. All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system that allows you to hear the commentary of your driver/guide no matter where you are seated. Also, there is free Wi-Fi access on all tour vehicles. Bottled water is also available in all our vehicles. 

Wine & History combo on a St Emilion full day tour 

This private full day small group wine tour packs a lot of delights. On this exclusive private tour to St Emilion organized by Ophorus, you will have several options such as tasting delicious Bordeaux wines and visiting the most important landmarks. Add to this the rich historical attractions of this UNESCO World Heritage site and you see why this full day option makes for such a great tour.

Depart from Saint Emilion

Discover the picturesque countryside plains and rolling hills of the right bank wine producing area. This is the heart of Bordeaux's famous wine region, where many vineyards carry the Saint Emilion AOC designation. Each of these local wineries produce vintages with distinct soil features backed by a long winemaking heritage. The wines produced here are a blend of Merlot grapes with deep, bold flavors, along with other local grape varieties, especially Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser degree, Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Combine Saint Emilion vineyards tour with Pomerol and Visit 3 Wineries 

This option is a perfect choice for both novice and wine connoisseurs alike who want to experience 2 very different appellations of the right bank. By choosing this option, you will participate in 2 visits and wine tastings in the Saint Emilion appellation (as in option 2) to which we will add 1 visit & wine tasting in the Pomerol appellation. 

Pomerol is located right next to the Saint Emilion appellation. The south and west part of the appellation have sandier soils compared to the slightly heavier soils in the east, which include a certain proportion of clay. It is in this eastern section, on the marginally higher land where Pomerol meets Saint-Émilion, that the best wines are produced. 

Three of the most highly regarded Pomerol producers – Pétrus, Lafleur and Le Pin – are located here. Merlot is the dominant grape in Pomerol and plays a large part in making the wines rich, smooth and approachable at an early age, while also being capable of extended aging. Cabernet Franc is also often present, adding structure and an element of savory spice. These characteristics mean Pomerol wines are much sought after on the international market.

The combination of two different appellations will allow you to dig deeper into the notion of 'terroir' which is the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate. This is where the expertise of our guides will show all its importance as you benefit from their knowledge to better comprehend this essential french notion when it comes to wines.

Private visit of the underground monuments of Saint Emilion

Probably the highlight of Saint Emilion village, is the underground Monolithic Church. The foundation of the church is built directly into the limestone of the rocky site, a rare construction feat. 

From the history of the founding monk of the village, to the digging of the surprising monolithic church, the visit will enable you to discover 4 monuments : the hermitage of Émilion, the Trinity Chapel and its medieval paintings, the catacombs as well as the underground church. Our certified licensed guides have the authorization to conduct private tours in this monument so just follow your guide and learn about the history and heritage of Saint Emilion. 

The legend of Emilian 

The first indications of human settlements in the area date back to the Roman Empire, but the story of Saint Emilion starts in the eighth century AD. At that time, a monk from Brittany, fleeing persecution in his hometown of Vannes sought refuge in one of the natural caves near the settlement of Ascum Bas.

Although he lived the simple and secluded life of a hermit, Saint Emilion allegedly performed several miracles from his Aquitaine hideaway. Soon, his renown spread far beyond the town and region, bringing pilgrims and disciples from far afield to visit him. The small settlement grew fast as it became a religious center. 

After Saint Emilion died, his followers made sure he would be remembered by giving the town of Ascum Bas the new name of Saint Emilion.Much later, monks developed more intensive and widespread vineyards. This is when the reputation for Saint Emilion wines started building towards what it is today. 

The rich Merlot-based blends of these fertile plains have given local wines a great appeal, and several wines produced in chateaux near Saint Emilion have been given the highest possible awards under the French appellation wine rating system.

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accommodation in Saint Emilion

  • Panoramic Tour of St Emilion vinyards

  • Morning Visit of 1st St Emilion Grand Cru winery

  • Morning Visit of the 2nd Grand Cru Winery in St Emilion

  • Free time for lunch in St Emilion village or the surrounding wineries

  • Afternoon visit at 3rd Grand Cru winery of the appellation

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Saint Emilion


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Ophorus Tours - A Private Day in Saint-Emilion: Explore Wines & Charm
Ophorus Tours - A Private Day in Saint-Emilion: Explore Wines & Charm

Know before you book

  • Bordeaux Wine Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • 6 hour private Saint Emilion wine tour from Saint Emilion or surroundings
  • 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 involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

Meeting point

Train Station, Hotel or AirBnB in Saint Emilion


We will come and pick you up at Train Station, Hotel or Airbnb in Saint Emilion France or surrounding area.


Tour returns to original departure point.


5.0/5 (5 reviews)
  • Doug Taft

    22, May 2024

    Our time with Clare on our private St Emilion tour was absolutely fantastic. She was super flexible, knowledgeable and overall a wonderful guide. The...
  • Craig Espeseth

    25, Sep 2023

    Great visit to the St Émilion wine country. Knowledgeable guide provided a good overview of the Bordeaux wine regions and led a tasting of 5 delicious...
  • Shirley R

    19, Jun 2023

    Jerome was our guide. Exceeded expectations. While we were driving to the wineries, he gave us a great history about the city and wineries. We stopped...
  • Kristen

    27, Apr 2023

    Jerome took us on a fantastic journey to three chateaus and a wine shop where we were able to taste many wines and learn a lot about the region. We also...
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Included / excluded


  • Reservation for 3 Chateau Visits
  • Tasting fees in the wineries
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in premium, spacious vehicles
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board


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


  • What type of vehicles are used during a Bordeaux private wine tour?

    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 Saint Emilion. Please note that most wineries open their doors to visitors but some high end wineries such as Chateau Cheval Blanc, Petrus 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.
  • How many Bordeaux wines will I taste during this Private Saint Emilion Wine tour?

    Unlike other wine tasting sessions that you might have followed around the world, the tastings in Bordeaux are not as generous in terms of pours . The amount of wine tasted is not what many would expect but here it is all about elegance, fruit, quality, aromas and flavors rather than quantity.

    Each Chateau will have you taste their premium wine and what we call the 'second' wine of the estate. Sometimes, Chateau owners also add a tasting of some other wine if they happen to be the owners of another Chateau in Bordeaux. So basically, at each winery visited it will be 2 to maximum 4 wines tasted.

    In the village, there is a possibility to taste wines from all the Bordeaux wine regions. Usually, the number of wines tasted there are between 4 to 8 depending on which bottles have been opened. It will also be possible for you to purchase some wine there and shipping is possible to the United States and all over the world. 

    If you wish to taste more wine, lunch in Saint Emilion village is a perfect location to sample other appellations - it is easy to order wines by the glass. To further enhance your wine experience, it is always possible to buy some bottles at the wineries visited.
  • Is lunch included on this private Saint Emilion Wine ?

    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, especially if you wish to have lunch in one of the Châteaus.

    It is also possible to ask your guide for suggestions the day of the tour.
  • 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.
  • Can one visit Petrus?

    NO, unfortunately it is not possible to visit Petrus. Only wine merchants or persons of the wine trade can, one day hope to visit the premises. Petrus is the lead winery located in the appellation of Pomerol. This is certainly one of the most frequent questions that we have.

    We do, however, offer tours in the Pomerol Appellation. If you are a Pomerol wine lover, don't hesitat to contact us and we will design a specific Private Bordeaux Wine Tour that will include winery visits in the Pomerol appellation.
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