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Ophorus Tours - A Private Saint Emilion Wine Tour from Bordeaux & Wine Blending Workshop

Bordeaux

A Private Saint Emilion Wine Tour from Bordeaux & Wine Blending Workshop

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A private Bordeaux wine tour to Saint Emilion that includes a wine blending workshop, the visit of the village and a wine tasting session in a Grand Cru Saint Emilion winery. Create your own Saint Emilion wine guided by a knowledgeable hand

Highlights

  • Experience a unique Bordeaux Wine Blending Workshop
  • Create your own blend, take the bottle with you
  • Visit Saint Emilion village
  • Wine tasting session in a Grand Cru Classé Chateau
  • Tour conducted by passionate local guides, experts of Bordeaux
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Program & Itinerary

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your Hotel or Accommodation in Bordeaux. Meet your English speaking driver / guide who is an expert on Bordeaux Wines. Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way to the Saint Emilion wine producing region. Your private ...

Meet your English speaking local guide, expert in Bordeaux Wines

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your Hotel or Accommodation in Bordeaux. Meet your English speaking driver / guide who is an expert on Bordeaux Wines. Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way to the Saint Emilion wine producing region. 

Travel in a Premium Vehicle

Your private Bordeaux Day Trip to Saint Emilion will take place in one of our very spacious Mercedes Minivans. This vehicle can take up to 7 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 in all vehicles. Bottled water is also available in all our vehicles.

Participate in a Wine Blending Workshop 

After a guided tour of the wine estate, dive in the daily life of the winemaker with a fun workshop to create your own cuvée. Sample directly from the barrel your wine and blend different grape varieties to collect the fruits of your labor with a customized bottle for each creator. This workshop is perfect to understand why Bordeaux wines are blended wines and the difference it makes when one combines different grape varieties together to obtain a final wine. In Bordeaux, and more specifically in Saint Emilion, the main grape varieties used in the blend include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and the king of the right bank, Merlot! 

Visit of Saint Emilion village & Lunch (at own expense)

After your morning workshop, move on with your English-speaking driver tour guide to the gorgeous village of Saint Emilion itself. The village of Saint Emilion is named after a monk who left his region of origin and settled down in the area hundreds of years ago. The village is a rare example of a largely intact medieval town whose geography has not been modified over the centuries.

Here, you will enjoy a short walking tour taking in important historical sites like the Romanesque cloister and the monolithic church carved into the limestone cliffs (also known as the underground monuments – not included in the tour). Following the village tour, enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

This is also the time for a relaxing lunch in the village. Saint Emilion offers a very large selection of restaurants and snacks. Depending on your budget, your guide will be able to suggest the best possible option for your meal. 

Afternoon Wine tasting session in a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Chateau

Leave Saint Emilion village to visit and wine taste in another Classified Growth Chateau. Again, it will be time to discover another property of the right bank. Since our goal is to have you discover the different types of wineries that are present in Saint Emilion, we usually select very different Chateaus during the day. Our winery selection includes some very progressive ones that have decided to invest in the latest technology to help them craft the best possible Bordeaux wines.

Other wineries are family owned and have kept their wine making process as traditional as possible, using techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation. Some wineries are quite large, while others produce wine on no more than 12 acres. This final visit can also be a great opportunity for you to find out about the unique way in which most of the Bordeaux wines are sold and the secret world of the 'Negociants'. 

After your tasting, it will be time to head back to Bordeaux.

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  • Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux

  • Pariticipate in a 2-hour Bordeaux Wine Blending Workshop

  • Visit Saint Emilion village

  • Free time for personal discovery and lunch (at own expense)

  • Wine tasting session in a Grand Cru Winery of Saint Emilion

  • Return to Bordeaux

  • Drop off at your hotel in Bordeaux

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Ophorus Tours - A Private Saint Emilion Wine Tour from Bordeaux & Wine Blending Workshop
Ophorus Tours - A Private Saint Emilion Wine Tour from Bordeaux & Wine Blending Workshop
Ophorus Tours - A Private Saint Emilion Wine Tour from Bordeaux & Wine Blending Workshop

Know before you book

  • Bordeaux wine Tour available all year round (except Dec. 25th and Jan. 1st)
  • 8 hour private Saint Emilion wine tour from Bordeaux
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

Meeting point

Bordeaux

Departure

We will come and pick you up at the airport, train station or your accommodation in Bordeaux.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point or in Bordeaux city center.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Wine Blending Workshop in a St Emilion winery
  • Your personalized bottle of wine
  • Short walking tour of St. Emilion village
  • Afternoon wine tasting session in a Grand Cru
  • Wine tasting fees
  • English-speaking driver & guide, Expert in Bordeaux wines
  • Travel in modern, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Gratuities for the guide
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