Very informative and relaxed tour – Our guide was great and gave us ample time to tour and relax. She was very knowledgeable and stayed on time.
The World of Armagnac Brandy Commands Your Attention
Visit the Undulating Valleys of the Bas-Armagnac Region
Two Tasting Sessions Included
An In Depth Learning Experience of the Craft Behind Armagnac Wine Making
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
Low Season: 430€ per group of 2 to 8 persons.
1 Dec 2017 to 14 March 2018
High Season: 550€ per group of 2 to 8 persons.
15 Mar 2018 to 31 Oct 2018
9:30am to 6:30pm
Available all year round except Sundays, on request, except May 1st, Dec. 25th, Jan. 1st
Private Day Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. For larger groups please contact us.
Pick up at hotel or at ship in Bordeaux / Bassens ports of call.
Tour returns to original departure point.
Services of an English speaking driver/guide
Pick up and return at hotel or ship in Bordeaux
Transportation in recent & fully equipped compact van
Visit and tasting at a Winery of Bas Armagnac
Visit and tasting in an ageing cellar in Bas Armagnac
Bottled water in the minivan
Free Wifi access on board
Entrance fees, wine tasting fees in the Wineries
Personal insurance and expenses
Meals and drinks
Gratuities for the driver/guide
Discover The Delights Of The Distinctive Armagnac Brandy
Armagnac is a type of brandy distilled from wine made from a blend of grapes. The resulting spirit is then aged in oak barrels before release. Today visit several family owned wineries where you will be showed and explained the distilling process followed by a comparative tasting. We will also have you visit one of the most traditional villages of the region.
After having picked you up from your centrally located accommodation in Bordeaux, let us take you to Gascony, one of the most delicious corners of France where Armagnac is produced. This tour will enchant those of you who wish to discover one of the most authentic areas of France. Dotted with pristine medieval villages, blessed with delicious food & wines, the region has retained its rural heritage and traditions as if frozen in time. Unknown to most tourists, it is the perfect destination for those of you that wish to experience France off the beaten path.
First, A Visit To A Local Winery Of Bas-Amargnac
Our first stop will be in one of the most famous Armagnac wine making estate. Armagnac is the oldest ‘eau-de-vie’ in France. Known since the mid 1400’s, it was the Dutch that made it popular under the distilled form that we can still taste today. Upon arrival, begin the visit with an introduction to the history of the family. You will be explained how today, the owners roam the estates on the best terroirs, that of the Bas Armagnac and its tawny sands, to select, cultivate and bottle the most beautiful discoveries. Around forty estates contribute to an extraordinary collection that complete and perfect their ageing in the family owned cellars. Then, take part in a commented tasting session so as to better understand what the ‘Grands Assemblages’ are all about.
Then, Discover The Village Of Labastide D’Armagnac
After your visit, head towards one of the most beautiful villages of the area. Labastide d’Armagnac was founded at the end of the 13th century by Bernard VI, Count of Armagnac, in a period when the region was under English rule. The village, built around the Place Royale, named in honor of the king of England, has maintained its architectural design and medieval fascination fully intact. Categorized as a fortified village, constructed around a harmonious village square, bordered by colorful houses, arches, porticos and colonnades, Labastide d’Armagnac is recognized as one the best conserved of all the bastides. Follow your guide as you stroll through the narrow streets of the village and are explained what a Bastide is all about and why these villages were built in those days. After some free time for lunch, depart for the second visit of the day.
Only a short distance from Labastide d’Armagnac, Chateau Garreau is next on our itinerary. Here, the fertile soil, the century old cellars and amazing stills (dating from 1919) are just a few of the components that allow the winery to obtain an incomparable taste and personality to the Armagnacs produced. Before tasting Armagnac, you will also have the opportunity to visit the winemakers & Alembic museums that house tools used in the vineyard and century old stills that are still in use today. After, the visit and tasting, return to Bordeaux.
This private tour ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide.
Good to Know
- Confirmation of the tour will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability.
- Maximum 8 persons, for larger groups contact us.
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
- Possible languages: English, Español, Français, Italiano.
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.
Totally enjoyed the experience! – Found the tour guides to be knowledgeable and competent of the area and wineries. They were highly courteous and respectful.
Wonderful tours in Bordeaux – During our stay in Bordeaux, we went on two wine tours. We enjoyed them a lot! My favorite was the tour of Margaux. Delphine is a sweet girl, she is a great tour guide!
Excellent!! – Very nice trip. Our guide Karim was very cool and showed a great knowledge about wines. The wineries visited were very good too!
Great tour to Medoc! – Highly recommend this tour, will do it again next time someone visits. Our guide was enthusiastic, funny and knowledgeable, and we learnt a lot at the château’s we visited.
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
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