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Bordeaux

Indulge in bespoke private Bordeaux wine tours crafted for discerning travelers. Explore world-famous vineyards of Médoc and Saint-Émilion in Nouvelle Aquitaine. Savor exquisite wines, gourmet meals, and impeccable service. Unforgettable luxury awaits.

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Learn more about Bordeaux

Bordeaux: Where History Meets Vine Bordeaux, a captivating city in southwestern France, beckons wine enthusiasts and travelers alike.  Renowned as the world's wine capital, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts stunning 18th-century architecture, vibrant culture, and a delectable culinary scene. This travel guide unlocks the secrets of Bordeaux, transforming you into a wine-savvy explorer ready to embark on an unforgettable journey. Bordeaux: A City Captivates Beyond its oenological acclaim, Bordeaux offers a wealth of experiences. Architectural Gems: Marvel at the Place de la Bourse, adorned with the Miroir d'eau reflecting pool. Explore the Bordeaux Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece, and ...

Bordeaux: Where History Meets Vine

Bordeaux, a captivating city in southwestern France, beckons wine enthusiasts and travelers alike.  Renowned as the world's wine capital, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts stunning 18th-century architecture, vibrant culture, and a delectable culinary scene.

This travel guide unlocks the secrets of Bordeaux, transforming you into a wine-savvy explorer ready to embark on an unforgettable journey.

Bordeaux: A City Captivates

Beyond its oenological acclaim, Bordeaux offers a wealth of experiences.

Architectural Gems: Marvel at the Place de la Bourse, adorned with the Miroir d'eau reflecting pool. Explore the Bordeaux Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece, and delve into the interactive world of wine at La Cité du Vin.

Urban Delights: Stroll through the lush Jardin Public or enjoy a scenic walk along the banks of the Garonne River. Bordeaux's bustling waterfront and over 350 historical monuments promise endless exploration.

Culinary Delights: Tantalize your taste buds with Bordeaux's renowned cuisine. Indulge in gourmet restaurants or savor local delicacies like canelés and oysters.

Bordeaux: Gateway to Renowned Wine Regions

Bordeaux serves as the ideal base for exploring the famed wine regions surrounding the city.  Ophorus Tours offers a variety of enriching experiences, ensuring you fins the perfect wine tour from Bordeaux tailored to your interests:

Médoc: A Paradise for Red Wine Lovers

Full-bodied Reds: Médoc is celebrated for its robust red wines, particularly those from Pauillac, Saint-Julien, and Margaux.

While visiting Château Margaux and Château Latour directly is restricted, we curate exclusive experiences at other prestigious estates in the region, ensuring you encounter the finest examples of Médoc's renowned wines.

Saint-Émilion: A UNESCO World Heritage Gem

  • Merlot Magic: Immerse yourself in the charming village of Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its lush, Merlot-based wines.

  • Subterranean Wonder: Explore the unique, monolithic underground church carved into limestone.

Graves: Birthplace of Claret

  • Red & White Delights: Graves boasts both prestigious red and white wines.

  • Exquisite Tastings: Visit Château Haut-Brion, a premier cru classé estate, or explore other renowned wineries in the region for an exclusive tasting experience.

Crafting Your Bordeaux Wine Adventure

When it comes to crafting your ideal Bordeaux wine experience, we have you covered:

Private Wine Tours Bordeaux: Immerse yourself in the world of Bordeaux wines with a personalized private tour designed to match your preferences.

Bordeaux Wine Tasting Tours: Embark on a journey of discovery, savoring exquisite wines and learning about the region's unique terroir.

Bordeaux Winery Tours: Go beyond the tasting room and delve into the fascinating world of winemaking with exclusive winery tours.

Unforgettable Wine Tours from Bordeaux: Explore the surrounding wine regions at your own pace, creating lasting memories on a meticulously crafted wine tour.

Planning Tips for Your Bordeaux Wine Tour

Book in Advance: Popular tours and châteaux fill up quickly, especially during peak season.

Comfortable Attire: Pack comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for walking and vineyard visits.

Hydration is Key: Wine tasting can be dehydrating, so bring plenty of water.

A Touch of French: While many guides speak English, learning a few basic French phrases will enhance your experience.

Bordeaux awaits, promising an unforgettable blend of cultural immersion, architectural marvels, and exquisite wines.  Let Ophorus guide you on a journey that will transform you into a true wine connoisseur.

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FAQ

  • Where is Bordeaux located in France?

    The city of Bordeaux is located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France in the Gironde department in the South West of France. The nearest beach on the Atlantic Ocean is Lacanau, a famous surf resort and spot of France. The city is famous for its wine region.
  • How do you get from Paris to Bordeaux?

    The ideal way to get from Paris to Bordeaux is to take the TGV fast train from Montparnasse train station or even CDG Airport. The fastest possible journey between Paris and Bordeaux is just over 2 hours. If you are travelin by car, then the A10 highway will be your route. This journey will take you approximately 5 hours and 45 minutes to which you need to add the stops on the way.
  • What is there to see & do in Bordeaux?

    With a history dating back to the 8th century and capital moving more or less 14.5 billion euros each year, it comes as no surprise that Bordeaux is famed as the world’s major wine industry. Home to the world’s main wine fair, Vinexpo, as well as a wine museum, Cité du Vin, this city attracts wine professionals from around the world and can easily be described as the wine capital of the world. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2007 as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century. The city is celebrated for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Our small group Bordeaux sightseeing day tours offer a personalised tour which will lead you to all the major wine producing regions that surround the beautiful city of Bordeaux.
  • Is Bordeaux ideal for Wine Lovers?

    Bordeaux is THE destination for wine lovers! As one of the largest vineyards of France with more than 50 different appellations, you will certainly find the wine that appeals to your taste buds. From full bodied wines of the Médoc to lighter red wines of Saint Emilion, succulent whites from the Graves region or sweet white wines from Sauternes there are many options and tastings that can be done. The destination is also ideal for a honeymoon as it is possible to combine stunning acommodation with unique winery visits that will remain as the best souvenirs of a lifetime.
  • What is the difference between left bank and right bank Bordeaux Wines?

    To make things easy, we often speak about left bank and right bank wines of Bordeaux. By 'banks' we refer to the areas located on one side or the other of the River Garonne that divides the Bordeaux wine region into two distinct areas. To the south of the River Garonne is where the Left Bank is located and the most famous wine regions include the Médoc, Pessac-Léognan and Graves. To the north of the River Garonne the most famous wine producing appellations include Saint Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac or Blaye. Due to a difference in the type of soils that can be found in each region, the wines produced in each area are also very different. On the left bank, the soil is rockier, made up of gravel and deep limestone whereas on the right bank the soil is made up of pure limestone sometimes mixed with sand or clay. Because the soils are different, the main grape varieties used in the blend are also different since the choice of the dominant grape variety depends on the type of soil that can be found on an estate. Remember, in France it not permitted to import some grapes from another wine producing region which means each property must grow the grapes needed to make the wine on-site. In general (there are always exceptions in France) left bank wines will use Cabernet Sauvignon as the main grape variety of the blend while right bank wines will use Merlot. As such, left bank wines tend to be more full bodied type of wines, higher in tannin and that require a certain ageing so that these tannins become smoother with time. On the other hand, right bank wines are generally more elegant and fruity type wines that have less powerful tannins.
  • Where to stay in Bordeaux for wine tasting?

    Bordeaux is a world-famous wine region in southwestern France, known for producing some of the best wines in the world. If you're planning a trip to Bordeaux for wine tasting, you'll want to choose the right place to stay to make the most of your experience. The best area to stay in Bordeaux for wine tasting is the city center, as it offers easy access to the region's top vineyards and wineries. There are plenty of hotels and accommodations to choose from in the city center, ranging from budget-friendly options to luxurious hotels. Some of the best neighborhoods to stay in for wine tasting in Bordeaux include the Chartrons, which is known for its wine merchants and wine bars, and the Saint-Pierre district, which is home to some of the city's oldest and most traditional wine bars. Another popular area is the Triangle d'Or, which is located in the heart of the city and offers easy access to many of Bordeaux's top attractions, including the Grand Théâtre and the Place des Quinconces.
  • How does Bordeaux wine taste?

    Bordeaux wine is world-renowned for its rich flavor profile and complexity. It is made from a blend of several grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, which gives it a unique taste that is hard to replicate. Bordeaux red wines are typically full-bodied, with rich flavors of black currant, plum, and tobacco. They also have a high tannin content, which gives them a dry and slightly bitter finish. The tannins in Bordeaux wines are what give them their aging potential, allowing them to develop complex and nuanced flavors over time. Bordeaux white wines, on the other hand, are crisp and refreshing, with notes of citrus, green apple, and pear. They are typically made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes and are often aged in oak barrels, which gives them a rich and creamy texture. When it comes to Bordeaux wine, there is a wide range of styles and flavors to choose from, depending on the specific region, grape variety, and vintage. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or just starting out, there is a Bordeaux wine out there that is sure to please your palate.
  • Where to wine taste in Bordeaux?

    Bordeaux is home to some of the world's most famous wine regions, and wine tasting is a popular activity for visitors. There are many places in Bordeaux where you can taste wine, from vineyards and châteaux to wine bars and tasting rooms. One of the best places to taste wine in Bordeaux is in the Médoc region, which is known for its famous châteaux and prestigious red wines. Some of the most popular châteaux to visit for wine tastings include Château Margaux, Château Lafite Rothschild, and Château Mouton Rothschild. These châteaux often require advance reservations, so be sure to plan ahead. Another great place to taste wine in Bordeaux is in the Saint-Émilion region, which is known for its world-class red wines and picturesque vineyards. The village of Saint-Émilion itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many wine shops and tasting rooms. If you're looking for a more casual wine tasting experience, there are also many wine bars and tasting rooms in Bordeaux where you can sample a variety of wines from the region. Some popular options include Le Wine Bar, Aux Quatre Coins du Vin, and Bar à Vin by La Cité du Vin.

Reviews from our Bordeaux trips

  • Amanda

    15, Jul 2024

    We had a wonderful day and experience with Helene in Margaux! She was very knowledgeable and charming. She gave us a very good introduction to the history...
  • Aoife Doherty

    14, Jul 2024

    Fantastic tour of the Medoc with our amazing wine tsar Laetitia! She was so knowledgeable and a bit of craic too - brilliant afternoon including an unscheduled...
  • Satnam Butter

    12, Jul 2024

    Mirela was an excellent guide very knowledgeable and lots of fun. Great wine tasting as a small group
  • Rebecca Woods

    11, Jul 2024

    We had a great experience and loved our driver! He picked a wonderful lunch spot also that was one of our favorite meals!
    Thank you,
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