A blend of the partners at Wine Tour Booking and some smaller producers
in Bordeaux will give you an insight into the real Bordeaux.
Twenty-five years as a wine professional in the region enables us to open doors and offer you a unique insider’s authentic view of Bordeaux. It will be a fun, informative experience you will never forget and quite different to the other wine tours of Bordeaux available.
You will visit three properties per day of a range of styles to show you some of the different aspects involved in Bordeaux vine growing and wine making.
Most of them are still family-owned and all produce great wine. We will include a smaller independent producer (SIP) where we can meet the winemaker to see the ‘other side’ (there are 7000 properties in Bordeaux and only around 200 of them belong to the elite group called the Grand Cru Classé).
A Day to Discover
St Emilion and Pomerol (Right Bank)
St Emilion (Right Bank) is a beautiful wine region with its vineyards planted on rolling hills around its medieval village. The properties are smaller here and many are still family-owned. It is known as ‘the hill of a thousand châteaux’.
We will pass by the most famous chateaux of St Emilion.
(WTB Chx; Beausejour Bécot, Canon la Gaffeliere, Gaffelière, Troplong Mondot, Franc Mayne, Beauregard, de Sales)
9am Pick-up from hôtel in Bordeaux
10am Château, Premier Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Premier Grand Cru Classé St Emilion family property located on the limestone plateau. Will visit the underground cellars full of 50,000 bottles maturing.
We will taste a range of the family’s wines including older vintages.
11.30am Château, Pomerol in Bordeaux’s vine garden
With its tiny properties and the home of its most expensive wine, Petrus, we will visit an ancient property with its moat and gardens and its ultra-modern winery with its beautiful tulip shaped vats. We will taste a range of their silky opulent wines.
Lunch in a brasserie
Where all the local wine people go, overlooking the most famous St Emilion Cheval Blanc and Pomerol châteaux in the distance.
Château, Grand Cru St Emilion – a smaller property run by the 13th and 14th generation of the same family and has been organic since the beginning with tulips and orchids in the vineyards dating back to Roman times. Great location next to some of the top properties in the area but at a fraction of the price!
Time to visit the cobbled streets of the atmospheric medieval village of St Emilion
Founded in the 8th century by the hermit monk Emilian. Stand on the top of the underground monolithic church dug out from a single limestone rock by the monks over 300 years. We will also drive through Pomerol, the garden of Bordeaux, to see the most expensive wines of the region of Petrus and its neighbours.
(WTB Chx; Brane Cantenac, Lafon Rochet,Le Crock, )
A Day to Discover the Medoc (Left Bank)
9am Pick-up from Hôtel in Bordeaux
We will travel up the “route de châteaux” seeing all of the famous chateaux that are known around the world including Château Margaux, Latour, Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild. This flatter landscape with its gravel soils is the home of the majestic Cabernet-Sauvignon. Each famous village has its own special style that you can taste in the wines. Soft, rounded Merlot is the queen in these cooler clay and limestone soils.
10.00am Château Grand Cru Classé St Julien
One of the most interesting properties to visit with its impressive wooden vats, tower with view of the stunning château gardens and the Gironde estuary. Here we can see some of oldest bottles in Bordeaux. The family reserves include bottles that date back to 1815. We will taste a range of older vintage of this classy, creamy wine.
11.30am Château Grand Cru Classé St Estèphe
This stunning ultra-modern winery makes some of the top wine of St Estèphe. Still family owned its distinctive yellow colour can also be found on its recognisable labels.
Lunch in a bustling brasserie frequented by wine people and part of a famous wine estate
4.00pm Château Grand Cru Classé Margaux
Feminine silky Margaux wines at their best at this stunning château that is still family owned by one of the most famous wine families in Bordeaux.
A Day to Discover the Graves & Sauternes (Left Bank)
9am Pick-up from Hôtel in Bordeaux
It is one of the most beautiful with its rolling hills, forests and ancient châteaux and fairytale castles.
It is one of the only region that produces top red and white wine. To the south in a forested area criss-crossed by rivers, is where the delicious sweet wines of Bordeaux are produced.
(WTB Chx; Domaine de Chevalier, Dom de la Solitude, Carbonnieux, Sigalas Rabaud, Coutet, Haut Peyreguey, Couhins).
10am Château Pessac Léognan, Grand Cru Classé Graves
Wonderful red and white is produced in this historic family owned château. Surrounded by forests, the stoney soils here heat up to help ripen the grapes
11.30am Château Graves the family
Will receive us at their impressive family home, the 18th century chartreuse Château in the Graves region for a a visit of the historic cellars and a picnic of fresh produce in the garden. They produce a range of lovely wines dry white, soft red and the rare Cérons sweet wine.
3.30pm Château Sauternes Grand Cru Classé
It is here that the noble rot does its magic and produces delicious sweet wine with its exotic flavours of lychee, mango and honey. Learn about the special way they pick and make the wine and taste the fruit of their labours