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From Bordeaux: Afternoon Wine Tasting in the Medoc Region

1. From Bordeaux: Afternoon Wine Tasting in the Medoc Region

Enjoy a drive from Bordeaux to the Medoc region along the Chateaux Route. On this 5.5-hour afternoon tour you’ll learn about the history of Bordeaux wines. Spend some time touring the vineyards and winery at a family run estate. Hear the story of the passionate family that has kept the vineyard alive for generations. Discover the intense colors, woody aromas and distinct tastes of Bordeaux wines during a tasting class. Visit a stunning Great Classified Growth wine estate, in one Bordeaux's most prestigious chateaux areas. Learn about their wine-making process and taste the estate's wines, accompanied by French delicacies, including cheese, fresh bread and dried sausage.

Bordeaux: Half-Day Margaux Tour

2. Bordeaux: Half-Day Margaux Tour

Departure from Olala Bordeaux, in the center of Bordeaux, and make your first stop at a small family-run estate for a visit and wine tasting to learn about the Medoc style and the art of blending. Visit the estate and enjoy your time in the relaxing tasting room with two blended wines. Enjoy a panoramic drive around the most famous Great Classified Growths of the Appellation and stop at Château Margaux for pictures. Carry on the exploration of the appellation with a wonderful Margaux Great Classified Growth. After a tour of the property, taste the passion behind the making of two wines from the estate before heading back to Bordeaux.

Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour

3. Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour

Departing from a central location in Bordeaux, this small group, half-day tour explores the beautiful Medoc wine-growing region of France. The region you will explore includes the southern region of the Medoc wine area. You will visit 2 wine estates of Classified Growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that has been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine. Learn all there is to know about the history of the estate, the wine making process, as well as the techniques used during wine making. A wine tasting session follows the visits. After your tasting session, follow the castle road to see some of the most famous chateaus of the region, such as Chateau Margaux or Chateau Palmer.

Full-Day Medoc Wine Tour

4. Full-Day Medoc Wine Tour

Departing from a central location in Bordeaux, this small group tour explores the beautiful Medoc wine-growing region of France. You will head towards the famous wine-producing appellations such as Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe. You will enjoy 3 visits in Classified Growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that have been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine. You will learn all there is to know about the history of the estates, the wine making process, as well as the techniques used during wine making. A wine tasting session follows the visits. The Medoc area covers approximately 5,700 hectares of declared vineyards, producing an average 300,000 hectoliters of wine per year. Of the grape varieties permitted, 50% of the viticultural area is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and to a lesser extent Petit Verdot and Malbec. Also allowed within the AOC regulations are the varieties Cabernet Franc and Carménère. After your tasting sessions, follow the castle road to see some of the most famous châteaux of the region, such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Palmer, or Chateau Pichon Longueville.

Enjoy a Day Discovering Two Famous Bordeaux Wine Regions

5. Enjoy a Day Discovering Two Famous Bordeaux Wine Regions

Meet your guide in the center of Bordeaux and drive to the Medoc wine region. Enjoy explanations about the Bordeaux wines during the journey to the chateaux. Be welcomed at a prestigious Classified Growth estate, operating since 1855. Walk around the vineyards and cellars, learn about the estate’s wine making process, and finish with wine tastings.                                                Discover a charming family run estate in the region. Enjoy explanations of their traditional ways of making wine and savor their wines with French delicacies. Drive to St-Emilion and enjoy a picnic lunch with a Frehcn apéritif at the chateau in Saint-Emilion.                                              After lunch, enjoy the beautiful Saint Emilion region, kicking off your tour with a visit to an authentic and charming family-run estate - also a Classified Growth estate (Grand cru classé) along the right bank. Feel the intimacy of the private chateau as you tour the traditional vat room and cellar of this estate, and then delight in a tasting class, learning the steps of wine tasting and educating your nose in identifying wine aromas. After this visit, enjoy a guided tour of the village of Saint Emilion, classified on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

Bordeaux: Medoc Small Group Afternoon Wine Tour

6. Bordeaux: Medoc Small Group Afternoon Wine Tour

Take a seat in your air-conditioned minivan, then head out to the Médoc vineyards to begin your 5-hour tour. Admire the wonderful estates along the Route des Châteaux, and listen as your guide shares information about the region’s winemaking history.  The afternoon will start with a visit at a Grand Cru winery in the Margaux or St. Julien appellation. Then discover the cabernet sauvignon blends for which Bordeaux is famous. As you enjoy your visit and tastings, learn what makes Medoc wines so special. Enjoy an innovative and exciting visit at a Cru Bourgeois winery. Indulge in a wine and cheese pairing featuring Haut-Medoc appellation wines. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. After your final tasting, return in comfort to central Bordeaux.

Bordeaux: Full-Day Countryside Tour

7. Bordeaux: Full-Day Countryside Tour

Be driven from Bordeaux to the Pyla Sand Dune where you will enjoy views of the ocean and the Landes' Forest. At Arcachon Bay, you will have the chance to taste fresh oysters with a glass of white wine before returning to Bordeaux.                                                                      Once you are back in Bordeaux, you will relax with a casual picnic lunch. Afterwards, be driven to the Medoc Region, your journey will take you along the mythical chateaux route.  Visit a charming family run estate of the region and spend a few hours touring its vineyards, vat room, and cellars. Learn more about the wines at a tasting class.                                                                                                                                           In the late afternoon, make your way to the beautiful Great Classified Growth estate, one of the most prestigious chateaux of Bordeaux.  Taste the wine while enjoying an aperitif of French delicacies, including cheese, fresh bread, and dried sausage.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Bordeaux: Wine Tasting Workshop and Vineyard Tour

8. Bordeaux: Wine Tasting Workshop and Vineyard Tour

Get a comprehensive introduction to Bordeaux wines with a convivial tasting workshop in the center of Bordeaux. Meet at Olala Bordeaux wine shop for a unique wine tasting workshop where you can learn how to taste wine like a professional, understand the art of blending, the terroir of the region, and how to read a label. Taste 6 local wines paired with a delectable selection of cheeses and cold cuts. Enjoy some free time before departing to the Margaux vineyards in the Medoc region by minivan at 2:00 PM. Drive along the beautiful "Road of the Châteaux" and stop at 2 grand chateaus. Visit 2 different wineries and learn the secrets of Bordeaux wine making and taste wine at 2 different chateaus before heading back at 6:00 PM.

Medoc: Morning Wine Tour

9. Medoc: Morning Wine Tour

9:30 AM: Meet your guide in the center of Bordeaux and drive to the Medoc wine region. They'll talk to you about Bordeaux wines during the journey to the chateaux.                                             10:30 AM: You will be welcomed at a prestigious Classified Growth Estate dating back to 1855. Walk around the vineyards and cellars, learn about the estate’s wine making processes and finish by indulging yourself in various wine tastings.                                                11:45 AM: Discover a charming family run estate of the region and see how they make their wine, before trying them with crusty French bread and cheese.                                                1:15 PM-1:30 PM: Back to Bordeaux.                                              

Bordeaux: Citroën 2CV Private Half-Day Wine Tour

10. Bordeaux: Citroën 2CV Private Half-Day Wine Tour

Explore the vineyard of Bordeaux in a Citroën 2CV. Comfortably seated in the back seat of the 2CV, you will enjoy a unique experience to discover the vineyard in a different way. Your chauffeur will tell you the rich history of both the vineyard and its chateaux, leaving no secrets for you. You can choose according to your wishes to explore the Médoc region, located in the North of Bordeaux, the Pessac-Léognan region at the South of Bordeaux, or the historical Saint-Emilion village The visits include wine tastings at two prestigious chateaux (one classified growth chateau and a family-run estate). For the Médoc private wine tour option, you will visit a grand cru classé from 1855 and a family estate. Each château will offer you the opportunity to taste between 2 and 3 of their wines. Between the two visits, your chauffeur will take the time to show you the well-known "route des châteaux", the village of Margaux as well as the world-famous Château Margaux. For the Pessac-Léognan private wine tour option, you will visit two classified wineries. Each château will offer you the opportunity to taste between 2 and 3 of their wines. Between the two visits, your chauffeur will take the time to show you the Prieuré de Cayac, a step place for the pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela, the beautiful Pessac-Léognan wines road and the famous château Smith Haut-Lafitte. For the Saint-Emilion private wine tour option, you will visit one classified winery. The château will offer you the opportunity to taste between 2 and 3 of their wines. Your chauffeur will also make you discover the village of Saint-Emilion on foot for about an hour. During your tour in this historical city, you will stop at a macaroon producer for a tasting. Macaroons are the second specialty of Saint-Emilion after wine. At the end of this walking tour, you will get back on your 2CV and your driver will lead you on small roads offering a unique panorama on Saint-Emilion and its châteaux.

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What people are saying about Medoc

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 317 reviews

Our guide Iliya was very knowledgable and we had a great time with him. The two Chateaux we visited provided a good mix - one had a beautiful garden and outdoor bar, while the other had a lovely shop and gave us a wine glass as a souvenir. The list of personal recommendations for restaurants and bars in Bordeaux was also really good. Would recommend this to others for a lovely afternoon in Margaux/Medoc.

An excellent day under the sun... Magnificent landscapes... The village of Saint-Emilion, tastings, a bucolic and tasty picnic and an excellent guide! All the ingredients were there! THANK YOU Alice for making this day so enjoyable! Northern Friendships

The Tasting class is good if you're a newbie to wine or to French wine, otherwise you could skip it. The afternoon tour to Medoc and the Tour/Tasting at the 2 very different Wineries was EXCELLENT.

tour guide was very informative & friendly, the vineyards had done very nice wines too, and the two we visited had quite contrasting styles. Well recommended overall.

Hugo was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable, full of energy and fun. Really great experience.