wine tasting tours and winery visits
Best wine tours in Sauternes
Join this private full-day tour in Bordeaux to visit the birthplace of Bordeaux wines and the world famous sweet wines of Sauternes, accompanied by an expert wine guide. You will be picked... See More
Why Visit Sauternes?
The Bordeaux appellation of Sauternes may not be as well-known as neighbouring Saint Emilion and Medoc; however, it is well worth visiting during a wine tasting holiday to Bordeaux. Sauternes wine is quite different from the deep red wine typical of Bordeaux: it is sweet, rich-textured, and golden. In addition, the region is less-visited than other Bordeaux appellations, and underappreciated, making Sauternes an ideal, low-key destination for all wine lovers.
WINE TASTING TOURS IN SAUTERNES
The unique flavour of the sweet wines produced in Sauternes is due to something as humble as fungus, a.k.a noble rot. This fungus grows on the grapes, causing them to rot in a particular manner which concentrates the flavours and richness of the grape. Learn more about the impact of noble rot and the fascinating production of Sauternes wines on a guided wine tasting tour from Bordeaux. If you only visit one chateau in the region, make sure it’s Château d’Yquem: the most renowned Sauternes producer and the only Premieur Cru Supérieur. Advance reservations are essential and the Winerist team are on hand to assist with your booking.
MORE REASONS TO VISIT SAUTERNES
Of course, it’s the unique sweet wine that’s the real draw of Sauternes. However, the charming small village of Sauternes, and the slow-paced, timeless, rural countryside is well worth exploring. For a unique perspective on the countryside around Sauternes, take to the waters of the Ciron River in a kayak and paddle downstream. The narrow, slow-moving river is hemmed by trees that arch out over the waters giving the feeling that you’re paddling down the Amazon (but with better wine!)