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Best wine tours in St. Emilion

Why Visit St. Emilion?

Wine tasting tours in St. Emilion include some of the best wineries and chateaux in the country. This world-famous Bordeaux appellation has been producing wine for more than 2000 years and is home to over 800 wineries and chateaux. Whether you're looking for a group or private tour of the best wineries in the region or to immerse yourself with a guided tour in one chateau; you'll be spoilt for choice. Perched on a hilltop proudly overlooking the expanse of renowned vineyards the ancient town of Saint Emilion is a not-to-be-missed highlight for any visitor to the Bordeaux region.

Wine enthusiasts consider Saint Emilion to be one of the finest wine producing regions in the world. The diversity of the terroir and unique microclimate, combined with exceptionally talented winemakers produce complex, rich red wines that command high prices internationally. Book a guided wine tasting tour and discover what makes the wines of Saint Emilion so special. You can choose from group tours or private tours to visit the famous wineries and chateaux, many of which include hotel pick ups and lunch.

When you’re not on a wine tasting tour, immerse yourself in history and wine culture in the charming, medieval town of Saint Emilion. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, this tiny town is home to fascinating ancient monuments and beautiful architecture; plentiful wine bars and eateries; and enjoys picturesque views across the surrounding vineyards. 

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Best Known Grapes

The chateaux of Saint Emilion produce rich, red wines from predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in smaller numbers as the grapes do not ripen as well in this climate. Some producers have started to grow white grapes in areas less suitable for red grape growing.
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Best time to visit

The best time of year to visit Bordeaux & Saint Emilion for a wine tasting tour are the spring months of April, May and June, and the autumn months of September and October, when the weather is favourable for a wine tasting tour and visitor numbers are not too high. The summer months of July and August are typically hot, with daytime temperatures regularly hitting 30°C. Winter temperatures are always mild, although it tends to be rainy, so don't forget your umbrella! Some wineries and restaurants close during January and February so be sure to check before booking. 
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How long to stay

Bordeaux is a great location for a long weekend wine break. 3 or 4 days will give you plenty of time to take in both the delights of the city and the wonders of the wider wine regions. However, wine connoisseurs who are looking for a complete exploration of Bordeaux wines and full immersion into the culture and heritage of this iconic wine destination, will find it very easy to spend a week or more touring the appellations of the Left and Right Bank. 
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How to get there

Saint Emilion is located approximately 40 kilometres / 25 miles from the city of Bordeaux, which is home to an international airport (Bordeaux-Merignac airport). The easiest way to visit Saint Emilion is on a day tour from Bordeaux. Alternatively, a direct train operates frequently between Bordeaux and Saint Emilion. The train journey is approximately 40 minutes, then from Saint Emilion station it’s a 15-20 minute walk into the centre.  The Saint Emilion wine region is quite spread out, so if you wish to explore and visit a number of chateaux we would recommend booking a wine tasting tour or hiring a car.
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