This full-day wine tour to Bordeaux's iconic Médoc wine region will take you behind the scenes at three classified châteaux, accompanied by an expert wine guide.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Bordeaux and then driven 45 minutes or so to the Médoc wine region.
You will travel the length of the D2 'route de châteaux' to see all of the sites of the famous villages and grand châteaux such as Margaux, Lafite Rothschild and Latour. As you ascend the Médoc the proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon grows in relation to the increased amount of gravel stones in the soil.
Impressive grand châteaux are located here in the flattish landscape of this peninsular. Estates are bigger and this is the land where the 1855 Classification rules still today. Smaller Haut Médoc properties or from less prestigious appellations offer wonderful value for money just being on the wrong side of the line!
You will visit three châteaux with the chance to lunch in between at a local restaurant where you will rub shoulders with the Bordeaux world of wine! This will give you a wonderful insight into Bordeaux, its wines and its people. You will meet those involved with the winemaking process to get an insider's view. Visit a Grand Cru Classé château in two of these famous villages.
Lots of properties are still family-owned, most are classified and all produce great wine. A smaller independent producer (SIP) will be included if possible, where you 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).
Please note: The day's itinerary will be tailored to meet your needs and preferences.
- Visits and tastings at three specially selected top châteaux per day
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Tailor-made organising and advice
- Expert local wine guide
- Transportation by private vehicle
- Lunch is in addition. Menu around 25€pp in a local brasserie which is paid directly to them with credit card or cash. Or an upmarket picnic (35€pp) in a château or overlooking the vineyards.
Your centrally located accommodation in Bordeaux.
Fully refundable up until 7 days before departure time.