Immerse yourself in the wines of Bordeaux with a 2 hour wine tasting class followed by an afternoon tour in St.Emilion. Learn all about Bordeaux wines, how to taste like a pro and blend your own wine. Visit 2 chateaux including a Classified Growth estate and enjoy a guided village tour of St.Emilion.
Your Wine Discovery Day Itinerary
10.30 am: Your day starts in the centre of Bordeaux where you will join your small group for a 2 hr wine tasting class. This is a great opportunity to learn all about Bordeaux wines and learn to taste wine like a pro in a relaxed and friendly environment.
As part of your wine-tasting class, you will enjoy:
- A welcome glass of white and/or red wine
- A tasting of 4 wines from the 4 main wine regions of France (a ‘Tour de France’ of its wine regions). Learn about the diversity of its wines and understand the notions of "terroir" and "appellation".
- Learn how to blend wine: Bordeaux wines are blends made from various types of grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Taste each grape separately, and according to your own taste, create your very own cuvée!
- Enjoy an aperitif of traditional French delicacies including fresh bread and cheese and discover your wine-tasting profile.
12.30pm: After spending the morning learning about wine and tasting it, you will enjoy a picnic-style lunch at the 18th-century A la Francaise apartment in the centre of Bordeaux.
1.45 pm: After lunch, it’s time to leave Bordeaux and set off into wine country! Climb aboard your luxury minivan for the afternoon and admire the views of the vineyards as you drive to Saint-Emilion. Your guide is an expert in Bordeaux and St.Emilion and will provide you with all the information about the Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion wine regions as you go.
2.30 pm: Arrive at your first St.Emilion chateau of the afternoon for a guided tour and tasting. You’ll have the pleasure of visiting an authentic and charming family-run estate of the right bank. Feel the intimacy and authenticity of a private chateau run by a winemaking family for generations. Your guide will lead you on a walk through the vineyards and a tour of the traditional vat room and the chateau’s cellars.
The tour will conclude with a guided tasting of the estate’s wines where you will have another opportunity to learn about tasting and training your nose to identify its aromas.
4.30 pm: After your first chateau visit, your guide will take you on to your second chateau of the afternoon in St.Emilion. This time you’ll be visiting a Great Classified Growth estate overlooking the Saint-Emilion vineyards! Enjoy a guided tour of the chateau and learn about their winemaking process all the way from the vine to the bottle. To finish your tour, enjoy an aperitif in the tasting room with French delicacies including fresh bread and cheese.
5.45 pm: Now you’ve tasted the wines of St.Emilion, it’s time to visit the village from which all these famous wines get their name. St.Emilion is a beautiful, medieval village which was classified by UNESCO World Heritage in 1999. Enjoy a guided tour of the village, its main historical sites and take in the charming atmosphere along its cobbled streets which are dotted with wine boutiques and merchants.
7:15 pm: At the end of your village tour, your afternoon in St.Emilion concludes and it will be time to climb aboard your minivan for the return drive to Bordeaux. You will be dropped off back in the centre of Bordeaux at 7.15pm.
- Friendly and knowledgeeable guide
- Wine tasting (4 wines)
- Chateaux entrance fee
3, rue d'Enghien, 33000 Bordeaux
Fully Refundable up until 24 hours before departure