Regional Wine Tours
For many people, the very name Bordeaux conjures up images of grand Châteaux and equally grand wines. Whilst wines from around the world have improved in quality over the last 20 or 30 years, it is still the top Châteaux of Bordeaux against which the very best wines are compared.
Bordeaux Wine Route
On the Bordeaux wine route, you can either stay in the historic town centre and explore the bars and terraces or in the Chartrons, in the historic heart of the wine district and a short walk away from the Cité du Vin. From wine tours departing in Bordeaux's centre to prestigious wine tours & tastings in the nearby: Pessac Leognan, what better way to experience Bordeaux.
Back in the town centre, try one of the many wine bars in downtown Bordeaux - but do start with CIVB which offers Bordeaux wines at cost price, in stunning surroundings, right in the heart of town. The food’s stylish, the advice is friendly and the wine’s great. The wine school next door offers courses for everyone, from starter sessions over a couple of hours to intensive wine instruction.
Medoc Wine Route
Known as the Castles Route, which runs from Bordeaux up and along the length of the Médoc, this 86km of road is overflowing with secrets, history and breathtaking landscapes. Eight of the most famous Bordeaux appellations can be found on the peninsular which is bordered by the Gironde estuary to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
On the Médoc wine route, you'll find the most beautiful châteaux and notably some of the most famous wines of the world. The Médoc wine route is a great way to discover the gastronomy and history of France. Sainte-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Margaux and the other great AOC's will reveal there secrets to you.
Saint-Emilion-Pomerol-Fronsac Wine Route
The Saint-Émilion wine route is renowned not only for its wines but for the village of Saint-Émilion itself, dominating the Dordogne valley from its hilltop position. Whilst the village of Saint-Émilion is the jewel in the crown, the busy market town of Libourne is the hub.
To the west of Libourne lies the AOC Appellations of Graves de Vayres, Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac. Then there is Pomerol, which whilst noted for its fine wines does not figure in the classifications and Lalande de Pomerol which covers only two communes - Lalande de Pomerol itself and Néac. To the west of Libourne lies the AOC Appellations of Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux and Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux .
Saint-Émilion lies at the heart of the region - with AOC Appellations of St Emilion and St. Emilion Grand Cru as well as the satellite appellations of St. Georges St. Emilion, Montagne St. Emilion, Puisseguin St. Emilion and Lussac St. Emilion. On the Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Fronsac Wine Trail you can find properties that produce Bordeaux, Bordeaux Supérieur and Entre-Deux-Mers. Saint-Émilion is also home to the Jurade - a wine brotherhood created in 1199 and who is now in charge of promoting the region’s wines worldwide.
Entre-deux-Mers Wine Route
Locally known as very welcoming, lots of wineries from this region are family owned and very welcoming to visitors. Entre-Deux-Mers takes its name from its location - the region nestled between the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers, and lies to the south and east of Bordeaux.
The Entre-Deux-Mers region is traditionally known for its dry white wines; Bordeaux Supérieur, Bordeaux, Entre-deux-Mers-Haut-Benauge, Côtes-de-Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire, Graves-de-Vayres its semi-sweet; Bordeaux Moelleux, Bordeaux-Haut-Benauge, ôtes-de-Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux and sweet wines Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux, Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, Cadillac, Loupiac.
Many of the chateaux in Entre-deux-Mers are as impressive as those in the Medoc or Saint-Émilion.
Graves and Sauternes Wine Route
Larger than the Medoc but producing half the amount of wine, Graves and Sauternes wine route forged a reputation for claret with trade dating back to the marriage of Eleanor d’Aquitaine and the English king in the 12C. Wine production in the region, which stretches from the left bank of the Garonne to the forest of Les Landes, dates back to the Ist century.
Today, Graves and Sauternes wine route has 6 great appellations: Graves, Graves Supérieures, Pessac-Léognanv, Barsac, Sauternes and Cérons. The name of this wine route comes from the region’s gravelly, pebbly soil which is perfect for grape growing.
Blaye and Bourg Wine Route
The Blaye and Bourg Wine Trail will introduce you to the region’s appellations, each one proud of their wines and their rich heritage: Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes-de-Bourg, Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur. Blaye alone has 450 wine properties over 6000 acres which welcome visitors to try their wines and explore the region.
Inspired by the Cité du Vin downriver in Bordeaux Bourg is in the midst of a wine tourism renaissance. The winegrowers in both regions have a reputation for being family-friendly - most of the wineries are family-owned and the wine tours and wine tastings are run by the winemakers themselves. A wonderful region to explore and to learn about wine and how it is made.
Wine Tours & Packages
As well as offering specialised tours throughout several regions in France, we have designed several fabulous short break suggestions that offer the maximum flexibility to our clients; they are available both mid-week and weekend throughout the year, providing you with the complete freedom to choose your travel dates.