Bordeaux Wine Tour

Bordeaux Wine Tours for Discerning Gourmets:

Bordeaux is a mythical destination for wine lovers and the romantic name alone evokes images of fairy tale châteaux and manicured vineyards. The region of Bordeaux offers a diverse range of landscapes from the medieval hamlets and bucolic scenery of the right bank; to the flat, ex-swamplands of the Médoc punctuated with stately manors and wine estates; to the beaches and sand dunes of the Arcachon Peninsula. There are literally thousands upon thousands of wineries, many of which are household names to wine collectors. And the city of Bordeaux, whose historic mansions and graceful buildings have seen a major facelift and cleanup in the last decade, is something of a mini Paris and utterly delightful.

This luxurious private tour of Bordeaux town and region has been designed for wine lovers who also love fine living. Visit beautiful wine estates with charming, friendly hosts and learn all about the complex and fascinating history of Bordeaux and its wines. Intersperse the wine sipping with promenades in the vineyards, tours of Bordeaux’s golden triangle and St Emilion with local art historians, a boat ride in the striking Arcachon basin. Try the tasting menus of two of France’s most talented (and 2 Michelin starred) chefs Jean-Luc Rocha and Philippe Etxebest and contrast these sumptuous gourmet meals with easy, convivial bistro dining.

If you are looking for an unforgettable luxury vacation in Bordeaux combining fine wines, châteaux accommodation, some fabulous meals, and terrific hosts, then contact us for more information on customizing this tour.

Bordeaux Wine Tour Highlights:

  • Private luxury wine tour of Bordeaux
  • Wine tasting in left bank, right bank, and Sauternes
  • Chauffeured Mercedes & charming driver
  • Fly over the vineyards of Margaux by Helicopter
  • Visit medieval Saint Emilion, chic Cap Ferret, historic Bordeaux
  • Fabulous dining, from local French bistros to Michelin starred
  • Private boat cruise of the Arcachon peninsula
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Below is a suggested Day By Day Itinerary for your private Wine Tour in Bordeaux


Day One - Arrive Bordeaux- Fine Dining at Chapon Fin

Bordeaux City Center

Bordeaux City Center

Your elegant and friendly driver and sleek Mercedes will greet you at the airport and take you into the historic center of Bordeaux where you will be staying at a fabulous luxury hotel right across from the theatre. Check in, relax and settle in. Your guide will collect you in the afternoon to take you on a fun and interesting private tour of this lovely city. Begin with a stroll through the Place de la Comédie, which sits atop the ancient Roman forum. Admire the beautiful Grand Théatre, built in the late 1700’s and now a venue for opera and events. Over the next few hours, take in all the sights including the striking Place de la Bourse, the impressive Grosse Cloche, and the ethereal 11th century Cathédrale Saint-André. Listen to anecdotes and local legends as you trace the footsteps of historic personalities such as Thomas Jefferson, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Eleanor d' Aquitaine and Napoleon.

Finish the afternoon with a glass of vin of course, in an enchanting wine bar. Before dinner, you’ll have a chance to get freshened up. Dinner tonight is at an old Bordeaux institution, the Chapon Fin. Despite the Michelin star, the atmosphere is not stuffy and the young staff are cheery and well informed. You will be treated to the tasting menu paired with Bordeaux wines. Weird and wonderful dishes might include grilled oysters stuffed with veal and a cilantro mousse, slow roasted beef and candied beetroot in a balsamic sauce, Sea bass and pecans, and Pigeon in a garbanzo and wasabi crust. Finish off with crunchy pears in a orangey saffron jus and chocolate and early gray tea sorbet, delicious! Welcome to Bordeaux.


Overnight:5* Luxury hotel, Bordeaux

Meals Included in Price:Michelin starred dinner with wines

Transfers:Bordeaux airport- Bordeaux, walking tour


Day Two - Wine Tasting in Graves

Carbonnieux Estate

Carbonnieux Estate

The beautiful area of Leognan is in store today, with visits to two top Graves estates. Begin with a stop at Carbonnieux, one of the oldest wine making estates in Bordeaux. The cultivation of vines at the Carbonnieux estate dates back to the 12th century when it was founded by Benedictine monks from the Sainte Croix abbey in Bordeaux. The estate’s wines became internationally famous in the 18th century when the monks capitalized on the remarkable purity of the whites wines by coining them Carbonnieux Mineral Water. The monks even exported the wines, including to Constantinople where the Grand Turk apparently adored them. The symbol of this estate still references its origins with its cross emblazoned with the letter “S”. While the red wines here are great, the white wines are truly world class and to start your day you will enjoy a vertical tasting of their best whites.

Follow with lunch at the Caudelie wine spa estate at the Table du Lavoir restaurant. This warm and rustic space has a huge open fire and a very cozy feeling. The cuisine is country fare and you might try duck magret roast with figs or a chargrilled steak with béarnaise sauce and homemade frites. After lunch you’ll visit the prestigious Smith Haut Lafitte winery, on the same gorgeous property. Your host is excellent and after a tour of the historic chais (cellars) finish the visit in their tasting room, overlooking the vineyards. Tonight you are staying in a gorgeous privately owned nearby Château and you will feel like the lord of the manor, with your own private chef and all! Check in and chill out. You could go for a walk through the vines on their quaint estate, take a bath with the luxury bath salts you get in your welcome pack or watch the sunset while sipping an aperitif. Dinner will be prepared just for you in their intimate dining room. Your chef is extremely hospitable and fun, you’ll enjoy this!


Overnight:Private wine châteaux in Leognan, suite

Meals Included in Price:Full breakfast, lunch and dinner with wines

Transfers:Bordeaux touring


Day Three - Visit Cap Ferret & dine on local Oysters

Café Pinasse

Dessert at Café Pinasse

Today you are going to visit the chic area of Cap Ferret, the “Hamptons” of Bordeaux where the well heeled have their villas, from movie stars to football players. Your driver will pick you up in the Graves wine country and you’ll travel west towards the Atlantic and board a private boat near the Dunes of Pyla, the largest natural sand dunes in Europe. You have a special and unique day planned!

Explore the picturesque Arcachon Basin by boat and pop into the mythical oyster shacks and fisherman huts to taste the world famous local oysters, paired with champagne but of course. Sail on to Cap Ferret, a woodsy beach town on the peninsula and sit down at your waterfront table at Café Pinasse. This shabby chic locale attracts all the local celebs and high society, and above all seafood lovers. You will have a seafood extravaganza for lunch- Aquitane Caviar, langoustines, mussels in garlic and white wine sauce, and more all paired with local wines. After lunch your driver will take you back to your Château where you can relax and have a light dinner tonight.


Overnight:Private wine châteaux in Leognan, suite

Meals Included in Price:Full breakfast, lunch and dinner with wines

Transfers:Bordeaux touring


Day Four - Visit La Winery & Private VIP Dinner in a Château

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

This morning after a hearty breakfast of homemade crèpes and strawberries with just-whipped cream, Jambon ham and local cheese and buttery croissants, explore the winery on the grounds. You’ll be privy to a private tour and vertical wine tasting here at Haut Bailly, a Franco-American owned historic estate. The cellar master is a real personality and you’ll hear expert commentary and plenty of jokes during the tasting. After a convivial morning of wine swirling, you’ll move on to the Médoc wine region further north. This is the famed left bank where you will find the wine appellations of Pauillac, Margaux, St Estèphe, and St Julien.

Arrive to the newish, very Napa-esque “La Winery”. This contemporary, artsy wine tourism site is unique in France and houses a very good bistro, massive high-end wine shop (including many international wines) and tasting rooms where they conduct their fun “wine signs” courses. An informal lunch is first followed by a private blind wine tasting of France VS USA wines! Can you taste and identify the differences between Oregon Pinot Noirs and red Burgundy, or between Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon and classic Pauillacs? In a relaxed setting, test your knowledge and tickle your brain cells. The sommelier here was head hunted from the 2 Michelin Starred Thierry Marx restaurant and is warm and knowledgeable.

In the evening, arrive to your luxurious abode for the next few nights, the absolutely stunning Château La Lagune. Be welcomed like royalty by your own private butler and settle into to your bedroom with romantic, period furniture. Freshen up and explore the property with extensive vineyards and parkland.

The private VIP dinner tonight is in the prettiest and coziest French country kitchen you could imagine. You’ll have your own chef and dishes vary by season but might include dishes like lobster bisque, wine poached salmon with black truffles and then finished off with superb, just- made chocolate soufflé. The delicious wines of the estate will be on offer and you can taste star vintages like 2005 and 2000 and discover for yourself why these vintages were so well received. After dinner, why not sip a cognac in the drawing room? Magnifique.


Overnight:Private wine châteaux in Médoc, suite

Meals Included in Price:Full breakfast, lunch and dinner with wines

Transfers:Leognan- Médoc


Day Five - Wine Tasting in the Margaux Region

Château Kirwan

Château Kirwan

Spend the day in the most graceful appellation of the left bank today- Margaux. You will visit three of our favorite estates here such as Palmer, Kirwan and Giscours and even admire the vineyards from the air today on a private helicopter ride! Begin the day with a visit to Palmer, one of the most impressive wineries architecturally with its regal Château. Begin with a tour of the vineyards and continue with a private tour and conclude with a tasting of their Grand Vin Château Palmer as well as the sumptuous Alter Ego wine, a personal favorite.

Next up is a visit at Kirwan down the road where the super friendly owner herself will greet you and join you on a captivating helicopter ride and aerial tour of the vineyards. This is a highlight of your vacation in Bordeaux!! After this riveting experience, tour the Kirwan estate and conclude with a tasting of five of their best vintages from the 80’s, 90’s and into the new millennium.

At this stage you will be well ready for lunch and we have a charming picnic on the grounds of Giscours planned for you. Your dapper and handsome host Marc will take you on a private tour of the property and direct you to your romantic corner, where overlooking the vineyards you’ll tuck into your gourmet hamper stuffed with goodies like truffle saucisson, cured hams, brioche, Brie, crusty bread, rosemary almonds, marinated olives, Foie Gras, local chocolates made in Margaux- and a bottle of Château Giscours!

In the afternoon at your leisure (you could do some wine shopping in Margaux first if you liked), return to your private Château. Dinner tonight will be based on your preferences, the chef is at your disposal.


Overnight:Private wine châteaux in Médoc, suite

Meals Included in Price:Full breakfast, lunch and dinner with wines

Transfers:Bordeaux wine country touring


Day Six - Medieval St Emilion

Chateaux Pichon Lalande

Château Pichon Lalande

The tour just keeps getting better! Tonight you will head into medieval Saint-Emilion, your base for the next few nights. But first, you will visit the St Estèphe, Pauillac and St Julien appellations and dine at one of Bordeaux’s hottest restaurant. Begin the day with a private tour and tasting at the outstanding Cos d’ Estournel, one of the absolute best estates in Bordeaux. Probably the most beautiful winery too, with its dramatic Oriental inspired Pagodas. Cos d’ Estournel have just completed a massive, three year, multi million euro renovation of their cellar. The gorgeous new Indian baroque style cellar room with its elephants and candles was designed by Jacques Garcia of Costes in Paris and the Regent in Bordeaux. And the stunning new vat room was designed by the same architect that did Louis Vuitton shop on Champs-Élysées.

Take in the beautiful cellar and continue with a tasting of various vintages of Cos d’ Estournel and their unique and delicious white wine- a novelty for the region. Next up is a visit in neighboring Pauillac, with its powerful “monster” red wines adored by the likes of Robert Parker. You will visit one of the loveliest and friendliest estates, the Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande. One of our favorites, this estate is located just across the street from the fairy tale Pichon Longueville estate and it borders vineyards with the 1st growth Latour. We love this winery not only for its terrific wines but for the beauty of the property and for the warm welcome. You will also visit their small, quaint glass museum with views over the vineyards and the Gironde estuary. Super.

Don’t worry- lunch is next! And what a lunch, a tasting menu at Cordeillan Bages, a Relais & Chateaux renowned for its cuisine. The cuisine is daring, outrageous and creative, quite out of this world. You’ll try a variety of tasting dishes paired with wines from around France. Let your taste buds explore new dimensions! The last activity of the day then is a fun, relaxed wine blending class in St Julien (only a few minutes down the road) at the highly esteemed Château Lagrange estate. Learn how the winemakers here do the “assemblage” and what makes a Bordeaux blend. In the evening you will arrive to your boutique hotel, set amid the vineyard. You will probably not be hungry enough for dinner, but for a nibble you can head into St Emilion. Settle in and enjoy your picturesque surroundings.


Overnight:Luxury winemaking estate St Emilion, suite

Meals Included in Price:Full breakfast, Michelin starred lunch with wines

Transfers:Bordeaux touring


Day Seven - Barsac & Sauternes Tastings

St Emilion

St Emilion

Yesterday was a full day, so take the morning today to sleep in late or go for a swim in their beautiful natural swimming pool overlooking the vines. At noon your driver will collect you and you will travel to the Sauternes appellation on one of the prettiest country roads in the French wine country. Arrive to the Coutet estate in Barsac, our personal favorite in the region with its historic Château, 13th century English tower and extremely charming French-American owners. Instead of yet-another tour and tasting, today you will taste their wines as they were made to be tasted- over a meal.

In the private family home, enjoy a specially prepared multi-course lunch paired with their best wines (sweeties from Barsac-Sauternes) and with the owners themselves. This is an intimate and friendly experience and if the weather is nice you can even sip the aperitif on their scenic terrace, overlooking the vines. Lunch will be in their homey dining room amazingly unfussy even with its original Chagall painting. It will include perfectly executed dishes like quail piccatta, buttered lobster, monkfish in a lemony sauce, pressed chicken in terrine, etc. This is a unique and special highlight of the tour at one of the top 1st growths in Sauternes.

There is no rush today and at your leisure, head back into St Emilion. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore this medieval gem. Dinner tonight is on your own, there are quite a few bistros and wine bars in the village.


Overnight:Luxury winemaking estate St Emilion, suite

Meals Included in Price:Full breakfast, Lunch with wines

Transfers:St Emilion- Sauternes-St Emilion


Day Eight - VIP Wine Tasting & Michelin Starred Dining

Château Angelus

Charming Host at Château Angelus

Alas, today is the last day of your tour. We better make it special! How about tasting some incredible wines, visiting medieval wine caves, exploring underground churches and finishing up with a spectacular tasting menu at St Emilion`s most famous gourmet haunt? You will start the day in the heart of the ancient hamlet of St Emilion, a Unesco world heritage site. Escape the hordes of tourist above ground, for a private, underground tour! Trace the steps of the crusaders and saints. Admire the amazing monolithic cathedral from the inside and hear about local legends ranging from the catastrophic 14th century plague to modern day grave robbers.

After a fascinating morning tour, your host at the ultra- prestigious Château Canon will personally collect you in the village and with a VIP set of keys, you will enter their private estate and criss-cross their vineyards on foot. The winery is only a ten minute walk from the ancient walls. Canon, along with Château Rauzan-Ségla in Margaux is currently owned by Chanel, who have invested heavily in raising the quality and profile of their properties from great, to really, really great. This particular estate is wonderful, with ancient chalk caves which you will visit, and a high tech cellar. Taste their fine wines after an interesting and detailed tour of the estate.

Lunch will be on your own in the village, we suggest something light as dinner tonight will be a huge tasting menu. In the afternoon, you will visit the last winery of this unforgettable Bordeaux wine tour. We have selected Château Angelus for you, with its beautiful setting, impeccable wines and excellent hosts. This is the perfect place to conclude your epic wine tasting journey in the region. After a private tour and tasting of 2 or 3 of their valuable wines (known as the “choice of James Bond”, as they featured in the first Daniel Craig film, Casino Royale), return to your hotel to relax and freshen up.

Dinner tonight is at the superlative, 2 Michelin starred Hostellerie Plaisance, in St Emilion where chef Philippe Etchebest is at the helm. Dinner is a decadent tasting menu that will include seasonal dishes such as Coquilles St Jacques (scallops); Gillardeau oysters with pear and pistachio oil; Foie gras de canard with black truffle essence; Breton lobster with coconut mousse; Veal Rognons with Cèpes; an indulgent cheese selection by prestigious cheese ager Pierre Rollet; Orange blossom Panacotta with grapefruit sorbet and more! After a splendid dinner, take a walk around St Emilion, lit up and ever so magical a night.


Overnight:Luxury winemaking estate St Emilion, suite

Meals Included in Price:Full breakfast, Michelin starred dinner with wines

Transfers:St Emilion touring


Day Nine - Depart Bordeaux

Ripe grapes

Ripe grapes

Your driver will take you to Bordeaux airport for your outbound flight today and this concludes your unforgettable wine tasting tour of Bordeaux! You will leave with a lifetime of sweet memories, not to mention some fantastic photos and a few Cellar Tours gifts! We hope to see you again for your 20th anniversary tour!


Overnight:Luxury winemaking estate St Emilion, suite

Meals Included in Price:Full breakfast

Transfers:Airport


Customer Feedback:

“The selection of wineries was great. It was nice to have visited wineries that were as well known as the ones we visited. Kirwan was especially nice as the woman (owner) giving us the tour was very warm, nice and easy to talk to. She opened some very old bottles for us which was special (she made us feel quite special I thought too). Clos Fourtet was very cool and the woman giving us the tour was excellent. Figeac and Angelus were great. Coutet was the white wine vineyard and it was a big surprise. Very different process and the chateau was gorgeous. All the people giving us our tours were wonderful and happy to accommodate us. They really wanted to make an impression on us and did. La Lagune was heaven!! The staff, particularly Emmanuel our butler, couldn't have been better. The chateau is so pristine and the traditional decor made you feel very comfortable and welcome. The food was excellent. The chef was very good. At the end of our busy days it was like coming home! I would highly recommend it to anyone. Chateau Du Tertre was wonderful. The grounds of the chateau were very pretty with some wonderful sculptures and paintings in and around. We loved the wine pairings with our lunch and the lunch itself was tasty, well presented and filling. I had so much fun doing our cooking class. The garden was more like a meadow! Bas was our chef and he was very patient and very informative. We got some great tips and thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of our labour. The keepsake itinerary was very helpful and we referred to throughout our holidays. I would highly recommend Cellar Tours.”

Alison Sedun, Canada


Whats Included:

  • Accommodation for 8 nights in luxurious hotels and wine châteaux
  • 8 Full breakfasts
  • 11 Full breakfasts
  • Private Airport Transfers and all transfers as per the itinerary by luxury Mercedes E and English speaking chauffeur
  • Private Boat Tour of Arcachon Peninsula
  • Oysters and champagne tasting
  • Wine Picnic
  • French VS USA Blind wine tasting
  • Assemblage, wine blending class
  • Six exceptional dinners with wine pairings including 2 Michelin starred eateries
  • Six wonderful lunches with wines, including one Michelin starred eatery, and a private home of a Bordeaux wine family
  • 1 keepsake itinerary with maps and ample information on France, food and drink, and all locations visited
  • Gourmet Gift
  • Welcome bottle of wine in room
  • All Local taxes

Whats Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Meals and Drinks not Specified
  • Personal Expenses such as Telephone, Minibar, etc
  • Tips and Gratuities (Guides, Restaurants, etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Strongly recommended)
  • Cancellation Insurance

Prices:

This is a SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARY. Please note that our private chauffeured luxury tours are totally customized to your needs and price varies according to the number of people in your group (please note tours require minimum 2 guests), specific suppliers included, number of services included,specific dates, transport type etc. Contact us today for more information and we would be delighted to get started on a tailor made detailed itinerary with pricing for you.

  • Final price depends on chosen style of accommodation and dining. Please contact us with your group size (minimum 2 guests, no maximum group size), travel dates and preferences and we will send you custom pricing.
  • Discounts available for larger groups
  • Please note that our tours are available upon demand for PRIVATE GROUPS and are not scheduled tours for mixed groups.

More Information:

If you are interested in this package, contact us today for more information. This tour can also be adapted for bigger groups with a substantial discount. All of our tours are available year round upon request for your private group of minimum 2 people. If you would like us to customize a luxury gourmet tour for you, contact us with your requirements, and we can send you a free itinerary and quote with no obligations. We organize cooking packages and wine tours from 1 day, to weekends to longer food and wine discoveries throughout Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal & Italy.

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