Very informative and relaxed tour – Our guide was great and gave us ample time to tour and relax. She was very knowledgeable and stayed on time.
Bordeaux Organic and Biodynamic Private Wine Experience
Discover The Premiere Sustainable Wineries In Bordeaux
Pre-booked visits at sustainable wineries
Learn about eco-friendly winemaking processes
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
590€ per group of 2 to 8 persons maximum
For larger groups don’t hesitate to contact us we can accommodate groups of up to 19 persons with transportation in a VIP Mercedes Minibus.
Every day except Sundays, on request
From 9.00am or 9.30am
All year round
Except on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th
Fully customizable Private Wine Tour with a focus on Organic & Biodynamic winemaking in Bordeaux. Choose the wine region of your choice we will pre-book the wineries for you.
Destinations include: Saint Emilion, Medoc, Graves or Sauternes. You can indicate your choice during the booking procedure including a ‘help me choose’ option depending on your wishes.
Pick up at hotel in Bordeaux.
- Hotel pick up / drop off from Bordeaux
- Reservations for 3 selected organic/biodynamic wineries
- English-speaking driver guide – wine expert
- Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans
- Bottles of water in the minivan
- Free Wifi access on board
- Tasting fees in the wineries
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums and attractions
- Meals and drinks
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Gratuities for the guide
Meet The Pioneers Of Sustainable Winemaking
Discover our selection of unique Bordeaux wineries that have converted to organic and/or biodynamic farming. Learn more about this sustainable and eco-friendly way of winemaking as you meet the winemakers and be introduced to the beautiful relationship that exists between soil, climate, and wine – a notion that can be synthesized in one French word: Terroir.
Today we will take you to several wineries that have made the decision to produce organic wines or use biodynamic farming methods, that is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to wine making. Over the years, more and more wine makers have chosen to take another path and organic wine making is the trend right now! Your tour will be conducted by an expert wine-guide that will explain along the way the pros and cons of each method. The 3 wineries that you will visit today have been selected so that you may have a complete overview and better understanding of these methods.
Organic farming is defined by regulation (country-specific) or stand-alone certification. It avoids chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Copper and sulfur are spread in the fields. In France, the certification process is quite strict and spans over several years. “AB” is a logo owned by the French state that stands for ‘Agriculture Biologique’. Products can be labelled with this mark when they contain at least 95 percent organic components, were produced or processed within the EU, and were certified by one of the inspection bodies accredited by the state agency.
Biodynamic farming takes several factors into account when farming, such as the lunar calendar and astrology. The farming is more about the entire lifeblood of a vineyard — other plants, insects, animals — not just the grapes. Biodynamic wine is made by farming all components of the vineyard as one whole entity, eliminating the use of chemicals and using natural materials and composts. Following the biodynamic calendar is another integral part of the process. Sometimes, these farming practices, from pruning to harvesting, are controlled by the biodynamic calendar.
Good to Know
- Confirmation of the tour will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
- Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
- Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- This tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Prices are per group
- Prices are listed as a guide only
- Currency is in Euros
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour — you can read about it here
Totally enjoyed the experience! – Found the tour guides to be knowledgeable and competent of the area and wineries. They were highly courteous and respectful.
Wonderful tours in Bordeaux – During our stay in Bordeaux, we went on two wine tours. We enjoyed them a lot! My favorite was the tour of Margaux. Delphine is a sweet girl, she is a great tour guide!
Excellent!! – Very nice trip. Our guide Karim was very cool and showed a great knowledge about wines. The wineries visited were very good too!
Great tour to Medoc! – Highly recommend this tour, will do it again next time someone visits. Our guide was enthusiastic, funny and knowledgeable, and we learnt a lot at the château’s we visited.
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
Read more about the Ophorus experience.