Emily was a brilliant guide who clearly knows her subject very well and is excellent at explaining and answering questions. She managed the whole day perfectly and is clearly a first-class guide not only in her knowledge of the area and wine but also on how to keep people interested. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Emily (and Ophorus) to any friends, family and colleagues that are visiting the area.
Graves Wine Tour Private Full Day Trip From Bordeaux
A Full Day Tour Taking in Some of Bordeaux’s Most Famous Appellations
Visit the heart of Bordeaux’s famous wine region
Taste fabulous wines, guided by a knowledgeable hand
English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides
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Every day from 9:00 am or 9:30 am
Approx. 8 hours
Private wine tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8
If your group is larger than 8, please get in touch with us.
Pick-up & drop-off:
Pick up and drop off at your Hotel or Accommodation in Bordeaux
- Taste fabulous wines, guided by a knowledgeable hand
- English-speaking driver / guide
- Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped vehicles
- Free WiFi access on board
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums and attractions
- Wine tastings fees (per person and per tasting)
- Personal insurance & expenses
- Meals & drinks
- Gratuities for the guide
A Full Day Trip to the Most Important Wine Regions of Bordeaux
This morning, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux.
MEET YOUR ENGLISH SPEAKING DRIVER/GUIDE WHO IS A LOCAL EXPERT ON BORDEAUX WINES
In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your Hotel or Accommodation in Bordeaux. Meet your English speaking driver / guide who is an expert on Bordeaux Wines. Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way to the Graves & Sauternes wine producing regions.
TRAVEL IN A SPACIOUS MERCEDES MINIVAN
Your private Bordeaux Day Trip in the Graves & Sauternes will take place in one of our very spacious Mercedes Minivans. This vehicle can take up to 8 persons. All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system that allows you to hear the commentary of your driver/guide no matter where you are seated. Also, there is free Wi-Fi access in all vehicles. Bottled water is also available in all our vehicles.
DEPART FROM BORDEAUX AND REACH THE GRAVES & PESSAC LEOGNAN WINE REGION
Starting in the city of Bordeaux, a short drive in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan brings you out of the city to the picturesque countryside plains and rolling hills of the left bank wine producing area. This is the heart of Bordeaux’s famous wine region, where many vineyards carry the Graves and Pessac Léognan AOC designation. Each of these local wineries produce vintages with distinct soil features backed by a long winemaking heritage.
Located South of Bordeaux, this wine region is known to be the original wine producing region of Bordeaux. This is the area where the Romans first planted grapes just about 2,000 years ago. The name of the region originates from the soil that can be found here, deep layers of grave and stonel! Your first major stop on this personalized Graves half day trip will be in one of the local estates for a visit and wine tasting at a Grand Cru Chateau. Here, we have scheduled an appointment for you. You will be greeted at the Chateau and will get to tour and taste different vintages in this carefully selected domain.
Your Ophorus guide will be with you during the visit so don’t hesitate to ask any questions. All our driver/guides have great knowledge about wines and they will be happy to share any basic or more technical information concerning French or Bordeaux Wines. Whether you have questions about history, technique, flavors, aromas, food & wine pairings don’t hesitate to ask them anything that relates to wine to make this half day a very special one.
DISCOVER THE PESSAC LEOGNAN WINE PRODUCING AREA
This quite recent appellation used to be part of the Graves. Due to its recognition of producing high quality red and white wines, the area was rewarded with a communal appellation in 1987. The red wines of Pessac Léognan are based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. The white wines produced here are generally made of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. The soil is quite similar to the one that can be found in the Graves region which is mainly gravel, stone and sand. One of the most prestigious wineries of the appellation is Chateau Haut-Brion that was granted the 1er Grand Cru Classé level of 1855, sole chateau to be located outside the Medoc & Sauternes wine producing regions. Upon arrival in the wine region, we stop at a carefully selected winery. Here, you will have the opportunity to taste the different wines of the estate including white and red wines.
AFTER LUNCH, VISIT THE SAUTERNES WINE PRODUCING REGION
The Sauternes wine region is famous for the high quality sweet white wines that are produced here. The most famous winery of the region is Chateau d’Yquem that was classified as a Premier Grand Cru Classé in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines. Sauternes wines are made in great majority with Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to which are added in much lesser amounts Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris. The wines of Sauternes are produced thanks to the action of a fungus, Botrytis Cinerea that causes the grapes to rot. This process is called the noble rot when it comes to take place on healthy grapes and under a favorable climate. The local climate of Sauternes during the summer time is usually composed of morning mist followed by warm and dry afternoons which has the effect to dry the grapes, reduce the water content and concentrating the sugar. The result is the making of an intensly sweet, gold colored wine with strong aromas of honeysuckle, blossom and stone.
This afternoon, your tour will take you to one of the most prestigious wineries of the Sauternes area. Upon arrival, you will visit the installations but the most important will be to understand the wine making process as it differs completely with that of other wines. Follow the Chateau guide as you are explained the making of Sauternes wines from the vineyard to the bottle. Once the visit is over, it will be time to taste this unique nectar. During a commented wine tasting, you will be explained which food pairs the best with this category of wine. After the visit and tasting, it will be time to head back to Bordeaux.
Good to Know
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
- Tour is operated in English, other languages upon request
- Tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Adult only tour, no children allowed under 18 years
- Prices are per group (not per person)
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour — you can read about it here
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.
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)
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