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.
Saint Emilion & Medoc Full Day Private Wine Tour
A Full Day Tour Taking in Some of Bordeaux’s Most Famous Appellations
Three distinct, expert-commented wine tastings
Visit the magical village of Saint Emilion
Selection of 3 classified growth Châteaux
English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides
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Available year-round except on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th
Every day from 9:00am or 9:30am
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:
Your accommodation in Bordeaux
- Visit and wine tasting (fees not included) in 3 classified growth Châteaux
- Walking tour of St. Emilion
- 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
- Personal insurance & expenses
- Meals & drinks
- Gratuities for the guide
A Full Day Trip to the Most Important Wine Regions of Bordeaux
Take part in a full day small group Bordeaux wine tour that will take you to the most famous wine regions of the area: St Emilion & the Medoc.
At first you will be picked up at your accommodation in Bordeaux. Meet your English speaking driver/guide (other languages on request) who will take some time to go over the days itinerary before you depart. You will then board your A/C vehicle and head towards the left bank wine growing area.
Discover the Medoc Wine Region
The Medoc wine region spans the left bank of the Gironde from the mouth of the river to the city of Bordeaux and includes the four famous communes of St Estèphe, Pauillac, Margaux and St Julien. It is about 60 km north to south, and about 10 km wide, with around 10,600 hectares under vines and a production of about 50 million liters per year. All the wine produced here is red and the main grape variety used is the Cabernet Sauvignon but other varieties include Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Located close to the Gironde River, your first stop will be in the Margaux appellation. Depending on the day and your wishes, it will be possible to wine taste Grand Cru Wines or why not visit lesser known Cru Bourgeois family owned estates? After your wine tasting session, you will have some free time for lunch in the area.
Experience Saint Emilion Wines & Village
Following lunch, follow the Gironde Estuary and cross the River to experience right bank wines. Your destination is now the saint émilion & Pomerol wine areas, a real treat for wine lovers. Saint Emilion centers on the commune of the same name. There are several villages around the region that share the Saint-Émilion name, such as Montagne-Saint-Émilion and St-Georges-Saint-Émilion, and are permitted to label their wines under the same name. Merlot is the dominant grape in this area, followed by Cabernet Franc. The climate and damper, cool soils make it difficult for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to fully ripen and as such is less often used. The wines take a little longer to mature than the ones in Pomerol but are still able to be drunk relatively young for a Bordeaux (4–8 years). In favorable vintages the wines have a very good aging potential. At first you will visit and wine taste in a carefully selected winery of the appellation. Once the wine tasting session is over, we will take you to the medieval village of St Emilion where you will be able to follow your guide for a short walking tour. After some free time for personal discovery, it will be time to head back to unesco world heritage city of Bordeaux and this will be the end of our services.
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)
- Currency is in Euros
- 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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