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 Full Day Wine Tour From Bordeaux
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
All wine tasting fees 100% included
English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides
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Every day from 9:30am to 5:30pm
Shared wine tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 19
If your group is larger than 19, please get in touch with us.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A great majority of the tours take place in 8 seater Mercedes minivans. On dates with high demand, tour will be conducted in VIP Mercedes 19 seater minibus.
Pick-up & drop-off:
In front of the Bordeaux tourism office, 12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000
Note: Hotel pick-up is not available.
- Visit and wine tasting in 3 Classified growth Châteaux
- Wine tasting fees
- Walking tour of St. Emilion
- English-speaking driver / guide
- Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped vehicles
- Group tour limited to 19 passengers maximum
- Free WiFi access on board
- Personal insurance & expenses
- Meals & drinks
- Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions
- Gratuities for the guide
Discover the Magic of the ‘Right Bank’ Wine Region of Bordeaux
SAINT EMILION FULL DAY TOUR FROM BORDEAUX
This Saint Emilion full day tour from Bordeaux offers a day of carefully chosen wine tasting sessions, Bordeaux vineyard visits and a tour of a unique medieval village.
Mix Incredible Wineries With an Enchanting Village
This full day highly recommended and popular wine lover tour combines both history and wine tastings. The wine tour from Bordeaux commences at a centrally located meeting point, in front of the Bordeaux tourist office. Your day trip includes a walking tour of a most charming medieval village followed by a drive through the Saint Emilion wine region. Participate in exclusive wine tastings at no fewer than three Saint émilion Grand Cru or Grand Cru Classe Chateau wineries (Classified Growth Chateau) that will include Grand Cru Bordeaux wines.
If you are only staying a few days in Bordeaux then this small group wine tour is for you. It covers a full day of visits starting in the morning with a scenic drive from Bordeaux through the vineyards and rolling hills of the saint Emilion wine producing region located on the right bank. Before visiting the UNESCO world heritage site of Saint Emilion village, the wine tour kicks off in the surrounding countryside with a visit and wine tasting session. The right bank includes many wine areas such as Saint Emilion, Pomerol, Castillon cotes de Bordeaux and also Fronsac or Lalande de Pomerol. Each region’s terroir offers unique features, and each has its own history of local wine making. Not included in the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux wines, saint émilion wines have their own system that included to rated Premier Grand Cru Classé wines such as Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Ausone, Chateau Pavie or Chateau Angelus. Petrus is not classified as it is a winery located in the Pomerol appellation and the wines there do not have a classification.
After the guided visits and wine tastings at local wineries, move on with your English-speaking driver tour guide to the gorgeous village of Saint Emilion itself. The village of Saint Emilion is named after a monk who left his region of origin and settled down in the area hundreds of years ago. The village is a rare example of a largely intact medieval town whose geography has not been modified over the centuries. Here, you will enjoy a walking tour taking in important historical sites like the Romanesque cloister and the monolithic church carved into the limestone cliffs (also known as the underground monuments – not included in the tour). Following the village tour, enjoy some free time to explore on your own before we take you to another wine tasting in a carefully selected local winery. The tour returns to Bordeaux in comfort by late afternoon.
The walking tour of the village as well as all the wine tastings are included in your full day St Emilion wine tour, but entrance fees to local museums, monuments and other attractions are not included. This tour is not accessible for wheelchairs and is not available to children under 18 years of age. The tour is in English.
Saint Emilion and the ‘Right Bank’ Wine Region of Bordeaux
Located on a hill set along the Dordogne Valley and surrounded by beautiful countryside, it’s not hard to see why the medieval village of Saint Emilion was the first wine region to be given World Heritage status in 1999. The first to plant vineyards were the Romans, who brought grapes here in the 2nd century.
The village however takes its name from Emilian, a monk from Brittany who fled his home town of Vannes. He took refuge in one of the natural caves of Saint Emilion and lived a hermit’s life until his fame for performing miracles spread far and wide and drew disciples from around the region and beyond. The village subsequently became an important religious center and pilgrimage site and even after his death his followers reinforced his legacy by naming the village after him.
The town continued to thrive through the Middle Ages, at which time local monks developed wine making in the region elevating it to the status it has today. Although excluded from the famous 1855 Bordeaux rating, Saint Emilion wines were finally classified in 1955. Today, far away from the local train station, the stoic beige rooftops and medieval stone buildings make Saint Emilion feel like an open-air museum. Everywhere you walk reveals another picturesque scene and the many cafes and restaurants offer some of the best outdoor dining views to be found in France.
The best attractions in the village are located underground: beneath the town, a gigantic network of tunnels and galleries. Quarries were carved out of the hill in order to provide fertile soil for the surrounding fields and vineyards, and they have left Saint Emilion with many unique underground attractions. Chief among them is surely the Monolithic Church an underground church carved from the limestone in the 12th century that reaches above ground up to a 68-meter high bell tower. The ancient Cordeliers cloisters, which sit alongside the monolithic church in the heart of the old town, are another emblematic local landmark.
Local soil features combined with a unique micro-climate have contributed to the reputation this wine region has developed for producing some of the very best red wines of Bordeaux. This is true for both Pomerol and St Emilion wines. The grape varieties which grow best here are Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The most famous Saint Emilion wines are typically a blend of these grapes and are known for their robust flavors and rich earthy notes.
We also organise shared and private tours to the Medoc region of Bordeaux.
Good to Know
- Instant booking confirmation
- Limited to 19 persons per tour
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
- In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
- Châteaux visits are not private
- Tour is operated in English
- 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 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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