Saint Emilion Full Day Wine Tour From Bordeaux

A Full Day Tour Taking in Some of Bordeaux’s Most Famous Appellations

Three distinct, expert-guided 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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Trip Details

Price:

130€ per person

NOTE: Adult only tour, not suitable for children under 18 years of age


When:

Available year-round

Every day from 9:30am to 5:30pm


Duration:

8 hours


Trip style:

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.


Inclusions:
  • Visit and wine tasting in 3 Classified growth chateaus
  • 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

Exclusions:
  • 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 Bordeaux tour combines both history and wine tastings. Your day trip includes a walking tour of a most charming medieval village and exclusive wine tastings at no fewer than three wineries 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 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

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. 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 restaurant 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 microclimate 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.

Good to Know

  • Limited to 19 persons per tour
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • Chateau visits are not private
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Adult only tour, no children allowed under 18 years
  • Prices are per person
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – you can read about it here

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