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Small group French Wine Tour specialist, we are the leading Tours & Activities provider in France for a perfect wine vacation. Expert travel specialist in Wine Tourism, Wine tours in France, wine tasting tours, wine trips & guided tours our services include Exclusive Private Tours in all the wine producing regions of France.

Wine region tours include Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Loire Valley, Provence or the Rhone Valley. We also conduct wine tours in Cahors, Bergerac, Languedoc. If the regions don’t ring a bell, then you might know some very famous appellations such as Saint Emilion, Châteauneuf du Pape or Cote de Nuits.

We also organize small group shared day tours for those wine lovers that have limited amount of time and are traveling to France on a budget. For any category of tours, we strive to have you visit the most incredible french wineries from Grand Cru wineries in the Bordeaux Wine Region to smaller family owned domains in Burgundy or Alsace.

All our wine tours in France are conducted by Expert Guides that speak impeccable English. Their experience in wines is perfect for a an introduction to the French wine country you are visiting. Along with them, understand the basics of wine tasting French Wines.

A Wine Tour with Ophorus is also a safe and secure way of visiting famous wine regions and wine estates in a smooth and comfortable way. Our Wine Tour Guides all hold at minimum the WSET level 2 in wines & spirits. Many local guides also possess higher qualifications that guarantee that you will follow a great wine tour along the most famous wine roads of France.

ALSACE WINE TOURS

Characterized by the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine River and its border with Germany to the east, the Alsace wine region is undoubtedly one of the most charming regions of France. A region famed for wine, culture, landscape and history offers something for every traveler. Typically our Alsace Wine Tours will include the visit to 2 or 3 wineries a day in the most famous wine producing areas.

During on of our unique tours departing from Strasbourg or Colmar, discover the authentic alsace wine route on a half day or full day tour. We organize both private wine tours and shared wine tours that include visits to the most prestigious wineries or to lesser known family owned Alsace vineyards. Most domains have very unique local and traditional tasting rooms.

Your tour will include wine tastings of the local grape varieties such as pinot gris, aromatic Gewürztraminer, pinot blanc, Riesling, sylvaner and also pinot noir is some occasions. The tours will also take you to local medieval villages for sightseeing.

BORDEAUX WINE TOURS

Since 2005, our tours & activities agency has been organizing walking tours, food tours, wine tours and cultural tours for both independent travelers and small groups. Conducted by professional tour guides, let us show you the best vineyards along the Bordeaux Wine Route.

LUXURY BORDEAUX PRIVATE WINE TOURS

Conducted only by a specialized wine expert guide, we have crafted unique private and exclusive tours that cover all the main appellations of the bordeaux wine region. A typical private tour to the Bordeaux vineyards will include pick up and drop off at your accommodation. We will then include several visits and tastings at Grand Cru chateaus, Classified Growth / Cru Classés or Cru Bourgeois wineries.

Other Estates visited are family owned wineries so that you may benefit from a total insider experience and fully enjoy your Bordeaux trip. During the winery tours, you will visit the estates and taste some fine red wines. As a wine lover, you will be able to choose either the left bank – cabernet sauvignon based red wines – or right bank option – merlot and cabernet franc based red wines. If you enjoy dry white wines such as sauvignon blanc then the Entre Deux Mers region is just for you.

Visit to La Cité du Vin, follow a wine tasting class, food and wine pairing courses, meals in famous chateaux, purchase of fantastic bottles for your wine cellar and so much more. It is also possible for us to organize a walking tour or a special wine tasting Bordeaux vs US Wines in the city or why not inquire about our gourmet food tour. So follow our great Bordeaux wine trails and make the best out of your time in this world famous wine region.

SHARED WINE TOURS DEPARTING FROM BORDEAUX

A shared wine tasting tour with Ophorus is a fun & informative way to discover the local bordeaux wineries in a small group tour. Designed as an introduction to the local wines and appellations, our most popular day trips will take you to the medoc region. You will also head to the village of st emilion included in the St Emilion and Pomerol wine tour.

For those of you with limited time, our half day wine tour is a perfect option to be introduced to local bordeaux wineries of the medoc or Saint Emilion wine producing regions. For those with a bit more time to spend in the area, our full day tours will be the perfect option. We will take you to Unesco world heritage site of Saint Emilion vineyards or to the medoc wine area.

Typically, our full day tours include the visit and wine tasting in three very different wineries from Grand Crus to family owned estates. All our shared tours depart in front of the ‘office de tourisme’ of Bordeaux. Tasting fees are all included on the tours and wineries visited have been carefully selected for the quality of their wines!

BURGUNDY WINE TOURS

Our Burgundy private day trips include wine tasting tours to both côte de nuits and côte de beaune vineyards that are known to produce some of the best red wines and white wines in the world. A typical, exclusive half or full day private wine tour from Dijon or Beaune with Ophorus, includes tours and tastings at famous wine cellars or wineries located along the Route des Grands Crus.

During the tastings, experience Grands Cru and Premier Cru Wines of Burgundy to understand the differences in aromas and tastes. For lunch on a private full day tour, your guide will certainly recommend local restaurants that specialize in food and wine pairing that will enhance your dining experience.

Our Burgundy small group shared tours departing from Beaune are a perfect introduction to the wines of Burgundy. On a half day or full day option, you will discover the craft of wine making in traditional family owned domains. All our shared tours also include stops in small charming villages as well as great photo opportunities in the vineyards or next to world renowned wineries.

CHAMPAGNE WINE TOURS

Champagne, like all wines, is an experience for all of the senses – color, aroma, texture and flavor. If your wish is to discover the amazing champagne wine region of France and some of its most famous wineries, then don’t hesitate to participate in one of our Champagne Tours & Tastings!

We organize both small group private tours and shared day tours and tastings in the most famous wine producing Champagne regions. Departing from Reims, we will take you to renowned wineries such as Veuve Clicquot or Moët & Chandon. Other visits include smaller, lesser known family owned boutique ones so that you gain a comprehensive idea of what Champagne making is all about.

For half a day or a full day trip, our tours of Champagne will have you discover the Montagne de Reims producing area or the town of Epernay, coined the Capital of Champagne. Here the Champagne Houses are lined one after the other along the majestic Avenue de Champagne that has more than 110 kilometers of underground cellars.

LOIRE VALLEY WINE TOURS

Loire valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers everything from castles, historical towns and stunning landscapes. Its location alongside the river Loire gives the land its fertility and ensures the productivity and success of the vineyards and Loire Valley Wines.

Our wine tours in the loire valley are a great introduction to various loire valley vineyards such as Anjou Saumur, Chinon, Coteaux du Layon or Bourgueil to name just a few. In the heart of the Loire, our day trips from Tours or Amboise include the most renowned wineries in the region. Here, you can sample some of the best wine this fertile region offers.

Our small group Loire Valley day tours and wine tasting are either exclusive private tours or more affordable shared day tours. On either option, you will have the opportunity to taste red and whites wines as well as local sparkling wines. The main grape varieties that are grown in the region include Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Grolleau and to a lesser extent Pinot Noir.

PROVENCE WINE TOURS

Departing from the town of Aix en Provence or Marseille, we offer Exclusive Small Group Private Provence wine tours and more affordable Shared Tours. These Full Day Wine Tours or Half Day Wine Tours will take you to the most famous wine regions of Provence. These include Châteauneuf du Pape, Bandol & Cassis, Côtes de Provence, Côtes du Rhône and Sainte Victoire to name just a few.

During one of our provence wine excursions you will have the possibility to taste white wines, red wines and rosé wines giving you an idea of the whole range of wines produced here. As a major tour operator of the region, we guarantee fun & informative tours that are conducted by Expert english speaking guides that are knowledgeable in wines.

RHONE VALLEY WINE TOURS

Departing from Lyon, Avignon or Aix en Provence we offer Exclusive Small Group Private tours and more affordable Shared Tours to the major wine regions of the Rhone Valley. This famous wine producing region of France is a wine lovers destination. The large variety of wines produced in the Rhône Valley ensure that there is a wine to the taste of all. Some of the most famous appellations include Chateauneuf du Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, beaumes de venise.

The rhone valley vineyards includes more than 30 appellations in all, the use of different grape varieties and more than 3 million hectolitres of wines or which red wines are the majority. If you are based in northern rhone then our wine tours from Lyon will head to Cote Rotie, Condrieu, Saint Joseph and Crozes Hermitage appellations. If you are based in Avignon or Aix en Provence then the Côtes du Rhône valley wine tours will be focused on Chateauneuf du pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras or Beaumes de Venise.

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KNOWLEDGABLE, CERTIFIED & LOCAL GUIDES

At Ophorus, our Expert Local Guides work exclusively for us. Chosen for their extensive experience, vast knowledge in many different areas such as Culture / History / Art / Food & Wines as well as for their driving skills, they are the ones that make the final in-destination experience so unique. Most of them are accredited guides that are licensed to conduct tours in monuments & historical city centres. Our guides that conduct wine tours all hold the WSET level 2 in Wines & Spirits. Most important, all our guides speak impeccable English and many are also fluent in other languages.

THE BEST PERSONALIZED TOURS

Based in Bordeaux, our team of professional Travel Experts design the most unique personalised tours in France. Their extensive knowledge of the destinations that we promote are the very reason why individuals, groups and Travel Professionals in France and abroad call upon us to craft the best possible itineraries & programs. As ground operators in a number of regions of France and member of many Tourism Offices, our teams have an acute awareness of the latest in-destination travel information. This enables them to create distinctive travel arrangements that no other DMC in France can offer.