Join us at French Wine Tours for our Five Night food & wine tour through the famous Bordeaux vineyard regions of the Medoc, Haut Brion, Saint Emilion Sauternes and cotes de Bordeaux.
September 28th – 2nd October 2020
During this boutique wine and food tour we will discover some of the unique characteristics of the different Bordeaux wine appellations and the wines these wine regions produce. Wine regions such as the Medoc, Blaye, Margaux, Pauillac, Saint Emilion, Pessac Léognan and Sauternes wine regions. Each of Chateaux visited are all very different, giving you the opportunity to taste many varieties of fine wines based on the soils and individual wine making process.
Monday September 28:
Today we are picked up from our meeting point in Bordeaux at 10.00am and proceed north along the scenic route de la Corniche. The Route de la Corniche,’ or ‘The Captain’s Route’. runs for around 8 kms along the banks of the Dordogne to the start of the Gironde Estuary, from Bourg-sur-Gironde to Villeneuve, we continue driving to the beautiful riverside town of Blaye. Blaye is Located on the right bank of the Gironde estuary and has a population of about 5,000 people.
On arrival in Blaye we will meet our hosts and check into our historical accommodation for the next 3 nights. Once settled we will walk to Centre Ville to our restaurant for a 3-course lunch with local wine (lunch Included).
After lunch we will meet our tour guide, who will keep us amused and informed as he leads us on a walking tour of the village, along the oldest commercial road in Blaye, where the Duke Saint Simon used to live, discover the authenticity and the beauty behind the doors of some of the enchanting historical buildings!
On this tour we will visit:
- The only winery in the town of Blaye – Etalon Rouge
- A period-style family home
- Unexpected courtyards and gardens
- An artist studio
- Underground cellars,
- And many entertaining stories …
On completion of tour evening at leisure. (Evening meal at own expense)
Tuesday September 29:
After breakfast we will be picked up and we will make our way to the world-famous UNESCO village of Saint Emilion. Here we will visit a fairy-tale wine chateau overlooking the valley below. We will tour the chateaux grounds, wine holding tanks, wine barrel storage cave and of course a tasting of 3 wines produced at the chateaux.
Following our chateau wine tour, we will drive the 5 minutes into the village centre of Saint Emilion. Saint-Emilion is a charming medieval village located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux wine area. It is a very unique site were world-famous wineries, fine wine, beautiful architecture and great monuments are a perfect match. Here we will take in the village views whilst enjoying a 3-course lunch with wine. (lunch included)
After lunch we will have free time to explore this UNESCO listed wine village. Visit the monolith church in the village centre or one of the many wine shops or local souvenir shops. Take in the beauty of the cobbled streets as you savoir the history of this world-famous wine region of Bordeaux, before returning to Blaye where have your own time to explore further.
Wednesday September 30:
Today after breakfast we will be making our way to the Medoc wine region. The Medoc wine region is home to some of the best known chateaux to be found in the south of the region. There are fantastic wines to be found right across the Médoc wine region. Some of the lesser known Chateaux offer superb wines at more accessible prices than the great estates. The Medoc mainly produces red wine, however, there are some estates in the Medoc that also produce a dry white wine. The most popular grape used for wine from the Medoc region is Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere.
Here in the Medoc we will visit a smaller family owned and operated vineyard. Our Adeline will explain the history of the Chateau the types of grapes grown and the particular soil type and how this soil type impacts on the wine grapes grown at this Chateau. We will be touring their vineyard, holding tanks and barrel cellars before tasting 3 different wines from the Chateau. As we taste our wines on the upper deck overlooking the Chateau and vineyard, you can admire the beauty of what this Bordeaux wine region has to offer. (lunch included)
Thursday October 1:
This morning we have free time to relax or maybe explore the UNESCO world heritage listed Blaye Citadel. The historic ramparts, fortified gates, barracks, prison and gunpowder magazine are evidence of the defensive system that visitors can see. A trip to see the Blaye fortifications is also a chance to admire magnificent views of the largest estuary in Western Europe!
We will depart Blaye and our hosts for the next insightful and informative journey towards Bordeaux. We will return by the scenic wine route stopping along the way for lunch and wine tasting. After lunch sit back and enjoy the drive to our Bordeaux accommodation.
Friday October 2:
Today will be another highlight on your Boutique French Wine Tour, with a visit to the Graves wine region of Bordeaux. This ancient wine-producing region extends south from Bordeaux, along the Garonne river. The majority of the vineyards are situated on the left (west) bank. There are 3500 hectares of vineyards.
The name comes from the word for gravelly, which describes the soil type in this area. This gravelly soil is ideal for growing vines thanks to it’s drainage qualities. The soil also helps reflect the sun light and allows an even distribution of the sun’s warmth over the grapes. This in turn leads to more grapes ripening at the same time.
Be taken back in time when we visit a grand family owned chateau and vineyard. Rich in history this chateau has hosted Napoleon and Josephine for lunch on the terrace overlooking the vineyards and river.
The current owner was born at the chateau, offering a true insight into life as a chateau owner and wine maker. Our host Marine has a real passion for the history and the wines of this chateau. Marines detailed knowledge and history of the red and white wines at the chateau made for an interesting tour and tasting.
As we lunch on the chateau terrace, just as Napoleon and Josephine did, you can only admire the surrounding beauty. Enjoying the food and wines of this chateau you will be taking away an everlasting memory of your French Wine Tour.
Bordeaux Boutique Accommodation:
This charming accommodation offers very spacious bedrooms with air conditioning and private ensuite, each with its own specific décor and Wi-Fi. Situated a short stroll, less than 10 minutes from the Grand Opera and historical centre of Bordeaux.
Price per person based on double occupancy is $2,500.00 Australian dollars
5 nights accommodation including breakfast, 5 lunches 5 days transportation in exclusive private minibus and driver, visits & tasting fees, Wi-Fi access, insurance, taxes.
Drinks for lunch / dinner option unless stated, any personal expenses & generally speaking any service not mentioned in the itinerary.