About Us

French Wine Tours invites you to discover the Bordeaux wine regions with us, Tony and Wendy.

Hello – Bonjour

Welcome to French Wine tours, we are Wendy and Tony. Having returned to Australia after living and working in France for 3 years, we couldn’t help ourselves, we started French Wine Tours.

The aim of French Wine Tours is to share our love of France, in particular Bordeaux and it’s wine regions. Our Bordeaux wine tours will be small groups of 8-10 people. Above all we want to share the food, wine, culture coupled with the French way of life.

Always there was a dream of moving to France. With us both working (Wendy days and Tony nights) we researched all options and bravely decided to sell everything go. With the decision made we now had to tell the family, of course they were supportive.

To achieve our goal there was much paperwork and jumping through hoops to obtain a French visa. Firstly it was the 12 month tourist visa which we had to apply for and obtain from the French Consulate in Sydney before we could begin our journey.  Also we needed to gain some sort of employment and sponsor to satisfy the initial stage of the Visa process. Long story short we managed this and our Visas were granted.

Arriving in France:

For our first experience upon arrival we had joined a programme called Workaways, we joined in Australia before we left. This is where you are sponsored to work 20-25 hours per week for food and board, it was great.  Our first assignment was with an English couple who owned and ran a Bed and Breakfast (Chambre d’hote) in the Charante Maritime region. From there we ventured to the Dordogne and helped in a Tea House – Le the Verte! again gaining more experience in French ways, then to Chateau Chamballan in the Poitou-Charante region, off to the Loire to house-sit  and pet-sit four cats all the while looking for our own little slice of France.

Finally after eighteen months of  wandering (and visits to French Prefectures for Visa extensions – another story entirely) we bought and renovated a 200 year old village house in The Vendee (south west of Paris, north of Bordeaux) and opened our own Chambre d’hote Sigournais.  We were very fortunate to operate successfully for two seasons hosting French guests, where many a sunset was spent with good company, good wine and good times on our terrace.

Unfortunately though we had to return to Australia for family reasons and are now settled back on the Gold Coast. Never will we regret or forget our French adventure or the marvellous people we met from all walks of life, hence this is our way to share our knowledge and love of the country, the people, wine, food and culture.

You’ll have a taste of Bordeaux… with the Wine Makers!

If we are lucky enough that you join us on our Bordeaux wine tour, we can guarantee a relaxed, enjoyable, laughter filled adventure. Our Bordeaux wine tours will be a little out of the ordinary from other Wine Tours. We are two French loving Aussies, who appreciate what France has to offer especially French wine. We have designed our wine tours to be interactive and interesting experience.

French wines tours Bordeaux will introduce you to the families that work and run their vineyards every day of the year. We will visit a local French village market day. We will spend a night in a traditional Chambre d’hote, a chef prepared evening meal with Bordeaux wines to compliment. Visiting the UNESCO village of Saint Emilion with free time to explore this famous French wine village. French wine tours is all about having a great experience exploring the Bordeaux wine regions and family vineyards. We look forward to meeting you in Bordeaux.

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