France is without a doubt one of the world’s most renowned wine-producing countries, but it’s Bordeaux, in the south-west which is the jewel in France’s crown.
Well developed for wine tourism, Bordeaux offers a world of unparalleled beauty, history and tradition. The stunning chateaux which line the countryside offer excellent tours and tastings whilst the magnificent 18th century buildings, avenues and squares in Bordeaux city make it a must-visit destination for any lover of French wine and food.
For a visit to Bordeaux, we recommend at least three days so you are able to visit the city and the vineyards, and relax away from home. Eat well and drink better is the unofficial motto of Bordeaux and it’s definitely the way to enjoy your holiday there. To help you do just that, we have put together 5 of our top wine and food tours in Bordeaux to get you started.
Enjoy the historic, UNESCO-listed village of St Emilion and its surroundings in a charming and unique way – on your bike! Cycle through vineyards to visit beautiful chateaux, wine cellars and vineyards. Enjoy a walking tour through the village with an expert, english-speaking guide who will fill you in on the best of its history. Stop off at one of the chateaux for a vineyard lunch and a wine tasting class to learn how to taste like a true wine connoisseur.
Prices start from €145pp.
If you’re looking to taste something extra special, then why not try world-class wines during this tour of the Margaux appellation, a place renowned for its first-rate Grand Cru Classé: Chateau Margaux. Indulge in a luxurious experience and discover the real Bordeaux with an expert guide who will share with you all the secrets of the region. This unforgettable tour is perfect for wine novices and wine connoisseurs alike looking to experience Bordeaux.
Prices start from €70pp.
Spend a morning at the beautiful Bay of Arcachon soaking up the sun and enjoying a few of life’s finer things. You will discover an authentic oyster farm and enjoy a delicious sample of fresh oysters with a glass of white wine as the incredible views of the coast act as your backdrop. This wine tour will take you beyond Bordeaux to the beach destination of choice for so many French families.
Prices start from €65 pp.
Discover the prestigious wines of Medoc or Graves for wine tastings, local food and visits to some of Bordeaux’s most famous Chateaux. These areas along Bordeaux’s left bank are famous for their powerful reds, so if that sounds like just your tipple then this tour is for you. Along the way you will meet the winemakers who will answer your questions and school you on the production methods used as you enjoy their award-winning wines accompanied by delicious French delicacies.
Prices start from €69pp.
This is a tour for the food loving travellers out there. French food is arguably some of the best in the world, so there is no way you can visit Bordeaux without taking advantage of this fact. This food and wine day tour is the perfect way for foodies to enjoy tasters of the very best of France. Enjoy fresh bread, indulgent chocolates and incredible cheeses before indulging in a gourmet lunch followed by a wine-tasting masterclass. By the end, not only will you be full to burst, but you’ll also know what to look for when tasting wine.
Prices start from €145pp.
Whether your idea of a holiday is relaxing in a beautiful Chateau or exploring the vast vineyards in the warm sun, beautiful Bordeaux offers a wide spectrum of choice to visiting wine lovers. With so much to do, see and taste, you will be spoilt for choice.
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