Bordeaux Classique - Bordeaux ultimate food & wine experience
Day 1: Arrival. Check in, Introduction to Bordeaux wines, Dinner.
Day 2: Medoc wine tour, 3 Chateaux visits, French Picnic in a Chateau, night tour
Day 3: St. Emilion 2 Chateau visit and tasting, lunch, Village tour, Private Vintage Wine Tasting.
Day 4: Graves, Sauternes 3 Chateaux visits and tasting, lunch.
Day 5: Cap Ferret, Oyster farm visit and Tasting, cooking class.
Day 6: Departure.
Plan your trip so that you arrive in the morning, early enough to enjoy the delightful Sunday market in Bordeaux. Be advised this one-of-a-kind opportunity is only open until 4pm.
The market offers the perfect beginning to your week of discovering the celebrated wines and sumptuous foods of this beautiful region. Dine on fresh oysters and a glass of white wine as you sit along the river and prepare to discover Bordeaux.
At 5:30 we’ll gather for an introduction to the wines of Bordeaux. Here you’ll learn about the classification system of Bordeaux as we taste these exquisite wines.
After our introductory wine tasting we’ll stroll together for a group dinner at a local bordelaise bistro.
Awaken to the beauty of southwestern France and get ready for a full day of discovery. We’ll uncover the secrets of the world famous wines of the Bordeaux region by embarking on a one of a kind journey along the Routes des Chateaux, in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. The Routes is dotted with renowned vineyards and historic castles, and there is no other wine route anywhere that boasts as many legendary and famous vineyards. You’re sure to recognize the names of these prestigious Grand cru wines. We’ll visit 3 wine estates of esteemed reputation.
There’s no better way to experience the sheer beauty of this historic wine region than by enjoying a simply magnificent picnic lunch while gazing out upon the vineyards which are the birthplace of these exquisite wines. Our hosts are the owners of vineyards and adjacent chateau. Your French picnic will of course be accompanied by the estate wines produced here.
We’ll return to our accommodations in Bordeaux in the early evening to freshen up and prepare for another unique experience as we discover Bordeaux by night. We’ll enjoy a 2 hour walk-about as we observe this amazing port city in a whole new “light”. At night the city comes alive and her stunning architecture shines. The sprawling squares and beautifully sculpted fountains are lively places to meet and greet for locals and visitors alike.
Day 3: St. Emilion village, Chateaux visits and tasting, Private vintage wine tasting
This morning will find us journeying to Saint Emilion and Pomerol. Our first visit will be to a Premier Grand Cru Classé in St. Emilion. This property is located on the impressive limestone plateau of St. Emilion. Deep beneath the vines laid underground caves filled with bottles of what some consider being the very best Bordeaux wines. We’ll taste 3 of these exquisite wines, including an older vintage 2001. Next we’ll be on our way to visit one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux. This family owned property is still making wine, after 14 generations of vintners from the same family. Rare tulips and orchids dating back to Roman times can be found blooming naturally among the vines. You’ll surely be transported back in time when you look out upon the ancient grounds. A rare bottle of wine was found under the floor of the family’s private cellar. The wine dates back to 1750! We will be privy to a vertical tasting different vintages and to be hosted for lunch by the family.
After lunch we will visit the village of St Emilion. This medieval village is listed as a UNESCO heritage site and provides a wonderful opportunity to wander and discover plenty of local French culture as well as history.
In the early evening we’ll enjoy a coveted and rare opportunity to sample the different vintages of Bordeaux wines. Many of these wines are not accessible to the general population. Either expense of availability precludes many an oenophile from experiencing these luscious wines.
Upon return to Bordeaux you have the rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 4: Graves, Sauternes Chateau Visits, Rotisserie Style Lunch Over vine Cuttings
Our fourth day is a full one as we begin with a trip south of the city where we’ll visit some of the top classified red and white estates in Graves and Sauternes. We’ll start with a private chateau in Graves where the hospitable owners welcome us, as dear friends, into their home. There we will get to know our friendly hosts and enjoy a wine tasting as well as lunch. This Graves chateau is rich in history and lore which the family will proudly share with their new friends.
You’ll find out how the soil, a gravelly variety, contributes to the distinctive flavors of the grapes, and ultimately the wine. The variety of wines produced here is wide-ranging; dry whites, soft reds, and Cerons, a sweet wine.
We’ll lunch on your choice of duck breast or steak, prepared rotisserie style over vine cuttings. The vine cuttings impart a deliciously unique flavor that’s like no other you’re likely to have tasted.
After such an outstanding lunch we’ll visit a grand Sauternes chateau which is classified, yet still family-owned. Our visit will surely open a whole new world of white wines for you to discover. The wines of Sauternes are among the most palate-pleasant sweet wines in the world. Though highly desirable, Sauternes wines are relatively undiscovered. They will provide us with a sweet ending to our Bordeaux wine tasting tours.
Your evening will be free so that you may once again soak up Bordeaux at night. Discover more of what the city has to offer, enjoy a glass of wine with the locals, or simply take in the ambiance from your place in one of the city’s beloved squares.
Day 5: The Coast of Bordeaux - Cap Ferret, Oyster Farm, Cooking class
The sea is calling to us and today we answer as our travels take us to the Atlantic coast to discover the secluded seaside town of Cap Ferret. Characterized by the heady scent of pine trees and miles of soft sandy beach the biggest draw for locals and their guests would be the oysters. We’ll spend time at a family-run oyster farm where we’ll learn about the traditional French methods of oyster cultivation. We’ll enjoy a taste as we sample the freshest of oysters and sip a lovely white wine.
After our oyster experience you’ll have time on your own to explore France’s sleepy little coastal gem of a beach town before we return to Bordeaux.
We will return to Bordeaux for a cooking class. You’re sure to return to your home with so many stories to tell, fond memories to reflect upon and discoveries made during your one-of-a-kind week in Bordeaux.
Day 6 : Departure
Depart home or consult with us if you wish to explore another destination. Check Dordogne
The tour includes:
5 nights accommodations
3 lunches including wine
2 Dinners including wine
Hands-on cooking class
A Wine expert guide
Introduction class to Bordeaux wine
Bordeaux by night guided walking tour
Visit to a barrel maker
Transportation during day trips
Wine tasting fees
Wine , Wine and more Wine!
The Tour does not include
Anything not mentioned in the program
The Tour is Limited to 8-12 people
Groups dates 2019
June 2 - June 7
Sep 22 - Sep 27
Price per person staying in a double room: $3500.00
Single supplement: $600.00
We can accommodate private groups of different sizes year round.
Terms and Conditions For This Tour:
A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.
Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is no longer refundable unless we are able to re book another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.
Food N' wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to a currency fluctuations.
The order of activities may change according to venues schedule during harvest time.