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Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé: Guided Visit Tour & Tasting

1. Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé: Guided Visit Tour & Tasting

During this tour. you will see 2 different winery styles. First, discover a traditional winery with an authentic cellar and typical architecture of Saint Emilion, producing a traditional style of wine for the region. The second winery is a forward-looking one with modern cellar on the cutting edge of technology. Discover how the winemakers use cutting-edge technology and viticulture techniques to perfect the winemaking process and produce a different, innovate style of wine. Learn all about the winemaking process from the vines, the varietals, the aging, and everything around it. The visit will be followed by the tasting of 3 Saint Emilion Grand Cru wines, from the different estates with an introduction to wine tasting technics.

From Bordeaux: Half-Day Saint-Émilion Tour and Wine Tasting

2. From Bordeaux: Half-Day Saint-Émilion Tour and Wine Tasting

Discover Saint-Emilion, its wines, and its history on a guided tour from Bordeaux. Visit a historic château and try 3 different high-quality wines. Meet in central Bordeaux and travel by van to the Saint Emilion wine region. First, visit the village of Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See its historical monuments on a short guided tour. Next, you will visit a castle and enjoy a tasting of 3 wines. Learn more about the specificities of this appellation, including the grape varieties and winemaking techniques used to create these unique wines.

From Bordeaux: Afternoon Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Trip

3. From Bordeaux: Afternoon Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Trip

Take a scenic drive to the beautiful wine region of Saint-Emilion on the right bank of the Dordogne River and tour this World Heritage Site. Experience the intimacy of the private chateau, learn the secrets of wine production, discover the vat room & cellar and taste some of the finest wines. Depart Bordeaux in the afternoon and visit a "Great Classified Growth" (Grand Cru Classé) wine estate overlooking the Saint-Emilion vineyards. Hear about the wine-making process and reward yourself with an aperitif served with quality fresh bread and cheese.   Learn the steps of proper wine tasting at a tasting class. Train your nose to identify wine aromas before enjoying some fine wines. Then, take a guided tour of the medieval village of Saint-Emilion in the early evening, and discover why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Bordeaux for a drop-off at the end of the tour.

Bordeaux: Wine Country Vineyards Tour w/ Local Wine Tastings

4. Bordeaux: Wine Country Vineyards Tour w/ Local Wine Tastings

Take a few hours to see the Bordeaux wine country on a guided tour. Discover Medoc, Saint-Emilion, Graves, and Sauternes or Entre-deux-Mers — each with its own charm. The wine region depends on the day of your visit. Depart from the Bordeaux Tourist Office and discover different types of châteaux and taste the colors of the wines according to the wine region. During the trip, your guide will explain Bordeaux wine and give a lot of information. From Tuesday to Saturday, stop at 2 wine estates, visit the technical part with the oak barrels, the vats, and learn about the wine-making process. Discover the prevalence of the seasons which shape the varieties of flavors and more. At the end of each visit, enjoy a tasting of two wines of the property with advice about the steps of the art of tasting (the quantity is limited by French law). On Sunday and Monday, the destination is Saint-Emilion, one of the most famous places in the world for wine and heritage. Follow your guide through the Saint-Emilion village to admire some of the old and remarkable buildings and go into the amazing underground church. The second part of the afternoon includes a visit to a wine estate and a tasting of two wines. On the way back to Bordeaux your guide can answer any questions or give advice. Arrive in Bordeaux in the evening. Monday: Saint-Emilion or Fronsac Tuesday: Medoc Wednesday: Graves and Sauternes Thursday: Entre-deux-Mers Friday: Bourg & Blaye Saturday: Medoc Sunday: Saint-Emilion

Saint-Émilion: Bordeaux Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

5. Saint-Émilion: Bordeaux Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

Dive into the world of Bordeaux wines with an intimate visit to a local family vineyard and explore their cellars. Visit the quaint medieval community of Saint-Émilion for a tour of the renowned Château Saint-Georges and taste some of their high-quality wines. Start your visit by hearing about the history of the founding family, still working on the estate after five generations. Learn about the different grape varieties used and the unique soil that heightens the quality of the wines produced at this property with a privileged location on Pavie Hill. Step into the cellar for a detailed explanation of winemaking and the aging process that takes place in the barrels. Taste a selection of their wines, which are known for their elegance and fall under the exclusive Saint-Émilion Grand Cru appellation.

From Bordeaux: Saint-Émilion Food and Wine Tour

6. From Bordeaux: Saint-Émilion Food and Wine Tour

Depart from the city center of Bordeaux aboard a van to discover Saint-Emilion, its wines, and its history. Visit 3 wineries and relax with a picnic at a Château. First, learn about the history of Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its historical monuments. Discover the secrets of this medieval town and its role as the birthplace of Bordeaux viticulture. At noon, enjoy a tasting of 3 wines at a Château winery. Indulge in a picnic from an artisanal and traditional caterer, who provides fresh, local products presented in jars, as well as charcuterie from the Basque Country, and cheese accompanied by a glass of wine. Afterward, visit a second Château winery and enjoy a tasting of 2 wines. Learn more about the specificities of this appellation, including the grape varieties and the winemaking techniques used to create these unique wines. To finish the day, go to last Château for a final tasting of 3 wines.

From Bordeaux: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

7. From Bordeaux: St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour

Take a half-day tour to the charming village of St. Emilion, and sample a selection of wines. The history of the village goes back to medieval times, and the whole jurisdiction is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural landscape. Upon arrival in the village, embark on a guided walking tour. Explore the charming lanes, Romanesque churches, and ruins that stretch along the steep and narrow laneways. It was the Romans that introduced wine making to the village as far back as the 2nd century. Reminders of the Roman techniques of wine planting can be seen in some of the estates, such as Chateau Bellevue, owned by the world-famous Angelus winery. The village was named after the monk Émilian, a traveling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock in the 8th-Century. Follow your guide for a walking tour of the village to discover all the main attractions.  Then, enjoy a visit and wine tasting session in a Classified Growth Chateau of the Saint Emilion wine region. During the visit, you will learn all there is to know about the estate as well as the techniques used to produce this world-famous wine. From here return to Bordeaux.

Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion and Medoc Full-Day Wine Experience

8. Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion and Medoc Full-Day Wine Experience

Spend a day exploring the wineries and vineyards in Bordeaux on a guided wine tasting trip. Sample wines at three wineries and tour the historic town of Saint-Emilion. Savor local specialties during a picnic at a Château (winery). Depart from the city center of Bordeaux to discover the most beautiful vineyards of both banks. To start, visit Saint-Emilion with your guide. Tour the village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and discover its historical monuments. Later, visit a Château (winery) and enjoy a tasting of 3 wines while learning about Saint-Émilion. During your tasting, your guide will prepare the picnic served at a lovely table during which you can enjoy a glass of wine from the Château. Enjoy food prepared by an artisanal and traditional Bordeaux caterer who offers fresh, local, and tasty products as well as Basque country charcuterie and cheese. In the beginning of the afternoon and after an-hour drive to go to the left bank, enjoy a visit and a tasting of 3 wines in a family running winery from the famous Médoc area (especially the Margaux appellation). Then, stop by the famous Château Margaux and take photos before heading to a third winery (classified in 1855, the Napoleon classification) where a commented wine tasting is waiting for you. Finish your tour with a new perspective on the art of winemaking.

Saint-Emilion: 2 Guided Winery Visits & Picnic Lunch

9. Saint-Emilion: 2 Guided Winery Visits & Picnic Lunch

Begin your wine tourism experience with a picnic, enjoying a scenic view of the vineyards from our outdoor terraces accompanied by a glass of wine. Choose from a selection of dishes prepared with regional products, including gourmet options such as chicken, beef, duck, pork, as well as vegetarian and vegan alternatives according to your preferences for the day (appetizer, main course, and dessert included). After this experience, you'll be prepared to explore two Saint-Emilion Grands Crus Classés properties in a single visit: Château Tour Baladoz: Tradition and authenticity lime-stone estate, where you learn about the production process, from grape harvesting to bottling. Château La Croizille: Known for its innovative approach to winemaking. You'll learn about different production techniques and enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Saint-Émilion region. Finally, the tour will conclude with a commented tasting of 3 great wines from our estates.

Saint-Émilion: Vineyard Walking Tour and Tasting

10. Saint-Émilion: Vineyard Walking Tour and Tasting

Take a tour of the family-run Château Haute-Nauve in Saint-Émilion with a member of the family, Marie-Anne or Florent ( Mother and Son). Walk through the vineyards and learn about the production of French wine from the makers, visit the wine cellars, and finish the experience with a tasting of four wines from the premises. Start with a tour of the vineyard, where you'll hear about the family ( 4th generation ) history of the estate, and the specificities and varieties of the Saint-Émilion wine appellation. See various plots of vines and learn about how work on the vineyard changes throughout the year. Amongst other sights, you'll spot a wind turbine and a bottle of wine 6 meters tall. Hear how the Château tackles challenges like crop frost, prioritizes sustainability and diversification, and develops new wine varieties. Next, visit the vinification cellar to learn about the entire production process, including fermentation, pumping, and pressing. The tour ends in the barrel cellar, where you'll see the methods used for aging wine. Finish with a guided tasting of four wines from the Château, including two with Grand Cru appellations.

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Our guide Mel from Bordeaux Wine Trails was fantastic. We loved the entire trip- the journey was quick, the two chateaus were beautiful and the guides/hosts were very friendly and had a wealth of knowledge to share. Saint Emilion is beautiful. We would recommend this tour to everyone.

Our trip and our guide Nicolas was extremely informative and the best guide we could have ever asked for. Well worth the money. Would definitely take one of the chateau tours again

Highly recommend a visit to Haute Nauve. Florent was a gracious host and gave us a very thorough tour of his families estate. Glad we chose this option.

Great tour and our guide Pascal was very knowledgeable! Highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn about the region and the wine!!

Florent was very knowledgeable and an excellent guide, I can definitely recommend this wine tour!