Saint-Emilion and Pomerol private wine tour
The right bank of the Garonne river will not have anymore secrets for you after this full day tour ! The Route des Vignobles will lead you through infinite vineyards and charming countryside. Worldwide famous, the Saint-Emilionappellation provides delightful and prestigious wines that you will taste in local domains, carefully selected by us for their exceptional quality. You will visit Saint-Emilion hilltop medieval village, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. You will appreciate strolling in its tortuous and narrow streets. The climax of the tour will be the discovery of the breathtaking monolithic church, a unique underground monument.
At 9.30am, your guide will pick you up at your hotel.
It takes barely 1h to arrive in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. This is a great time to enjoy a commented drive about the Bordeaux Region heritage through its wine, history, landscape, and culture.
Visit and wine tasting in a famous Classified growth Chateau of the Pomerol or Saint Emilion appellation.
Starting with the best of Saint-Emilion or Pomerol wines! Most of the great Saint-Emilion and Pomerol wine come from the chateaux located on the côtes and the plateau. The côtes are the limestone, rich, hillsides that surround the picturesque village of St. Emilion. On the plateau, you have soils with limestone, clay, gravel, sand and iron deposits. The majority of the best Saint Emilion wine comes from the estates located on the plateau and the côtes of St. Emilion. With its massive layers and deposits of limestone, St. Emilion produces wines of richness, exotic textures and minerality.
Here is a quick overview of St Emilion unique classification unlike the rest of Bordeaux. St. Emilion wines were first classified in 1955 and have been continuously revised with the most recent revision occurring in 2012. Chateaux are divided into two First Growth classification-Premiers Grands Crus Classés A, which currently includes Château Ausone, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Pavie and Château Angélus and Premiers Grands Crus Classés B which currently includes 14 chateaux such as Château Beau-Séjour Bécot and Château Figeac. Below the Premiers crus are the Grands Crus Classés which currently includes 63 chateaux.
A free time or a private guided tour of the village of St. Emilion Monolithic church.
A protected Unesco world heritage site will help discover the village on foot after which you will enjoy free time for personal discovery before lunch. The village takes its name from a Benedictine Monk who was known as Emilian. He lived in the area and is responsible for starting to create the uniquely designed, limestone church that is central the village of St. Emilion. Today, Saint-Emilion is famous also for its fascinating romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets, with cafés and boutiques of the terroir.
After this full of surprise morning, you deserve a lunch. Enjoy one of the many restaurant that offer from chic snack food to gastronomy traditional french food in Saint-Emilion.
Visit and wine tasting session in one of our selected Classified Châteaux of Saint Emilion.
Experience more of wine tasting with a second visit and wine tasting session in a local winery of the Pomerol or Saint Emilion wine producing region. You will encounter independent and passionate Saint-Emilion and Pomerol wine makers. You will learn everything hands on about this living cultural heritage of Bordeaux’s wine has to teach from grape varieties of Merlot and Cabernet France, to geology of the soil, the climate, and most importantly, the art of wine making in this appellation.
At 06.30PM, your guide will drop you off at your hotel.
This tour includes
- Transportation from Bordeaux in a comfortable full option minivan for the day
- Free Wifi access on Board
- Hotel pick up and drop off in Bordeaux City Center
- Bottled water in the minivan
- English speaking driver-guide (8 hours per day)
- Reservation for 2 winery visits
- Tasting fees in 2 wineries
- Classified growth châteaux
- Walking guided tour of the medieval village of Saint-Emilion
This tour does not include
- Underground monuments
- Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
- Personal insurance & expenses
- Other meals and drinks
- Expert guide gratuities
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Due to the refurbishment works next to the Bordeaux train station, we recommend that customers from Paris take the train the day before so that they can guarantee their punctuality on the day of their tour.
-- This tour is subject to availability --