Our Bordeaux and Margaux wines tour offers the best of our local experts and guides’ selections among already most renowned city for its 18th century elegance and oldest vineyards in the world that dates back from the antiquity in the 60BC century. You will experience the most fascinating cultural heritage of Bordeaux ancient past while immersing in modern and traditional wine culture, visiting sites, vineyards and wine tasting the famous and best selections of wine.
At 9.30am, your guide will pick you up at your hotel.
On the Route des Châteaux (Châteaux’ road), Three visits and tastings of renowned Margaux Classified Growth Châteaux (Cru Classé & Cru Bourgeois)
The appellation is world famous for its lead 1er Grand Cru Classé: Chateau Margaux. As you follow a part of the Château Route you will discover 3 renowned Classified Growth Châteaux (Cru Classé & Cru Bourgeois) that create wines in which the Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant grape variety. You will learn about the Margaux appellation and encounter those wine makers taking their place in the history, and you will learn and experience everything this living cultural heritage of Bordeaux’s wine has to teach from grape varieties, to geology of the soil or the terroir, the climate, the art and the technics of wine making in this Bordeaux wine region.
It is hard to separate Bordeaux Medoc wines from their cultural and historical heritage. Indeed, Bordeaux wines fame go way back in antiquity. Bordeaux was already starting to earn fame for its wines as far back as the 1st century AD. Romans had settled in 60BC in Burdigala and already started to plant and cultivate wine. From Pompei to England, Bordeaux wines from the right bank of Saint-Emilion was known in all around Europe’s royal court and churches and served to royal wedding. And in the 16th century, Dutch consumers of wine will change Bordeaux wines fate forever by creating what is now known as the Medoc, part of the Left Bank. Motivated by the need to quicken the export of Bordeaux Wines to Dutchland, they dried out all the swamp lands and marshes to create agricultural land, vineyards and direct routes to the Atlantic via the Estuary of the Gironde. It is on this piece of land that the most famous Châteaux will be born. From the 17th century on, Wine trade was entrusted to ‘negociant’ or wine traders by the royal vineyards owners, and it is no secret that the Medoc became a refuge for the wealthy nobility. They had the vision and the money to create what we know as Bordeaux’s Medoc today.