Best Grands Crus Classés de Graves Wine Tour and Lunch from Bordeaux
- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Lunch included
- Free drinks included
- Led by a local guide
Wine fans may be familiar with the ‘Institute National des Appellations d'Origine’ — an organization that regulates and protects agricultural produce of specific interest throughout France. The red and white wine produced in the Bordeaux winemaking region of Graves were classified in 1953 by the institute under the name Pessac-Leognan, and it has been carefully protected and highly prized ever since.
For your first visit of the day, stop at a wine château in Graves, enjoy a tour of the winery, hear your guide explain the winemaking process and take time to ask any questions you may have. Afterward, try some of the delicate wine during a tasting session.
Continue onward to the second château on your tour. Explore the winery with a guide, and perhaps pose for photographs among the vines! Sit down to a country-style lunch here, and enjoy a second tasting session. This beautiful terroir produces red and dry white wine that can be served with a wide range of dishes. Learn how the professionals carefully select certain wines to complement each course, and gain an appreciation of the exquisite flavor combinations.
The exact châteaux visited on the tour may vary, but will be two of the following: Château Bouscaut, Château Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Château Couhins, Château Couhins-Lurton, Château Fieuzal, Château Haut-Bailly, Château Latour-Martillac, Château Malartic-Lagravière, Château Olivier or Château Smith Haut Lafitte.
After your second visit, relax on the return coach trip back to Bordeaux where your wine tour ends.
First course (choice of one):
- Oysters from Arachon Bay
- Foie gras with Port, apple and gingerbread
- Half–duck breast with a mushroom sauce
- Ewe cheese and black cherry jam
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Grands Crus Classes de Graves Wine Tour and Montesquieu's Chateau
- Professional guide
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Tours and wine tastings at two châteaux
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
- Minimum age is 13 years
- Please note the tour is conducted in English and French at the same time
Reviewed by: Chris C, September 2015
We highly recommend this tour. The countryside and chateaux we drove by were amazing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Most of the fellow tourists were either French or French Canadians and they were happy to listen to the tour guide in French. We ended up being the only 2 English speaking tourists but the tour guide made sure he translated everything for us. The two wineries chateaux we visited for tasting were very beautiful and the wine offered for tasting was of high quality as well as the cheeses that were supplied. The second was built in the 12th century and was very impressive. We actually had the included lunch there. The lunch was an impressive 5 course meal of the highest quality worth every cent. It included Oysters and local cuisine and of course very impressive wines. The red we had was a 2001 vintage. Both wineries also had their own very knowledgeable and articulate people present in detail their winemaking facilities, buildings and processes. Very impressive
Reviewed by: Travis H, USA, July 2010