Small-Group Saint-Emilion and Pomerol Day Trip from Bordeaux
Numbers are limited to a maximum of eight people, ensuring personalized attention from your expert local guide.
- Small group ensures personal service
- Small-group tour by minibus
- Great overview and orientation of the city
The chateaux (French for 'castles') that produce the region’s famous wines are divided into two distinct geographical areas, known as appellations. Chateaux in the immediate villages around Saint-Emilion produce wines for the Saint-Emilion appellation, whereas chateaux in the western Libournais region (an area known as Pomerol) produce wines for the Classified Growth Chateau of the Pomerol appellation.
Your full-day tour starts with a visit to a chateau in Saint-Emilion, where you’ll enjoy a Bordeaux wine-tasting session with your knowledgeable local guide. During the tasting, learn about the dominant grapes used in the individual appellation, and how factors such as climate and soil can enhance or influence a wine’s flavor.
Continuing on to the hill-top village of Saint-Emilion, enjoy a 45-minute guided walking tour around its quaint and pretty streets. You’ll have time to spend at leisure in the village, so you use that opportunity to grab some lunch, admire the historic UNESCO World Heritage-designated buildings or enjoy some retail therapy in the local boutiques.
Then depart Saint-Emilion and travel to a nearby wine estate in the Pomerol appellation, where you will enjoy a wine tasting in a Grand Cru Classé chateau. You will be introduced to the art and techniques involved in the wine-making process and taken on a tour of the vat house and the cellars before returning to Bordeaux.
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Small-Group Bordeaux and St Emilion Tour by minivan
- Small-group guided trip
- One bottle of water per person
- Guided walking tour of St Emilion village
- Professional tour guide
- Two wine tasting sessions (in either Saint Emilion or in Pomerol)
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Entrance fees
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Reviewed by: Annabel I, July 2015
Really enjoyable day
Very knowledgable guide
Good information about wines
Reviewed by: PAD, June 2015
Matthew was a very knowledgable and professional guide and the tour was very worthwhile. Early on we visited Chateau de Sales in Pomerol where we were shown over the winery by a manager who provided expert commentary and information and were able to taste a number of wines from different vintages. We had an extensive tour around St Emilion , had lunch in the village not a good choice of restaurant as it turned out- Matthew was advised to not recommend it in future and a wine tasting in one of the retail outlets. After leaving the village we were taken to another chateau and winery for another tasting. Altogether a very informative tour which included a stop at Chateau Latour which produces the most expensive wines in the world. To be in close proximity to the merlot vines that produce that wine was very exciting.