- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Free drinks included
- Lunch included
- Led by a local guide
Board the air-conditioned coach at the Bordeaux Tourist Office in the morning and get ready for your full-day wine tour of Médoc. Your guide will give you an overview of Bordeaux as you travel along the left bank of the Gironde Estuary to the famous Médoc wine region.
Wine connoisseurs may be familiar with the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. This prestigious placement resulted from the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris, when Emperor Napoleon III requested a classification system for France's best Bordeaux wines. Thereafter, châteaux were ranked in order of the quality of their wines.
Throughout the day, you'll visit three château wine estates to taste these premium Bordeaux reds. As you savor a variety of these celebrated wines, your guide will teach you all about Bordeaux winemaking.
For your first visit of the day, learn about terroir — the characteristics expressed by geography, geology and climate — and the different grape varieties used throughout Bordeaux, especially cabernet sauvignon, which is the most prominent in Médoc. Trace the winemaking process from vine to bottle and learn how to decipher a French wine label. You'll also discover the art of food and wine pairing.
At the second château, receive an introduction to the art of wine tasting before you're served a typical French lunch to enjoy with your fellow wine lovers. Your final château visit will focus on the 1855 classification; what it is, how it began and how it still affects the modern-day wine trade.
The exact châteaux visited on the tour may vary but will be three of the following: Château Prieuré Lichine, Château Léoville Poyferré, Château Lynch-Bages, Château Lagrange, Château Cantenac Brown, Château Lascombes, Château Camensac, Château Branaire Ducru, Château Lynch-Moussas, Château Pichon Longueville Baron, Château Brane Cantenac, and Château Cantemerle.
After your third visit, relax on the ride back to Bordeaux, where your full-day wine tour ends.
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Medoc 1855 Classification Premium Wine Tasting Day Trip
- Wine tastings
- Professional guide
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Minimum age is 13 years
- Please note the tour is conducted in English and French at the same time
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Andrew C, October 2016
After 4 or 5 previous small group wine tours in BDX, I was very pleased with the wineries visited, including one 2d growth. The Viator guide and the winery guides were very good, providing a lot of information in fluent French and English. I recommend this tour highly.
Reviewed by: Ammar A, USA, June 2016
Fantastic tour, exceeded my expectations. Not only were the Chateaus chosen were grand and impressive, but the reception was elegant, the tour itself extremely informative, and the host very gracious. The guide and driver were professional and very helpful. Thank you for a great memory.