|Type of Tour:||Premium Scheduled|
|Guide Price:||From £2096 to £2900 per person|
|Number of Meals:||4 breakfasts and 3 lunches|
|Number of Winery Visits:||8 premium Châteaux|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 28|
|Tour Transport:||3 full day guided and transported tours|
|Dates / Availability:||See below|
**IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR 2023**
Our small group Premium tours have been temporarily suspended, however are delighted to continue to arrange these itineraries on a private, bespoke basis for a minimum of two guests. If you would like us to put together a tailor-made proposal based on our First Growths itinerary and your own preferred wineries, please contact us at email@example.com or give us a call on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66.
The Premium Bordeaux tour is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime trip for any Bordeaux wine lover! Across three full days of transported tours with a specialist guide, eight of the region’s top Châteaux (including four First Growth estates) will be visited and many of these estates are opening their doors exclusively for the Grape Escapes tour. You will see what goes on behind the scenes at each of these famous estates, allowing a unique insight into how some of the world’s best wines are made.
We recommend arriving in Bordeaux on a Tuesday, and Wednesday will start in true style with a tour of the Premier Cru Classé Château Mouton Rothschild. Not only will you be taken on a VIP tour of the opulent estate and cellars, you will also taste the 2014 vintages of Châteaux d’Armailhac, Clerc Milon and Mouton Rothschild. A three course lunch with drinks will then be served in a one of the best restaurants in the region, a Michelin recommended establishment in the heart of the Saint-Estèphe vineyards, part of the Cos d’Estournel estate. In the afternoon, you will be taken for full tours and tastings at two Grand Cru Classé Châteaux, Gruaud-Larose in the Saint-Julien appellation and Kirwan in Margaux. By visiting three estates in different sub-regions on the Médoc, you will have the opportunity to taste Cabernet Sauvignons made from a variety of different terroirs.
On Thursday, we will be focusing primarily of Bordeaux’s white wines made from Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Starting in the highly-regarded village of Pessac-Léognan in the Graves appellation, you will firstly be welcomed as the VIP of guests of the second First Growth Château of the trip, the revered Haut-Brion estate. A representative of the estate will firstly accompany you on a tour of the Château and its cellars, and a tasting will conclude your unforgettable experience (please note that the specific wine served is at the Château’s complete discretion and we therefore cannot guarantee that their First wine will be served).
You will then enjoy lunch with local wines on the terrace overlooking the vines at Château Lafaurie Peyraguey. After lunch, we will be truly spoiling you with the final visit of the day, an exclusive tour of yet another Premier Grand Cru Classé, Château d’Yquem. Here, you will taste the world’s most prestigious sweet wine and discover the secrets of how these highly sought-after botrytised wines are made.
And if you thought that the trip couldn’t possibly get any more magical, Friday will be spent in the true home of the Merlot grape, Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. The wines here are smooth and velvety and this will be illustrated perfectly at Château Pavie, a Premier Grand Cru Classé Château. A delightful three course lunch with wines, water and coffee will then be served in a Michelin starred restaurant in the historic centre of Saint-Emilion. After lunch, our Bordeaux wine odyssey will continue at the majestic Château Canon-la-Gaffeliere, the fifth First Growth of the trip. After a tour of the beautiful estate and cellars, you will of course taste these celebrated wines.
Having tasted some of Saint-Emilion’s very best wines, we will then move on to the neighbouring Pomerol appellation and more specifically to the estate of the esteemed Château Petit Village, where you will enjoy a tour and tastings at the estate. Before heading back to Bordeaux, your guide will accompany you on a short tour of the village of Saint-Emilion, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades for the Bordeaux First Growths tour.
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of France! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our travel page for further information.
For more information on our Premium Scheduled tours please see our Premium Tours page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of 20% is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
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