|Type of Tour:||Exclusive|
|Guide Price:||From £1343 to £2240 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 lunch + 1 dinner (3 Days)|
3 breakfasts + 2 lunches + 1 dinner (4 Days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||3 Châteaux (3 Days)|
5 Châteaux (4 Days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 17 (3 Days)|
Approximately 21 (4 Days)
|Tour Transport:||1 full day guided and transported tour in an executive vehicle (3 Days)|
2 full day guided and transported tours in an executive vehicle (4 Days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year|
Sauternes is renowned for its unique sweet white wines. Located 55 km south of Bordeaux (approx. 35 miles), Sauternes has a lot to offer with its Grand Cru Classé Châteaux, charming village and surrounding vineyards. Sauternes wines are made from three grape varieties, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle and you can learn all about the wine making process on this three or four day Exclusive Sauternes wine tour.
Upon arrival in the lovely village of Sauternes, check into your preferred room at the 5* Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey. This luxurious establishment is located on the Grand Cru Classé estate of the Château and is a true haven of peace and serenity. In the evening, a seven course gourmet dinner paired with the Château’s wines will be served in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. The restaurant offers a splendid setting and Chef Jérôme Schilling loves to experiment with seasonal local products.
On the morning of day two, you will be met at your hotel by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. You will firstly be taken to the iconic 400 year old Château d’Yquem where you will taste the world’s most prestigious sweet wine and discover the secrets of how these highly sought-after botrytised wines are made. After such an enlightening morning you will be taken to La Chapelle, the first restaurant to be opened on an 1855 Grand Cru Classified estate. Here, a three course lunch paired with wine will be served in a charming setting. After lunch you will be taken to a second Grand Cru Classé Château in Sauternes for a tour and tasting of the estate’s wines. You will be taken back to your hotel after the tour where you will enjoy an entertaining tour of the Château Lafaurie Peyraguey followed by a vertical tasting of various vintages. The evening will be free for you to do as you please.
On day three, your guide will return to accompany you on a second day of visits. Today you will visit the beautiful Château Pape-Clément, which is a historical Grand Cru Classé Château in the Graves appellation. A representative will lead you on a fascinating tour of the estate, guiding you through the vineyards, vat-house and barrel cellars as part of a small group. You will then have the opportunity to try your hand at being a wine-maker, creating nine different blends, and bottling and labelling your favourite blend to take home with you. Following the tour, an unforgettable gourmet picnic lunch will be served in the Château’s beautiful gardens. In the afternoon, you will be taken to a second Graves estate where you will enjoy a full tour of the Château and a tasting session of their wines. You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.
Day Three (Optional)
(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.
Fantastic. Everything I had hoped and a bit more.
Joseph- Indiana, USA
A discount of £150 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together on the three day break. This discount increases to £300 per person on the four day break.
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 the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
The price of this package does not include travel to Sauternes. Please see our travel page for detailed information.
For more information on our Exclusive tours please see our Exclusive tours page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of 20% of the booking value 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.
Faultless, no stress, great wine tours, amazing settings and delicious food. Perfection!
Julia - Kent, UK