Exclusive Sauternes

Luxurious Sauternes wine tour

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At a glance

Region:Bordeaux
Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
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

Trip Summary

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.

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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.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Sauternes, check into your peferred room at the 5* Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey.
  • In the evening, a seven course gourmet dinner paired with wines will be served in the Château’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel by an English-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis.
  • Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tour and tastings at the world-famous Château d’Yquem.
  • A three course lunch paired with wines in a gastronomic restaurant.
  • A tour and tastings at a second Grand Cru Classé estate in Sauternes.
  • A tour and vertical tasting of various vintages at Château Lafaurie Peyraguey.
  • The evening will be free for you to do as you please.
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Day Three (Optional)

  • After breakfast, your guide will return to accompany you on a second day of visits.
  • Today, you will be taken to the Graves appellation.
  • Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tour and a blending workshop at the Grand Cru Classé Château Pape-Clément followed by a picnic lunch on site
  • A tour and tastings at a second Graves estate.
  • You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the day.
  • The evening will be free for you to do as you please.

Final Day

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel.

(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.

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Accommodation

Fantastic. Everything I had hoped and a bit more.

Joseph- Indiana, USA

Package Prices

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Considerable discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March) or if there are more than two of you travelling together. Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey LaliqueSuperior room5*3 Days£1468Book Now
Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey LaliqueSuperior room5*4 Days£2262Book Now

Special Offers

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.

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

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.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred hotel and room grade, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for extra nights with breakfast.
  • Additional tours and activities! We would be delighted to provide inspiration for more wine tours and cultural activities. The possibilities are endless!
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. The wine regions are brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass than with a mouth-watering meal? We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget. Contact us for prices.
  • Tailor-made tour extensions. The team at Grape Escapes have travelled extensively in Europe, not just in the wine regions and can therefore recommend and arrange tailor-made tour extensions to other regions and cities, for example Paris in France or Bilbao in Spain.
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Further Information

Travel to your Sauternes wine tour

The price of this package does not include travel to Sauternes. Please see our travel page for detailed information.

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Further Information / To Book

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 info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

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