Visit and taste at the most exclusive and renowned wineries of Bordeaux... Fine wine should always be accompanied by fine food and there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy gastronomic delights and local delicacies throughout our tour.
Bordeaux is one of the largest wine regions in France, with more than 120,000 hectares of vineyard stretching across the landscape, and more than 700 million bottles of wine produced each year. Yet, of these, a small few are prized above the rest: the legendary First Growths.
First introduced at the Exposition Universelle of 1855, Bordeaux’s now-famous ranking of its best wines was implemented by Emperor Napoleon III as a means for France to put its best oenological foot forward, and to set the standard for how French wine was regarded around the world. And what a standard it was — a precisely curated list of the very best, almost fabled houses, and their superb output.The history of Bordeaux’s First Growths is about much more than a classification system. The list informs our understanding of the origins of the region; the wine trade that garnered attention on the world stage; and most importantly, the châteaux themselves.
Join us on tour to discover more, and taste truly superior, sensational wines. The wines on offer here are of such quality that we’re sure nothing but wine tastings would be just fine ... but we want you to enjoy the full flavour of the region. Explore small and pretty villages dotted between the vines, and patronise St. Emilion’s shops brimming with its splendid speciality, macaroons. This tour offers a first-class overview of this fascinating area of France.
- Dine at Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, a notable landmark on the Route des Châteaux with an undeniable fairy-tale character
- Visit Château Figeac, the largest estate in St-Émilion
- Learn about the complex process behind Sauternes production at Château d’Yquem, Superior First Growth of Sauternes
On this tour, our oenological odyssey is hinged on big names and big bouquets. Cabernet Sauvignon is, of course, the dominant grape - perfected by the winemakers at Mouton, Lafitte, Figeac and beyond. On our final day, we are also let into the sweet secret of making Sauternes at Château d’Yquem.