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Join this amazing holiday and immerse yourself in the wine culture of France’s legendary Bordeaux region. Bordeaux is the oldest wine region in France and a premier destination for those who appreciate the worlds finest wines. Enjoy some of the most acclaimed chateaux in the area, boutiques, and family owned wineries while treating yourself with delicious food, fine wines, and the rich culture of Bordeaux!
Your home while in Bordeaux is a privately-owned 18th century mansion. The proprietors of this richly-appointed home are a family of established vintners. Your accommodations are situated right in the heart of Bordeaux.
The 6-bedroom home surrounds you in easy elegance. You’re sure to be delighted with your splendid accommodations. All rooms offer plenty of space to relax and feature en-suite bathrooms. Additional accoutrements include a flat screen TV, complimentary bottled water, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.
While in residence you’ll be privy to a private wine-tasting in the cellar of this stately manor where you’ll discover the legendary wines of Bordeaux. The well-stocked kitchen is open to you 24 hours a day and you’re welcome to make this home your own as you discover Bordeaux. Bicycles are also at your disposal should you seek to venture out and explore your surroundings on your own.
Your intimate tour of Bordeaux brings together the very best Bordeaux has to offer-her luscious wines, exquisite culinary delights, breathtaking vistas and the elegant and uniquely-French charm that is the Bordeaux region of France.
During this wine tour, you will enjoy life as the locals do around the countryside and accompanied by some really knowledgeable companion like an expert in all things in Bordeaux and most specifically, in the wines. You will enter into many of the behind-the-scenes sites to which few but the locals are privy.
You will feast on a lunch prepared by one of Bordeaux’s top chefs, linger over a cozy French dinner at a local bistro, and explore France’s oldest wine regions in the beautiful countryside like the famous Rue de Chateaux, ornate gardens, and other quaint villages while tasting delicious wines and spending time getting to know the region in a way no other tour can offer.
Plan your trip so that you arrive in the morning, early enough to enjoy the delightful Sunday market in Bordeaux. Be advised this one-of-a-kind opportunity is only open until 4pm. The market offers the perfect beginning to your week of discovering the celebrated wines and sumptuous foods of this beautiful region. Dine on fresh oysters and a glass of white wine as you sit along the river and prepare to discover Bordeaux.
At 5:30 pm you’ll gather for an introduction to the wines of Bordeaux. Here you’ll learn about the classification system of Bordeaux as you taste these exquisite wines. After your introductory wine tasting you’ll enjoy dinner.
Awaken to the beauty of southwestern France and get ready for a full day of discovery. You’ll uncover the secrets of the world famous wines of the Bordeaux region by embarking on a one-of-a-kind journey along the Routes des Chateaux, in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. The Routes is dotted with renowned vineyards and historic castles, and there is no other wine route anywhere that boasts as many legendary and famous vineyards. You’re sure to recognize the names of these prestigious Grand cru wines. You’ll visit 3 wine estates of esteemed reputation.
There’s no better way to experience the sheer beauty of this historic wine region than by enjoying a simply magnificent picnic lunch while gazing out upon the vineyards which are the birthplace of these exquisite wines. Your hosts are the owners of vineyards and adjacent chateau. Your French picnic will of course be accompanied by the estate wines produced here.
You’ll return to your accommodations in Bordeaux in the early evening to freshen up and prepare for another unique experience as you discover Bordeaux by night. You may want to have light dinner or snack before the tour. You’ll enjoy a 2-hour walk-about as you observe this amazing port city in a whole new “light”. At night the city comes alive and her stunning architecture shines. The sprawling squares and beautifully sculpted fountains are lively places to meet and greet for locals and visitors alike.
This morning will find you journeying to Saint Emilion and Pomerol. Your first visit will be to a Premier Grand Cru Classé in St. Emilion. This property is located on the impressive limestone plateau of St. Emilion. Deep beneath the vines laid underground caves filled with bottles of what some consider being the very best Bordeaux wines. You’ll taste 3 of these exquisite wines, including an older vintage 2001.
Next you’ll be on your way to visit one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux. This family owned property is still making wine, after 14 generations of vintners from the same family. Rare tulips and orchids dating back to Roman times can be found blooming naturally among the vines. You’ll surely be transported back in time when you look out upon the ancient grounds. A rare bottle of wine was found under the floor of the family’s private cellar. The wine dates back to 1750! You will be privy to a vertical tasting different vintages and to be hosted for lunch by the family.
After lunch you will visit the village of St Emilion. This medieval village is listed as a UNESCO heritage site and provides a wonderful opportunity to wander and discover plenty of local French culture as well as history.
In the early evening you’ll enjoy a coveted and rare opportunity to sample the different vintages of Bordeaux wines. Many of these wines are not accessible to the general population. Either expense of availability precludes many an oenophile from experiencing these luscious wines.
Upon return to Bordeaux you have the rest of the evening at leisure.
Your fourth day is a full one as you begin with a trip south of the city where you’ll visit some of the top classified red and white estates in Graves and Sauternes. You’ll start with a private chateau in Graves where the hospitable owners welcome you, as dear friends, into their home. There you will get to know your friendly hosts and enjoy a wine tasting as well as lunch. This Graves chateau is rich in history and lore which the family will proudly share with their new friends.
You’ll find out how the soil, a gravelly variety, contributes to the distinctive flavors of the grapes, and ultimately the wine. The variety of wines produced here is wide-ranging; dry whites, soft reds, and Cerons, a sweet wine.
After lunch at the chateau you’ll visit a grand Sauternes chateau which is classified, yet still family-owned. Your visit will surely open a whole new world of white wines for you to discover. The wines of Sauternes are among the most palate-pleasant sweet wines in the world. Though highly desirable, Sauternes wines are relatively undiscovered. They will provide you with a sweet ending to your Bordeaux wine tasting tours.
Your evening will be free so that you may once again soak up Bordeaux at night. Discover more of what the city has to offer, enjoy a glass of wine with the locals, or simply take in the ambiance from your place in one of the city’s beloved squares.
The sea is calling to you and today you answer as your travels take you to the Atlantic coast to discover the secluded seaside town of Cap Ferret. Characterized by the heady scent of pine trees and miles of soft sandy beach the biggest draw for locals and their guests would be the oysters. You’ll spend time at a family-run oyster farm where you’ll learn about the traditional French methods of oyster cultivation. You’ll enjoy a taste as you sample the freshest of oysters and sip a lovely white wine.
After your oyster experience you’ll have time on your own to explore France’s sleepy little coastal gem of a beach town before you return to Bordeaux.
You will return to Bordeaux for a cooking class. You’re sure to return to your home with so many stories to tell, fond memories to reflect upon and discoveries made during your one-of-a-kind week in Bordeaux.
Depart home or consult with your host if you wish to explore another destination. Check Dordogne.
This holiday will take place at an elegant boutique hotel in Bordeaux, France. Bordeaux is recognized for its exquisite red wines and many of the most celebrated and coveted Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons come from there. The variance of growing condition, the diverse soils, the micro-climates, and the gifted wine growers have the ability to blend several varieties of grapes and contribute to the elegance and diversity of the wines of Bordeaux.
During this culinary tour, you will be served one daily breakfasts buffet style, four lunches at different locations, some prepared by one of Bordeaux’s top chefs, and three dinners at a local and cozy bistro in the city.
During your free time, you may explore the location on your own or simply relax at the venue.
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