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Bordeaux Wine & Vine Tours

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Majestic Medoc Monday

160€ per person
Packed with 3 chateaux, lunch and a very French "aperitif", this tour is the ultimate Medoc full day tour. A cut above the rest.

Itinerary

9:30 |  Departure from Bordeaux towards your Medoc wine tour.

10:30 |  Arrive at your first Classified Growth Chateau for a visit and tasting.
Margaux appellation.

12:00 | Lunch in a delightful setting in the town of Margaux.

2:15 | Visit and tasting at a famous Classified Growth chateau in the St Julien appellation.  

4:00 | French aperitif hour - drink and a light snack of red wine, french bread, saucissons (some thing dont translate - lunch meats), rillettes and cheeses, on the rooftop overlooking the vines to end this delightful day in the Medoc.

5:00 | Return to Bordeaux.

5:30 |  Arrive in Bordeaux. (subject to local traffic conditions)


Price per person:  160€


Included
All Medoc winery visits and tastings, lunch, French "aperitif" (drink with snack), transportation in a luxury Mercedes mid-size van with wifi.

Not Included
Gratuities, accommodation, wines with meals, anything generally not stated in the itinerary.

Practical information
Wear sensible shoes and layers. Cellars can be cool and we may walk through the vines.

Each visit in the Meoc chateau lasts between 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. and is conducted by an English speaking guide in the chateaux. The visits cover the vines, grape varieties, wine making  and end with a tasting of several Medoc wines.  
NB:  Tasting sizes are small in France, generally 2-3 oz. 

Please be on time for departure.
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Tuesday Magnificent Margaux

112€ per person
The Margaux appellation has the highest number of 1855 Classified Growths of all the Medoc wine regions. 
This makes it one of the best regions to explore during your wine tour in Bordeaux .


Itinerary

1:15 | Meet your group wine tour and depart for Margaux.  On the way to your first visit in a premium Margaux chateau, your guide will  introduce you to the Bordeaux wines, the famous 1855 classification, the" terroir", the grape varieties and how each of these elements can influence the flavour of wine.
  
2:00 | Arrive at your first Classified Growth Chateau in the Margaux appellation for a visit and tasting.
   
3:15 | A second visit also at a Classified Growth will allow you to compare styles .
  
4:15 | The last visit will be a Gourmet wine tasting with a visit in a Classified Growth Chateau in Margaux. Pairing food with wines is always a great way to end your Margaux wine tour.
  
5:15 | Depart from Margaux to Bordeaux.
  
5:45 | Arrive in Bordeaux.

Price per person:  112€

Included
All Margaux wine tour visits and tastings, transportation in a luxury Mercedes mid-size van with wifi.

Not Included
Gratuities, accommodation, meals, anything generally not stated in the itinerary.

Practical information
Wear sensible shoes and layers. Cellars can be cool and we may walk through the vines.

Each Margaux visit last between 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. and is conducted by an English speaking guide in the chateaux. The visits cover the vines, grape varieties, wine making  and end with a tasting of several wines.  

NB:  Tasting sizes are small in France, generally 2-3 oz. 

Please be on time for departure.
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Thursday St Emilion & Pomerol Discovery

143€ per person
Visit three different wine appellations (regions) on this full day tour to the St Emilion area.  From family vineyards to underground caves and lunch, this tour has it all.

Itinerary

9:30 | Departure from Bordeaux

10:30 | Stop for your first château visit and tasting in the Fronsac appellation. At the confluence of the Isle & Dordogne rivers, at the top of the limestone plateau, this impressive Chateau overlooks the Dordogne valley and offers you a plunging view over the river.. Discover the labyrinth of underground cellars,  20 acres of caves, wind your way through 700 000 bottles of ageing wines. The visit ends with a tasting of 3 wines.

12:30 | Lunch in a popular restaurant on the banks of the Dordogne river. Enjoy lovely views of the river and the busy little town that is nestled here. 

2:00 | Chateau visit and tasting in a winery in Pomerol. Did I mention Merlot? Leave your preconceptions at the door.  This is not what you may know of as Merlot.  Learn what "terroir" has to do with taste.

3:30 | Departure for the medieval village of Saint Emilion for a guided visit. Free time in this UNESCO World Heritage town to explore on your own and do some shopping.

4:30 | Finish your day with a very French "aperitif" of cremant and local specialties.  

5:00 | Departure for Bordeaux

5:45 | Arrival in Bordeaux.

Price per person: 143€

Included
All winery visits and tastings, lunch, French "aperitif" (drink with snack), transportation in a luxury Mercedes mid-size van with wifi.

Not Included
Gratuities, accommodation, wines with meals, anything generally not stated in the itinerary.



Practical information:

Wear sensible shoes and layers. 

Each visit last between 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. and is conducted by an english speaking guide in the chateaux. The visits cover the vines, grape varieties, wine making  and end with a tasting of several wines.  
NB:  Tasting sizes are small in France, generally 2-3 oz. 

Please be on time for departure.


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Saint Emilion Premium Tour Friday

196€ per person
A premium tour for an extra special look at this incredible wine region. Pomerol and St Emilion at their best.  Private cellar visits, a multi-sensorial experience in an astonishing private wine cellar followed by a delicious lunch. Topped off by a very French aperitif.
 
Itinerary

9:00  | Meet your group and depart for Saint Emilion.
On the way to your first visit your guide will  introduce you to the Bordeaux wines, the St Emilion classification, the" terroir", and the grape varieties and how each of these elements can influence the flavour of wine.

10:00 | Visit and tasting in a Chateau in the Pomerol appellation. Leave your preconceptions about Merlot at the door. You will be surprised at the difference the Bordeaux terroir makes. This is definitely not California.

11:15 | Your second visit in a First Classified Growth of the Saint Emilion appellation. Your experience will start on the open terrace of the Château with sweeping views over the prestigious Châteaux surrounding the estate: Chateau Figeac, Cheval-Blanc, La Conseillante, L’Evangile, Petrus, Gazin.  After visiting the cellars we finish up by a blind tasting of several wines in the private cellars of the owner. 

12:30 | Following the visit, lunch will be at the restaurant of the Château, nestled amongst the Saint Emilion vineyards. The restaurant is a popular choice among Bordeaux  chateau owners, wine merchants and wine makers. A good lunch of Southwest cuisine is included!

2:00 | The third visit of the day is at a  Classified Growth of St Emilion.  A blend of ultra modern wine-making techniques and traditional architecture.

3:15 | Travel through time with a guided visit of Saint Emilion, a medieval village listed UNESCO World Heritage town.  You will have plenty of free time to explore on your own and do some essential shopping.

4:00 | Before we leave St Emilion we will have a typical French aperitif with crémant (sparkling wine) and French bread, cheeses, paté & the traditional local macaroons.

4:45 | Return to Bordeaux.

 5:15 | Arrive in Bordeaux

Price per person: 196€

Included
All winery visits and tastings, lunch, French "aperitif" (drink with snack), transportation in a luxury Mercedes mid-size van with wifi.

Not Included
Gratuities, accommodation, wines with meals, anything generally not stated in the itinerary.

Practical information:
Wear sensible shoes and layers. Cellars can be cool and we may tried through the vines.
Each visit last between 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. and is conducted by an english speaking guide in the chateaux. The visits cover the vines, grape varieties, wine making  and end with a tasting of several wines.  
NB:  Tasting sizes are small in France, generally 2-3 oz. 

Please be on time for departure.
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A Saturday Picnic in Saint-Emilion

160€ per person
A visit and wine tasting followed by a picnic in the vineyards of a St Emilion Grand Cru, the cobble stoned town of St Emilion and the different univers of a sparkling wine maker. 

Itinerary

9:00 | Meet your group and guide in Bordeaux, departure for a fun wine tour in the famous Saint Emilion area!  On the way to your first visit your guide will give you an explanation about the Bordeaux wines characteristics and classification. Learn how soil and climate as well as the type of grapes can influence the flavor of the wine.
  
10:00 | Visit and tasting in a Chateau in the Pomerol appellation. Leave your preconceptions about Merlot at the door. You will be surprised at the difference the Bordeaux terroir makes. This is definitely not California.
  
11:30 | Visit and tasting in a Grand Cru of St Emilion followed by a picnic on the grounds.  Weather permitting you will have a picnic in the vineyard with stunning views.
  
2:00 | Travel through time with a guided visit of the medieval village of Saint Emilion followed by some free time in this UNESCO World Heritage town to explore on your own and do some shopping.

3:00 | Your next visit is within the walls of St Emilion in a disused convent where cremant is made.  Learn how we make this sparking wine and discover a different wine univers.  We finish our visit with a tasting and an aperitif (a light snack).
  
4:15 | Depart St Emilion for Bordeaux
  
 5:00 | Arrive in Bordeaux
  
Price per person:  160€

Included
All winery visits and tastings, picnic lunch, French "aperitif" (drink with snack), transportation in a luxury Mercedes mid-size van with wifi.

Not Included
Gratuities, accommodation, wines with meals, anything generally not stated in the itinerary.

Practical information
Wear sensible shoes and layers. Cellars can be cool and we may tried through the vines.

Each visit last between 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. and is conducted by an english speaking guide in the chateaux. The visits cover the vines, grape varieties, wine making  and end with a tasting of several wines.  
NB:  Tasting sizes are small in France, generally 2-3 oz. 

Please be on time for departure.
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A Relaxing Sunday in the Medoc

145€ per person
A private picnic under the shade of an ancient oak tree in a chateau, visit a classified growth and a French aperitif. A very cool way to spend a Sunday.

Itinerary

10:30 | Meet your group and depart for the Medoc wine region.  On the way to your first visit your guide will  introduce you to the Bordeaux wines, the famous 1855 classification, the" terroir", the grape varieties and how each of these elements can influence the flavour of wine.  

11:30 | Your first visit is a surprising introduction to wine-making in an unexpected ultra-modern setting at a Cru Bourgeois property in the Haut Medoc appellation.  
  
12:30 | Following the visit relax during your delicious picnic under the great oak tree on the property. 

2:00 | After lunch, visit a Classified Growth Chateau in Margaux followed by a tasting of two red wines and a Bordeaux white wine of the property.
  
3:15 | French aperitif hour - drink and a light snack of red wine, french bread, saucissons (some thing dont translate - lunch meats), rillettes and cheeses, on the rooftop overlooking the vines to end the day.
  
4:15 | Departure for Bordeaux.

5:00 | Arrive in Bordeaux.

Price per person:  145€

Included
All winery visits and tastings, picnic lunch, French "aperitif" (drink with snack), transportation in a luxury Mercedes mid-size van with wifi.

Not Included
Gratuities, accommodation, wines with meals, anything generally not stated in the itinerary.

Practical information
Wear sensible shoes and layers. Cellars can be cool and we may walk through the vines.

Each visit last between 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. and is conducted by an English speaking guide in the chateaux. The visits cover the vines, grape varieties, wine making  and end with a tasting of several wines.  
NB:  Tasting sizes are small in France, generally 2-3 oz. 

Please be on time for departure.

Private Tours

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Private Medoc Wine Tour

Have it just the way you like it with this private Medoc wine tour.  Visit the most famous names in Bordeaux.  The best wine tour in Bordeaux is right here.  Do you have favorite wines? Suggest them and we will try to add them to your wine tour. All chateau visits are included in the price of your wine tour.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • Full day tour 9:30am - 5pm
  • Private tour (8 max)
  • Private transportation in a luxury Mercedes mid-sized van.
  • Fluent and comprehensible English-speaking wine guide
  • Commented visit & tasting at three Chateaux (all visit fees included!)

Itinerary

9:30 | Pick up at your hotel.  (Times may be modified) Departure from Bordeaux

10:30 | Arrive at your first Classified Growth Chateau for a visit and tasting tour in the Margaux appellation.

12:00 | Lunch in a delightful setting in the town of Margaux. (not included)

2:30 | Visit and wine tasting tour at a famous Classified Growth chateau in the St. Julien appellation.  

4:00 | Visit and tasting in a Classified Growth of the Pauillac appellation.

5:00 | Return to your hotel in Bordeaux

Examples of Chateaux visited on your wine tour:

Chateau Palmer,  Chateau Kirwan, Chateau Prieure Lichine, Chateau Cantenac Brown, Chateau Giscours, Chateau Marquis de Terme, Chateau Rauzan Segla, Chateau Siran, Chateau du Tertre, Chateau Beychevelle, Chateau Branaire-Ducru, Chateau Leoville Barton, Chateau Leoville las Cases, Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Chateau Talbot, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Clerc Milon, Chateau Pedesclaux, Chateau Lynch Bages, Chateau Pichon - baron Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Chateau Ormes de Pez, Chateau Phelan Segur and many others! (some chateau require a supplement eg. chateau Palmer, Mouton Rotschild, Chateau Cos d'Estournel, etc..)

Included:
All winery visits and tastings, transportation in a luxury Mercedes Vito mid-size van with wifi.

Not Included:
Gratuities, accommodation, lunch, wines with meals, anything generally not stated in the itinerary.

Practical information:
Wear sensible shoes and layers. Cellars can be cool and we may walk through the vines.

Each visit last between 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. and is conducted by an English speaking guide in the chateaux. The visits cover the vines, grape varieties, wine making  and end with a tasting of several wines.  
NB:  Tasting sizes are small in France, generally 2-3 oz. 

All visits are depending on availability at the time of booking.

Prices from:
2  pers      | 856€
3 - 4 pers | 1099€
5 - 6 pers | 1340€
7 - 8 pers | 1582€
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Private Saint Emilion Wine Tour

See St Emilion on your own terms.  Pavie, Figeac, La Gaffeliere...Ask us for your favourite chateau.  A full day in this splendid UNESCO World heritage site is enough to please even the most discerning travellers.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • Full day tour 9:00am - 5:30pm
  • Private tour (8 max)
  • Private transportation in a luxury Mercedes mid-sized van
  • Fluent and comprehensible English-speaking wine guide
  • Commented visit & tasting at three Chateaux (all visit fees included!)

Itinerary

9:00  | Pick up at your hotel and depart for Saint Emilion.
On the way to your first visit your guide will  introduce you to the Bordeaux wines, the St Emilion classification, the" terroir", and the grape varieties and how each of these elements can influence the flavour of wine.

10:00 | Visit and tasting in a Chateau in the Pomerol appellation. Leave your preconceptions about Merlot at the door. You will be surprised at the difference the Bordeaux terroir makes. This is definitely not California.

11:15 | Your second visit in a First Classified Growth of the Saint Emilion appellation. 

12:30 | Following the visit, lunch will be at the restaurant of the Château, nestled amongst the Saint Emilion vineyards. The restaurant is a popular choice among Bordeaux  chateau owners, wine merchants and wine makers. (lunch is not included in the price)

3:00 | The third visit of the day is at a  Classified Growth of St Emilion.  A blend of ultra modern wine-making techniques and traditional architecture.

4:00 | Travel through time with a guided visit of Saint Emilion, a medieval village listed UNESCO World Heritage town.  You will have plenty of free time to explore on your own and do some essential shopping.

5:00 | Return to Bordeaux.

Chateau we visit:

Chateau Beauregard, Chateau Clinet, Chateau La Conseillante, Chateau l'Evangile, Chateau Petit Village, Chateau Angelus, Chateau Pavie, Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, Chateau Canon, Chateau La Dominique, Chateau Figeac, Chateau Soutard, Chateau troplong Mondot, Chateau Ville Maurine and many others.  (Some chateau require a supplement eg. Fonplegade, Figeac, Pavie etc.)

Included
All winery visits and tastings, transportation in a luxury Mercedes Vito mid-size van with wifi.

Not Included
Gratuities, accommodation, lunch,  wines with meals, anything generally not stated in the itinerary.

Practical information:
Wear sensible shoes and layers. Cellars can be cool and we may walk through the vines.

Each visit last between 1 to 1-1/2 hrs. and is conducted by an english speaking guide in the chateaux. The visits cover the vines, grape varieties, wine making  and end with a tasting of several wines.  
NB:  Tasting sizes are small in France, generally 2-3 oz. 

 

Prices from:
2  pers      | 856€
3 - 4 pers | 1099€
5 - 6 pers | 1340€
7 - 8 pers | 1582€
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The Ultimate Bordeaux Wine Tour

Just ask us and we will make it happen !


Day 1 Arrival Day
An introduction to Bordeaux wines with a tutored tasting at your hotel. 


Day 2 Pessac-Leognan, Graves & Sauternes
10:00 Pick up at your hotel.

11:00 A morning of cellar visits and tastings in a Classified Growth of Pessac-Leognan. (sample properties: Chateau Haut BrionChateau Pape ClementSmith Haut LafitteCarbonnieuxHaut BaillyDomaine du Chevalier)
     
12:30 Lunch in a winery restaurant in the Graves appellation. 

02:00 Two Chateau visits with tastings in Sauternes Classified Growth properties.  (Chateau YquemChateau SuduirautChateau de FarguesChateau Sigalas RabaudChateau d'ArcheChateau GuiraudRayne Vigneau)

05:00  Return to your hotel.

 
Day 3 The Great Wines of Saint Emilion
10:00 Pick up at your hotel

11:00 Cellar visit and tasting at two St Emilion Classified Growth chateaux (Chateau Angelus, Figeac, Pavie, Soutard, Beausejour-Becot, Canon, Clos Fourtet).

12:30 Lunch and time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage town of St Emilion.

02:00 Chateau visit and tasting in two Pomerol properties (Chateau Beauregard, Client, La Conseillante, Gazin, Petit Village, La Fleur Petrus).

05:00 Return to your hotel.


Day 4 Discover the Great Medoc wines
09:00 Pick up at your hotel. Departure for the Medoc region.

10:00 Visit and tasting at one of the famous classified growths in the Margaux appellation. (Chateau Margaux, Kirwan, Prieuré Lichine, La Tour de Bessan, Desmirail, Giscours, Rauzan-Segla, Rauzan-Gassies, or Siran)

11:30 Visit and tasting at a Classified Growth in the St Julien-Beychevelle appellation (Chateau Beychevelle, Gruaud Larose, Leoville Barton, Leoville Poyferre, Talbot).

12:30 A very special tasting lunch in a Michelin starred restaurant in Pauillac or a more casual quick bite in a local restaurant. The choice is yours.

02:30 Visit and tasting at the Chateau Mouton RothschildFirst Classified Growth of Pauillac.

04:30 Return to your hotel.

 
This best Bordeaux wine tour can be adapted to your specific dates and the properties and you would like to visit. Visits are dependant on the availability of the properties at the time of booking.

About Us

Decanter Tours

Mary Dardenne, the driving force behind Decanter Tours, is an American who has lived in Bordeaux for nearly twenty years with her two sons, three dogs, assorted cats and her husband. Originally from Texas, she made Bordeaux her home after living in London, Paris and Southern California.
Recently, Mary Dardenne was elected to serve on the French Superior Council of Wine tourism, a think tank created by the French Ministry of tourism in cooperation with winery owners to promote and develop the sector.  This latest accolade proves our competence, commitment and dedication to French Wine tourism.
Thanks to her expertise in the Bordeaux area, Mary was chosen to coordinate the tour guides and shore excursions for Viking River Cruises. Since March 2014 this has meant an average of 180 passengers per week with 5 – 6 busses and guides in the wine country every day.
At the same time the US representative for the Conseil des Vins du Medoc, Mary is reponsible for educating sommeliers, merchants and restauranteurs on Medoc wines.  Wine educator for the CIVB (interprofessional wine council of Bordeaux) she also has the responsibility of the Bordeaux Accreditation courses for wine educators in the US.  
 

Our vision

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