One of the world’s most renowned wine regions, Bordeaux wine tours are among the top activity for all levels of oenophiles. Whether an amateur, a connoisseur, or one looking to relax among the vines that have made the region famous, a Bordeaux guided tour should be on the itinerary.
Known for long-lived, high-quality red wines, Bordeaux produces far more variety than might be expected, including dry whites, rosés, and sparkling wines in a range of price and quality levels, making Bordeaux tours a unique experience. With just under 300,000 acres (about 121,405 hectares) of vines, almost all of the wine qualifies for appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) status, accounting for one-fourth of all French AOC-level production. Given the region’s world-famous status, Bordeaux multi-lingual tours are available, allowing everyone to discover these wines of infinite nuances from the most prestigious chateaux in the world.
The Great Chateaux Road on Bordeaux’s Left Bank in Médoc is a 50-mile (80-km) trail through the vineyards, including four of the most esteemed villages in the wine world: Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, and Margaux. The Great Chateaux Road offers views of the varied architecture of Bordeaux’s best-known estates. Visiting chateaux, such as Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Beychevelle, or Margaux is not to be missed.
On the Right Bank of the Dordogne River, the most coveted wines come from the Pomerol and Saint-Émilion AOCs. Known as the "hill of 1000 wines," it is famous for its fine, elegant wines as well as its medieval village and UNESCO World Heritage vineyards. Saint Émilion and Pomerol offer distinguished and prominent Chateaux such as Cheval Blanc, Auzone, Angelus, Pavie, Petrus and other Great Growths.
For those looking to experience other wine styles, visiting Pessac-Leognan and the Sauternes region of Graves is inevitable. Sauternes, a sweet wine made famous by The Great Chateau of First Growth Chateau Yquem is a special treat. Pessac Leognan vineyards are equally renowned, led by the celebrated wines of Chateau Haut Brion, which produces red dry and white dry wines.
Many of these revered chateaux require pre-arranged tours and a Bordeaux guided tour is highly recommended.