Bordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital.
This famous winemaking region’s maritime climate, celebrated parcels of land, distinguished collection of grape varieties, well-honed traditions and complicated classification systems all come together in a tethered trellising system to form the winemaking wonder that is Bordeaux.
Bordeaux • Margaux • Saint Emilion • Arcachon • Pomerol
Bordeaux – The new millennium was a major turning point for the city long known as La Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty).
Margaux – Margaux is the name of the wine appellation d’origine, Margaux AOC, that encompasses the village and the neighbouring villages of Arsac, Labarde, Soussans and Cantenac, and is the most southerly of Médoc’s appellations.
Saint Emilion – Saint-Émilion’s history goes back to prehistoric times and is a World Heritage site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets.
Arcachon – The town of Arcachon is only 150 years old.
Pomerol – is a much-respected red wine appellation in the Bordeaux region of south-western France.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival in Bordeaux.Welcome at the train station or the airport and transfer to the city. Short sightseeing tour of Bordeaux and drive to the Hotel du Golf du Médoc **** located on the wine road only 20 minutes from Bordeaux. Room allocation and evening at leisure.
Day 2: The Chateau-Route: Pauillac, Saint-Estephe, Margaux
The day begins with a 2-hour course where you will learn how to select Bordeaux wines and how to taste them. A detailed sample of different Bordeaux wines is included in the presentation. After lunch at a restaurant with local cuisine we drive through the Haut Medoc along the Château route between Pauillac, St Estephe and Margaux. Here one finds the most famous Grands Crus Classé from Bordeaux (after the 1855 classification), such as Mouton Rothschild, Lynch Bages, Palmer, Lichine, Kirwan, etc.. and many Crus Bourgeois. We discover the Cru Bourgeois classification with a visit to a family vineyard in Margaux with a tasting. Return to the hotel at 18:00 and evening at leisure.
Day 3: The Graves Route and Sauternes
Today we discover the Graves region south of Bordeaux on the left bank of the Garonne. Here, the reds are strongly structured, dry white wines delicate, and sweet wines world class. Quite close to Bordeaux starts the classified Grand Growth route in Pessac Leognan (Château Haut Brion). Further south we arrive at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (Grand Cru Classé) in Martignac. Visit, wine tasting and lunch in a restaurant with local cuisine. In the afternoon proceed on Podensac, Barsac and Sauternes world renowned for its noble sweet white wines. Tour and tasting of a Grand Cru Classé Sauternes and return along the right bank of the Garonne over Loupiac and Cadillac. Return to the hotel at 18:00 and evening at leisure.
Day 4: The Heritage Route: Saint Emilion and Pomerol.
Saint Emilion is a remarkable medieval town with narrow, steep streets and many historic buildings from a glorious past. Famous over the world for thousand years because of its noble, elegant wines, the city has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sightseeing, wine tasting and lunch in a restaurant with local cuisine. Afternoon drive through small side road through the vineyards to St. Georges, Montagne, Puisseguin with wayside Romanesque church, lovingly restored wineries. Visit and wine tasting at a Chateau in Pomerol and return to the hotel. Evening at leisure.
Day 5: Oysters and Dune: Arcachon
Drive to Gujean Mestras’ oyster capital of the Bassin d’Arcachon. Visit of the port and oyster tasting at an oyster breeder. Continuation to Arcachon and tour of the winter city. Then either cruise (1h) over the Bay of Arcachon to Bird Island with its famous stilt houses or continue the Dune du Pilat, with an opportunity to climb the dune. Return to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure.