Bordeaux, a classic wine tour destination! Luxurious châteaux and ambitious winemakers!
— In Bordeaux you find world famous châteaux and world famous wines but also a lot of new exciting initiatives – less famous but maybe more important for the future of Bordeaux! – and young enthusiastic wine makers. On this trip we will visit both some big, famous Grand Cru Class châteaux and smaller ones that are less known, but very quality conscious. We will visit the well-known regions like Medoc, Saint-Emilion, Graves and Sauternes. We will learn about viticulture, vinification and vintages and after this trip you will know quite a lot about what’s going on in Bordeaux.
Next wine tour to Bordeaux:
Over three full days we will travel around the Bordeaux wine region and visit both prestigious chateaux and smaller family-owned estates.
In all the châteaux we will get private tastings together with people who are delighted to share with us their passion for fine wine.
We will stay four nights in the city of Bordeaux, an elegant and very beautiful city of just over half a million people. In the evenings you will have the possibility to explore Bordeaux, the sights and the many restaurants, at your leisure.
The city of Bordeaux is on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. You can read more about it in our City Guide to Bordeaux.
We will meet in Bordeaux, which is easy to reach. Bordeaux has its own airport and it is only 2 hours away from Paris by TGV-train. You will arrive on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning our bus will pick us up for our first visits in the vineyards. Sunday is departure day.
The tour is led by one of BKWine’s wine and travel expert guides. This exclusive tour has a maximum 8 participants so you will indeed feel very privileged.
Details varies: Harvest grapes, blending seminar, the influence of oak etc
Depending on the season the program will look slightly different.
In autumn we may have a morning with you getting your hands dirty harvesting grapes, finished with a harvesters’ lunch (but we promise some really nice wines to go with it). It is always unpredictable when the harvest will be, up until only a few weeks or days before the harvest.
In spring you may instead have the opportunity to see the young and sprouting vines when they are bursting into life in the vineyards. Visiting the vineyards in springtime is a totally different experience. A side benefit is that the winemaker often have more time when it is not harvest time.
We may include a blending seminar where you will get the chance to create your own wine from “base wines” from different grape varieties, just like the wine makers do. You will have the opportunity to see how different grape varieties interact or the importance of oak.
Perhaps in a chateau-hotel?
Often we stay in the city of Bordeaux, an elegant and very beautiful city of just over half a million people. In the evenings you will then have the possibility to explore Bordeaux, the sights and the many restaurants, at your leisure. As an alternative, sometimes we stay in a country hotel or vineyard auberge or in one of the exclusive and luxurious chateau-hotels.
Another possibility is that we stay in the medieval village of Saint Emilion, in the middle of the vineyards and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But whatever the season and the details of the program it will be a unique and exceptional experience to travel in Bordeaux with BKWine. Join us for a few unforgettable days in the world’s most famous wine region!
More travel information
Here are some useful pages and guides about this travel destination:
- France FAQ: tipping, restaurants, transport, shopping
- Bordeaux City Guide
- Saint Emilion, a short city guide
The Bordeaux wine book
One of the many wine books we have written is on Bordeaux, but unfortunately it is not currently available in English.
As far as we know, no other wine tour operator has a track record of authoring ten or more wine books, so you can feel confident that you will get the most competent and high-quality wine tour with BKWine.
Even more info
We have written a lot about Bordeaux and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.
Here you can find more about travelling in the Bordeaux wine region.
You can also find more information on the wines from Bordeaux on BKWine Magazine.
Here are a few videos from winery visits in Bordeaux:
Programme — Bordeaux wine tour
This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.
Contact BKWine for more details.
- Day 1, Wednesday — Arrival in Bordeaux
- Day 2, Thursday — The Medoc, la Route des Châteaux
- Day 3, Friday — Saint Emilion
- Day 4, Saturday — Graves and Sauternes
- Day 5, Sunday — Heading back home
Wednesday, Day 1 — Arrival in Bordeaux
Arrival in Bordeaux. Check in at our 4-star hotel, located in the city centre.
Bordeaux city is the centre of the Bordeaux wine trade. But today you see more of beautifully renovated renaissance or baroque mansions, luxurious boutiques and university students than wine warehouses.
Bordeaux is without a doubt one of France’s most elegant cities, where it lies along the banks of the Garonne River. What used to be warehouses and parking places have been transformed into a myriad of cafés, wine bars, and restaurants. Here you can find everything from Michelin starred places to friendly neighbourhood bistros.
The two things one absolutely must do is to explore The Old Town and go for a stroll along the river and see the Place de la Bourse when evening is falling!
Evening is free to explore the city. Perhaps you will start with an aperitif at a wine bar? Why not try a Lillet, a spicy and fragrant wine-based drink “invented” by the brothers Paul and Raymond Lillet in 1872? It is still made in the same location where they started! It was made famous also by its appearance together with James Bond in Casino Royale. We will be happy to share with you some of our favourite addresses!
Thursday, Day 2 — The Médoc
Our bus will pick us up at our hotel after breakfast. We will spend the day in Medoc, home to many of the big chateaux names and famous for its wines made primarily of cabernet sauvignon.
Here in the Medoc the vines grow on a narrow strip of land along the Gironde estuary, sheltered from the rain and winds from the Atlantic Ocean by the Les Landes pine forest.
We will drive along the route des châteaux that leads north. This is a spectacular journey along an almost unreal road. The magnificent chateaux, some are virtual palaces, are dotted along the road like a string of pearls.
Our bus will take us through the villages of Margaux, Saint-Julien and Pauillac and up to Saint-Estèphe and we will see many beautiful and famous chateaux on the way.
You will see many famous wine estates (winery is too humble a word) where the cabernet sauvignon grape dominate in the vineyards. The terrain is gently rolling hills, the best vineyards have a view over the river.
We will visit three different chateaux, both impressively big Grand Cru Classé chateaux and smaller family owned ones.
At lunch time we will make a visit to a magnificent family-owned château.
We will first have a private tour of the cellar.
If timing coincides with the harvest we will see the extremely diligent sorting of the grapes that is done at “grape reception”, a key element in producing top quality wine.
This is followed by a wine tasting and a lunch. The lunch is quite exceptional, a gastronomic meal that is on par with many a luxury restaurant, the only difference being that you can enjoy it at a chateau, in the calm luxury of their dining room, or in the garden if weather permits. And you will taste several of their own wines with the different courses.
Early evening we are back in Bordeaux. A walk along the river is a must. At dusk the famous miroir d’eau, the water mirror, at the Place de la Bourse is at its most spectacular. You can also find many excellent restaurants along the newly redesigned river walk.
Friday, Day 3 — Saint Emilion
Today we cross both rivers, the Garonne and the Dordogne. We will visit the right bank, rive droite, of Bordeaux: Saint Emilion, Fronsac and Pomerol.
The landscape is hillier here than in the Medoc and the châteaux are smaller. This is also where you will find the most expensive wines of Bordeaux!
Here we will visit small family chateaux with high ambitions. We will have the opportunity to walk in the vineyards and the winemakers will explain how they work to obtain the best grapes. This is very important for the final quality of the wines. One of the chateaux is certified organic.
For lunch we will go to a famous Grand Cru Classé with a beautiful state of the art winery. Here they also have a spectacular lime stone cellar where stone has been taken for centuries to build houses in the area. After the visit a delicious lunch will be served in the dining room of the small chateau.
We will also have time for a stroll in the picturesque town of Saint Emilion before our afternoon visit. Saint Emilion is a wonderful medieval small town on the World Heritage list of UNESCO.
Early evening we’re back to our hotel in Bordeaux. The rest of the evening is free to make more discoveries in the city centre. Perhaps a walk in the Old Town. The beautiful façades are a must to see!
Saturday, Day 4 — Graves and Sauternes
Today we will go south, to the regions of Pessac-Léognan, Graves and Sauternes. Pessac-Léognan and Graves are known for both red wines and dry, white wines. Sauternes makes some of the most delicious sweet wines in the world.
Here in Sauternes we are going to visit one of the grand chateaux in the region. We will learn how these magnificent wines are made, a process that is quite complicated.
The sweetness comes from the noble rot which gives not only sugar but also a lovely taste of honey and spices to the wines.
The production of these exclusive wines is painstaking. The grape pickers go over each parcel of vines several times to make sure that only the best grapes are picked. We will taste a few different vintages to see how a Sauternes wine evolves.
We will have lunch at a grand chateau in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. In fact Pessac-Leognan is en enclave in the Graves region, created in 1987. It is close to the city centre and some of the chateau are today totally surrounded by suburban housing.
The chef here is very talented and having lunch here, in the beautiful dining room of the chateau, is like being in a Michelin star restaurant. We will taste the excellent wines for lunch of course. We will start with a visit to the vineyard and the cellar.
We will have our last visit in the Graves appellation in the afternoon. At this chateau we will taste both red and white wines.
The white wines of Bordeaux are really magnificent and something of a hidden secret that should be discovered! They have almost become scarce so this is a great opportunity to taste some of the best examples. Today less than 10% of Bordeaux’ production is white, while 50 years ago it was half the production that was white wine.
Early evening we are back in Bordeaux. Free evening. There are still many restaurants and wine bars to discover. With dessert it is surely time for a glass of sauternes!
Sunday, Day 5 — Heading back home
The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.
Program may be subject to minor modifications.
Tour Details — Bordeaux wine tour
Price per person: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.
Included in the price:
- 4 hotel nights, double occupancy, including breakfast in a 4-star hotel in central Bordeaux
- Meals as described in the program above (*):
- 3 gastronomic multi-course lunches including prestigious wines; at least 2 of the lunches at a wine chateaux
- Start and end point: Bordeaux
- Bus transport during the whole trip
- All vineyard and winery visits
- Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
- Interpretation from French as needed, though some visits may be in English
- Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide
(*) See below for more important information on our meals.
- Travel (flights) to the destination and back from your home location.
You organise your travel to Bordeaux yourself. If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.
We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time! It is a very interesting place and well worth some “non-wine” tourism too! We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights if you want.
Bordeaux has an international airport that you can fly to. But if you want to spend a few extra days in for example Paris it is easy and fast to take the train between Paris and Bordeaux. It takes about 2 hours from Paris-Montparnasse or around 3 hours from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Train tickets are released for sale three months before the travel date. It is easy to book train tickets on the internet. Book train ticket in French here or book trains in English here.
For this trip to take place we must have a minimum of 4 participants registered at the “book before” date. Maximum number of travel guests: 8.
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About the wine producers and wineries we visit
Our aim is that you shall experience some of the best and most interesting that the wine region has to offer, both wine and food.
We put a big effort into finding and creating outstanding winery visits. Often it will not be the most “famous” and internationally well-known wineries that will give you the best and most unique experiences…
It is usually when you get to meet the winemaker or winery owner himself (or often herself) that the visits become really exciting. And perhaps we even meet the whole family at the estate.
You start discussing and start to understand what it is they do and why in the winery and in the vineyard. Maybe we will also have lunch in the winery or at their home. Need we say we invariably have private wine tastings at the wineries?
That is why our trips are not “jam-packed” with visits at wineries. Nevertheless, we often run short of time since the discussions – and the wine tastings – can easily become very engaging…
Our wine country tours typically include a mix of small family producers, exclusive boutique wineries and larger internationally well-known wine estates, all selected with great care so that it will give you a unique experience of the people and of the behind-the-scenes in the winery and a good understanding of the wine district’s characteristics, tradition and culture.
At the time of publishing a travel program, not all visits have been finalised. We are continuously working on improving the program. The domaines / wineries / châteaux that we visit on a tour may therefore sometimes differ from what was written in the original program. Contact us if you want more details, or if you have any special requests.
With our contacts and our experience from the world of wine with more than 20 years as wine journalists, with more than 10 wine books published, and as wine tour organisers, we have unique contacts and unparalleled knowledge. You can be certain to get the best wine travel experiences with BKWine Tours.
On meals: food and gastronomy
Wine and food are intimately linked. That is part of our wine travel philosophy; wine is an integral part of the gastronomy.
A wine tour with BKWine will therefore also be a gastronomic experience.
The meals that are included in a tour with BKWine are on a gourmet level and of very high standard.
Sometimes we will have a meal with a winemaker, perhaps in the wine cellar or at the winery, or even in their home. This is a unique experience that is generally not open to other visitors to wineries. It is an occasion to experience exciting combinations of food and wine while discussing with the people who made the wine.
Sometimes we will have a luxurious meal at a gourmet restaurant. At other times it may be not at a prestigious luxury address but at a local restaurant selected for its presentation of local gastronomic specialities, its atmosphere and its quality – a place where locals go. Or perhaps it will be a buffet lunch made at home by the winemaker and his wife. In all cases, we want to show you local gastronomic specialities and the local food and wine pairings.
Do not expect a picnic with salad and sausage from the supermarket and wine in plastic mugs… Think instead of a wine-and-dine experience with a menu designed by the chef for you with three or four courses and delicious wines.
A wine tour with BKWine is also a culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A gourmet wine tour!
Customer protection and financial travel guarantee
BKWine AB is a Swedish-registered tour operator. As such BKWine has a so-called financial travel guarantee deposit with the oversight agency called Kammarkollegiet according to Swedish law as well as EU regulations. Thanks to this you can feel safe when booking your tour with BKWine. Our travel terms and conditions are based on the guidelines developed by the Consumer Protection Agency (Konsumentverket) in collaboration with the travel industry. Read more on this in our travel terms and conditions.
The below information is required as specified by the travel industry oversight agency. All “packaged tour operators” are required by law to have this information in their tour programs:
“The combined travel services that you are offered constitutes a packaged tour in the sense defined by EU regulation 2015/2302.”
“Therefore you benefit from all the EU rights for packaged tours. The company BKWine AB will be responsible for that they packaged tour as a whole is completed correctly.”
“In addition, the company BKWine AB has, as required by law, a protection to repay your payments, and in the case that transport is included in the packaged tour, assure your home transportation in the case that they become insolvent.”
“More information about essential right according to EU directive 2015/2302.”
Read more on this on our page with information about customer protection.
Health, vaccination etc
Our tours have no particular health requirements. However, on a wine tour, you are likely to be walking around in vineyards and in wine cellars, and visits and tastings may often be done standing up. Read more on this in our travel terms and conditions. Contact us if you have any questions.
Most of our travel destination have no particular requirements for vaccination, health or health certificates. What kind of vaccinations etcetera that may be required depends on your nationality and/or which country you come from, so it is impossible to give generally valid detailed information. Read more on this in our travel terms and conditions and contact your doctor, a health and vaccination centre or us if you have any questions.
BKWine does not sell travel insurance. If you want travel insurance check if your regular home insurance includes some kind of travel insurance or contact your regular insurance company or a travel insurance specialist.
Why travel with BKWine?
We are experts and specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also in wine from a broader perspective.
No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tours and gourmet travel as BKWine.
We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours. This is what we love to do because it is fun and exciting. What we want more than anything is to share with you all these wonderful experiences.
Our tours are not designed to make you buy wine from a specific producer, in contrary to some that are organised by importers or wine retailers or by wine tour companies affiliated with wine sellers. Instead, we can choose the winery visits that are best for you!
It does not matter if you are “a total novice” on wine and food or if you have life-long experience in the wine sector. We will give you a very special experience, in a way that no other tour operator can do.
We write in specialised wine magazines and one of our books has won the prize as best wine book in the world. We are regularly called on to be part of judging panels in wine competitions.
We personally visit some 300 vineyards every year. We have organised several hundreds of wine and food tours with an experience going back more than twenty years. We are invited as speakers at wine tourism and culinary touring conferences. Even the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the World Bank have as us for advice on wine tourism. We are proud to have been able to help!
We choose our tour destinations and winery visits with great care. Not because a winery happens to be carrying a “famous name” but because they will give our guests — you! — a unique and special experience when you visit them with BKWine.
You may be looking for a short wine weekend holiday or a longer wine vacation; in all cases, you can be confident that you will get a top quality tour, an experience of a lifetime. Or at least an experience that will last you until the next time you come on a wine tour with BKWine. Many of our travellers are returning clients.
A wine and food tour with BKWine is always guided by a knowledgeable and experienced BKWine guide and tour manager, someone who knows the ins and outs of wine, of the local gastronomy, of the culture and who speaks the language.
Some Awards and Mentions
Some accolades we at BKWine and our wine and food tours have received:
- “World’s Top Wine Tours” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
- “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
- “Recommended Wine Tours” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
- “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year”
- Runner-up as “World’s Best Educational Wine Book”
- The OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine) book award, the prestigious “Nobel Prize of Wine Literature”
- “Wine Personality of the Year” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
- On the Wine Media Power List by Wine Business International Magazine
Read more on why to choose BKWine for a wine and food tour.
Read more on what previous travellers have said about our tours.
Our groups are always small. The group size may vary, sometimes maximum 8, sometimes 20, but always of modest size. We do not do “minimum 20, maximum 45”. Check the details in each program. This is important since it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.
Read the BKWine Booking Terms and Conditions here. They are important to you!
You organise your travel independently to the destination for most of our tours but on location, we take care of everything.
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We also do custom wine and food tours if you want to choose different dates or if you want something different than what we currently offer on our scheduled tours – for individuals, companies, professionals, wine tastings clubs etc.