Medoc Wine Tour Half Day Trip From Bordeaux (shared)

Highlights

  • Discover 2 carefully selected classified growth Châteaux

  • Taste fabulous medoc red wines, guided by a knowledgeable hand

  • All winery visits and wine tastings are included!

Summary

On this wine tour from Bordeaux, you’ll enjoy scenic drives through the Médoc wine region and taste some delicious French wines! During this half-day tour, visit two famous wineries with a wine guide, and enjoy wine tastings at both. This half day wine tour from Bordeaux will remain in the Margaux or Haut Medoc wine regions.

Tour info

Duration
4 hours
Group Size
8
Pricing (From)
Adult: (0-99 years)
€75.00
Commentary
Meeting Point

12 cours du 30 Juillet 33000

Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

8.50am or 1.50pm - Meet your guide in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office

9.00am or 2.00pm am Depart from Bordeaux
10.00am or 3.00pm Visit & Wine tasting 1st Winery
11.00am or 4.00pm Visit & Wine tasting 2nd Winery
1.00pm or 6.00pm return to Bordeaux


Take a Medoc half day wine tour, and discover delicious red wines with cabernet sauvignon blends

PICK UP AT CENTRALLY LOCATED MEETING POINT IN BORDEAUX

This morning, we will come and pick you up at in front of the Bordeaux Tourism Office. The Bordeaux tourist office is located at 12 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 BORDEAUX, in the heart of the city, facing the CIVB Bordeaux wine syndicat building. The tourism office is located close to all the hotels located in the city center, usually a maximum 10 minutes walking distance.

PLEASE BE ON TIME AS WINERY VISITS HAVE BEEN PRE-BOOKED JUST FOR US!
For all our shared day trips from Bordeaux, we ask our clients to be present 10 minutes before departure time. It is important to be on time as Bordeaux wine tours imply strict timing as all the wineries visited have been pre-booked especially for our clients. Due to this, all our tours must leave on time to meet this schedule. In Bordeaux, unlike many other wine destinations, it is not possible to just show up at a winery for a tour, especially for the wineries that are highly demanded.

If you think that you might be late, please contact us rapidly by sms, phone or email so that we can advise the driver/guide to wait. However, waiting time is limited to 10 minutes maximum. If you are not present at the time of departure, your reservation will be considered as a no show and will not be refunded!

MEET YOUR ENGLISH SPEAKING DRIVER/GUIDE WHO IS A LOCAL EXPERT ON BORDEAUX WINES
Upon arrival at the meeting point, you will be welcomed by your English speaking tour guide who will be waiting with a sign bearing the name of the tour and with the Ophorus logo on it. Also, all our guides have a nominative badge so that it will be easy for you to recognize them.

Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to the Saint Emilion wine producing region.

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guide's commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another.

ARRIVE IN THE MARGAUX WINE APPELLATION FOR A FIRST VISIT
With Ophorus, experience is the most important factor when it comes to our small group sightseeing tours of the Bordeaux wine region. On your Medoc region wine tasting tour, you’re sure to discover hidden gems and taste prestigious wines in an informal yet expertly guided way. This highly recommended wine tour from Bordeaux will introduce you to the Margaux & Haut Medoc appellations where some of the most famous chateaux are located.

From Bordeaux, reach the Medoc wine producing area by driving on the Castle Road - Route des Chateaux -  that is lined by numerous wineries of the Medoc. Upon arrival at the winery, you will be greeted by a local guide. Begin the tour with a commented visit of the property, its history and a short resumé of who the owners are. Then, your guided tour will be followed by a visit of the technical installations. You will get to know how wine is made on this estate, from the vineyard to the harvest ending with the bottling process. The visit concludes with a commented tasting of the Chateau wines. 

PARTICIPATE IN A SECOND CHATEAU VISIT & TASTING
After the first visit, we will take you to a nearby property for your second winery tour. Typically, our half day tours in the Medoc includes the visit of a prestigious Classified Growth Chateau combined with the visit of a more boutique winery, usually classified as Cru Bourgeois of Cru Artisan. If your first visit was in the Classified Growth Chateau, then this second visit will be in the more boutique winery. Also, the terroir will be different as we usually combine a visit in Margaux followed by another in the Haut Medoc appellation.

If your second visit is in a family owned winery, the visit is usually conducted by the someone from the family or even the owners. This more casual visit is when you can really interact with the locals and find out what it is like to own and manage a vineyard in Bordeaux today. Of course you will also get to tour the property, hear about the winemaking process and tour the different cellars. Yet the goal here is to get as close as possible to the realities of winemaking, far from the 1855 Classification that was limited to just a chosen few.  

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE WINE
Both the Margaux and Haut Medoc produce wonderfully perfumed french wines. Margaux wines have a distinctive fragrant taste, attributed to the high gravel content of the soil in these vineyards. The soil’s excellent drainage means the plants need to root down further to find moisture, making them particularly strong, and bringing up the flavors of the deeper earth. 

The Haut Medoc appellation is vast, with almost 400 different wine producers operating there, the different wineries produce wine that have a wide variety of textures and flavors. If time permits, your guide will try and organise a stop at Chateau Margaux for photo opportunities.

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOUR
With Ophorus, rest assured that your Medoc vineyard tour will be everything you imagined. All our drivers are fully accredited guides, meaning you’ll get double the expertise on this great Medoc tour. Every one of our expert guides holds at least the WSET level 2 certification in wines and spirits, and they take great pride in their region and craft. 

You’ll learn how to judge a wine with all the senses, using your eyes, nose, tongue, and memory. These licensed guides are not only wine connoisseurs, they’re also authorities on the local area, ready to share a wealth of information with you. This tour is for adults only, 18 years and older.

Most of our bordeaux wine tours in the medoc area run primarily with an 8-seat minivan. There is free Wi-Fi access on all tour vehicles. All visits and wine tastings are included in the price, so there’s no unexpected additional fees to worry about. Our cancellation policy is one of the best as it is 100% guaranteed up to 24h before your tour, so you can book ahead with peace of mind.

Other major wine regions of the area include st emilion, pomerol, graves & sauternes as well as lesser known but very interesting appellations such as Fronsac, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux or Côte de Bourg. We also organise full day private tours to all these regions as well as walking tours in Bordeaux and Saint Emilion.

What’s included?

  • All-wine tasting fees

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide

  • 1 small bottle of water per person

  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus

  • Free WiFi access on board

  • Gratuities

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • Instant booking confirmation

  • NOTE: Adult only tour, not suitable for children under 18 years of age

  • Minimum age is 18 years

  • Prices are per person

Before you go

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place

  • On high frequency dates minivan can be replaced by 19 seat minibus

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Cancellation Policy

    Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule: Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Master Card. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%. For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund: Up to 24 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees. 24 hours prior to departure and less > no refund All semi private tours depart on time. Clients should present themselves at the allocated meeting point at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Driver/guide will not wait unless Ophorus has been previously informed that the client will be late with a maximum waiting time of 10 minutes. Beyond that waiting time, tours will depart and Ophorus cannot be held responsible for clients missing their tour.

About operator:

Ophorus Tours is both a licensed Tour Operator, member of Atout France and ETOA, and a Transportation company with headquarters in Bordeaux. We operate since 2005 and conduct Walking Tours, Day Trips, Private Tours, Shore Excursions and multi-regional Tours throughout France. 

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