Bordeaux “Grand Crus” Chateaux & Great Alsace White Wines

 

This tour has been designed so that you may discover 2 of the most beautiful wine regions of France.

The Bordeaux wine region first, a world renowned destination for all wine lovers. Here, not only will you discover some of the most renowned appellations, but you will also have the opportunity to visit prestigious Classified Growth wineries and taste some of the most famous blends that this area has to offer. Your English speaking wine guide will also be happy to share all his knowledge so that your Bordeaux experience is as enriching as possible.

Then move on to the Alsace wine region. Here, you will taste some of the most significant Alsace wines crafted by passionate wine makers. All day tours & tastings have been carefully selected so that you may experience the best Rieslings, Gewürztraminers, Sylvaners, Pinots or Muscats. Even better, we will introduce you to some of the most fascinating Grand Cru Alsace wines giving you the possibility of understanding the differences between the different Alsace wines, the grape varieties and terroir.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Bordeaux / Hotel Transfer

Pick up in Bordeaux upon arrival (Airport/Train Station) and transfer to your hotel. Check in to your centrally located hotel and night in Bordeaux.

 

Day 2 1855 Classified Growth Chateaux of the Medoc Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at your hotel.

9.30am pick up at your hotel. On this full day tour you will enjoy the visit and wine tasting in 3 prestigious 1855 Classified Growth Chateaux of different Medoc appellations. Your tour will begin with the visit of the installations of the Chateaus so as to better understand the chemistry & technical complexity involved in the winemaking process. The visits also point out the importance of the soil and weather conditions, which the French translate into one word: Terroir. For lunch, we have selected a local restaurant that will introduce you to all the specialties this area has to offer. All tours are private and will be for our small group only. Your day will also take you along the ‘Route des Chateaux’ so that you may admire some of the most famous estates such as Chateau Palmer, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Pichon Longueville for great photo opportunities.

6.30pm return to Bordeaux and night at your hotel.

 

Day 3 Merlot Wines Of St Emilion - Breakfast

Breakfast at your hotel.

9.30am pick up at your hotel. Today the wine region known as the right bank is on your program. Your main destination will be the Saint Emilion wine area where Merlot is the predominant grape variety.

Here you will first enjoy a private visit and wine tasting in a Classified Growth Chateau. Arrive in Saint Emilion and enjoy another visit of a Classified Growth Chateau followed by a special wine tasting session in the village composed of numerous appellations. Guided walking tour of the medieval village and free time for lunch and personal discovery. Finally, depart for a visit and wine tasting session in Classified Growth Chateau in a satellite appellation of the Libournais wine region.

6.30pm return to Bordeaux and night at your hotel.

 

Day 4 Graves & Sauternes Region Wine Tour - Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at your hotel.

9.30am pick up at your hotel.

The Pessac-Léognan wine producing area is on your program this morning. Some of the most famous wineries include lead 1er Grand Cru Classé Chateaux Haut-Brion, Chateau Pape Clément, Chateau Olivier, Chateau Haut Bailly and many more. Pessac-Léognan is equally famous for both red and dry white wines, although red wine is still predominant. Here, we will visit and wine taste in 2 Classified Growth Chateaux of the appellation so as to discover these wines. After some time for lunch, we will head towards the Sauternes wine producing region. The area is famous for its sweet white wines with lead Chateau Yquem being the most famous winery of the appellation. Sauternes is made from Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea, also known as noble rot. This causes the grapes to become partially raisined, resulting in concentrated and distinctively flavored wines. You will enjoy the visit and wine tasting in a Classified Growth Chateau so as to better understand the technical process linked to Sauternes wine making. 6.30pm return to Bordeaux and night at your hotel.

 

Day 5 Departure Transfer/ Flight From Bordeaux To Strasbourg - Breakfast

Breakfast at your hotel.

Departure transfer from Bordeaux to the Airport. Arrival in Strasbourg and check in at your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover this wonderful town of France. Night in Strasbourg.

 

DAY 6 Northern Alsace Wines - Breakfast

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, depart for a full day tour in the northern Alsace wine region - From Marienheim to Molsheim, a few kilometers from the capital of Alsace, lies the northern entrance to the Alsace Wine Route. Discover a magnificent view of the wine region of Couronne d’Or and Piémont, and then experience its important architectural, medieval and religious heritage, such as the Carthusian Monastery of Molsheim, Mont Saint-Odile and the village of Obernai. Today we will take you to the most well-known wine producers of the area to begin the discovery and tasting of some of the most famous Alsace varietal wines such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Gewürztraminer and many more. Visit and tasting in 4 different wineries and return to Strasbourg in the evening.

 

Day 7 Southern Alsace Wines / Farewell Dinner in Strasbourg - Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at your hotel.

Today, your tour will take you to the southern area of the Alsace wine region. Discover Riquewihr home to the Grand Cru Schoenenbourg, from which the most exciting wines of Alsace are made. Already Voltaire owned vines on this south-facing slope that has the most complex geology of all Grands Crus in Alsace. Most producers in the village have vines on Schoenenbourg, as well as on Sporen. The latter, situated between Riquewihr and Mittelwhir, is the home of magnificent, smoky Gewurztraminer and complex Pinot Gris. The bill regarding the Grand Cru system of Alsace was passed in 1975 and in was force from the 1983 vintage. In principle, the system is very simple. To date, 51 vineyards have Grand Cru status. Most of these have been recognized as outstanding since at least the 14th century. The smallest Grand Cru is Kanzlerberg with 3.2 ha (Bergheim) and the largest is Schlossberg Kientzheim / Kaysersberg), which is as large as 80.3 ha. Your day will include the tasting of several Grands Crus as you visit four wineries located in the area. This evening, we have organized a farewell dinner for all the group.

 

Day 8 Transfer to Train Station  - Breakfast

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to train station or airport and end of our services


 

Inclusions

1. Arrival and departure transfers in Bordeaux and Strasbourg

2. 4 night accommodation in 4* Hotel, double room sharing in Bordeaux

3. 3 night accommodation in 4* Hotel, double room sharing in Strasbourg

4. Breakfast from day 2 to 8

5. Services of an expert English speaking wine guide in Bordeaux and Strasbourg*

6. Full day Medoc 1855 Classified growth chateau tour with 3 Chateau visits

7. Lunch in a local restaurant in the Medoc wine region

8. Full day saint Emilion wine tour with 2 Chateau visits

9. Private wine tasting session in wine cellar of Saint Emilion

10. Full day Graves & Sauternes wine region with 3 Chateau visits

11. Lunch in a local restaurant in the Graves & Sauternes area

12. Plane ticket from Bordeaux to Strasbourg

13. Full day northern Alsace wine region including 4 winery visits and tastings

14. Full day southern Alsace wine region including 4 winery visits and tastings

15. Travel in recent & fully equipped compact vans (2 to 8 persons) or coach (10+ persons)

16. Farewell dinner in Strasbourg

17. 1st Class Train ticket back to Paris

*Driver / Guide for 2 to 8 persons, Driver and guide for 10+ persons.

 

Exclusions

1. Meals, drinks unless specified

2. Drinks during the meals that are included

3. Personal insurance and expenses

4. Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions other than mentioned in the program

5. Eventual Gratuities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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