Grands Crus Classés de Graves Wine Tour and Lunch from Bordeaux

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Grands Crus Classés de Graves Wine Tour and Lunch from Bordeaux information and booking

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$118
Duration
6 hours
Departs from
Bordeaux Tourist Office, central Bordeaux
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately 3pm
Time of departure
9:15am
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Spend a leisurely half day exploring wineries and vineyards on a 6-hour tour of the Graves region of Bordeaux, enjoying tastings and learning how to pair wine with food. Visit two châteaux in the area with a guide, and see the age-old winemaking process up close. Marvel at row upon row of vineyards in the Graves region, explore the wineries and enjoy tastings of the delicate wine produced. Learn the intricate art of pairing wine with food, and gain an appreciation of the complex flavors in your glass.

Step aboard your air-conditioned coach in Bordeaux, and relax as you set off on your 6-hour tour through the winemaking region of Graves. Your guide will explain the history and heritage of the region along the way, and introduce you to the grape varieties for which the area is famous. Sit back and enjoy the views of rows of grape-laden vines as you travel deep into the countryside. Wine fans may be familiar with the ‘Institute National des Appellations d'Origine’— an organization that regulates and protects agricultural produce of specific interest throughout France. The red and white wine produced in the Bordeaux winemaking region of Graves were classified in 1953 by the institute under the name Pessac-Leognan, and it has been carefully protected and highly prized ever since. For your first visit of the day, stop at a wine château in Graves, enjoy a tour of the winery, hear your guide explain the winemaking process and take time to ask any questions you may have. Afterward, try some of the delicate wine during a tasting session. Continue onward to the second château on your tour. Explore the winery with a guide, and perhaps pose for photographs among the vines! Sit down to a country-style lunch here, and enjoy a second tasting session. This beautiful terroir produces red and dry white wine that can be served with a wide range of dishes. Learn how the professionals carefully select certain wines to complement each course, and gain an appreciation of the exquisite flavor combinations. The exact châteaux visited on the tour may vary, but will be two of the following: Château Bouscaut, Château Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Château Couhins, Château Couhins-Lurton, Château Fieuzal, Château Haut-Bailly, Château Latour-Martillac, Château Malartic-Lagravière, Château Olivier or Château Smith Haut Lafitte.After your second visit, relax on the return coach trip back to Bordeaux where your wine tour ends.Sample Menu:First course (choice of one):

  • Oysters from Arachon Bay
  • Foie gras with Port, apple and gingerbread

Main course:

  • Half–duck breast with a mushroom sauce

Dessert:

  • Ewe cheese and black cherry jam

Coffee

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Tours and wine tastings at two châteaux
  • Lunch

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off