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The Graves

The Graves appellation encompasses the smaller, extremely unique appellation called “Pessac-Léognan” and goes all the way down to the no less incredible “Sauternes”.

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Pessac-Léognan produces beautiful red and white wines; all the Grand Cru Classé wines from Graves are concentrated here. The whites are absolutely to die for! From a historical point of view, this is where the first vines were planted in Bordeaux some 2000 years ago, so a tour here could unveil chateaux dating back to the 12th century …

Sauternes is home to the world-famous Chateau d’Yquem. Noble rot attacks the grapes concentrating sugar and aromas. Delicious, golden, sweet white wines are produced here. But they’re not all about sugar. The art of making Sauternes wines is to bring out a wide array of flavours with a refreshing level of acidity.

Throughout the day, you will be introduced to the otherwise tightly-knit world of wine in Bordeaux. You can simply lean back and enjoy the beautiful scenery, the enchanting architecture, learn about the secrets behind the terroirs and winemaking in chateaux that I have carefully pre-selected. And, of course, you can ask me questions… all day long.

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A Day-Tour Suggestion

Let’s combine your expectations with my experience and set up the perfect day. The below programme is a mere example of what we could do on a full day tour:

09:00 Pick-up at your hotel or any other place in Bordeaux of your convenience
Commented drive through parts of Bordeaux City and on the way down to the Graves appellation (history, culture & wine)
10:00 Tour and Tasting in a Grand Cru Classé Chateau in Pessac-Léognan
11:30 Tour and Tasting in a beautiful chateau in Graves
12:30 Lunch in a selected gourmet restaurant or in a chateau (on request)
Fresh produce, great wines by the bottle or by the glass, charming atmosphere…
14:00 Commented drive down to Sauternes
15:00 Tour and Tasting in a Grand Cru Classé Chateau in Sauternes
or, if you prefer,
Tour and Tasting in a small, family-owned chateau
17:00 Drop-off at your hotel or any other place in Bordeaux of your convenience

Indicative price

For a full-day tour: 470-570€ / private group

The price includes:

  • The organisation of a custom-made tour
  • Private transportation in a comfortable and modern car
  • An experienced, English-speaking wine enthusiast as your guide (Professional Driver’s License)

The price excludes:

  • Fees in chateaux (0€-70€/person with 1-4 tastings)
  • Restaurants

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