Just a 45 minute drive from the centre of Bordeaux, you’ll be driven past beautiful vineyards and landscapes on your way to tour this famous Bordeaux appellation. Saint Emilion is at once a village and a wine appellation and our tours combine a guided walking tour of the historical and charming St.Emilion village with visits and tastings at its surrounding châteaux.
We take great care in selecting the châteaux for our tours, ensuring that each visit guarantees a warm welcome and provides an authentic and captivating experience.
Each tour to Saint Emilion typically includes visits to two wine making châteaux, a Grand Cru Classe and a smaller family-owned château. Depending on the length of your wine tour, it can also include lunch in the vineyards.
Arriving at each estate, you'll enjoy guided tours of the vineyards, the vat room and the château cellar, immersing yourself in the fascinating world of winemaking. And, as anticipated, the tours conclude with a guided wine tasting session, where you can savour and appreciate the estate's exquisite wines.
For those who would like to visit two of Bordeaux’s most famous wine regions, we offer guided tours that visit both Medoc and St.Emilion in one day. It’s also possible to visit and explore Saint Emilion on an e-bike tour. This is a wonderful way of getting up close to the famous vineyards and cycling past the equally famous châteaux on your way to tours and tastings. Our e-bike tours are available as both small group guided tours and private tours.
For those of you travelling alone or with a group of friends or family and wishing to create your own St. Emilion itinerary, we offer a private driver and guide for the day.
Rest assured that regardless of the tour you choose, our priority is to ensure your experience in Saint Emilion is remarkable, enlightening, and truly memorable!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Saint Emilion?
Saint-Émilion is located around 35km (or a 45 minute drive) north-west of Bordeaux in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, in the department of the Gironde, South-western France.
Is Saint Emilion worth visiting?
Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or not, Saint Emilion is definitely worth a visit. A classified UNESCO World Heritage site, the village itself is an exceptionally charming town steeped in history and filled with cafes, restaurants and boutiques. And for those interested in wine, a trip to Saint Emilion should definitely include a visit and tasting at one of its chateaux.
What is a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classée chateaux?
Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé refers to the classification system established in 1955. To be recognised as a Grand Cru vineyard in St. Emilion, the vineyard must be situated in the designated area, comply with the established regulations, and successfully apply for the Grand Cru status. It’s possible to visit a number of these chateaux for guided tours and to taste their exceptional wines.
How can I visit Saint Emilion?
Whilst you can drive yourself, the easiest way to get to Saint-Émilion and to visit its best chateaux is on a guided tour which picks you up and returns you to Bordeaux where there is a wealth of accommodation options. This way, you can relax and enjoy wine tastings without needing to drive yourself or to manage bookings with multiple châteaux.
Can I visit St.Emilion and Medoc in one day?
Yes, it is possible to combine a tour to St.Emilion and Medoc in one day. Our guided tours take you to one wine region in the morning, with a break for lunch, followed by a tour of the second region in the afternoon.
Should I visit St.Emilion or Medoc?
Both St.Emilion and Medoc are worth a visit. Whilst Medoc is home to 4 of the world’s most renowned wine making communes, Saint Emilion village offers the attraction of exploring a UNESCO World Heritage site. For those of you are who short on time, or simply can’t decide, you can choose a full day tour that takes you to both!
What wine can I taste in St.Emilion?
In Saint-Emilion, the primary grape varieties cultivated are Merlot and Cabernet Franc which form the foundation of the renowned Saint-Emilion blend. However, it is not uncommon to find wines in which Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec are also utilised.
When tasting wines from St. Emilion, you will be able to enjoy a delightful array of flavours and aromas such as luscious notes of ripe plum and blackcurrant, accompanied by scents of violet, leather, chocolate, smoke, and earthy undertones.