Ophorus small group wine tours departing from Bordeaux
We are happy to present our new selection of small group scheduled and private wine tours departing from Bordeaux. All our tours have been carefully designed to bring you the best possible experience in the different wine regions of the Bordeaux vineyards.
Discover the Medoc with its famous Grand Cru Classé Chateaus. The region covers approximately 5,700 hectares of declared vineyards, annually producing on average 300,000 hectoliters of wine. Of the grape varieties permitted, 50% of the viticultural area is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and to a lesser extent Petit Verdot and Malbec. Also allowed within the AOC regulations are the varieties Cabernet Franc and Carménère.
The region you will head to spans from the mouth of the river down south and includes the four famous communes of St-Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien and Margaux. Our most popular tour for this destination is our Medoc full day wine tour.
Another famous destination is the right bank and world famous Saint Emilion. Named after its historical capital, the expression Right Bank typically refers to wines from the Pomerol and St-Emilion areas of the Libournais. There are several villages around the region that share the Saint-Émilion name, such as Montagne-Saint-Émilion and St-Georges-Saint-Émilion that are named the satellite appellations. The area is bordered to the west by Pomerol.
Merlot is the dominant grape in this area, followed by Cabernet Franc and a very small quantity of Malbec that is tending to disappear. The climate and damper, cool soils of the area makes it difficult for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to fully ripen and as such is less often used. Our most popular tour for this destination is our Saint Emilion & Pomerol full day wine tour.
If you are looking to experience something different, why not head for the Graves and Sauternes wine producing regions. The Graves region is bordered on the north by the Garonne river and contains the sub regions of Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes and Barsac. It is known for its intensely gravelly soil. While Château Haut-Brion was included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc, the Graves appellation itself was classified in 1953 for its red wine producers. White wines were then included in an updated 1959 classification. The Graves is considered the birthplace of claret.
Sauternes is a sub region of Graves known for its intensely sweet, white, dessert wines such as the Premier Cru Supérieur classified Château d'Yquem. Wines produced in the region of Barsac, such as Premiers Crus Château Climens and Château Coutet are allowed to be labeled either with the commune name or with Sauternes. The intense sweetness is the result of the grapes being affected by Botrytis cinerea, a fungus that is commonly known as noble rot. In the autumn, the Ciron river produces mist that descends upon the area and persists until after dawn. These conditions are conducive to the growth of the fungus which desiccates the grape and concentrates the sugars inside. The three main grapes of this area are Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle. Our most popular tour for this destination is our Graves and Sauternes full day wine tour.
All our tours are for small groups of maximum 8 passengers and are handled by professional English speaking accredited wine guides. All tours take place on board recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans.
So why hesitate, let yourself be guided and discover world famous Bordeaux wines with our professional team.