Bordeaux & Cognac Revealed
Walking Tour, Excursion to Cognac, Wine Tastings in Médoc Wine Region, 4‐Night Stay for 2
This Experience for 2 Includes:
- 4 nights at Best Western Premier Bordeaux “Bayonne Etche-Ona” in the Deluxe Room
- Daily breakfast
- Gourmet Walking Tour of Bordeaux
- Small Group Tasting Tour to the Médoc Wine Region
- Private Full Day Excursion to Cognac
- Winspire booking & concierge service
Bordeaux Wines and Cognac Spirits are world-famous. On this exciting trip you will visit the beautiful areas on different excursions from Bordeaux and get a look behind the scenes of Cognac Houses and Wineries in the prestigious wine region Médoc and of course, taste the high-quality wines and spirits. Beyond that, you will also go on a gourmet walking tour of Bordeaux.
Day 1: Small Group Tasting Tour to the Médoc Wine Region
On your first day in France, you will discover the prestigious wines of the Médoc Region. In the early afternoon, you will be chauffeured along the “Chateau Route”, passing by mythical appellations such as Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, which made the reputation of the Bordeaux wines. This specific terroir produces powerful red wines. Your guide will provide you with all the information about the Bordeaux & Medoc wine region.
Enjoy the visit of two chateaux: a family-run estate and a classified Growth chateau of 1855. Start the visit in the vineyards, in front of the château, tour around the traditional vat room, and discover the cellar. Enjoy some explanations about their wine-making process, from the vine to the bottle, and taste wine at both chateaux. Another highlight is a tasting class during which you will learn the steps of a proper tasting and will educate your nose to identify the wine’s aromas. You will get tips and tricks to taste like a pro!
Day 2: Gourmet Walking Tour of Bordeaux
Join your guide and other members of your small group for a delicious walk through the historic city of Bordeaux, classified on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Visit the most distinctive producers of local delicacies. Bordeaux is one of the very French towns which combines every ingredient of the French way of life: history, traditions, architecture, wine, and food. After the tour, spend the afternoon at your leisure, do some more sightseeing or shopping on your own, or head back to the hotel and relax.
Day 3: Private Full-Day Excursion to Cognac
Now that you have discovered the wines of Bordeaux on your first day, it’s time to go even further and explore the famous spirit that is Cognac. Besides the 15 major houses of Cognac that represent 96% of the worldwide sales of Cognac that own 5% of the vineyards and distilleries, there are 4000 wine growers/distillers of Cognac that own 95% of the vineyard. Treasures can be found in the smaller house: cognacs over 40 years old, with a real personality, and very well-ranked during blind tastings.
During your private full-day excursion to the Cognac region, you will get a look behind the scenes of both worlds. You will meet passionate people who have been running their family-owned estates for generations. They are vine growers, distillers, suppliers of major Cognac houses, and direct sellers of their own production at the same time. Visiting a Cognac property and taste their “Magnifique eau-de-vie” with the company of the owner is an unforgettable experience. Besides that, you will visit one major Cognac house, where you will feel the prestige and the talent for marketing great brands of Cognac, renowned and consumed all around the world. During several stops in the vineyards, you will understand cognac from the vine to the glass, the main differences with making wines to be drunk, and the local history and architecture framed by beautiful landscapes.
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Booking & Concierge Services
Winspire provides a team of seasoned travel professionals to help you redeem your experience. We will book all travel-related details and reservations for every part of your experience. Included within our services, Winspire can assist with extra hotel nights, airfare, and additional guests as a full-service travel agency.
Reservations are subject to availability, blackout dates, and major holidays. Reservations must be booked 60 days in advance of travel. Purchases through charity fundraisers are non-refundable.
Blackout dates: Olympic Games 2024
Additional Package Information: April 1st – October 31st.