Travel to Bordeaux with Louie's Wine Dive
Louie's Wine Dive Bordeaux 2018
September 26 - October 2, 2017
This trip includes:
Day 1: Apéritif and Dinner in Bordeaux
Our tour starts in the hotel lounge early evening with a welcome apéritif and a get-to-know your fellow traveler time. We will then take a short walk through bustling downtown to a favorite local restaurant for dinner
Day 2: Walking Tour and Gourmet Delights
Today, Bordeaux! We start with our pétit-déjeuner at an artisanal bakery, savoring French breakfast pastries made from a wood-fired oven built in the reign of Louis XV in 1765. We then continue with a walking tour, stopping for lunch close to the impressive gothic cathedral. After lunch, we explore the aging cellars at a cheese Affineur (with samples, of course) and later meet a fourth-generation chocolatier for a tour of his production facility – demos, creating yourself, and tastings included. In late afternoon, you will discover Bordeaux’s shopping district on your own before dinner at one of the city’s favorite brasseries.
Day 3: La Route des Châteaux in the Médoc
Our day starts north of Bordeaux in the Médoc region, winding along the Route des Châteaux. We stop at one of the Classified Growth wineries from the 1855 Classification, where our sommelier helps us grasp the breadth and depth of Bordeaux wines, enjoy a tour of the winery and, of course, taste. After lunch at a local bistro – a favorite among local winemakers – we continue our journey to a second winery, stopping for photo opportunities in front of some of the most celebrated Bordeaux wineries as we learn more about this most famous region.
Day 4: The Charming Village of St. Emilion
Today we spend the day in Saint Emilion, another UNESCO World Heritage site. First, though, we make a stop at the neighboring Libourne market, where we meet the chef from our evening restaurant to help choose what he will expertly prepare for our dinner. After a guided tour of Saint Emilion’s historic monuments, including the impressive monolithic church sculpted out of the limestone hillside, we take time to explore the narrow streets and alleys lined with wine boutiques and find a perfect spot for lunch. We regroup after lunch to see how sparkling wine is made and a tasting combined with the signature cookie of the region – macarons de St. Emilion. Following the tour, we reunite with our market chef in his delightful restaurant to hear how he has prepared our special dinner with the ingredients chosen at the market. And of course, as throughout the tour, the wine will be as great as the food.
5: Visiting Sauternes and Graves
Following alongside the Garonne River through the Pessac-Léognan and Graves appellations, our drive takes us through the countryside with views of small villages and wineries. Our first destination is a well-known producer of an exclusive sweet wine. Learn from our personal sommelier the importance of rot which creates the necessary sugar to make this elixir. Relax for lunch at a restaurant specializing in southwestern French specialties with a Michelin-starred chef, Claude Darroze, in the kitchen. We will complete the day with a second winery tour at another impressive Classified Growth winery in the Graves appellation, just south of Bordeaux.
Day 6: Entre Deux Mers Vineyards
Today we discover the Entre-Deux-Mers appellation, nestled between the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers and known mostly for its dry white wines. Our first stop is at a medieval abbey, one of the best examples of Romanesque medieval architecture in the Southwest of France. We then meet the proprietors of a family-owned winery, who have invited us for a special lunch “À la bonne franquette” (informal, family-style) in their vat room. After some free time in Bordeaux, we meet for our final dinner together at a local wine bar.
Day 7: Departure
Our tour ends after breakfast today so you are free to continue your travels. Bon Voyage!
Price:Reservations are closed
Included in Price:
- Expert wine knowledge provided by Louie’s Wine Dive
- Six nights’ lodging (3 star hotel in downtown Bordeaux)
- Five full days of excursions
- 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners
- Entrance fees to all excursions as listed in the itinerary
- Private motor coach (with bathroom) for all sightseeing
- All taxes, admissions and gratuities for the planned itinerary Tour escort by Kathy Denis, Global Culinary Escapades
All cancellations within 48 hours of deposit are subject to a $100 administrative fee. After 48 hours, any cancellation will result in the loss of deposit. Statements will be sent out prior to the final payment due date of Monday, June 12, 2017.
Note: Our prices may be adjusted in the future due to currency fluctuations; however, the price of your trip is guaranteed at the time of your reservation.