Begin your tour of the gorgeous countryside around Bordeaux with a comfortable coach trip from the city center into the prestigious Médoc wine region. Enjoy the views of vineyards and historic buildings as you learn more about the the wine-making history of the region from your knowledgeable guide.
Bordeaux's wines are noted the world over, but the wines of the Médoc are unique in the region partly because of geography – the location on the Gironde estuary not far from the Atlantic Ocean means the climate is milder and the amount of annual rainfall is quite a bit higher than other wine-growing regions further inland. While those aren't usually the best conditions for viticulture, winemakers for millennia have taken advantage of the excellent soil and haven't let the climate hold them back. There are more than 1,500 vineyards in the Médoc today, and some believe wine has been produced here since the 8th century.
Disembark at a winery on the left bank of the Gironde estuary to meet the winemaker and learn from a professional what it takes to produce such highly prized wines. You'll sample some of the wines made here, including merlot and cabernet sauvignon, and have an opportunity to ask the winemaker any questions you like about wine-making in this famous region.
After your wine tasting session, make your way to an awaiting river boat on the Gironde estuary for the return trip to Bordeaux via a river cruise. The estuary is where the Dordogne and Garonne rivers meet, and you'll be taking the Garonne River back into the city. Sample more local wines during a wine tasting session aboard the boat.