Saint Emilion (UNESCO world heritage) is a wonderful medieval village. St Emilion is in the heart of the Bordeaux world-famous vineyards and it has outs tanding wines, beautiful architecture and impressive monuments. You can reach this place easily if you take the train from Bordeaux. Just make sure to check the time in itinerary because the trains are not very frequent. At Saint Emilion you feel you have been placed in a field. Many of the vineyards are close to the town. You can be an exclusive group at times and visitors can be quite sparse.
Another good choice is Medoc. There are many varieties of wines offered and chateaus to visit. Medoc is inspiring and amazing place where you will enjoy and find a lot of satisfaction. The good alternative is Sauterens, if you want to taste sweet and white (dessert) wines. In Bordeaux, the tourist board organizes wine tours together with a number of expert operators who organize Bordeaux day trips. Some of the organized visits can be inflexible and expensive in terms of when and where you want to go, but that could be a right choice for you. You can choose scheduled tours with Ophorus for small groups, which will take you to the different wine regions such as Saint Emilion, Medoc, Saunternes and Grave areas for a reasonable price and great quality service. These tours are handled by English speaking wine guides.
If you prefer driving by yourself, check out Gourmet Touring who will offer you a great service with expert knowledge. If you want a personal and more flexible alternative you can hire a private chauffeur. A knowledgeable driver-guide can pick you up at your hotel or airport and also return you and it can take you to the places and vineyards you want to see in the region. This is a really great service at a fair price. Also, if you are looking for ex winemaker or wine guide you can check the services which they provide.
If you want to have experience with the vineyards in an original and exclusive way you should try out the Bordeaux 360 wine tours: they contain privileged meets with the wine growers, tailor-made to match all your desires and blending workshops to create your own wine and unique tastings of . If you are led by guide driver specialist of the vineyard you can end up the tour knowing everything about the history, grape varieties and the tradition of the great wines of Bordeaux.
If you are interested in learning more about the wine region in Bordeaux, tasting and blending techniques, its grape varieties you can apply for a two hour seminar for the period of summer time. Duration is three months. July – September. You have here French speaking session every afternoon every day except Sundays and English-speaking session every morning same duration.
The best period to come here is from April till October and also harvest season in September. You should check the Bordeaux wine calendar to see many events.