Sweet Sauternes

Find pineapple, peaches, flowers, pears, apricots, nectarines, orange, vanilla, custard, butterscotch, coconut, and honey in the wines of Sauternes. 

This beautiful wine region produces sweet wines using a truly unique method. Enjoy the views from the top of the hill at Chateau d’Yquem and indulge in Sauternes paired with salty cheeses, spicy foods, and foie gras.
The Sauternes region is located 40 km (25 mi) southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne river and its tributary, the Ciron.

Private Tour

This is your tour. Simply let me know the style of wines you like, or maybe your favourite chateaux, the type of activities you enjoy and your dining preferences. I will do my best to check all boxes. Alternatively, just relax and let me suggest the best plan.

Hotel Pickup & Drop-off

Your driver-guide will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel or apartment in Bordeaux. A pick up at the port of Bordeaux, Bordeaux train station or another location is possible too.

Sweet Wines

Nobody knows when the process of making sweet wine from grapes attacked by Botrytis actually started taking place in Sauternes. Learn all about this mystic process and enjoy pairing Sauternes with great local foods. Don't miss the opportunity to try new dry whites from Sauternes!

Your Guide is a Wine Pro

My partner guides are experienced wine professionals. They will be happy to share all we know about Bordeaux wines and history. Ask for wine buying advice and for local tips on entertainment and dining.

Pricing Chart

Customized Sauternes Tour
2-7 people
  • Duration 8-9 hours
  • Pick your favourite Chateaux, top wineries, professional tours (tasting fees are extra)*
  • Stop for lunch (own expense)
  • Arranged driver with a 6 or 7-seater comfortable Mercedes-Benz van**
  • Bottled water
Wine Tour Booking Service
Best chateaux
  • Your own car
  • Your are the driver
  • Reservations at 2-4 wineries
  • Lunch reservation
  • Detailed full-day itineraries with directions
  • Travel hassle-free

*Winery fees are not included. They are paid directly to the wineries or prepaid to them.

**Transportation and guiding services provided by trusted independent partners.  Their fees are included in the price above but paid directly to them.

What to Expect During Winery Visits

Each winery tour lasts about 1 to 1.5 hours. Typically, it includes a guided stroll through vineyard, a tour of the cellars followed by a tasting of 2-3 wines.

Winery visits can be private or public. Private tours give you more attention of the guide or owner and more time to ask questions. As well, you can be flexible with various tasting options, such as include famous vintages, or wine and food pairing in your tasting. 

Please note that winery visits and tastings are own expense and are paid per person directly to the chateaux. Typical winery fees are 12 to 45 euros per person per chateau. Private tours can be slightly more expensive. Please let me know if you prefer private visits or want to upgrade your tasting.

Most wineries sell wines at their boutiques and many would ship wines to your country. You can make a stop at a local wine shop. Read more in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Full-day Tour Itinerary

Leave Bordeaux at 9 am and return around 5-30 pm. This is a sample itinerary. Your unique program with the time schedule and the chateaux to visit will be provided to you in advance of your tour.

Pick-up from your hotel or apartment in Bordeaux
Trip to Sauternes takes about 1 hour from Bordeaux.
Visit of 2 wineries
Enjoy tours and tastings at the first two wineries.
I will arrange lunch at a nice local restaurant or organize a picnic lunch at a chateau. There is a variety of great choices including a Michelin-starred restaurant, local French bistros in the villages, or restaurants at wineries.
Visit of the 3rd winery
I will arrange tour and tasting or just a tasting at the third winery of the day.
Return to Bordeaux
Your guide will drop you off at your hotel or your apartment.

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