Bordeaux Experience | Discover what life is like as a Bordeaux winemaker

An intimate view of the greatest wine region of all.

During our popular Bordeaux experience weekend, our base will be the stunning Château Pontet d’Eyrans situated in a peaceful setting, just ten minutes from Blaye.

Our base - Château Pontet d'EyransNot only do we get to see the amazing châteaux and beautiful countryside – it should be pleasantly warm mid-summer – we get to meet some of our winemakers and experience first-hand, what life is like as a Bordeaux vigneron. We dine fabulously well, in sumptuous surroundings. We spend time in one of France’s most picturesque towns – now a UNESCO world heritage site.  You will sense the sheer opulence and charm of this region; its people, scenery, food and, of course, powerful, intense, beguiling wines!

Château MargauxFriday night starts auspiciously. We meet the wonderful Baudet family in their beautiful 17th-century château in Blaye.  We taste their range of lovely wines (red, white and rosé) and experience a wonderful four-course meal with ample helpings of wine, specially matched to the menu.  The kind of experience money can’t buy!

Château Monconseil-GazinSaturday continues just as auspiciously! After lunch in the historic town, which is on our doorstep, there is the opportunity of a guided tour of the cool, calm Monolithic church and catacombs.  Others may prefer to explore the town itself, with its cobbled streets and boutique shops.

View over St-EmilionSunday morning we take a mini tour of some of the famous, photogenic left-bank Grands Châteaux.  Then on to our splendid Château Mongravey, who make our award-winning Margaux.  It won’t be long before you are seduced by Karin Bernaleau and her utterly delicious wines.  Afterwards, we enjoy a long, leisurely lunch at her favourite restaurant, with many vintages of Margaux to savour.

Karin Bernaleau explaining the Médoc

Tasting with our Margaux producersThe event ends with a superb dinner at our hotel.

Dining el fresco at Chateau Pontet d'Eyrans

The weekend includes: 3 nights’ accommodation at Chateau Pontet d’Eyrans, dinner (with wine) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; lunch (with wine) on Sunday; and coach transport on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.