See and taste all five First Growths (Here at Chateau Latour)

Experience the fun of Bordeaux Wine Tasting (here at Haut Brion)

Learn about wine making (here at chateau Lafite Rothschild)

Get ready for a culinary experience

See and taste all five First Growths and Chateau Yquem

Experience Bordeaux as an insider

Enjoy Sumptuous Gourmet Meals in exclusive locations

The Grand Tour of Bordeaux: Taste all First Growths and stay at a chateau

"Grand Cru Alumni Tour, June 2016" 20 October 2016 - A TripAdvisor Traveller Read 51 reviews of Chateau Coulon Laurensac
 

"An Experience you will never forget"

The Rens layer surprise upon surprise with such attention to detail that the phrase ‘exceeds your expectations’ begins to become inadequate.

A TripAdvisor Reviewer on The Grand Tour of Bordeaux

"Ronald kept us entertained with so many great stories and excellent knowledge"

We enjoyed every minute, met many new friends and learned so much about Bordeaux and its wines.

Steve and Danielle C, PA, USA (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"Thank you for your graciousness and camaraderie"

The knowledge we have gained and the memories we have made will be shared and cherished for years to come.

Ginny and Troy E, Ct, USA (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"If you are looking for a wine tour in Bordeaux, look no more."

This tour is an opportunity for participants to visit some of the top chateaux in Bordeaux and also to taste some of their wine.

A TripAdvisor reviewer on The Grand Tour of Bordeaux

"An exceptionally wonderful time in Bordeaux."

Each day was a unique adventure and totally delightful.

Tom and Lisa G, California, USA (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"The Bordeaux Wine Experience was a First Growth experience from day one."

These days, I’m happy if my expectations are met. I was ecstatic when our great Bordeaux Wine Experience exceed our expectation and continued to do so, until the day we left.

A TripAdvisor Reviewer on The Grand Tour of Bordeaux

"Thanks for the education and training"

I came to the Bordeaux Wine Experience and moved up from a novice to the next level. The tour was beyond expectations.

Rich and Cookie C, IL, USA (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"What an amazing experience"

I learned so much about Bordeaux from Ronald who regaled us with stories of his life in France.

Susan M, NC, USA (Single traveller on the Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"WOW! What an incredible experience you have provided us!"

“The food, the wine, the stories on the bus, the winery visits made the PERFECT wine experience in Bordeaux…. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your planning, hospitality and expert knowledge.”

Scott and Susan B (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"This is truly a GRAND tour."

To be granted access to the most prestigious Chateaus in Bordeaux where is was clear from their interactions that Ronald had long established personal relationships was an unforgettable experience.

A TripAdvisor reviewer on The Grand Tour of Bordeaux

"We plan on returning for a fourth experience!"

Although this is our third time with you, our experience has been even more fresh and exciting than the first.

Laurie and Bill B, OH, USA (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux 2016 & the Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour 2015 & The Grand Tour of Bordeaux 2014)

"Opening cellar doors for us, which are closed to others"

Ronald, your wine expertise and connections in the Bordeaux wine region opened cellar doors for us, which are closed to others.

Thomas and Ingeborg G, Sidney, Australia (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"This is truly an experience of a lifetime"

Your friendly manner, knowledge and network of wine makers provided us with a truly unique experience.

Steven B and Beth H, Ottawa, Ont., Canada (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux )

"WOW what an experience!"

Thank you so much for welcoming us and showing us what Bordeaux is all about. Friends forever!

Allan and Gina K, CA, USA (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"If you are a lover of wine and food, I don’t think you can get any better value for the price"

Stunning dinners in the old-style lavish atmosphere of wine.

A TripAdvisor reviewer on The Grand Tour of Bordeaux

"Can’t wait to do this again!"

We booked the trip with very high expectations –and you have exceeded them all.

Bonnie and Jim C, AZ, USA (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"This was the best money we’ve ever spent on a vacation – bar none!"

We saw the Bordeaux region at its best and tasted wine at places neither one of us thought we would ever get into.

Dale and Theresa G,  California, USA (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux )

"Our Second Bordeaux Wine Experience"

There have been many highlights including the dinners, meeting the chateau owners, the chateau accesses and Ronald your wonderful stories!

Alan H and Janine G, Brisbane, Australia (The 2016 Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour and the2014 Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"If Michelin rated tours, you would certainly earn three stars"

More than anything it is your hospitality that made this week truly exceptional. We expected a guide and what we experienced were new friends.

Samara and Ralph W, Arizona, USA (The Grand Tour of Bordeaux)

"Being together with other wine lovers was very special."

Bordeaux wine experiences just can’t be any better than those we’ve experienced with Margaret and Ronald.

A TripAdvisor reviewer on The Grand Tour of Bordeaux

Margaret and Ronald love to welcome you on their Bordeaux Wine Tours

Margaret and Ronald love to welcome you on their Bordeaux Wine Tours

Do something extraordinary:
This ultimate wine tour for Bordeaux lovers, is as good as it gets. Can you believe that you will see and taste all five First Growths and Superior First Growth Chateau d’Yquem? Add to this the best of Pomerol and Saint Emilion and you’ll see that this dazzling Grand Tour of Bordeaux is your chance to visit and taste the very best that Bordeaux has to offer.

2018

→ The Grand Tour of Bordeaux May 14 – May 19, 2018

(Sold out!)

This tour is sold out. Find Bordeaux Wine Tours with 2018 availabilities here
  • 6 days, 5 nights and limited to six double/twin rooms and one single!
  • All-inclusive tour price: € 4995 Euro (per person, double or twin occupancy; one single room available)
  • Carefree and truly effortless touring in Bordeaux: We take care of everything, really everything
  • Due to the exclusive nature of these tours, this program will sell out
  • Your tour hosts and Bordeaux Wine and Culinary Experts:
        • Ronald Rens, M. Sc., Wine Master, Bordeaux Specialist
        • Margaret Rens, M. Sc., Wine Master, Culinary Expert.

Discover the very best Bordeaux has to offer

On this unparalleled Grand Tour of Bordeaux you’ll have the opportunity of visiting and tasting at leading Chateaux of the Medoc, Saint Emilion and Pomerol that normally are closed to the public. Be among the first to taste the latest vintage and enjoy our personal selection of library wines.
On our Grand Tour of Bordeaux you taste more wines then on any other wine tour. We guarantee you will see and taste all five First Growths of the 1855 classification. But there is more as we visit other specifically selected outperforming chateaux of both left bank and right bank.

Learn about Bordeaux wines, winemaking and history

A master-class on tasting Classified Growths marks the start of each of our Bordeaux Week Tours

A master-class on tasting Classified Growths marks the start of each of our Bordeaux Week Tours

We start each Bordeaux wine tour with a fun masterclass on Bordeaux wine tasting. But you came to experience the famous chateaux and you will see and taste the absolute best:
A memorable part of our Grand Tour of Bordeaux is the visit to First Growth Chateau Haut Brion where you’ll see their cooper at work! You’ll learn to recognize the oldest of the First Growths by the special bottles and the smokiness and ‘blonde tobacco” notes on the nose of this wine coming from their special terroir. Another highlight is the visit at beautiful Superior First Growth Chateau Yquem, the King of wines and the wines of Kings. And of course you’ll taste this “Nectar of the Gods” in Sauternes. A candlelit tasting of an elegant and refined Chateau Lafite Rothschild in the famous round aging cellar at this First Growth is a wine lover’s dream come true.

See and taste all First Growths plus Yquem!

Visiting First Growth Chateau Margaux is an highlight on the Grand Tour of Bordeaux

Visiting First Growth Chateau Margaux is an highlight on the Grand Tour of Bordeaux

And what about visiting two museums at First Growth Mouton Rothschild with its unique label collection before tasting the powerful cabernet sauvignon dominated Grand Vin in the tasting room of the chateau? Our guests always love to see the Palladian architecture of First Growth Chateau Margaux, where the wines seem to combine power and elegance like nowhere else in Bordeaux. And you will be amazed by the mix of new technology used in a classical way of wine-making at the most powerful of all First Growths: Chateau Latour? Of course we’ll visit a top producer in Pomerol and a First Growth in Saint Emilion.

So many extraordinary wine experiences;  enough to make your head spin! You can see all wines tasted on previous Bordeaux wine tours here: Wines Tasted on Previous Bordeaux Wine Tours

Enjoy World Heritage Sites Bordeaux and Saint Emilion

Time to discover beautiful Bordeaux

Time to discover beautiful Bordeaux

And we’ve included time to explore the city of Bordeaux. Picture yourself strolling along the beautiful streets admiring the monuments and statues.Of course you will wander around in another UNESCO World Heritage Site: Saint Emilion with its monuments. And you will learn about the special way that sweet wines of Sauternes are produced. And that’s not all: On this tour you’ll indulge in gourmet meals at no less than three Bordeaux Chateaux!

A Food and Wine Experience

Gourmet meals in three different Bordeaux Chateaux

Gourmet meals in three different Bordeaux Chateaux

Although this Bordeaux wine tour seems to emphasize “just” on wine, we feel wine is best enjoyed with great food. That’s why we put as much effort into the planning of the meals as we do on the planning of the vineyard visits. This Grand Tour of Bordeaux includes memorable dinners in the best restaurants of the Bordeaux area. You will enjoy a dinner at a famous Michelin starred Relais & Chateaux Restaurant with its unique view of Bordeaux.

Culinary highlights

Another highlight: a private Chateau Lunch at a venue not open to the public

Another highlight: a private Chateau Lunch at a venue not open to the public

And there is more! As part of a small, select group we can open doors for you that remain closed for others. You’ll never forget our gourmet meals in three different Bordeaux Chateaux. For example we have planned a private lunch at one of the upcoming stars in the Pessac-Léognan Appellation (and a favorite of Robert Parker). The chateau employs its own chef and many guests consider this lunch one of the culinary highlights of their tour.
And if that is not enough, the Farewell Dinner will be at our Chateau Coulon Laurensac. Our private chef will prepare another wonderful meal for us that we will accompany by an impressive succession of library wines that have been aging in our cellar, including a First Growth from an older vintage and Superior First Growth Chateau d’Yquem! We’ll light the candles in our dining room and share another delicious meal to conclude this amazing experience.

A true food and Wine Experience

A true food and Wine Experience

Great wine is best enjoyed with great food in the company of fellow wine lovers

Great wine is best enjoyed with great food in the company of fellow wine lovers

Wine tours for wine lovers…

The Grand Tour enjoying First Growths at the Farewell dinner at Chateau Coulon Laurensac

The Grand Tour enjoying First Growths at the Farewell dinner at Chateau Coulon Laurensac

Most people that come on our Bordeaux wine tours are wine lovers, people who have an appreciation of wine. Usually this is their first trip to the Bordeaux region. Most of our guests want to learn more about wine and wine tasting. And what better place to start than in Bordeaux, the world’s most famous wine region? Why not discover these “old world gems” in an informal and relaxed atmosphere?

 

Prestigious estates, not pretentious people

Taste all five First Growths but down to earth and without snobbery

Taste all five First Growths but down to earth and without snobbery

It is true: Bordeaux and its wines can seem a bit intimidating at first. Don’t worry, on this tour Ronald will guide you through all this like an insider. Remember: we tour prestigious estates, not pretentious people. You’ll develop a preference for “Left Bank”or “Right Bank”, while visiting some of the best chateaux in the world. Our tours are both entertaining and informative; we prefer a down to earth approach without the snobbery that is the enemy of true wine lovers.

Stay at our private Chateau

Stay at our private Chateau Coulon Laurensac

Stay at our private Chateau Coulon Laurensac

During your Bordeaux wine tour with the Bordeaux Wine Experience you’ll stay at our beautiful Chateau Coulon Laurensac. On the riverbanks of the Garonne River, just outside Bordeaux this enchanting Château (built in 1724!) is the perfect starting point for tours in all the famous wine regions of the Bordeaux area. No hotel-hopping on our tours! All suites combine old-world charm with modern amenities. No two rooms are alike and they all have their own character.

 

What you can expect from The Grand Tour of Bordeaux:

          • Carefree and truly effortless travel in Bordeaux: We take care of everything, really everything
          • See and taste all 5 First Growths and Château d’Yquem!
          • Air-conditioned accommodation at our privately owned 18th century chateau
          • Taste more Classified Growths than on any other Bordeaux wine tour!
          • Farewell Dinner with all Grand Cru wines (including an older First Growth and Superior First Growth Chateau d’Yquem!)
          • Farewell dinner at Chateau Coulon Laurensac
          • Indulge in gourmet meals at three Bordeaux Chateaux and in a famous Michelin starred restaurant!
          • Grand Cru wines with all meals (except breakfast…)
          • Air-conditioned, luxury motor coach transportation throughout the tour
          • Great food, wine and a lot of fun in a small group with Expert (and humorous) guidance by Ronald.

For those of you who think that this is a tour for wine snobs, or for snobs or pretentious people in general, think again.
This tour was somehow the epitome of down to earth – from our terrific tour mates to the anti-snobs Rens, who literally welcome you into their home as family. Read their website, visit their Facebook page and if all it seems to good to be real, just wait…the EXPERIENCE is even better.”

Comment from Tripadvisor

 

With Ronald you will taste more Classified Growths than on any other Bordeaux Wine Tour

With Ronald you will taste more Classified Growths than on any other Bordeaux Wine Tour

Tour with a local expert and ask for an itinerary of the Grand Tour of Bordeaux here!

 

We take care of everything, really everything
Once your Bordeaux Wine Tour begins you can relax knowing that you’ll only need to open your wallet when you go off exploring on your own, have one meal on your own on your free night in Bordeaux or when you decide to buy souvenirs or wine to ship home. The tour rate covers everything during your experience with us: guides, accommodations, all meals but one, all wines, excursions, all entrance fees, tasting fees, tips, taxes and gratuities. Tipping is neither required nor expected.

*Please note:
Itinerary subject to change, every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what appeared here; however the final itinerary may vary due to wine chateaux schedules, availabilities and other factors beyond our control.

The Bordeaux Grand Tour: Stay at our Chateau and taste all 5 Bordeaux First Growths: Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite, Latour and Haut Brion, as well as Yquem

The Bordeaux Grand Tour: Stay at our Chateau and taste all 5 Bordeaux First Growths: Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite, Latour and Haut Brion, as well as Yquem