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

Learn about wine making (here at chateau Lafite Rothschild)

Learn about wine making (here at chateau Lafite Rothschild)

Experience the fun of Bordeaux Wine Tasting (here at Mouton Rothschild)

The Bordeaux Wine Experience at Mouton Rothschild

Get ready for a culinary experience

Get ready for a culinary experience

See and taste all five First Growths and Chateau Yquem

See and taste all five First Growths and Chateau Yquem

Experience Bordeaux as an insider with an insider

Experience Bordeaux as an insider with an insider

Enjoy Sumptuous Gourmet Meals in exclusive venues

Enjoy Sumptuous Gourmet Meals in exclusive venues

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

Mac Drum
Mac Drum
1. December, 2019.
A romantic, never to be forgotten, put it on your bucket list experience. One does not merely tour Bordeaux; one needs an ambassador with the keys to unlock your entry into the circle that represents the finest wines in the world. Ronald holds that key and will regale you with the finest in wines, stories, history and food that Bordeaux has to offer. I just do not believe you can gain entry to the top grand crus and their excellent neighbors without Ronald's access to this region. Margaret deftly hosts at their beautiful chateau where you feel as much as family friends than mere guests. If you want to get a peek in the window of the royal wines of France, this is the way to do it.
Laura F
Laura F
10. November, 2019.
So much more than a wine tour! Small, fun, educational - highly recommend! Ronald and Margaret are amazing hosts, welcoming you into their home! The tour includes so much education about Bordeaux wines and the terroir - this was the unexpected part of the tour. The wonderful wine and food exceeded my expectations, absolutely - there were so many special meals, including at two of the Chateaux. A few favorite memories - going to the local market, then making lunch in Margaret's kitchen - followed by eating the wonderful meal we'd prepared and sampling wines from Ronald's amazing cellars. The final dinner at the Chateaux, where Ronald demonstrated his skills at slicing off the top of a champagne bottle - followed by a luscious dinner and too much wine to describe. Walking the vineyards with a winemaker, watching the harvest and learning about the impacts of the weather on the grapes. I'd highly recommend this tour for a personalized, small experience where you get to experience unique wines and Chateaux. We will absolutely return.
8. October, 2019.
Fantastique wine tour. If you love Bordeax wines and love great food this is the tour for you. The Bordeaux Wine Experience is a high end, low stess and fun tour to take. For 5 days you get to taste some the the best wines that Bordeaux(in the world actually) has to offer. Plus you also eat great French food along the way. There is no shortage of either. The tour is run by Ronald and Margaret. Ronald has an immense knowledge of Bordeax wines and delivers it in a fun, easygoing and humorous way. Margaret is a great chef and lovey person. The Chateaux is a beautiful property in a very comfortable country setting. They have this tour down pat, you get to visit some top flight wineries that not everyone has access to because of Ronalds knowledge and connections. The lunches and dinners are top notch thru and thru. As I said, if you love wine and great food in a low key non snob atmoshere this is an absolute must.
Jay N
Jay N
26. September, 2019.
the wine vacation you've always wanted Imagine that you have distant relatives who live in Bordeaux . . . you see them occasionally and family functions and always wind up hanging out with them later than you expected. They keep inviting you to come stay with them and do a wine tour in the area (you both have discovered your mutual love for wine). One day, you take them up on the offer . . . you arrive late afternoon (met by a glass of champagne, of course) and meet family and friends for a casual dinner. Before you know it, you are diving into spectacular Bordeaux wines and learning more than you can imagine about classifications, terroirs, right bank, left bank . . . and even how to hold your glass like a local. Bright and early next morning, fresh coffee, orange juice and croissants await . . . but no dawdling . . . there is wine to taste. Five days follow of “behind the curtain” tours and tasting with spectacular food and wines from all the Chateaus/first growths you’ve only read about. The whirlwind days include warm welcomes and stories at every stop – it feels like you’ve been part of the community for years. That is what Ronald and Margaret Rens bring to the Bordeaux Wine Experience – you are part of the family from the moment you arrive, and they are happy to share all of their Bordeaux knowledge and history to make your visit what you want it to be. A highlight is Ronald pulling a few of his “babies” out of his personal wine cave to share . . . with stories included!! The final dinner is joyous and melancholy – new friends celebrating their time together . . . but realizing that we’ve all reached the end of an amazing experience. Everyone talks of coming back . . . not going home. It is a vacation you will not soon forget.
Gary F
Gary F
24. September, 2019.
Much More Than A Tour -- A True Experience When faced with the task of writing a review, especially one for which superlatives should abound, the dilemma is one of how to do so without it sounding cliched or worse yet, coming across as a shill for the provider of the experience. Such is the case for The Bordeaux Wine Experience. So yes, this wine tour was a dream come true. The wine sampling was from bottles only previously read about in magazines. The cuisine was consistently of a caliber of which you would indulge perhaps only a couple of times per year. The knowledge of wine imparted to the guests was erudite without having to endure the tedium of pontification. The facilities at Chateau Coulon Laurensac are beautiful and comfortable. While all of these things make for a pleasing wine tour, this was far, far more than that, for as the name clearly states, this was an experience. This then begs the question, what is it that accounts for the difference? And the answer is this: Love. Frame it in your mind like this – take the one thing in YOUR life that you are most passionate about and imagine sharing that passion with a small group of people. You get to be “totally you,” sharing all that you know of the subject and experience the joys of indulging in that subject with this group of people, who also happen to appreciate your life’s passion. Your love of this subject comes through in every sense as you expand this group’s affinity for “your” passion, while you clearly delight in being able to share all of this with others. Now, who wouldn’t like to be in such a position as to share their life’s passion like this? And so it is for Margaret and Ronald. Their love of the wine and gastronomy of the Bordeaux region of France is what elevates time spent with them from merely being a tour to truly being an experience. The joy of imparting all of this to their “new friends” is clearly written upon their faces. And this is what ultimately contributes to The Bordeaux Wine Experience being a dream come true for those who sign on. It is inconceivable that at the end of the week spent with Margaret and Ronald, that you don’t feel a warm radiance in your heart as you say goodbye to them. This experience is just that profound!
P. Ben
P. Ben
24. July, 2019.
Fabulous wine tour, The Bordeaux Wine Experience I have taken a number of wine tours in my life and I can honestly say this was the best, most informative and enjoyable one ever. If you like wine, especially Bordeaux, this trip is not to be missed. Ronald and Margaret Rens run only six one-week tours per year based out of their beautiful twelve-acre chateau in Latresne, fifteen minutes outside of downtown Bordeaux. The chateau has been completely renovated but retains all its 18th century charm. The rooms are very comfortable and have all modern amenities you would expect in an high end tour. Five double rooms are in a renovated building next to the chateau and a double room the single room are in the chateau itself. All have TV, air-conditioning, a mini-fridge and bath facilities. A heated swimming pool is available in the rear. Upon arrival you are greeted by Ronald and Margaret with a glass of Champagne and oriented to the chateau and your room. A vase of fresh flowers is in every room along with a hand-written note from Margaret welcoming you to their home (The chateau is their residence). There is a maximum of thirteen people allowed on these tours which is great in terms of logistics and wine drinking. Without giving a recap of every day's activities, let me just summarize by saying that we drank incredible wines every day, including First Growths, and visited many great wineries, including First Growths, and had fantastic meals at Michelin-starred restaurants and chateaux with...did I mention First Growths? Ronald Rens is the guide for the winery tours and he is absolutely the most knowledgable person I ever met about Bordeaux wines, and he has extensive knowledge about other wines and fine foods as well. He is a true insider in that he and Margaret have lived in Bordeaux for the last seventeen years and they know just about everyone in the wine business there. He is personal friends with the chateau owners and with the winemakers, which gives him knowledge and access not available to other tours. Travel among the various destinations is by luxury motor coach, spacious and air-conditioned. During the travel and at other times we were entertained by Ronald's very humorous and informative talks. By the way, outside of the tours, Ronald is a well-known wine writer and educator. The gastronomic parts of the trip were organized by Margaret, Ronald's wife. She is a wine expert in her own right but also guides the culinary experience which was one of the highlights of the trip. Under Margaret's guidance we traveled to a nearby village where an outdoor farmer's market has been held every Wednesday for the last six hundred years. We bought fresh vegetables, fruit, meats and cheese which we took back to the chateau and made a three-course lunch under Margaret's supervision in the professional kitchen. All the while we were cooking, Ronald was pouring wine which we continued to enjoy as we sat down to eat our wonderful culinary creation. Though the emphasis is on wine, the tour took us to some very interesting historic sites as well. A trip to the very charming medieval city of St. Emilion was very educational and gave us an opportunity to visit Ronald's favorite wine store. And what a store! They have absolutely anything you could want and do allow tasting of some wines and, one of my favorites, old Armagnacs. Many of us purchased wine there. Ronald and Margaret are the reasons the experience is so wonderful. They are so gracious, kind, generous and welcoming. Ronald has quite the sense of humor which is apparent in almost every interaction with him. Both Ronald and Margaret are very knowledgable and are happy to share and to teach. One can tell that they truly like people and love what they do. It is their fine taste in wine and food, their contacts and their organizational talents that enable them to conduct such an incredible and unforgettable tour. I am looking forward to doing it again next year.
8. July, 2019.
A fantastic Bordeaux Wine Experience We had done some research online because we knew we wanted to do some wine tastings and learn a little about Bordeaux wine generally. When we looked online, this looked like the best option for us, and we loved it from top to bottom. I'll try to add some detail for those that are interested. First for us was the wine. We visited three different First Growths as well as a few other chateaux for visits/tours of the property as well as tastings. At one chateau we were greeted to the American flag flying next to the French flag and we came to find out that was done intentionally for our arrival. We were greeted by the (fourth-generation) owner, who personally showed us around the property and then personally poured us a tasting of their wine. At another very big name property the current manager (son-in-law of the current and elderly owner) personally greeted us, took us on a tour of their facilities, and gave us a tasting of their first wine. I can only assume you get that kind of treatment when you go there with Ronald, as these are his personal friends. Beyond the tastings we had at the chateaux, the Bordeaux Wine Experience has wine with all of your meals of course. Sometimes you may try four, five, six, maybe even more wines in one sitting. I had never tried so many different wines in a given week in my life and I found it very edifying. In addition you're constantly getting information from Ronald. He tells you some history, some current news, interesting anecdotes, descriptions of the wines and vintages. It wasn't as immersive as studying to be a master somm but it was very illuminating for me to be able to see these places I had read about, talk to people that work there, and of course enjoy the fruits of their labor. I developed some favorites and preferences from trying so many wines but who am I kidding, the best part was trying all five of the First Growths during my week there. And not just very recent/young vintages, plenty of age on some of these. It was a wine lover's dream. Next you have to discuss the food. I was sure it would be good but did not really have a vision in mind. Rest assured the food for us at least was excellent. I'm a cheese lover and it being France there were plenty of meals with cheese courses. The meals are usually long and relaxing which is nice after being on your feet all morning long doing the hard work of touring vineyards. We would relax and enjoy fantastic meals. Several times we had lunch in the chateau itself. Literally sitting in buildings that were built decades if not centuries before I was born, having beautiful meals. The food was really high level to match the settings. Not only could some of the places have Michelin stars in my opinion, we actually went to a restaurant with a Michelin star. Its at that level. I had the best foie gras and strawberries that I've ever had in my life during this trip. Next you need to talk about accomodations. Now I was mostly out and about and didn't spend much time in my room but it was very comfortable, had a little fridge with some drinks, bottled water, everything you could want really. Plus you're staying in a real chateau yourself, how cool is that? But it doesn't stop there. They rented a full size bus for us despite the fact that we could probably have fit in a half sized bus. Ronald just wanted us to have room to spread out or place any bags of things we purchased. It really makes a lot of difference to not be crammed in next to your neighbors. And obviously having someone else deal with the traffic takes all of those concerns away. Lastly I think you should talk about the people. All of the people we met on the trip were lovely to us from the other guests to the people at the chateaux to most obviously Ronald and Margaret themselves. Everyone was happy to see us and welcoming, information and helpful. Again I think it pays to travel with someone that has such deep connections everywhere we went like Ronald does. I think calling this the Bordeaux Wine "Experience" is exactly the right name because its not just wine, not just a vacation, not just seeing countryside. It is everything all put into one. I learned a little about French customs and table manners. I learned lots of history. I immersed myself as much as I could in the wine, winemaking, vineyard managing, grape growing, etc. Then there's the food. The language. The culture. There was a lot to this trip and it all felt very luxurious without ever making it feel stuffy or pretentious or whatever else. Everyone seemed very sincere and genuine. If you're interested in learning about, and experiencing!, Bordeaux then I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Jim K
Jim K
7. July, 2019.
A FABULOUS EXPERIENCE We did the Bordeaux Wine Experience and it was well worth the time and money. Ronald provides expert wine tasting advice and is always entertaining and charming. Margaret is a fabulous hostess. The accommodations are lovely but the greatest value in the tour is the access the tour provides to the top vineyards in the world. The food was wonderful and paired so beautifully with the wine. This will be a lifelong memory for my wife and me. I would highly recommend this tour to others!
Cape Cod John
Cape Cod John
28. June, 2019.
Unique Experience This was our second Bordeaux Wine experience with hosts Ronald & Margaret. Besides their unique knowledge and experience with the classified growths, they welcome you as a family to their 18th century home and greatly enhance this special visit to the Bordeaux region. They give so much of themselves, it was really special for our 13 member group.
27. June, 2019.
Enter as Strangers Leave as Friends - How Appropriate is this quote after our last dinner Met a fantastic group of people and tasted great wines. Ronald as a wine tutor and Margaret as a cook give excellent education at all levels as well as running a fantastic well structured tour. We ate like royalty and tasted all first growths and many 100 point wines. You may think costs are high but I think it is cheap for the tour, meals and wines tasted, let alone the camaraderie. The experience, knowledge friendliness and generosity of Margaret and Ronald has no price. We will be back when / if we can get a place on this fantastic adventure

"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)

"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

"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)

"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

"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)

"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)

"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 )

"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

"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 )

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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

"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 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

"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)

"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

"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)

"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)

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

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

Do something extraordinary:

The Grand Tour of Bordeaux
This ultimate wine tour for Bordeaux lovers, is as good as it gets.

Can you believe that you will taste all five First Growths plus 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.


2022 Grand Tour of Bordeaux

→The Grand Tour of Bordeaux (November 14 – November 19, 2022)

(Last room available: just one double) – Ask for your Itinerary here

  • 6 days, 5 nights
  • All-inclusive tour rate: € 6995 euro (per person, double or twin occupancy; one single room available)
  • Exclusive touring: limited to six double/twin rooms and one single
  • 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.

Check out our 2023 tours here!

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 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 filled with humor and a wealth of wine knowledge marks the start of the Grand Tour of Bordeaux

A master-class filled with humor and a wealth of wine knowledge marks the start of the Grand Tour of Bordeaux

We’ll start the Grand Tour of Bordeaux with a fun masterclass on Bordeaux wine tasting.

But you came to experience the famous chateaux and on the Bordeaux Wine Tour you will see and taste the absolute best!

Can you believe that you will taste all five First Growths plus Superior First Growth Chateau d’Yquem? And many of them will be older vintages!

Of course we include the best of Saint Emilion and Pomerol as well.

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 ageing cellar at this First Growth is a wine lover’s dream come true.

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?

Followed by a private tasting of the powerful cabernet sauvignon dominated Mouton Rothschild in the tasting room of the chateau?

Our guests always love to see the Palladian architecture of First Growth Chateau Margaux.

These Chateau Margaux wines seem to combine power and elegance like nowhere else in Bordeaux.

And you will be amazed tasting the most powerful of all First Growths: Chateau Latour over dinner at our Chateau.

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!

Enjoy World Heritage Sites like 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 many monuments.

And that’s not all: you will learn about the special way that sweet wines of Sauternes are produced.

Food and Wine Experience

Gourmet meals in three different Bordeaux Chateaux on the Grand Tour of Bordeaux

Gourmet meals in three different Bordeaux Chateaux on the Grand Tour of Bordeaux

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 ageing in our cellar.

Including Chateau Margaux and Superior First Growth Chateau d’Yquem of over 20 years old!

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 on the Grand Tour of Bordeaux

A true food and Wine Experience on the Grand Tour of Bordeaux

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.

Coulon Laurensac is nested 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 like air-conditioning.

No two rooms are alike and they all have their own character.


Great value

Great value and even more fun!

Great value and even more fun!

You may think costs are high at first but our guests feel it’s a bargain for the tour, meals and wines tasted.

Let alone the camaraderie and the great fun.

Or in the words of a previous guests:

The experience, knowledge friendliness and generosity of Margaret and Ronald has no price…

We will be back when and if we can get a place on this fantastic adventure.


Your Experience and not “just a tour”

A Farewell dinner like you’ve never experienced before..

A Farewell dinner like you’ve never experienced before..


10 Excellent reasons to join the Grand Tour of Bordeaux

Have the ultimate Chateau Experience

Have the ultimate Chateau Experience

  1. Carefree and truly effortless travel in Bordeaux: We take care of everything, really everything!
  2. Taste all 5 First Growths and Château d’Yquem!
  3. Grand Cru wines with all meals (except breakfast…)
  4. Private gourmet meals at Bordeaux Chateaux and in a famous Michelin-starred restaurant!
  5. Superb food & wines and great fun in a small group!
  6. Expert (and humorous) guidance by Bordeaux Specialist Ronald Rens!
  7. Air-conditioned accommodation at our 18th century chateau!
  8. Air-conditioned, luxury motor coach transportation throughout the tour!
  9. Taste more Classified Growths than on any other Bordeaux wine tour!
  10. Grand Cru Farewell Dinner with all Grand Cru wines (including Chateau Margaux and Chateau d’Yquem of over 20 years old!)
Get your full Grand Tour Itinerary here now!


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

We take care of everything, really everything

Once your Bordeaux Wine Tour begins you can relax knowing that the tour rate covers absolutely everything during your trip with us.

Everything means really everything:  guides, accommodations, all meals but one, all wines, excursions, all entrance fees, tasting fees, tips, taxes and gratuities.

Tipping is neither required nor expected.

You’ll only need to open your wallet when you go off exploring on your own, have one meal on your free night in Bordeaux or decide to buy souvenirs or wine to ship home.


*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, change of policies, availabilities and other factors beyond our control.

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