See and taste all five first growths

Experience a daily lunch at a Bordeaux Chateau

Stay at our private Chateau

Taste the Best Bordeaux has to offer

Enjoy cooking in Margaret's Chateau Kitchen

Indulge in a truly culinary experience

Join us for the The ultimate food and wine pairing experience

The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour: Experience Bordeaux in Harvest time

"We feel so fortunate to have shared this unique experience with you."

Everything was truly superb: obviously the wine (!!!) and the food (!!!) but also your lovely home and especially your hospitality in having us enjoy your gorgeous chateau.

Caryn and Steve S, FL, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"This experience was beyond our wildest expectations"

The wines tasted on the tour are really wonderful and delicious.

A TripAdvisor reviewer on The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour

"Such an extraordinary experience!"

It was more than Margaret’s warmth and hospitality and more than Ronald’s brilliant storytelling and seemingly endless knowledge.

Lisa S, Washington, DC, USA (Single traveller on the Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"This has truly been the trip of a lifetime!"

Your priceless insights into Bordeaux, its wines, cuisine and culture are precious and we will value them forever.

Danielle and Loretta N, Alaska, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"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)

"It has been such an incredible week of wine food and fun!"

My “holy grail” moment was seeing the label art at Mouton but the entire experience was magical.

 Katrina S, WA, USA (Single traveler on the Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"You guys created a true Bordeaux Wine Experience for us!"

We have travelled a fair amount and our experience with you guys was exceptional and much beyond our expectations.

Tony and Janet S, Indiana, USA (The Bordeaux Harvest Tour)

"What a fabulous time we had on our Harvest Food and Wine Experience!"

Margaret’s cooking classes were so relaxing and fun; and Ronald’s knowledge of wine and his sense of humor made each day a pleasure.

Tommie and Jack D, MA, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"If you are doing something, find the very best way."

We had a most unforgettable experience here in Bordeaux. Ronald: loved your humour, banter, and insights.

Jim and Gearty A, Queensland, Australia (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"Ronald your passion for wine and for teaching us is incomparable"

Margaret you are a gracious host and your cooking talents have inspired the both of us.

Jeanette and Arnold H, NY, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"A fantastic experience"

Ronald’s knowledge and his amazing ability to transmit that to somebody that knows nothing about wines makes this Tour a fantastic experience.

Veronica and Alberto C, Cancun, Mexico (The Bordeaux Harvest Tour)

"One of the most memorable and enjoyable weeks of my life"

Your gracious hospitality, elegant class, knowledge and humor made this one of the most memorable and enjoyable weeks of my life.

Matt Hawley, AZ, USA (Single traveler on the Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"It has been a fantastic week for all four of us."

I have never seen my Dad being this happy for a long time and here in Bordeaux he has been jumping up and down like a little boy at each different chateau.

The C family, Bangkok, Thailand (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"We both feel that our “experience” was complete in the fullest sense"

The magic of Bordeaux comes alive –both in the vineyards that we visited and in the charm ad spirit of your beautiful home.

Mike and Sally R, IL, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"A lovely hedonistic learning experience!"

The food and the wine were exceeded only by your gracious hospitality. The Bordeaux Wine Experience exceeded all our expectations.

Peter R and Cindy S, Arizona, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"You both have spoiled us for all the other vacations we will take!"

We have learned so much from you both that we will take home and enjoy for a lifetime –from the kitchen recipes to the “right way” to hold a glass.

Paige and Andy A Raleigh, NC, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"This is a once in a lifetime experience"

Every day was special in its own unique way: from the joyous cooking class to tasting First Growths, to shopping in the wine store.

Dana L and Greg O, Washington, DC, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

"We both feel that our “experience” was complete in the fullest sense."

The magic of Bordeaux comes alive –both in the vineyards that we visited and in the charm ad spirit of your beautiful home.

Mike and Sally R, IL, USA (The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour)

 

Get ready for an unforgettable experience

The Bordeaux Harvest Tour may well be the most spectacular tour we offer, with meals as exceptional as your visits. The most exciting time in Bordeaux is harvest time. You can sense the anticipation in the air. Can you believe that you will see and taste all five First Growths and Superior First Growth Chateau d’Yquem…

 

2018

→The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour I, September 10 – September 15, 2018

(One last single room available, special rates apply – contact us today!)


2019

→The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour I, (September 9 – Sept 14, 2019)

(Under option)

→The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour II, (September 23 – Sept 28, 2019)

(Open for booking – contact us today!)

→The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour III, (October 7 – October 12, 2019)

(Open for booking – contact us today!)


  • 6 days, 5 nights
  • Exclusive touring: limited to six double/twin rooms and one single
  • All-inclusive tour price: € 5995 (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.

Ask for the itinerary of the Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour here

Experience the very best Bordeaux has to offer in Harvest time

On this acclaimed Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour 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 Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour 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. An many of them are older vintages! But there is more as we visit other specifically selected outperforming chateaux of both left bank and right bank. This unique tour for food and wine lovers combines the best wines of Bordeaux with a fun cooking class and exclusive gourmet meals.

Education about Bordeaux, its history and its wines and wine making

 

Experience Bordeaux in Harvest time

The Bordeaux Grand Cru Tour traditionally starts with a fun masterclass on Bordeaux wine tasting. You’ll learn all about grape varieties, terroir, appellations, classifications, tasting, decanting and much more.
You’ll become more familiar and knowledgeable about Bordeaux wines in a fun and down-to-earth and friendly atmosphere in the company of fellow wine lovers.
You’ll learn about Left Bank and Right Bank and understand the difference between them. In short, you’ll expand your Bordeaux wine knowledge while enjoying great food and great wine.
Enough extraordinary wine experiences to make your head spin!

Enjoy a truly culinary experience

Mouton Rothschild, one of the Five First Growths you will see and taste on this tour

Mouton Rothschild, one of the Five First Growths you will see and taste on this tour

As part of a small, select group we can open doors for you that remain closed for others. Can you believe that you’ll indulge in a daily lunch at a Bordeaux Chateau? And there is more: the for dinner we take you to the most renowned restaurants of the area, including Bordeaux’s most elegant Michelin-starred restaurant.

And if that’s not enough, you will sample your way around one of the oldest regional open-air food markets while foraging ingredients. In the spacious kitchen of Chateau Coulon Laurensac you will experience a concise cooking class while enjoying some great Bordeaux wines. You’ll taste the classical wines of both Saint Emilion and Medoc and have an Armagnac tasting of older vintages, some of them over 40 years old!

This Tour is both a culinary and a wine experience

This Tour is both a culinary and a wine experience

Great food, great wine and great fun with great people!

Great food, great wine and great fun with great people!

Grand Cru wines with all meals

A cooking class followed by a lunch on the patio of Chateau Coulon Laurensac is an unforgettable experience

A cooking class followed by a lunch on the patio of Chateau Coulon Laurensac is an unforgettable experience

And of course you will taste Grand Cru wines with all meals. And to round it all off you’ll be invited into the private dining room of our own 18th century Château Coulon Laurensac for a Farewell dinner like you’ve never experienced before. Our private chef will prepare another remarkable meal for us that we will match by an impressive succession of library wines that have been aging in our cellar, including Lafite Rothschild, Latour 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.

Stay at our private Chateau Coulon Laurensac

Stay at our private Chateau Coulon Laurensac

Stay at our private Chateau

During your tour with the Bordeaux Wine Experience you’ll stay at the beautiful Château Coulon Laurensac, Ronald’s and Margaret’s home. 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.

 

Feel Special on this Exclusive Experience

Feel Special on this Exclusive Experience

What you can expect from The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour*

  • 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!
  • Grand Cru wines with all meals (except breakfast…)!
  • Indulge in gourmet meals at Bordeaux Chateaux and in a famous Michelin-starred restaurant!
  • Great food and a lot of fun in a small group with Expert (and humorous) guidance by Ronald!
  • An entertaining concise cooking class!
  • Air-conditioned accommodation at our privately owned 18th century chateau!
  • Air-conditioned, luxury motor coach transportation throughout the tour!
  • Grand Cru Farewell Dinner with all Grand Cru wines (including Latour, Lafite Rothschild and Superior First Growth Chateau d’Yquem of over 20 years old!).

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-snob 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


Tour with local experts and ask for an Itinerary of the Bordeaux Harvest Tour here!
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 you’ll only need to open your purse 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. The tour rate covers everything during your trip 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 Cru Harvest 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 Cru Harvest Tour: Stay at our Chateau and taste all 5 Bordeaux First Growths: Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite, Latour and Haut Brion, as well as Yquem