Starting in the city of Bordeaux, a short drive in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan takes you out of the city to the picturesque countryside plains and rolling hills of the left bank wine producing area. This is the heart of Bordeaux’s famous wine region, where many vineyards carry the Graves and Pessac Léognan AOC designation. Each of these local wineries produce vintages with distinct soil features backed by a long winemaking heritage.
Located South of Bordeaux, this wine region is known to be the original wine producing region of Bordeaux. This is the area where the Romans first planted grapes just about 2,000 years ago. The name of the region originates from the soil that can be found here, deep layers of grave and stonel ! Your first major stop on this personalized Graves half day trip will be in one of the local estates for a visit and tasting at a Grand Cru Chateau. You will be greeted at the Chateau and will get to tour and taste different vintages in this carefully selected domain.
Your expert, WSET-certified guide will be with you during the guided tour so don't hesitate to ask any questions about history, technique, flavors, aromas, food & wine pairings.
This quite recent appellation used to be part of the Graves. Due to its recognition of producing high quality red and white wines, the area was rewarded with a communal appellation in 1987.The red wines of Pessac Léognan are based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. The white wines produced here are generally made of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. The soil is quite similar to the one that can be found in the Graves region which is mainly gravel, stone and sand.
One of the most prestigious wineries of the appellation is Chateau Haut-Brion that was granted the 1er Grand Cru Classé level of 1855, sole chateau to be located outside the Medoc & Sauternes wine producing regions. There, you'll stop at a carefully selected winery where you'll be tasting the different wines of the estate including white and red wines. After the visit, it will be time to head back to Bordeaux that is just a short drive away.