Discover the architectural treasures of the Bordeaux region

Exclusive Wine and Design experience itinerary in Bordeaux, France

With this unforgettable and exclusive experience visit vineyards and chateaux of Bordeaux to discover how the success of the world famous wines of this region have lead to the creation of architectural masterpieces, both traditional and avant-garde, often side by side.

Theme
Architecture and Design
Duration
Multiple days
Groups
No

Fully-customizable 3-day Bordeaux itinerary

Day 1: Bordeaux & Sauternes

Spend the morning exploring the MADD (Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design) on a private visit led by an expert guide at the heart of the city of Bordeaux. This 18th century 'Hotel Particulier' is the perfect introduction to the architecture of the region at the time of great wealth thanks to the success of Bordeaux as France's leading port.

Come straight back to the modern day with a lunch at Le 7, the panoramic restaurant at the top of the Cité du Vin followed by a private visit of this unique museum entirely dedicated to wine its cultures and civilizations.

Relax during your transfer to Sauternes, for a private visit of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Premier Grand Cru Classé 1855. As well as producing the unique wine of Sauternes. This 17th century Chateau is also home to the magnificent Hotel Lalique. Here you will Indulge in an unforgettable dinner at the Michelin star restaurant and spend the night in one of the recently renovated rooms of the Chateau surrounded by Lalique Crystal creations.

Day 2: Pomerol & Saint Emilion

After a drive across the beautiful Entre deux Mers region, start the day with a private visit and tasting at Château Beauregard. This classic Gironde chartreuse overlooks a lily filled moat and the beautiful grounds, so beautiful in fact that the Guggenheim family copied it, building a replica at Port Washington naming it “Mille-Fleurs”. Alongside the classic architecture of the chateau you will discover the new cellars with their spectacular concrete, pear shaped vats.

A visit and tasting at neighbouring Château Clinet will give you an introduction to the importance of design, not only in decoration and architecture but also labels and marketing, thanks to owner Ronan Laborde, current President of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.

Afterwards, you will lunch with a view at La Terrasse Rouge restaurant on the rooftop of the cellars of Château La Dominique. The ultra modern design by world famous architect Jean Nouvel has created the perfect setting for panoramic views over the vineyards of Pomerol and Saint Emilion with a red glass pebble floor reminiscent of the vats of red wine fermenting beneath.

In the early afternoon, experience a private visit and tasting at Château Pavie, Premier Grand Cru Classé « A » of Saint-Emilion. On the foothills of the famous Cotes of Saint Emilion the Perse family has created a cathedral like cellar and tasting room where you will taste the wines of one of the top four properties of the Saint Emilion appellation.

You will spend the night tonight at Château Soutard. This monumental 18th edifice is a complete contrast from your previous visit, each of the guest rooms has been renovated in keeping with it's original style; offering a unique French chateau Experience.

No visit to Saint Emilion is complete without enjoying the charm of this perfectly preserved medieval village, so tonight you will dine at Logis de la Cadène, a 1-Michelin star restaurant in the heart of Saint Emilion.

Day 3: The Iconic Médoc Wine Region

Discover world-famous Medoc region, where the grandiose chateaux were built as show cases for both the wealth of the owners and the quality of their wines.

Start your day with a private visit and lunch at classified growth Château Marquis d’Alesme in Margaux. The new cellars here were designed to reflect the Franco-Chinese ownership of this historic chateau and join the functionality of fine wine with high design. Lunch will be served after a tasting in the aromatic gardens of the property.

After lunch head north to the fairy tale chateau of Pichon Baron and see the contrast in the architecture of the chateau and modern underground cellars where this top wine of Pauillac is crafted.

Your last visit and tasting of the day will be at Château Beychevelle in Saint Julien. This 'Versailles of the Medoc', is one of the best-preserved examples of architecture from the 18th century with spectacular gardens running down to the Gironde estuary. In complete contrast to the classic architecture of the chateau you will discover the ultra modern glass and steel cellar where the wines are made.

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