Wine Walking Tour St Emilion, Saussignac, Bordeaux

Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options in France

From € 850.- / 5 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • One accommodation
  • Walking holiday with guided and self-guided options
  • Panoramic view over St Emilion in France
  • Three people's hands handling grapes
  • Early morning panorama over vineyards

An exceptional experience tasting wine and walking the vineyards of St Emilion, Saussignac and Bordeaux.

Delight your senses with 5 days exploring the winelands on foot and staying in a beautiful wine lodge on an award winning organic and bio-dynamic vineyard.

This holiday includes a day at a wine school, walking through beautiful French wine-countryside and wonderful food. A wine and food pairing lunch, exploring the Grand Cru Classés of St Emilion on foot, and walking the stunning organic vineyards of Saussignac and Bordeaux.

View the rare orchids and other miracles of biodiversity that can be found where winemakers take pride in their terroir. More than 50% of the Saussignac producers are organic or in conversion compared to around 4% average in France! You won't find a safer, more beautiful vineyard walking route anywhere in the world. This five day tour offers you relaxation in charming accommodation on a vineyard, gorgeous wines, wonderful food and new knowledge with the panache of grand cru classés.

Accommodation: The Wine Lodge

The Wine Lodge, on the organic and bio-dynamic vineyard of Terroir Feely, is renovated from a stone barn dating to the 1800's. It offers 2 luxury en suite bedrooms (one can be twin), each with independent access, and a large open plan kitchen, dining and living area with a large wooden terrace for enjoying the views.

Fully equipped, beautifully furnished and ecologically constructed: this is the ideal place to indulge your love of wine. Underfloor heating makes this as much a wonderful winter escapade as a summer one. Poplar panelling on the ceilings, old stone, high ceilings and natural materials add to the feeling of space, luxury and a touch of magic.

There is an internet connection in the shared space of the Wine Lodge and WIFI in courtyard. Nature's TV is available through the windows where along with the stunning views, deer, birds and hare are regularly seen (no normal TV). You can also use the swimming pool.

For larger groups there is a third suite in the Wine Cottage and/or accommodation at a lovely chambre d'hote (luxury B&B) only 800 metres away.

Wine Lodge looking up the Saussignac valley Interior of living room wine lodge Bedroom in ecological wine-lodge

Three breakfasts are included. Also part of this walking holiday in France is a lunch with wine at a Michelin starred restaurant, as well as a wine and food pairing lunch made primarily from local organic produce. This is a great way to explore wine and food pairing with 5 different wines and an array of different tastes including 4 different cheeses, duck (a speciality in the region) and local organic trout.

Walking in the Saussignac and Bordeaux vineyards

Group of walkers on a forest road in France's Bordeaux region. Walkers on an outdoor lunch in the shade under trees

The walks of this walking holiday are easy from 6 to 12kms a day with stops at vineyards and for lunch along the way. The walking is generally a relaxed pace but can be more vigorous on request.

En route walking with a local winemaker and certified wine educator you will discover the history of the region, the wines, wine-growing and also the intricacies of organic and bio-dynamic viticulture.

Itinerary St Emilion Wine Walking Tour

Dawn across the Chateau Feely  wine tasting room terrace. Walkers on a path through a forest

Day 1 - St Emilion Wine Tour: On the visit to St Emilion you discover the village, the vineyards and great wines. You climb the bell tower to get a birds eye view of all the appellation, visit two grand cru classés on foot: vineyard, winery and tasting, and enjoy a 3 course lunch in a local restaurant frequented by winegrowers.

Enjoy a welcome bottle of methode traditionelle (champagne style) sparkling wine from the organic vineyard you look onto from the Wine Lodge. Dinner is a casual meal in the Wine Lodge.

Day 2 - The Wine Adventure Day: A day at Terroir Feely, an award winning organic and bio-dynamic vineyard. This full day of wine discovery includes lunch and two pocket guides. You'll be walking the vineyards at Terroir Feely and discuss local history and terroir. You'll also explore the history of wine, wine-growing, wine types, varietals, geography and how the region compares to French and international wines, understanding wine labels and the theory of wine tasting.

Caro, your guide and a certified Wine Educator will guide you through the technique of wine-tasting 'a la Francaise'. You'll discuss the principles of wine and food pairing followed by a lunch that illustrates these principles. In the afternoon you take a walk through the winery and discuss how wine is made. After the winery visit there is an optional extra 4km circular route for those who want to walk some more.

You'll leave this day with new knowledge, a different perspective on wine and wine-making and a thirst for more (knowledge...).

Day 3 - Self Guided Walking tour of Bergerac with market and Cookery school: This day you take the train from the local station Gardonne to Bergerac to explore the medieval town following a self guided walking trail provided by the Tourist Office. Then you join superstar local chef Stephane Cuzin at Table du Marché for a half day cookery school. You will prepare a lunch together then have time to explore the lively Bergerac market before enjoying the lunch that you helped prepare.

Day 4 - The Organic Vineyard Walking Tour: In the morning you leave Chateau Feely with your guide and follow the ridge across to Monestier looking at the vineyards and discussing viticulture en route. In the early afternoon there is a break for a wonderful lunch at the Relais de Monestier. Then you make your way back via a different route to Saussignac, stopping for a visit and wine tasting at an organic vineyard en route.

Day 5 - The Bordeaux Walking Wine Tour: On this leg of the Vineyard walking route you go to an organic winemaker in Bordeaux which will also be the lunch stop. In the afternoon you return to Saussignac via a second chateau in Razac de Saussignac.

Then at the end of the day a transfer to Gardonne station for onward travel on Friday evening or Saturday morning (optional extra night Friday can be included if required).

Woman picking grapes Group of people tasting wine

Dates and availability

Arrival and departure for this wine walking tour depends on your travel plans. If you arrive into Libourne in the afternoon a good option is an overnight stay in a hotel in St Emilion. Your host can make recommendations. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.


Location wine and walking in the Dordogne - guided walking holiday in France

Holiday type

Multiple accommodations Walking holiday with guided and self-guided options
Walking holiday with both guided and self-guided options
Board basis: Semi-full board

Price

From € 850.- / 5 days

Price per person based on 2 people sharing

Included

4 nights Accommodation, Breakfast, 4 Lunches including wine, 1 Dinner, Organised tastings at four organic or in-conversion wine estates, guided walks and transfers.

Not included

All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

Walking holiday reference

WH-SG/G-FRFW03


Walking grade

Walking holiday in hills only
  • Hills
  • Easy walking

  • Tailor-made walking possible

Best time of the year

late March - June
early September


Walking Holiday by:

French Wine Adventures

Caroline & Seán

www.frenchwineadventures.com

Contact details

Languages spoken

English, French

Getting there

  • Bergerac (10 mi) Bordeaux ( 45 mi)
  • Gardonne (3 mi)
    Libourne TGV (31 mi) Bordeaux TGV( 44 mi)
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