I was born and bred in the Bordeaux region, just minutes from the magnificent vineyards of Saint Emilion; I am as much a product of the area’s unique terroir as the local wines.
My grandfather spent his entire life in the wine and food business, my brother manages a chateau, and my cousin is a wine merchant; wine was always crucial to my life. After living in the U.S. and Central America for over a decade and working in the gourmet food business for companies such as Les Trois Petits Cochons (The Three Little Pigs), I was thrilled to return to my roots and the beauty and grace of Bordeaux. Since I returned in 2012, I have been trying to share my love of wine and create the best Bordeaux wine tour possible…
Luxury private Food and Wine Tours in Bordeaux. Discover our classic tours, new tours, seasonal tours, and even our multiday tours. All our wine tours are customized to create your perfect Bordeaux experience! Our private wine tours are led by Elodie or one of her team members, each specialized as wine and food local guides & drivers, WSET certified and fluent in English.
My wife and I spent 4 days touring the Bordeaux wine region with Laetitia. We have previously toured wine regions in Spain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Argentina, Chile, and the US. However, this Bordeaux tour was special, and Laetitia was instrumental in making it so. We now have a much better appreciation of the impact of terroir, thanks to her. She is very knowledgeable on the history of Bordeaux wines and the various classifications, and we used the four lunches we had together to learn as much as we could. The four days included one day on the right bank (primarily St. Emilion), one day on the left bank (Medoc), one day in Graves (primarily whites) and Sauternes (sweet white), and one day visiting smaller wineries Off The Beaten Path. Although not a fan of California merlots, we both thoroughly enjoyed the merlot blends in St. Emilion. We learned that sweet wines, like Sauternes, are often better paired with a spicy meal than a sweet dessert. Highlights were the barrel tasting in Chateau Palmer, the tour of Chateau Biac where the owner and his wife spent two hours showing us their winery, and the wine tasting hosted by Chateau Guadet at a local wine store in St. Emilion. The only disappointment was the tour of Chateau Margaux where the guide was clearly not engaged. After our four days of wine touring, the next day we were in the middle of a historical tour of St. Emilion with another local guide. When she asked what we had done previously, I mentioned our Bordeaux with Elodie tours. Her response was telling: "Elodie is a legend among all guides in this region". I cannot imagine a better choice for a private wine tour than Bordeaux with Elodie.
From the original booking many months before I felt very confident in dealing with Elodie and using her company. The itinerary was set as a full day in Medoc with originally 9 of us but unfortunately 1 person dropped out. This was no problem for Elodie who adjusted the booking and confirmed everything was in place. 8 of us were picked up at 09.30 as promised and greeted by Laetitia (instant connection with Hitchin). We left Bordeaux and headed to the chateaux's for tours and tastings, with a great lunch in between. Our favourite was Paloumey, a smaller winery but very personal and some fantastic wines. It was good to see the larger chateaux's with there glorious grounds. At each the staff were great and the tours informative and fun sampling delicious wines. Thanks again go to Elodie and especially to Laetitia who had the measure of us and provided us with a great day. Next time Saint Emillion!!!
Elodie not only listened to our wishes for our time in the Bordeaux region, but she also delivered excellence! I cannot tell you how much that means to us when booking a tour. We spent three fabulous days with the incomparable Emilie, and she made our experience one to remember. She was not only a fabulous, cheerful, energetic and kind host, but she was also extremely knowledgeable about the wines and areas we visited: Medoc, Graves/Sauternes, and St. Emilion/Pomerol. Elodie provided a fabulous itinerary in advance of our trip filled with the history of the region and wineries we visited (that's a first for us). This helped us become familiar with our locales before we even arrived. Our days were spent being treated as VIPs from start to finish, and the lunches arranged were world-class experiences in both the settings and quality of food. From beginning to end, we were extremely happy and were also a bit sad to say goodbye to Emilie. If you are looking to book a tour in the Bordeaux region, look no farther. Bordeaux with Elodie should be your first and last stop on Trip Advisor. There is none better. We will return someday soon we hope, and we will book with Elodie again.
Only a day after our engagement, we could not have asked for a better way to celebrate. Saint-Emillion was gorgeous, wine tasting experience brilliant and the host Lea was fantastic. Certainly a good way to introduce yourself to the region of Bordeaux via Elodie Tours. Just make sure to pack some extra money for the wine you want to buy, never enough. Sure to cellar these bottles and enjoy over the coming years and remember the memory.
Our tour with Elodie was one of the best experiences we have ever had. Her knowledge of the area, the vineyards, and the wines was exceptional. If you want to spend a day immersed in the wine culture with a delightful guide, take this tour!
Laetitia was the guide for my wife and I and she was absolutely wonderful! She was extremely knowledgeable about the region, the wineries, and the wines! We did two day tours with her, and each morning on the drive out she would brief us on what we were going to see and details about the region and wineries we would visit so we had a good basis when touring with the guides at each winery. She also was our personal photographer so we could enjoy the experience without distraction. I can't recommend her high enough! And Elodie and her company in general. If you're looking for a great personal or small tour in Bordeaux, this is the place for you!
My wife and I visited Bordeaux to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary; and, after careful research, I emailed Elodie inquiring about a full day in Medoc. After a few very pleasant exchanges, we set an agenda which included two 4th growths and one smaller producer. I did challenge the selection of Chateau Hourtin Ducasse, but Elodie assured me that we would very much enjoy the experience. She was correct!!! Michel Marengo, the owner, was a terrific host! Very engaging, and his juice and gin is delicious. Our visits to Talbot and Prieure Lichine were wonderful as well, and our lunch at Le Saint Julien was very tasty. Lastly, our host, Emilie, was wonderful! You could tell that she really cared about making sure that we had a great time! She is very nice, and I highly recommend her as your guide. She is very knowledgeable. C’est magnifique!
After Elodie cordially and efficiently arranged our tour, Laura greeted us and immediately felt like part of the family. On the drive to Saint-Émilion, she provided an interesting and informative introduction to the city of Bordeaux, the region and the wine in exemplary English. The 2 vineyards that we visited demonstrated different approaches to winemaking and the tasting at the wine shop provided the opportunity to sample a range of wines. We appreciated the care involved with the choices. We enjoyed the experiences so much that we fell well behind schedule. Nonetheless, Laura made a quick stop to pick up some cookies that we enjoyed at our first stop. I highly recommend the tour for the quality of the experiences with wine, people and diversity. It was the highlight of our trip to Bordeaux!
I honestly don't know where to start when trying to describe how much my wife and i enjoyed our private tours with Laura from Bordeaux with Elodie! I bought 2 private tours (Medoc and St Emilion) as a birthday present for my wife's 30th birthday (also secretly a bit for myself), and it far far exceeded my expectations. I initially contacted Elodie through the email provided on their website and the moment that she responded i knew that this would be a great tour. The response to my email alone showed how dedicated and passionate she was about her job, writing the itineraries so that they could be reviewed and my suggestions could be added if required. Throughout the 2 days, Laura pitched her chat perfectly to our wine knowledge and both of us really enjoyed the education without a single moment of feeling overwhelmed by it. The actual wine tastings were tastefully done and in some amazing locations. At one particular winery we went down into a wine cave network cellar where you could see where it had been originally excavated by hand many many years ago. The history of some of the places we visited was truly amazing! I won't go into details about the vineyards/wineries/chateaus that we visited but i would highly recommend a vertical tasting at Château de Ferrand - it was held in the most beautiful professional tasting room and was incredibly informative. Both myself and my wife felt so at ease and so comfortable with Laura from the moment we met her, it was like a friend was taking us on a wine tour. The fact that she was born in Bordeaux and that she has grown up surrounded by wine and the wine culture shows in her work. The passion and knowledge she has within her field is truly refreshing. The scenery is this part of France is beautiful, the wine is so so good, it's educational, it's fun and i can honestly say it's been some of the best days out we have ever had. I will be making sure that i visit again some day.... worth every penny.
Mike & Denny visited Bordeaux a little while ago and loved so much their experience that they were kind enough to send us this great testimonial video. Click here to discover. Cheers!