In the vineyards of Bordeaux

Are you a fan of French wine? Are you a fan of French food? Of course you are, so how about a three day break in Bordeaux with plenty of wine, food and friends?

“Sounds great” you say, “how do I go about that?” Well. We asked Abbe, Consultant Editor from Group Travel Organiser magazine to find out. She went with a group of fourteen people. It rained a bit, of course it did, but we don’t mind about that!  This is what happened. I’m quite jealous. Why didn’t I get to go??

The group drove to the village of Montagne, near Saint-Émiion, where they stayed in a beautiful, barn conversion owned by the Saby family, one of the top winemakers in the region.

After a buffet of local food and a chance to taste some of the wines for sale at the house, it was time for an escape game, cunningly set up to teach the group about the wine-making process. No boring sit down lessons here.

A tuk-tuk tour of the area’s vineyards was next, with a talk and wine tasting at Chateau des Laudes, rounded off by dinner at the bustling L’Envers Du Décor in Saint-Émilion. Did you know there were tuk-tuk tours in south west France? I didn’t. Brilliant.

Day two began with a walking tour of the Saby Saint-André Corbin vineyard and winery, and a gourmet tasting of the produce, including delicious pate and the area’s famous red wines.

The next day involved bikes! And a guided tour exploring the UNESCO-designated area of Saint-Émilion followed by a walking tour of the medieval city of St Emilion including Les Cordeliers monastery.

On the way home, the group tried out a virtual reality experience in Bordeaux before their flight. Abbe said it was great fun, with the group split up into small teams that had to work together in their own separate rooms.

There’s a lot of great stuff crammed into this trip, quite apart from the food and wine, and it sounds like any group is going to have a great time eating, drinking, touring and playing for the three days you’re there!

Abbe adds, ‘The break as a whole is a brilliant way for groups to learn more about wine and the technical aspects of its production as well as becoming familiar with the beautiful landscape. And, for hardened viticulturists, there is plenty of scope to create a more in-depth experience.’

I did ask why she got to go and not me, but she pretended not to hear.

Find out more about Abbe’s trip at Group Travel Organiser.

Abbe Bates