Saint Emilion is a delightful medieval village (UNESCO world heritage), in the heart of the world-famous Bordeaux vineyards, has superb wines, impressive monuments, and beautiful architecture. Easily reached by train from Bordeaux;  Check the times with your itinerary as the trains are not very frequent, though fast and efficient. At St Emilion you feel you have been deposited in a field, the town is about a 1K walk.  Many of the vineyards are close to the town. Visitors can be quite sparse and you can be an exclusive group at times.

Medoc is another good choice, since there are many chateaus to visit and varieties of wines offered. Medoc is more impressive for renown and famous Chateaux as Lafite, Latour, Margaux) ... Sauternes is also a good alternative if you want to taste white and sweet (dessert) wines.

The tourist board in Bordeaux organizes wine tours and there are a number of specialist operators who organise Bordeaux day trips. The groups organized visits can be expensive and inflexible in terms of where and when you go, but they may be the right choice for you. Among the specialized operators you can choose scheduled tours with Ophorus for small groups only that will take you to all the different wine regions such as the Medoc, Saint Emilion, the Graves and Sauternes areas for a reasonable price and great quality of service as these tours are handled by accredited English speaking wine guides. 

If your preference is for driving yourself, but with expert knowledge at your fingertips, then check out Gourmet Touring who offer  a truly unique service. They are a high-end tour operator who takes care of absolutely every elements of your stay from accommodation and car hire through to visits and much, much more.

If you are looking for a more flexible, personal alternative, you can hire a private chauffeur BWT.  A knowledgeable driver-guide can pick you up and return you to the airport/hotel and take you to the vineyards and places YOU want to see in the region. The service is excellent at a fair price. I

If you would like to experience the vineyards in an exclusive and original way, then try out the  Bordeaux 360 wine tours : tailor-made to match all your desires, they include privileged encounters with the wine growers, blending workshops to create your own wine and unique tastings of Grands Crus Classés. Led by a guide-driver specialist of the vineyard, you will end up the tour knowing everything about the history, the terroirs, and the grape varieties of the great wines of Bordeaux !

DMjWineworks is Dewey Markham, Jr., an American award-winning wine author who has been living in Bordeaux since 1993. Dewey creates custom-made itineraries for individuals and groups, and accompanies vistiors to vineyards throughout the Bordeaux region.

If you want to learn more about the Bordeaux wine region, its grape varieties, blending and tasting techniques, you can sign up for a 2 hour workshop at L'Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux during summer (July, August and September). There is an Englishspeaking session every morning (from 10 to noon) and a Frenchspeaking session every afternoon (from 3 to 5pm), every day except Sundays.

You can also enjoy tasting in many of the local "bar à vins" as CIVB and experience the top ones by the glass at the Max Gallery Max Gallery .

If you are looking for a wine guide, ex winemaker, you should look at the services of Rendez vous au Chateau . 

The best period to come is from April till October and harvest season on September. Few trips are as memorable as a well planned visit to the Bordeaux Wine Region. But to make the most of your vacation, take into account the Bordeaux wine tours event calendar, for many events are planned to celebrate this natural cycle.

The best way to visit wineries is also to take an appointment before your arrival so, contact the vineyards by email or Tourist Office Board.