SW France Food & Wine Tour - 12 Days

This food and wine tour of SW France takes you through the iconic vineyards of Bordeaux and Saint Emilion, down into Gascony, the gastronomic capital of France, before heading for the beautiful vineyards of Jurancon in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

If you’re a wine and food enthusiast you’ll love this varied and interesting self-guided trip. It includes not only some of the iconic wine-producing estates but also some of the lesser known gems where you’ll discover wines and spirits that are sure to delight your tastebuds.

Add into the mix the exceptional gastronomy of the south west of France and you have the makings of an unforgettable trip.

This itinerary will include guided visits to small family-owned wine-producing estates where you’ll learn about the passion behind some truly exceptional wines. You’ll learn also what goes into making Armagnac and Floc de Gascogne, two of the speciality drinks of SW France.

Food lovers will be in foodie heaven as they sample the rich gastronomy for which the area is known. Armagnac-soaked prunes from the Agen area, confit de canard and foie gras as well as some of the most delicious cheeses you will taste anywhere, welcome to Gascony!

This fully flexible three centre independent tour is the basis from which your own personal itinerary will be created.

We suggest you fly into Bordeaux from where you can hire a car.

If you have any specific vineyards you wish to visit, food experiences you wish to have or any other interests you wish to indulge, let us know in the form below.

The tour starts in Bordeaux and Saint Emilion then heads south east to the vineyards of Gascony which is also the Armagnac-producing area and gastronomic capital of France.

From there, you’ll head south through the Madiran vineyards before arriving in the Jurancon vineyards in the Pyrenees foothills where delicious and complex sweet white wines are the order of the day.

The price for this trip will depend on your accommodation choice, the number of people, the time of year and which elements of the itinerary you wish to include.

This itinerary can be combined with any of the others on our site to create a complete trip to France.

Day 1
Bordeaux

Discover the beautiful old city of Bordeaux, visit the Cité de Vin facility and enjoy a guided gastronomic tour of the little shops in Bordeaux that showcase local and regional produce

Day 2
Saint Emilion

AM – drive to a chateau wine estate for a prestige wine tasting morning. Visit the vineyards and sample 3 different wines produced by the estate, Pomerol, St Emilion Grand Cru, Lalande de Pomerol

PM – a self-guided visit to explore the lovely old medieval village of Saint Emilion

Day 3
Market, picnic lunch & vineyards

AM – a morning with our local guide to visit one of the markets in the area to buy produce for a picnic lunch which you’ll eat in the grounds of a chateau estate

PM – why not enjoy a horse ride or carriage ride through the vineyards of one of the local chateaux and follow it up with a tour of the estate and wine tastings

Day 4
Self-drive tour around Bordeaux

We have some great itinerary ideas for your day of local explorations including a circuit that will take you on a boat across the Gironde Estuary to discover the vineyards of the Margaux appellation

Day 5
Transfer to Armagnac country

Head east to Bergerac before you head south to Armagnac country SW of Agen.

Explore the vineyards of Bergerac and enjoy lunch at our recommended restaurant before a leisurely and picturesque drive down to Gascony where your top quality hotel or guest house accommodation awaits you

Day 6
Armagnac

Visit our recommended local Armagnac producer to learn all about how this delicious nectar is produced. After your tasting session you’ll be sure to want to buy some bottles to take home!

In the evening, enjoy a gastronomic evening meal.

Day 7
Medieval villages

Today we’ll be giving you our recommendations for the best little medieval villages to visit in the area along with details for restaurants at which you will sample the very best local Gascony cuisine for lunch.

In the afternoon, visit our proposed vineyard to sample Gascon wines and also the delicious, very more-ish aperitif, Floc de Gascogne

Day 8
Cookery course

Today, more local explorations to discover producers of some of Gascony’s duck or pork products or maybe have a cookery course.

Day 9
Transfer to Jurancon

Head south to the foothills of the Pyrenees via the vineyards of Madiran that produce some of the most delicious red wines of the south west. We’ll arrange your vineyard visit and tastings too.

Day 10
Jurancon wines

Your accommodation for your stay in the area is set in the heart of the Jurancon vineyards with panoramic views of the Pyrenees mountains.

Have an easy morning relaxing, enjoying the swimming pool and taking in the views.

In the afternoon, your host will accompany you to one of the local producers where you can explore the vineyards on a waymarked trail. Visit the ‘caves’ where the producer will tell you about his organic production and the family history behind his vineyards. You’ll taste a number of superb Jurancon wines ranging from a fragrant dry through to a sweeter, complex white which will take you by surprise

Day 11
Cheese

This area of the Pyrenees foothills is known for its cheese production. We’ll give you information on and maps for the waymarked ‘route du fromage’ which will enable you to visit many of the smaller producers in the area. Taste a variety of goats cheeses as well as delicious seasonal Ossau-Iraty ewe’s cheese

Day 12
Local explorations

Spend today exploring the Pyrenees. We’ll give you numerous ideas for things to do and places to visit which will include the Pic du Midi de Bigorre observatory with its jaw-droppingly beautiful views of the Pyrenees chain.

Day 13
Departure

Today marks the end of your visit to the south west of France. You will drive back to Bordeaux where you will start making your way home or to the next destination in your European itinerary

What's Included

  • A personal itinerary created especially for you
  • All reservations for vineyard visits and wine tastings
  • Accommodation including breakfast and certain meals as we'll specify
  • All reservations for additional experiences
  • Local tourist information to help you get the most out of your stay
  • Our personal attention throughout your stay

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Local transport
  • Lunches unless specified
  • Evening meals and drinks unless specified
  • Your personal insurance



Trip Facts

  • Min 2 people
  • April-November
  • 12 days
  • Choose from top quality guest houses or 3 to 4* hotels