SW France Food & Wine Tour

12 Days

This fully customisable 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!

Overview

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Day 9 :