Amateurs and newcomers, this guided organic wine trip is for you! You will try 6 different all-organic crus of Bordeaux, from biodynamic to vegan. Bicycles and trains will be used during the stages, enjoy the numerous wine tastings...
This easy bike wine tour explores the different cultivations of organic viticulture: from biodynamics to HQE-certified sustainable agriculture, including vegan and natural wines. We will meet committed wine growers who have introduced, adopted or even adapted them in their own way.
Day 1 - Sunday 05.05.2019 - Walk through historical Bordeaux
Meet at 2pm at your hotel in the centre of Bordeaux. Welcome, briefing before hiking through Bordeaux. Return to the hotel, welcome aperitif in a wine bar then dinner in a restaurant in the centre.
Day 2 - Monday 06.05.2019 - Wine in all its states
After breakfast, drive to the wine & trade museum (guided tour followed by a tasting). Free lunch. The afternoon is devoted to an oenological workshop to understand the different terrains of Bordeaux, the appellations, the grape varieties and familiarizations with winemaking techniques. Tasting of different organic wines at the end of the workshop. Free time then dinner in the centre.
Day 3 - Tuesday 07.05.2019 - Graves & Sauternes
After breakfast, participants pick up their rental bikes before a 30-minute transfer by the TER train to Langon. From Langon, a bike ride to our first estate in Graves. There, David will introduce us to biodynamic viticultural techniques as well as the implantation of ancient grape varieties that are currently being rediscovered. Then, visit to a famous vineyard in Sauternes: 1er Grand Cru Classé, est. 1855. Its line of owners are pioneers in organic agriculture. We will cap off the visit with a wine tasting. Lunch at the castle restaurant (individual payment). On our way back to the train station, we will stop by a castle that belonged to the King of France until 1711. Return to Bordeaux by TER and dinner.
Day 4 - Wednesday 08.05.2019 - Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Margaux
TER to Macau station (1hr) in the Médoc. Our first stop is an estate which produces Haut-Médoc and Margaux wines using biodynamics and made from vegan ingredients. Lunch in a typical small restaurant (individual payment) on the road to Margaux. We then cycle back to the famous village of Margaux, passing prestigious eco-friendly castles, and continue towards St Laurent du Médoc. Visit to a magnificent château producing Avensan's first organic wine grapes. Return to Bordeaux by TER and dinner.
Day 5 -Thursday 09.05.2019 - Libourne, Pomerol, Fronsac, St Emilion
TER to Libourne station (30 minutes). Then bike ride to a castle on Fronsac hill. We will learn about its ethical and environmental practices such as tending the vineyard, the apiary, the aquaponia and the permaculture vegetable garden. We will learn about the workshops as well. A tasting of 3 wines (which includes the honey and merlot jelly) will cap it off. Free lunch in the centre of Libourne. Then we are off to Pomerol, where we will visit a castle and a grand cru estate producing biodynamic St Emilion wine. Return to Bordeaux by TER and dinner.
Day 6 - Friday 10.05.2019 - AOC Côte de Bourg, Blaye
Morning trip with the TER to Moulis-Listrac station, then a 5km cycle to the ferry to Lamarque. Transfer by boat to Blaye. We will visit the town before a luncheon (individual payment). Then bike ride to meet the day's first winegrower. He makes organic AOC Côte de Bourg wine - including vegan ones. We take to the road for our 2nd rendez-vous at a castle on the outskirts of Gironde. Return to Bordeaux by TER followed by dinner.
Day 7 - Saturday 11.05.2019 - Entre-deux-mers, AOC Bordeaux, Côtes de Bordeaux
Check out after breakfast. TER to Loubès (20 minutes), short bike ride to a Château d'Esther producing Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur wine. Then, we are on to the last castle on the itinerary. We will have the opportunity to take a complete tour of its park, cellars and ecological facilities. It will get a little educational as we learn about Phytobac and the Bamboo remediation effluent treatment. Lunch at the castle then return to Bordeaux by TER. The tour ends at around 3pm. Participants will take their connections home.
For more information you can request our detailed information sheet via email. Please indicate which tour you are interested in.
Indicated pricing per person in double room occupancy
Single room supplement (subject to availability): +€420
The Organic Bordeaux wine per bike trip starts and ends in Bordeaux, which can be reached with public transport (train).
The itinerary can be modified on the spot, due to weather conditions for instance. The quality of the programme will not be affected.
Included in the price: 6 nights in a comfortable 3-star eco-hotel (country specific) in a double room in the centre of Bordeaux, half board, qualified guide, transfers mentioned in the itinerary, guided visits and wine tastings as mentioned in the programme.
From 8 people (12 participants max.).
Not suited for people with reduced mobility.
Last cancellation deadline from the tour operator: 21 days before the start of the trip.
6 nights in a 3-star eco-hotel (EU Ecolabel) including breakfast. Dinners outside.
We have only scheduled one travel date but it is possible to add more if groups requests. However, dates will be unavailable during the harvesting period.
From the soil to glass: we add on an extra layer of appreciation to the flavours!
Bordeaux has a proud wine-growing tradition for 2000+ years and is finally beginning its organic revolution. Médoc, Entre-Deux-Mers, St Emilion, Sauternes, Graves, Côtes de Bourg. Our partners want to show you that soil yields best when worked with respect to nature and the environment.
You will visit at least 2 organic wine estates each day ( each with 2 -3 wine tastings), which work according to criteria of organic, biodynamic or vegan cultivation. Of course, you can also buy wines that taste particularly good on site. So that you do not have to bother with heavy crates, the wine growers on this trip arrange delivieries to your doorstep.
Level of difficulty: easy
Doable by anyone in normal physical condition. The proposed bike tours do not exceed 25km per day and usually follow flat terrain.
The climate of the Gironde is of the Aquitaine oceanic type. That means, it is characterized by a minor change in temperature between summer and winter. The winters are relatively mild and the summers bearable. Heavy showers can occur all year round, even in the driest months. Bordeaux has an average annual temperature of 12.7 °C.
Tours can be done in French, German and English. As the group may be made up of participants of different nationalities, the guide may have to make multiple translations.
On site, you have the possibility to rent bicycles for the tour.
Price: from €90 per bike for the duration of the trip.
All you have to do during the bike tours is to take along what you need en route (wallet, camera, etc.). You will enjoy the rides without any worries.
How to get there?
Our ecological recommendation: a train to Bordeaux.