Going on wine tours has became a yearly routine.
More than 9,000 wine-producing châteaux and 13,000 wine growers, Bordeaux is one of the most important wine-producing regions in the world, which produces one third of French wines of good quality. And due to this reason, Bordeaux wine trip is surely a yearly thing yet I don’t believe any wine lovers would get bored by going there repeatedly. There are much to taste and learn each time.
I recently got invited by Hip Holiday to a wine tour in Bordeaux, and this time is quite special, it’s a luxurious and more care-free one. In mid February which in contrary to the usual summer(before its harvest time) visits, I encounter the winter side of cold beauty of Bordeaux.
For most of my tour, like everyone else I supposed, I usually have to plan ahead on each vineyard visits, carrying all the address and contacts during the visits, worry about my tasting of Chateau A being too enjoyable (not to mention if there is a vertical tasting!) that is overrunning and running late for my next appointment with Chateau B, C and D. Wine too good that I only do backward spitting and become too drunk and driving into wine fields; Finding boutique hotels or chateau to stay that fits my personal style; booking tables at good restaurants… all and all can be quite time consuming and frustrating. I mean, if you have the time and energy that can be enjoyable and probably with the effort paid, you may enjoy the results more. It’s like “Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.”― Jane Austen, it really depends what’s your priorities I must say.
However, for the lifestyle in Hong Kong, where time is the rarest thing for most, your travel can be tailored by a travel agent. This time was such a time.
I will cover more of my wine tour visits in my later post (stay tune!!) Here, I share with you with some previews of my 5 days tour:
- Château Cheval Blanc
- Château Soutard
- Private guided tour of Saint-Emilion and its underground monuments
- Dinner at one Michelin starred restaurant “Le Chapon Fin” with Bordeaux most important wine club members
- Château Margaux
- Château Pichon Longueville Baron
- Winery Visit and Tasting course at Cercle Lynch-Bages
- Château Gruaud-Larose
- Vertical Tasting and Dinner at Château Phélan Ségur
- Night at Château Pichon Longueville Baron
- Château Haut-Brion
- lunch at Château Haut-Bailly
- Château Smith Haut Lafitte
- Dinner and Night at Les Sources de Caudalie.
On the side of the Tour organized by Hip Holiday, I always made personal visit and had wonderful lunch with Château Le Dome Owner Jonathan Maltus and ChâteauTroplong Mondot with Xavier Pariente at his Saint-Emilion Vineyard.
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