1. Château du Taillan
Chateau du Taillan is a highly acclaimed, family-run wine estate that traces back to 1896. It is one of the top destinations for a Bordeaux wine and cheese tour because it offers guests the opportunity to sample three delicious whites, reds or rosés that have been carefully paired with regional cheeses, chocolates and dried fruits.
It provides a spectacular adventure for the taste buds. Upon arriving at Chateau du Taillan, you will be taken to the wine cellar where a member of the team will teach you all about the fascinating winemaking process they use to give each bottle its unique and special taste.
You’ll then proceed to the private cellar where all of the most esteemed vintages are kept. Your epicurean journey will end on a high with a Bordeaux cheese and wine tasting. Should you wish, you can then spend some time strolling around the breathtaking grounds of the estate around the castle.
2. Château Suduiraut
Dreaming of cheese and wine tastings in Bordeaux? Look no further than Château Suduiraut. The historic vineyard is located in the commune of Preignac in the southwest of France, 36 kilometers from Bordeaux city.
Chateau Suduiraut is famed for owning some of the finest terroirs in the region and producing its eponymous variety, a sweet white classified as Premier Cru Classé. As such a highly regarded winery, it comes as no surprise that it offers one of the best wine tastings in Bordeaux.
During your visit, you will be able to sample three exceptional vintages. All of the varieties have been thoughtfully paired with different cheeses to bring out unique flavors and textures within the wines. Chateau Suiduirat boasts 90 hectares of picturesque vineyards that you can explore during your visit.
3. Chateau Lauduc
Chateau Lauduc is another exceptional winery pairing local cheese with Bordeaux wine. The vineyard encompasses 55 hectares just a few kilometers from the city of Bordeaux.
It is a 100-year-old family estate dedicated to producing high-quality grape varieties, such as Merlot, Cabernet franc, Cabernet sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon blanc and Sémillon. There are Bordeaux wines to suit all tastes at this establishment.
You can sample the likes of classic Entre-deux-mers whites and sparkling wine such as crémant de Bordeaux and the typical Clairet. When it comes to reds, Chateau Lauduc offers a whole spectrum, from those which are fruity and fresh to those with complex, woody aromas.
During your visit, you can treat your palate to a delightful combination of different Bordeaux wines expertly paired with local cheeses to create a remarkable symphony of flavors.
4. Château Smith Haut Lafitte, Martillac
Château Smith Haut Lafitte has a winemaking heritage tracing back over 800 years and is world-renowned for its production of exquisite whites and reds. The winery strikes a unique balance between traditional and modern methods, employing innovative and cutting-edge technologies to reduce its carbon footprint.
The winery is situated on the outskirts of Bordeaux and is surrounded by flourishing forestry and woodland. Tour Château Smith Haut Lafitte to uncover its unique heritage and the richness of its terroir, visit the cellars and sample them for yourself.
In fact, Château Smith Haut Lafitte offers one of the best wine tastings in Bordeaux. The tasting room is located underneath the winery’s distinctive tower, providing a stunning backdrop for sampling the establishment’s exceptional reds and whites. Follow up your tour with a 5-minute drive to Martillac Market, where you can taste a wonderful array of local cheeses.
5. Château La Croizille
Chateau La Croizille is situated in Saint-Emilion at nearly the highest point in the appellation. It is one of the most unique wineries in the area as the family-run estate has an extremely modern design, with a striking orange and black color scheme.
While touring Château La Croizille, you’ll get an up-close look at the state-of-the-art technology the winery uses to make its delicious wines. While the grapes are still harvested by hand, a mechanical sorter is used.
You can tour the vines and the cellars before trying some bottles for yourself. After ticking off one of the top wine-tasting tours in Bordeaux at this contemporary winery, you can take a short car ride to the local markets in Saint-Émilion to sample some tasty local cheeses.