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If there are two things France is known for its world-renowned wine and stunning architecture. Now, a new trip combines the two making for the ultimate getaway. Travel company Wine Paths created the Wine and Design Tour, which takes travelers on a whirlwind trip around Bordeaux, exploring both vineyards and architectural treasures of the region.
Over three days, you’ll visit exclusive French vineyards, partake in several wine tastings, eat at Michelin star restaurants, stay in luxury chateaux, and see a mix of historic and modern buildings that have left a mark in the area.
The tour will start with a design element by visiting the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design in Bordeaux, which is known as the “City of Art and History.” An expert will lead a private tour explaining why it’s architecturally significant. After, you’ll enjoy lunch at another design stunner—Le 7. The restaurant is based in the Cité du Vin and features incredible panoramic views.
As far as the wine goes, you’ll end the first day with a tour of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, which is known for producing the unique wine of Sauternes. Here you’ll be treated to a dinner at the Michelin star restaurant and spend the night in the Relais & Chateaux five-star Hotel Lalique.
The next day is kicked off with a private tour and wine tasting at Château Beauregard, a 42-acre vineyard home to prestigious wines like Pétrus. That’s followed by another wine tasting at Château Clinet that’s complemented with an introduction to design by the current President of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux. You’ll have lunch atop the cellars of Château La Dominique at La Terrasse Rouge, which was designed by world-famous architect Jean Nouvel.
Another vineyard is on the itinerary for the day—Château Pavie 1st grand cru classé in Saint-Emilion—where Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc can all be tasted. Enjoy another Michelin star meal at Logis de la Cadène before retiring to other châteaux—Château Soutard.
The final day includes a visit to the iconic Medoc wine region, where you’ll visit several stunning châteauxs: Château Marquis d’Alesme, the fairy tale chateaux of Pichon Baron and Château Beychevelle known as the “Versailles of the Medoc.” And there will be plenty of wine tasting opportunities along the way.
Ready to sign up? The Wine and Design tour of Bordeaux is priced from £3,970 ($5,100) for two people, including two nights’ full board accommodation, tours, tastings, and private transfers with a bilingual driver. This tour will be available for travel dates from the beginning of July.