Whether you are on a self-guided on an organized wine tour, it is optimal to visit 3 wineries per day in Bordeaux wine country.
Each visit at a Bordeaux chateau takes between 1 and 1.5 hours.
Plus, you will need about 1.5 to 2 hours for lunch. That is not only because it takes long to eat a typical French three-course meal, but also because most chateaux will be closed for lunch between noon and 2 pm.
As you may already know Bordeaux wine route isn’t a single destination. It is possible to go wine tasting in all directions from the city of Bordeaux.
If you are touring Pessac-Leognan, you may be able to fit 4 wineries into a day. This wine region is closer to the city of Bordeaux. Some wineries such as Chateau Pape Clement, are located within Bordeaux.
Another region, where you may be able to fit 4 wineries in a day is Margaux. It takes approximately 40 minutes to reach legendary Margaux wineries by car. Once in Margaux, the wineries aren’t too far apart.
The Margaux appellation is part of the Medoc wine region.
Another option is to find wineries that offer tastings without guided visits.
Even though it may sound trivial for wineries in the US, but French wineries do not always offer tasting outside of the guided tour package.
See my Bordeaux wineries catalog to see which wineries have the tasting only option.
You can visit wineries in different Bordeaux wine regions, but its not recommended.
Wine regions can be up to 100 kilometers apart. For example, a drive from Pauillac in the Medoc to Sauternes or Saint Emilion might take you a couple of hours.
If you have to combine two regions in one day, go for a winery tour in Pessac-Leognan and then opt for Margaux, Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, or Entre-Deux-Mers.
Some Medoc appellations such as Pauillac and St. Estephe are too far away to be paired with other wine regions in one day.
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