Wine Tasting in the Medoc: Best Medoc Wineries and Wine Tours

These are my favorite wineries to visit in the Medoc area on the Left bank of Bordeaux.

If you are planning a visit of Bordeaux wine country, you will most likely be going to the Medoc on the Left Bank or to Saint Emilion on the Right Bank, the two most prestigious wine regions in the Bordeaux area.  

As you may know, not all famous Bordeaux vineyards, are open to the public.  The classified growth Medoc wine estates listed below are welcoming visitors for tours and tastings.

You may also be interested in organized Medoc wine tours. See some recommendations below.   

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I recommend including some of these Medoc wineries into your Bordeaux wine tour.  

Visit Chateau Gruaud Larose, Medoc
Top-rated wines, Harvest experience, Workshops, Tours & tastings, Wine shop, Remarkable architecture

Why to visit?

  • The 2nd Grand Cru Classe winery, Chateau Gruaud Larose is one of the top wineries in the Medoc
  • The grounds and the winemaking facilities are stunning.
  • You get to see one of the oldest wine bottles kept in the Medoc, the vintage of 1815.
  • The winery has a unique observation tower. From high above, you will see the vineyards of Saint Julien, Haut-Medoc and Pauillac. The waters of the Gironde estuary are visible on a clear day. 

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Why to visit?

  • Chateau Lafon Rochet, 4th Grand Cru Classe, has an interesting terroir.  The  estate is bordering the famous Chateau Lafite Rothschild.
  • The winemaking facilities are state-of the-art and the wine tours are excellent. 
  • This is a family-owned chateau with owners living in the house and deeply involved in the estate management.
Top-rated wines, Tours & tastings, Wine shop, Remarkable architecture

Why to visit?

  • The 2nd Grand Cru Classe, Chateau Pichon Baron is one of the most popular and highly regarded wineries in the Medoc.  Besides excellent wines, dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, the estate has an impressive castle.
  • The tour will take you through centuries of the family history of the former chateau owners.
Restaurant onsite, Kids' activities, Organic wines, Top-rated wines, Harvest experience, Workshops, Wine & food pairing, Tours & tastings, Wine shop, Picnic

Why to visit?

  • A beautiful and classic Margaux winery.
  • Thomas Jefferson visited Bordeaux in 1787 and marked Chateau Marquis de Terme as one of his favourites.
  • At Chateau Marquis de Terme offers excellent guided tours and wine and food pairings.
  • You can also rent a bike and explore the beautiful Margaux wine country.
The reference for Grands Crus
Why to visit?
  • Another Margaux winery with a remarkable story of Russian-American wine writer and merchant Alexis Lichine.
  • Besides the excellent red wines, the chateau makes some Sauvignon Blanc whites, wc.
  • Chateau Prieure Lichine has an impressive tasting room and a boutique with all possible wine souvenirs.
Restaurant onsite, Accomodation, Top-rated wines, Tours & tastings, Remarkable architecture

Why to visit?

  • 1855 Grand Cru Classe – 2nd Growth, Cos d’Estournel is known for its remarkable architecture in Indian style.  You will not miss the pagoda towers of Cos D’Estournel as you drive in Saint-Estephe.

  • Cos d’Estournel is known for its powerful and extravagant wines. The wines are often at the top of the world’s best wines lists. Several recent vintages of Cos D’Estournel have been given 100 Parker points and highly rated by other wine critics.

  • La Maison D’Estournel onsite offers accommodation and houses a gastronomic restaurant

Organic wines, Top-rated wines, Tours & tastings, Wine shop, Remarkable architecture
Why to visit?
  • Chateau Pedesclaux is a modern winery on the banks of the Gironde.
  • You will be impressed with the facilities that use pumpless winemaking.
  • I find the fist and the second wine of the chateau are a great value for money.
Why to visit?
  • 1st Grand Cru Classe, Chateau Mouton Rothschild is a legendary Bordeaux winery.
  • Besides the winemaking facilities, you will be shown wine artefacts and wine objects collected by the family as well as an exposition of original art pieces that were used on Chateau Mouton-Rothschild labels.

Chateau Lascombes, Margaux

Top-rated wines, Tours & tastings, Wine shop, Picnic, Remarkable architecture
Why to visit?
  • Chateau Lascombes is a beautiful 2nd Grand Cru Classe estate with a long history of winemaking.
  • This estate has one of the most impressive castles in the Medoc.

Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Saint-Julien

Top-rated wines, Wine & food pairing, Tours & tastings, Wine shop, No reservation tasting
Why to visit?
  • Some of the top Saint-Julien wines are made by Chateau Leoville Poyferre. 
  • The chateau offers a number of interesting tastings.  Have you tried pairing red dry wines with chocolate? 

Map of the Medoc Wineries

Find more choices of wineries to visit on your Bordeaux wine tour.  Click on a pin to find out more about each easte.

Medoc Wine Tours from Bordeaux

A private tour to the Medoc will pick you up from the center of Bordeaux or from your accommodation in the area.  For your private tour, you can request to visit your favorite Medoc chateaux.  

For small-group wine tours, take a look at some of these wine tour options at GetYourGuide.

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