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Bordeaux Here we Come!

Women for WineSense is traveling to Bordeaux, France; September 9 - 13.  We are pleased to partner with Decanter Tours for this trip. The trip is SOLDOUT!  If you would like to be on a waitlist please send an email to

Bordeaux is not a gentleman's club, throughout history and to this day women have put the top names of Bordeaux on the map: Jean de Bellon was the first owner of Chateau Haut Brion in the 16th century.

They have saved them in times of crisis: Françoise Josephine de Sauvage d’Yquem who was thrown into prison twice during the French revolution but she continued to make Yquem prosper.

More recently Baronnes Philippine Rothschild continued and expanded her father's work at Mouton Rothschild. And they continue to excel, today Corinne Mentzelopoulos owns and runs Margaux with her daughter… and more!

Wendy Narby, flying wine edcuator and author of Bordeaux Bootcamp will be our guide through the vineyards of Bordeaux and introduce us to some some of her close friends and favorite women wine makers and marketeers. We will experience an intimate introduction to this iconic region and their female icons.

We will visit each of the major sub-regions in the area, meet women wine makers, and enjoy great food and wine!!  The trip is limited to a maximum of 14 travelers.

The itinerary (subject to change):

Sunday Sept 9

Discover Bordeaux!!

Individual arrivals in Bordeaux.

Transfer from the airport or train station to your hotel upon request.

Check in to your hotel, ideally located in the heart of the historic city of Bordeaux.



  • The 4 Star Hotel de Normandie (or similar), conveniently located in the heart of Bordeaux.


7:30 pm

An introductory Bordeaux tasting with tapas at le Chateau en ville with women wine makers who will talk us through their wines.


Night in your Hotel


Monday Sept 10

– Discover the great Medoc Wines–


8:30 am  

Wendy will meet you at your hotel.  Departure for the Medoc Appellation.  On the way to the Medoc, Wendy will portray all the ins and outs of this prestigious wine region and its players, before you arrive at your first winery visit. 


10:00 am  

Visit and tasting at Ch Margaux, First Classified growth of the Margaux Appellation.


11:30 pm

Lunch at Château Prieuré Lichine in Margaus with women winemakers from the Margaux appellation; Lise Latrille of Chateau Prieuré Lichine, Nathalie Schyler of Château Kirwan and Anne- Francoise Quié of Chateau Rauzan Gassies (confirmed).  


3:00 pm

Visit and tasting at Château Leoville Barton with owner Lilian Sartorius Barton and then on to Château Mauvesin Barton in Moulis en Medoc for a visit and tasting with her daughter Melanie


5:00 pm

Cocktail dinatoire w/ Le Thailhan  and Cru bourgeois. (to be confirmed)


Return to Bordeaux  

Night in your Hotel

Tuesday Sept 11

Saint Emilion Pomerol - the Right Bank

9:00 am

Wendy will meet you at your hotel.  Departure for St Emilion.



10:00 am

Visit and tasting at Chateau Angelus First Classified Growth of St EMilion with technical director Emmanuelle Fulchi.


12:30 pm

Lunch at Ronan by Clinet winery which includes other dynamic women wine makers from the region.


4:30 pm

Free time in Saint Emilion. Guided visit of the medieval town of Saint Emilion and Europe's largest monolithical church.Free time to explore the town on your own and do some shopping.



6:00 pm

Return to Bordeaux and your hotel.


Night off in town.



Wednesday Sept 12

Pessac Leognan, Sauternes and the Graves


9:00 am

Wendy will meet you at your hotel and depart for the Pessac Leognan appellation.


10:00 am

Visit and tasting at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte classified Growth of the Graves in Martillac with owner Florence Cathiard.


1:00 pm 

Visit and lunch at Chateau de Cerons with owner Caroline Perromat and other local women wine makers.


4:00 pm  Progressive dinner in Sauternes

We will be hosted by the dynamic women of Sauternes and Barsac, including 1st growths Chateau Sigalas Rabaud, Chateau Climens, Château Coutet and Château dYquem all of which are managed, made or owned by women.  Each property will serve a different dish with their wine showing us the versatility and food friendly nature of these unique wines.

4:00 pm Visit and tasting at Château d’Yquem

5:30 pm Appetisers on the terrace of Château Sigalas Rabaud

6:30 or 7:00 pm Coutet Main course

8:00 or 8 :30 pm Climens Dessert



Return to Bordeaux and your hotel.



Thursday Sept 13

Departure day

Breakfast at your Hotel and check out.


Explore Bordeaux on your own or arrange for a guided city tour. 

Free day for shopping before your departure.


Possibility to organize a visit at the Cité du Vin (the wine City). (+ 20€/Pers)


Transfer to the airport or train Station upon request. 

Price: $2375 per person, double occupancy
$240 Single Supplement

Minimum deposit due at time of registration is $775 plus single supplement ($240), if selected. 

Pricing is subject to change. Quoted price assumes a tour size of 8-10 participants and a Euro exchange rate of 1.2. Tour maximum is 14 people. If we have 11-14 people the price will be reduced by $200. If the exchange rate goes above 1.2; the price will be adjusted to cover the change.

Reservations must be paid in full by July 6, 2018.

Included: 4 nights Accommodation in a Classic category room double occupancy, (other category rooms also available on request) , 4 breakfasts, local taxes, tour organization, transportation in a luxury air-conditioned mid-sized bus, (or a Mercedes 9 seater van for 6-8 participants) a professional wine guide for the 3 days, all Chateau entry and tasting fees for all guests, lunches for the 3 days, guides and drivers‘ lunches, opening night dinner, cocktail dinatoire, and progressive dinner.

Not included: Air travel, fees for passports; laundry and cleaning; personal travel and baggage insurance; souvenirs; all items of a strictly personal nature; wines with meals except where mentioned; dinners Tues & Thurs nights; gratuities for bus driver and guide; any other extras not stated in the itinerary. Neither Women for WineSense, nor any officer, director, employee, representative or the like thereof shall be responsible for obtaining any of the foregoing items or anything not identified above as included.

No reservations will be confirmed until a $775 deposit is received.

If you have any questions, please email