Biking is one of my favorite ways to tour but I must warn you that Saint Emilion is rather hilly so keep that in mind if you are considering a biking tour. I booked the tour through Bordo Vino Wine Tours and opted for the small group option, which ended up being a group of eight. The tour guide Clara was friendly and knowledgeable about both wines and the region.
Located on the right bank of the Bordeaux region Saint Emilion is the oldest wine producing region in Bordeaux. The soil of Saint Emilion is ideal for growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc while the use of the other four grape varieties grown in the Bordeaux region most wines from Saint Emilion are a blend of only Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Something to keep in mind when planning your trips, late September and early October is harvest. The exact timing depends on the region and the year. Harvest time is very sacred and often referred to as “the moment of the year” because harvest determines the production for that year. For me this was a wonderful time to visit because the wineries were lively with excitement and anticipation. From what I am told 2015 is a a good year!
Here are some images I captured while biking my way through Saint Emilion.