After discovering the city of Saint Emilion this train tour takes you out into the countryside and surrounding vineyards to discover more about the history and culture of wine in this region.
An onboard commentary in available in several languages including french, English and Spanish. You have the option to buy a ticket for the train only, or one that includes stopping off at a Chateau for a wine-tasting and to find out more about the wine making business.
Le Train des Grands Vignobles runs regularly throughout the day from the first weekend of April to mid-November. Each tour lasts around 35 minutes, or 1hr20 if you stop off at Chateau Rochebelle.
Who should go...
This is a great trip for anyone who does not have the time or the inclination to take on a day or half day tour of the vineyards. This quick trip gives you a good overview of the classification system of wines and of the history of some of the wineries. Entertaining for all the family.
- "The caves/cellars were amazing! We learnt a lot about the classification of red wine in the region, from the 'Cru' to 'Grand Cru' to 'Grand Cru Classe'! The tasting was small, but very informative - how to drink, what to look out for - colour, tannins, taste. It was very genuine and not at all pretentious." - Trip Advisor
- "Had a great day and very hot !!!! Well worth the ride around the various Chateaus. Great guide who was very pleasant. Would recommend." - Trip Advisor
- "If you don't have much time the "rail" trip is ideal. The cobbled streets of the township and the wine caves, restaurants, wine stores and old buildings are all an experience on its own, but the "train" allows a wider view of the lovely Chateau and vineyards surrounding St Emillion. You have the option to stop off at a vineyard and I'd highly recommend you do." - Trip Advisor
How to book
You can make a booking in advance online on their website. Or alternatively you can buy your tickets directly at the ticket hut which is situated at the train departure point at Espace Villemaurine.
How to get passes
There are two types of ticket that you can buy. A ticket for the train only, or a ticket for the train, plus a wine tasting. You should stipulate which one you want at time of purchase.
What to see
You will pass by 18 of the most well-known vineyards of the Saint Emilion area, learning about their classifications and histories. You will also travel through the rolling countryside outside of Saint Emilion, that is covered by vines and chateau style buildings.
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Location: Saint Emilion
Level: Family Friendly
Typical Duration: 30 minutes | 1.5 hours
Activities: Tours / Excursions | Trains | Wine-tasting
Car-parking: Public car-park (outdoor)
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: Espace Villemaurine (next to the round about & bus parking at the top of the town) | Saint Emilion | 33330