Bordeaux is a great city and a really popular destination for a short break, whether you’re living it up in a swanky hotel or staying for a few days in an Airbnb. Until now it’s been difficult to get out to us for a tour and tasting without a car, so we are pretty excited about the new express coach service from the city centre to Créon, with the bus stop neatly located at the end of Rue Bauduc.
The new 407 Bordeaux-Créon Express runs every hour on the hour during the day, Monday to Friday, and more frequently during the morning and afternoon rush hour. There are three stops in the centre of Bordeaux: Place de la République near the main cathedral, Musée d’Aquitaine on Rue Victor Hugo, and on the quais at the Porte de Bourgogne by the famous Pont de Pierre. It takes 35-40 minutes to Créon, allegedly, and a return trip costs just €4. WiFi and USB points aboard too.
It’s a ten minute walk to the Château from the bus stop (Créon Gendarmerie) along Rue Bauduc, a safe suburban road. Nelly is helpfully preparing her minibus for those visitors who pre-arrange a pickup.
Tours, tastings, cellar door sales – and picnics on trial
We have had lots of visitors during the summer and although it’s quite full on, everyone we meet has been charming, good natured and out to enjoy the experience, regardless of their knowledge of wine.
Please let us know if you’d like to come to the Château. We are open for cellar door sales from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, provisionally until the end of October.
On weekdays, from Monday to Friday, we host a tour and tasting in English, strictly by reservation as places are limited, which begins at 11am with the tasting around 12pm. It’s €15 for the tour and tasting – of 6 wines – or €10 for the tasting only.
We can often accommodate groups of four or more at another time during the day – again, Monday to Friday.
We have also been trialing picnics on shaded tables next to the vines, in partnership with some excellent local butchers-deli-fruitnveg-bakeries. We have found that while some people are keen to go to a local restaurant – and there’s a good one in Créon – many others are happy to have something sur place in the vineyard. Given the new express coach from Bordeaux, it seems to be a no-brainer to make the most of our splendid asset, and to give visitors even more reason to make the trip. You can’t say much fairer than a tour, tasting and picnic for under forty euros per person, including the return coach journey.