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Cookery classes at Chateau Lavergne near Bordeaux
. . . the world’s largest fine wine region

Chateau Lavergne is a beautiful French chateau dating back to 1852, surrounded by three hectares of grounds, situated in the charming village of Bouliac, ten minutes from Bordeaux city centre.

It is a wonderful place for all kinds of business incentives (conferences, workshops, seminars) as well as for your luxury wine and culinary vacations in France.

The best way to discover Bordeaux and the surrounding area is simply to let yourself fall under the charm of its rich, complex identity forged over the centuries by numerous influences whilst enjoying the relaxation and pleasures of a wine and culinary vacation at Chateau Lavergne.

Bordeaux is one the largest wine growing areas, with some of the oldest vineyards and finest wines, in the world. Between the Left Bank (Médoc, Margaux, Pauillac, Graves, Pessac-Léognan, etc) and the Right Bank (Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac, les Côtes, etc) a stay in the Bordeaux appellation region is a wonderful discovery. The wine taster will be in sheer heaven trying the red wines, the white wines, the sweet wines . . .

Wine is inescapable in Bordeaux and the surrounding area, an excuse to share some quality moments with others. To drink modestly so as to savour the subtlety of the tastes rather than consuming in quantity, to appreciate the complexities of the aromas, to understand how they combine with different dishes, is the true art of living . . . bringing together amateur enthusiasts and crossing borders.


Available : April to November upon request

Château Lavergne is the right place to spend one week and to discover treasures of the French cuisine and the most interesting area of fine wines.

We are at your disposal to suggest a tailor-made program with accommodation at the Chateau and with following options:

  • Hands-on cookery classes
  • Foie gras workshop
  • Visit of wonderful outdoor markets of the area
  • Wine education
  • Vineyards visit with tasting (Saint-Emilion, Médoc, Sauternes)
  • Grand Cru cellars with tasting
  • Discovery of Bordeaux, Arcachon-bay
  • Gastronomic programs (Michelin-star restaurants)
  • Excursion to Armagnac with lunch and tasting
  • Golf and spa, etc.

Do not hesitate to contact Suzanne Bourdais on
. . . and to "blend"¯ with her your next "Bordeaux-vintage"¯


This short break has been specifically designed for a travel audience interested in fine cuisine, Bordeaux wines and the French Art de Vivre.

Day One:
Arrival at Chateau Lavergne on your own in the afternoon. Time to relax and unwind. Dinner on your own in the village of Bouliac (bistrot-style or gastronomic restaurant) or in Bordeaux (10 km). Accommodation at the chateau.

Day Two:
After breakfast, departure to one of the most beautiful outdoor markets of the region. Hands-on cookery class at the chateau, followed by lunch and wine tasting. Departure in the late afternoon.

Day Three:
Optional extra day with choice of vineyard visit, golf, tennis, cycling or nearby cultural attractions.



Wine, food and harvesting
Available between September / October

An exceptional four day culinary and wine tour, with a unique experience, not available for tourists : one day in a top winery where you will collect grapes with the local staff and discover all the harvesting operations, highlight of the growing season in Bordeaux.


Day One :
Arrival to Chateau Lavergne in the afternoon. Time to relax and unwind. Casual dinner in the Orangerie¯. Overnight accommodation at Chateau Lavergne.

Day Two :
Breakfast. Visit of Bordeaux and lunch in the city on your own. (Biking with picnic in option). In the afternoon, great wine tasting Discovery of Bordeaux¯ with 7 wines at the Chateau, followed by cookery class and dinner. Tasting of old Armagnac. Overnight accommodation at Chateau Lavergne.

Day Three :
Breakfast. Visit of Saint Emilion, wonderful village (30 kms from the Chateau, UNESCO World Heritage), lunch on your own (a list of restaurants will be forwarded). Visit and wine tasting in a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru vineyard. Casual bread-oven¯ dinner in the Orangerie with wine. Overnight accommodation at Chateau Lavergne.

Day Four :
Breakfast. Departure for one of the most beautiful wineries located nearby the Chateau. After a welcome coffee, your guide makes a presentation of the vineyard and you will go to the plot where the daily harvesting will be made. Collecting grapes, bringing them in, working on the sorting table, visiting of the vat house and the laboratory is on the program with explanation of different stages of the fermentation. Tasting of samples, discovery of the wine making process and the machine harvesting. Lunch with the staff of the winery. In the afternoon time to relax before cookery class and dinner at the Chateau. Overnight accommodation at Chateau Lavergne.

Day Five :
Breakfast and departure .

This special harvesting tour includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation in historical 19th century Chateau Lavergne
  • 4 breakfasts of freshly baked baguette, cereal, fruit, home-made jams, yoghurts, coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • 2 meals at Chateau Lavergne including a selection of wines direct from the producers
  • 2 cookery lessons
  • 1 wine education with tasting of 7 wines
  • 1 Armagnac tasting
  • A unique harvesting experience with meal in the winery
  • Equipment and ingredients for the cookery class and wine tasting (fully equipped professional kitchen, aprons, tasting glasses, spittoons)
  • Seasonal fresh vegetables from the kitchen-garden
  • You will be tutored for cookery class and wine tasting by your hostess, Suzanne Bourdais

Transportation to Bordeaux and during the tour is an option, on request (for a minimum of 2 people)



Accommodation is at the beautiful French chateau, Chateau Lavergne, which dates back to the middle of the Nineteenth century. Located in the charming village of Bouliac and surrounded by three hectares of its own grounds, this beautiful country retreat is only ten minutes from Bordeaux city centre.

Chateau Lavergne

A view of the castle and its extensive gardens can be enjoyed from the colourful patio, perhaps whilst enjoying a refreshing glass of wine. Whilst the Orangerie provides a cosy dining room with fireplace and mezzanine, the perfect venue for functions, cocktails or private events.

Chateau Lavergne provides luxury accommodation for all its guests, a real chance to enjoy a piece of French history in complete relaxation and comfort.


Suzanne Bourdais
Chateau Lavergne
2 Chemin de Melac
33270 Bouliac

+33 6 75 45 26 80
+33 5 56 21 56 59