Wine Tasting

Self-tour famous Châteaux

Chez Simon is located at the gateway to the Medoc region, one of the most famous wine producing regions in the world.

Our location provides you with access to both the left and right bank of the Gironde estuary and is one of the few points where you can cross over the Gironde on a 15 minute scenic ferry ride. This is very significant.

The following is a explanation on how to self tour this region.

There is no need for a costly tour guide – you can make your own reservations to tour these famous five Châteaux of Bordeaux.

Just a 15 minute ferry ride across the Gironde estuary from Chez Simon is the home of the famous four since 1855 that became five Châteaux in 1973.

To arrange your own tour through these noble estates, simply follow the instructions below.

Château Latour (Pauillac Medoc)

This Château is closed for the month of August.
Tours are offered for free mornings and afternoons on weekdays.
Wine is not for sale at the Château.

To make a tour reservation email at least 4 weeks ahead. You can call +33 (0) 5 56 73 19 80 for information, but they prefer to book a tour by email.

Château Margaux (Margaux Medoc)


Tours take approximately 1 hour and are conducted Mondays to Fridays. There are three tours in the morning and three in the afternoon.

The Château is closed on weekends and public holidays as well as for the month of August and during the harvest.

Tours are free of charge and usually include a tasting of two 4 year old 2nd wines of the Château.
They do not sell wine at the estate.

Click HERE for contact details. Send an email at least 5 weeks ahead of your planned visit requesting a tour appointment.  State the number in your party and preferably give them a range of days that will suit you. They will email you a date and time.

Château Haut-Brion (Pessac-Leognan Graves)

They conduct tours morning and afternoon on weekdays, except Fridays when it is mornings only.  Tours are conducted in English, French and German.

The Château is closed between mid-July and mid-August each year.

Tours & tastings are free.

For information, you can call +33 (0) 5 56 00 29 30.  To make a tour reservation, fill out their booking form at least 4 weeks ahead of time HERE.

Château Lafite Rothschild(Pauillac Medoc)














Email at least 5 weeks ahead of your planned visit requesting a tour appointment.

They conduct 1 hour tours Mondays to Friday at 2.00pm or at 3:30pm in English or French.

The Château is closed on weekends and public holidays as well as for the months of August, September and October.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Château Mouton Rothschild (Pauillac Medoc)

A truly impressive tour steeped in history and including tasting options.

Book early to avoid disappointment.

To inquire about tours call +33 (0) 5 56 73 20 20, email or fill their online booking request form HERE.


Other notable Châteaux of Bordeaux

There are over 10000 Châteaux in the Bordeaux region. For a wealth of information about Bordeaux wines and Château in this region, click HERE.