VISITS TO OUR CELLARS AND UNDERGROUND TUNNELS AND THE MAKING OF SPARKLING WINES

The Cordeliers Cloister site is famous for its underground tunnels that were excavated for the stone used to build Saint-émilion and some parts of Bordeaux. They are 3km long and run beneath the Saint-émilion citadel and some of its major vineyards. They are 20m underground, have a constant temperature of 12° throughout the year and are totally dark, making them perfect for ageing the wines we have been making since 1892 using traditional methods. You can visit our cellars and underground tunnels where you can discover the underside of the medieval citadel of Saint-émilion and learn about our own sparkling wine making methods.

A fun, educational and oenological visit

“It was great, for us and the kids”. “Such a great surprise: I confirm!”. “The tunnels are incredible and the presentation of how the Cordeliers wines are made was fascinating”. These visitor comments tell us much about why it is so interesting to explore the tunnels beneath the Cordeliers. They are much appreciated for their coolness in high summer, and help us to discover the cave-dwelling aspect of the Saint-émilion citadel. The 1 hour visit also includes a presentation of the history of the Cordeliers and a chance to learn about the traditional methods used to make our sparkling wines. This stroll through the heart of our site ends with the opportunity to taste a number of the Cordeliers sparkling wines.

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BOOK ON-LINE and discover our “walking” or “electric tuk-tuk” visit options


The walking tour

This option includes the historic visit of the Cordeliers Cloister, largely considered to be one of the most picturesque and symbolic sites of the village of Saint-émilion, classed as a Unesco world heritage site. It continues with a descent into the underground tunnels. Your bilingual guide will provide a step-by-step explanation of the Cordeliers sparkling wine making process in your choice of language, and that of your children who will adore exploring the maze-like underground quarries. For the adults the visit ends with a “horizontal” tasting of our sparkling wines, including a Blanc de Blanc, a Rosé, and a Blanc de Noir. This oenological initiation will give you a chance to appreciate the specificities of each grape variety used in our wines. This tasting will also include a genuine Saint-émilion macaron to bring a bit of sweetness to the palate. There will be a glass of cordial for the children.

Useful information : Groups of 2 to 20 persons - Free for children (under 10 years). € 9.90 /person for children between 10 and 17 years, students, job-seekers, members of religious orders and the disabled (please provide proof). € 11 /person for adults. Book your visit on-line.

For group tours of more than ten people, please contact us by email : contact@lescordeliers.com

Original electric tuk-tuk visits

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The Cordeliers Cloister also proposes the very original and popular electric tuk-tuk visit. The vehicles are driven by our guides and can carry 4 visitors. There are 2 different formulae: Book your electric tuk-tuk visit on-line.


Visit to a Pomerol vineyard and château (1H30): From the electric tuk-tuk you will discover this Saint-émilion vineyard in the company of your bilingual guide. The visit will take you through some of the most prestigious vineyards and show you some of the ‘grand crus’. Then you will arrive in the Pomerol family château for a visit of its vaults and a unique tasting of wine direct from the barrel and a finished wine (fruit juice for children). The visit ends in the gardens of the Cordeliers Cloister with a glass of Crémant sparkling wine.
Prices : Free for children under 3 years - €30/person for children between 3 and 18 years-€35 for adults


Tuk-tuk visit to the town and cellars (1H30): Electric tuk-tuk visit of the nicest spots of the village of Saint-émilion followed by a descent 20 metres underground into the 3km of Cordeliers tunnels where your guide will explain the traditional method to you. The visit ends with a chance to taste 3 different “Crémant” sparkling wines and one of the famous Saint-émilion macarons (fruit juice for children).
Prices: Free for children under 3 years - €20/person for children between 3 and 18 years-€25 for adults