We booked the half day tour and had the tour of a lifetime. There were only three of us on the tour and Steve took the time to understand our wine knowledge and what we wanted from the tour – very impressive. Steve is passionate about wine and it showed and we had a wonderful time. Our tour included the Pierre Andre tasting and there lads there were lovely. This is one of the best tours you will take in Europe. Thanks Steve.
When we say ‘necessary investment,’ we mean it both financially and experientially to get access to the heart of Burgundy wine making. Let’s get the money part out of the way, wine tours cost money and in traditional wine regions such as Burgundy, they are a bit costly –HOWEVER – France unlike the USA is not used to inviting the average wine taster into the vineyard for a tasting. This is a generations old business which has rife with wealth, privilege and tradition where distributors and retailers served as the gateway to great French wines. This is changing slowly, but a guide is your best route to gaining access to Burgundy or any wine region in France. Just remember, just because you are going to the source for many of these wines, they are not inexpensive – though still less expensive than any retail shop you will find locally and far cheaper than you can find outside the country.
Beyond the money, Burgundy is a very diverse region. Stephan (or Steven for those of us from the USA) was tremendously capable and talented at connecting the wine to the individual terrior – weather, soil, practices, and essence of the region for each appellation. He was able to guide a number of tastings at the wineries, give insights, and recommendations based on what our preferences were as the tastings evolved.
NET: Allocate the budget for a wine tour, do research on the region and come up with great questions, and bring additional budget as well as cases to bring some wine home – most places do NOT ship. Another side note would be to go off season if you want a more private experience, summer and harvest are peak times and you could expect a crowd if you go on a tour then. ENJOY the wine, ask for Stephan, and immerse yourself in this great part of the world.
We did the tour of Chareauneuf and Burgundy canal in the morning and then lunch at the gorgeous Abbaye de Bussiere which was stunning. Stephen was our guide and nothing was too much trouble. In the afternoon we had a superb tasting and then a visit to the monastery close to the vineyards. An extremely enjoyable day and we would all recommend this to anyone. Excellent.
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