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This was AMAZING! It was our favorite part of our trip! We had a little glitch and our original booking wasn't able to work due to not enough booking for the day we wanted to go. Thankfully we had other free days during our stay in Paris and were able to make it work out. Luis was the absolute best! We were running a little late to get to the pick up but Luis but he patiently waited for us. We were in a small group with just one other couple so the van was quite comfortable. We made it out to Chablis and had a wonderful time. Luis bought us all these wonderful cheese pastries to make sure we were nice and full for the wine that came ahead of us. Then we went out into a vineyard to take in the sights and learn history. Next we started our day of wine tasting! We went and explore incredibly old wine caves for the 9th century and tasted several different Chablis wines. Then we made our way out to a different village where we got to quietly see it and taste at Clos de Roi which is a local producer, which happened to also be the wine makers home. First we tasted wine straight from the barrel. Then the wine maker made us a lovely lunch of cheeses, breads, and jam to eat while enjoying our tasting the finished wines all over again. Being able to see and taste the difference was so much fun! Our final stop was in Irancy where we met the most eccentric wine maker of them all! The wines were amazing, and his space was so interesting! Our final stop was at a beautiful vista where we enjoyed a bottle of wine for the group while taking in the views. Overall we LOVED our time with Luis, he is very knowledgeable, yet humble and showed us the best time. If we are ever in France again we will certainly go on one of his wine tours again! If you are thinking about doing it, you definitely should!
While in Paris, we took four tours and this was our favorite! Luiz was friendly, accommodating and informative. This tour is a can't miss! The Burgundy region is beautiful and the hamlets vey quaint. You will be fascinated by the history of wine making in France. Luiz took us to three small villages/wineries, and we had lunch in a beautiful old restaurant/winery.Lunch was delicious! The wine cave is unbelievable and the owner told us the winery has been in his family for centuries!
This was a great tour. Luis is the perfect tour guide. Learned a lot about the entire process of making wine from the fabulous region, as well as some history of each of the villages visited. The three wineries visited, provided a wonderful selection of wines to taste. The break for lunch was in a nice winery overlooking a beautiful old church.
This was the trip of a lifetime! Our driver, Luiz, was a wine enthusiast, and his passion showed.
After a 2-hour van ride, we arrived in Chablis--a quaint area free from the hustle and bustle of Paris. Our first tour/tasting was at William Favre. Following that, Luiz surprised us with a drive to a picturesque hilltop, and a bottle of wine to share amongst the tour group.
We then ate lunch and had another tasting in a wine-maker's home. Our third and final tasting was below ground, in a wine cellar built by the Knights Templar.
Opportunities for wine purchases at every stop.
From start to finish, this tour was nothing short of amazing!
We would highly recommend this to tour to anyone who loves wine or is interested in learning about Chablis and North burgundy. We first visited the cute village of Chablis where Luiz bought us delicious cheese croissants and coffee. We then had three separate wine tastings at different wineries in different small villages. Each were unique in their own way and had delicious wine. The tour really gives you a feel for the French countryside and is a nice diversion from Paris. We will definitely contact Luiz the next time we visit Paris. We would love to go on another one of his tours.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Chablis/Burgundy Tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. The morning started with a drive to the Chablis region where we stopped for a drink and a pastry that was unique to the region. From there he took us to the vineyards and to 3 different wineries. There was even a lunch included. Overall I highly recommend this tour and our guide was perfect.
The abridged review:
This is the best tour experience I've ever had, hands down. If you enjoy wine, you'll drink a lot of it. If you appreciate learning about it, and seeing a more behind the scenes experience, this is for you.
The full story:
Luiz picked us up right on time at the meeting spot, and was immediately very friendly and accommodating. He gave us a bit of a rundown of what to expect for the day, and then we were off to Bourgogne. It was my wife and I, and one other couple, so if you're into small, personal groups, this will suit you well. He could have fit 3 more people in his van, so I suppose you could see as many as 7 tour guests on a given day. With 2 couples, it was an extremely comfortable ride. In fact, I think most of us took a bit of a nap at some point in the trip from Paris and returning back to Paris.
After about a 2 hour ride out of Paris to the French countryside, we arrived at our first stop, which was one of the vineyards that produces the Chardonnay grapes for some of the Chablis Grand Cru highest quality wines. There, Luiz explained some of the reasons that certain places produce superior grapes than others. After this brief stop, we drove a short way to the beautiful little town of Chablis, France. We made a brief stop in a cafe to use the toilet, and grab a coffee, and then walked with Luiz to a small bakery. We went inside where he bought us each a cheese filled croissant like roll, called gougeres. These delicious rolls of happiness, he explained, are something that are specific to the region, and sadly, are difficult to find outside of Burgundy. My hunger is typically not satiated by just a single baked good in the morning, but these were quite dense and filling, in addition to being amazing. A perfect base for what would turn out to be LOTS of wine!
While we ate, we walked and talked about the history of the town, and pointed out some buildings that were architecturally unique and interesting. After a short walk, we arrived at the tasting room for the William Fevre Vineyard, which is renowned for their fantastic Chablis Chardonnay wines. We tasted about 6 different Chablis in ascending order of relative quality, though Luiz was quick to remind us that there is nothing wrong with not finding the best quality to be your personal preference. It was an interesting change from most wine tastings I've done, where the wines were of several different varieties. We also watched a short video showing the process of harvesting the grapes and producing the wine, as well as seeing some examples of the soil found in the region. Once some bottles of wine were purchased, we were off to our next stop, Irancy.
Prior to entering town, Luiz stopped at a vineyard that overlooked the town of Irancy. The harvest had recently been completed, but there were still some bunches of grapes on the vines, which we tasted. It was interesting seeing the difference between wine grapes, and the grapes that are typical in a US grocery store! While there, Luiz educated us on the history of Irancy wine, and informed us that we had the opportunity to make an extra stop, which isn't always possible. It was to a small family run winery, owned by a Viscount with a ton of character. Even though he didn't speak English, and my French is very poor, we had a fantastic time visiting and chatting with the help of Luiz to translate. While there, we were able to see the grapes in the fermentation tank, and taste a ton of wines, some as old as 2007 vintage. We bought several bottles of wine here, which they pulled from the wine cellar, and hand labeled for us. We were also provided a personally written receipts, and notes, which added to the authenticity and genuineness of the experience.
Our next stop was another family owned winery, that provided our group with a lunch of a delicious variety of meats and cheeses, which were all produced by local farmers, as well as fresh baked bread and a very tasty salad. Of course, lunch was also paired with several more fantastic wines. Our final stop was to yet another small family run business, where we had the chance to walk through their wine cave, which was over 1000 years old, as well as taste and buy! more amazing wines.
All in all, the experience Luiz provided us was an incredibly genuine and authentic one. He clearly has developed close personal relationships with the families who run these places, which yields his guests with a level of hospitality that I can't describe. We were able to have hands on experiences with the wine production that would never be allowed in the United States, or would be a more manufactured experience versus being authentic. Book it now!
This tour was our favorite thing that we did in Paris. Luis was an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable about wine and friendly. We really enjoyed that this was a small group only us and 1 other couple. The winery's we visited were amazing! I cannot say enough good things about this tour. I really want to go back to Paris just so I can do this again. Whenever I have friends visiting Paris I will definitely recommend that they take this tour. I researched a lot of tours before choosing this one. Save yourself the time and book this one, you won't be disappointed!