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This a great way to get real good info and access to wineries. And of course to taste wines. The guide was excellent- very knowledgeable, humorous, and a good commuicator (a Frenchman who spoke perfect English). If you’re visiting the area I recommend doing this tour!
Memorable tour! Would definitely do it again! And huge huge call out to our guide Thomas who made this tour totally worth it.
Very enjoyable day, outside of Dijon. Learned a lot about Burgundy wines.
Excellent tour! It started with our guide Stephen who was very knowledgeable about the region, the wineries and the wines. The fact that we were a small group of 8 people was, in my opinion, also a plus. I have to reservations about recommending this tour to anyone who wants to learn about the Bourgogne don't call it Burgundy region, it's history and it's very good wines.
Thank you Jeremy for sharing your Wine wisdom with us! A very enjoyable day !! Would highly recommend.
We got to try many great wines and had a decent amount of free time in Beaune to get lunch and explore the town. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The small size made it easy to get to know our other tour-goers. I would recommend this tour!
It was great fun. Emmanuel very efficiently managed our two wine tastings and the tours around the vineyards. He was very knowledgeable and able to clearly explain aspects of growing grapes and assessing wines. I now understand what a French wine label conveys about the origin and quality of the wine. I also now understand more about the importance and complexity of the acidity, tannin and overall impression. The look, the smell and the taste are all parts of the experience. Definitely recommend to other travellers
This tour was amazing!
Yesterday's wine tour was exceptional. Our guide, Valentine, is a young man who is clearly passionate and very knowledgeable about both wine growing and and production. He worked in the fields and production lines of two local wineries while in college, fell in love with wine making and became a sommelier. He's working as a tour guide to further his dream of having his own winery.
We started the tour by driving south from Dijon through miles of vineyards, learning about the history of wine making in the region and that only two varieties of grape, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are allowed in the Burgundy appellation others can be grown but can't use the appellation. We also learned about the difference between the village wines grown on the flat lands surrounding each village and the grande and premier CRU wines grown on progressively more steep hillsides steeper/higher is better. The land is finely divided into plots based on the soil and micro-climate. The individual terroirs were originally identified by the monks who first grew grapes in the region. Each plot can be owned by several wineries, each with two or more rows than they care for and harvest based on their own wine making philosophy. Each winery makes it own wine from the rows it owns wines from different plots are never mixed.
We stopped for our first tasting of two white wines and three reds at Domaine Molliard-Grivot, near the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. At this stop it became apparent that Valentine is well known and trusted by the wine makers because he was the one who conducted the tour through the production area and the cellars. He then gave a lesson on how to read the label, which because multiple wineries make their wine from vines grown in the same plot, is both essential and complicated. He also demonstrated the proper procedure for tasting a wine. The wines were good but not to our taste.
We then continued on to Beaune for lunch. Beaune is were the wine negociant business in Burgundy began. After a quick lunch, we took the opportunity to tour Hôtel-Dieu, a 14th century hospice where the sick and elderly were cared for at no charge. As a way to buy passage to heaven the prosperous wine makers and merchants donated money or a couple of rows in their plots to the hospice. The hospice now owns a prestigious wine estate of 60 hectares of the best appellations of Burgundy. Each year it holds a famous auction where it sells barrels of its wine to support its ongoing healthcare and charity work.
After lunch we headed back toward Dijon, stopping for our second tasting of two white wines and four reds. This winery, Maison Bouchard Aîné et File, was founded in 1750 and remains in the same family. Their cellar was amazing and their wines delicious although of course, the grand CRU ones we liked are very expensive.
After the tasting we stopped for a look at the most valuable priceless vineyards in the Burgundy region. In all, this was the best, most informative wine tour we've ever had, both because of the knowledge and passion of our guide and the outstanding quality of the wines we tasted.
This was the highlight of our two week trip in France. Stéphane was extremely knowledgeable, kind, accommodating, and passionate. We learned so much about Burgundy wines, how to smell and taste the many great wines of this area. Highly recommended.
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