Burgundy Wine Tours
The Côte de Beaune is the southern half of the escarpment of the Côte d'Or, named after Beaune, Burgundy’s captivating wine capital. The greatest white wines (Chardonnay) can be found here in such famed villages as Meursault, Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet (known as the golden triangle) and some very fine reds (Pinot Noir) from Pommard, Volnay or Santenay amongst other notable villages. Visit winemakers’ cellars for in depth private tasting experiences, soak up the ambiance and learn to appreciate colours, aromas and flavours, marvel at the beautiful vineyard landscape and atmospheric old villages and relax over a delicious three course lunch (on the terrace if fine).
The Côte de Nuits, named for the village of Nuits St Georges, is located in the northern part of the Côte d'Or, a limestone ridge that is at the heart of the Burgundy wine region. Justly famed for its red wines from the pinot noir grape, you can enjoy in depth tastings from village to grand cru wines on our private cellar visits to some exceptional and ancient cellars in such legendary wine villages as Vosne Romanee, Morey St Denis, Vougeot, Gevrey Chambertin & Nuits St Georges amongst others. Take in stunning views on our leisurely drive through famous vineyards and villages, stopping at the site of the legendary Romanée Conti vineyards (producing the most expensive wine in the world) and the extraordinary Château de Clos Vougeot built by Cistercian monks before the french revolution. Relax at midday over an unforgettable three course lunch in a local wine village.
To the immediate south of the grand white wine vineyards of the Côte de Beaune lies the Côte Chalonnaise, named after the town of Châlon-sur-Saône. Less frequently visited of the three ‘Côte’ - our tour in Côte Chalonnaise is truly off the beaten path. Take this rare opportunity to walk with the winemaker in the vineyards in stunning scenery, learn about winemaking in his cuverie and taste some pinots and chardonnays at our private tasting appointment. During this tour you’ll travel to the lesser-known villages of Montagny, Givry, Mercurey or Rully, visiting delightful small, family run domaines producing excellent quality value for money wines (regional, village and premier crus). Lunch can be enjoyed at a small restaurant amongst the locals sampling traditional Burgundian cuisine or in a wine village restaurant serving more modern french cuisine with some Burgundian specialities.
The charming and historic medieval town of Beaune is Burgundy’s wine capital and is the focus of this gourmet wine tour! We begin with a privately guided visit to the famous and fascinating 15C Hospices de Beaune (important in Burgundy’s wine history) where you will marvel at the beautifully restored coloured tiled rooves, soaking up its fascinating history with our learned guide and being whisked past the queues at the entrance! Before our three course gourmet lunch at a notable 1* Michelin restaurant in the heart of Beaune, there’s a visit to the oldest cellars in Beaune for a candlelit wine tasting where you can taste from village to grand cru wines and sample some wine from the Hospices de Beaune. We end the day with a further private tasting at another fine cellar in Beaune.
Our tour begins in Côte de Nuits, north of Beaune, with an early visit to the site of the legendary Romanée Conti vineyard (producing the most expensive wine in the world). Here, explanations from your guide of the history, classification system in Burgundy and work in the vineyards and cellars precede your first tasting of the day in Nuits St Georges, with a tour followed by wine tasting (pinot noir and chardonnay) from both barrel and bottle - from regional to grand cru in these very old cellars. A delicious lunch is at a small wine village restaurant close by. After lunch, a scenic drive into the upper slopes with its magnificent views, en route to a family owned wine domaine producing some of the best sparkling wines of Burgundy, the ‘Cremant de Bourgogne’ and Burgundy’s answer to Champagne.