BURGUNDY WINE TOUR DISCOVERY (9 DAY- 8 NIGHT)

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Burgundy Discovery Wine Tour

For nearly two thousand years the great vineyards of Burgundy have enhanced the prestige of the Côte-d'Or. Chateaux, churches and cloisters are lining the “Champs-Élysées” of renowned wines. Your trip in the North of France will also lead you through picturesque villages, wine and hiking trails.

 

Art of Living, Collection

11 Day - 10 Night

From $1758.40 per person Twin share

Day 1 Dijon - Beaune

Pick Up of your car hire

Inclusive: insurances (CDW, THF, LAF) unlimited km.

Optional to be paid locally: Additional driver, young driver extra charge - 25 years, GPS, One way.

Overnight stay in an authentic guesthouse run by local wine growers

 

Day 2 Meursault - Beaune - Nuits-Saint-Georges

Suggestion: Guided Visit and Wine Tasting at the Chateau de Meursault

The Chateau de Meursault opens its gates for strolls through its beautiful park and tastings of grand crus produced on its vineyards by the monks since the 12th century.

You will enjoy a guided visit through the cellars followed by a sampling of Grands Terroirs (tasting of 9 different wines, 5 red and 4 white).

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Suggestion: visit of Beaune and Nuits-Saint-Georges

Beaune is regarded as the wine capital of Burgundy. You can visit the cellars, the Basilica Notre-Dame from the 12th century and its well-preserved cultural treasure, the Hospices de Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu). The former charitable alms-house was founded in 1443 and built in the sumptuous Gothic style of the late Middle-Ages. With its rich selection of paintings, sculptures, tapestry and apothecary gear, it gives you a great insight into the past. The polychrome enamelled tiled terracotta roofs of the courtyard are a true masterpiece.

The Hospices de Beaune own a 61 hectare large wine estate, most of its parcels are situated in vineyards producing appellations of premier cru and exceptional grand crus. Since 1794, the 41 prestige vintage wines are sold by auction under the name “Vente des hospices de Beaune”.

For 500 years the entire profit has solely served charitable purposes for the financing of hospitals, medical research and care of the elderly. Not to be missed, near Beaune, in the commune of Vauchignon, the “Cirque du Bout du monde” (cirqcus of the End of the world) offers a natural site of stunning beauty. In thousands of years, the river Cozanne has dug rocky slopes into the lime rocks, an impressing water fall gushes from one of the rocks.

On your way back you might want to stop for a bite and a taste wine in the historic town of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Vestiges of an ancient settlement give evidence of a Gallo-Roman occupation. Its most famous appellation wine is the Nuits-Saint-Georges of the same name.

Overnight stay in an authentic guesthouse run by local wine growers

 

Day 3 Dijon - Nuits-Saint-Georges - Beaune

Suggestion: Half-day Tour: discover the beautiful Town of Beaune and its Wineries

Departure from Dijon to Beaune by car.

 

Duration: 5 hours.

Suggestion: Visit of a Blackcurrant Distillery and Tasting

Although Burgundy is usually associated with its famous wines, it also conceals quite a few other delicacies, such as fine blackcurrant liquors. Jean-Michel will be very happy to welcome you in his distillery, situated in Nuits-Saint-Georges (near Dijon). In a playful and interactive manner, he will introduce you to the secrets of blackcurrant liquor manufacturing.

A feast for the senses: first you will watch him do, then you can start mixing, smelling and tasting! During the guided tour through the distillery, you will learn about the production techniques of the renowned crème de cassis, mixed with white wine, one of the Frances most popular aperitif drinks, known under the name of Kir.

To finish your visit in style, you will sample a choice of various different fruit creams, liquors and syrups.

Duration: around 2 hours.

Overnight stay in an authentic guesthouse run by local wine growers

 

Day 4 Beaune - Vougeot - Saint-Nicolas-lès-Cîteaux

Suggestion: Wine Tasting Class

Valeria is an oenologist and organises wine tasting classes teaching your how to appreciate grands crus.

In the warm atmosphere of a wine bar in Beaune, your oenology teacher will prepare a selection of wines from Burgundy and other regions. In her workshops, she proposes the following themes:

-Introduction with methodical approach. Tasting experience and pleasure, is the wine balanced (acidity, bitterness, tannins), Identification exercises (look, smell, taste), rounded off with a tasting of three grands crus, paired with a plate of fine cheeses and cold cuts.

-Evaluation of the aromas. Introduction to the perception of natural aromas in order to develop your olfaction and gustatory senses and learn how to put words on what you feel. In a playful way you will assign memories, images and vocabulary to the wine. Your workshop will end in style with a tasting of four grands crus (wine from Burgundy and other regions), accompanied by a plate of fine cheeses and cold cuts.

-Detect a wine fault. Introduction to the particularities and qualities of a wine. In order to distinguish a good wine from a bad one, you must learn how to detect the faults. On the basis of a comparison between a labelled great vintage wine and three modified wines, you will learn how to detect the major faults in oenology. At the end of your course, you will taste three grands crus, paired with a plate of fine cheeses and cold cuts.

Duration: around 2 hours.

Suggestion: Exploration of Vougeot (2km), Vosne-Romanée (4km) and Saint-Nicolas-lès-Cîteaux (11km)

Within a distance of only two kilometres, you can easily reach the Château du Clos de Vougeot (designed historical monument). As early as in the 12th century, the monks of the Cîteaux Abbey built a cooperage and a cellar with attached bedrooms, in the 16th century the mansion was added and erected in the style of the Renaissance.

The present owner, the “Confrérie des chevaliers du tastevin” (Fraternity of Knights of the Wine-Tasting Cup) receive their members (renowned winegrowers and celebrities) in a splendid setting to celebrate table and wine culture.

You will then continue in the direction of the wine-growing commune of Vosne-Romanée along the Route des Grands Crus and the renowned vineyards of the Côte de Nuits, producing world-famous wines such as the appellations Vosne-Romanée, La-Grande-Rue, La-Tâche, Richebourg, La-Romanée, Romanée-Saint-Vivant. Among these vintages, the selected Burgundy wine Romanée-Conti (the rarest, most expensive and – usually - best wine of the world), made of the grape variety Pinot Noir, of which only 6000 bottles per year come onto the market.

You may want to round off your excursion with a visit of the Cîteaux Abbey in Saint-Nicolas-lès-Cîteaux, the cradle of the Cistercian Order, built 1098 in the Gothic style. The residents, a community of 35 monks, still obey the strict rules of asceticism, respect of liturgy, solitude and work; furthermore they produce a delicious organic cheese!

A spiritual and cultural round tour offers an insight into the life of the monastery and the tradition of the Cistercians. It will lead you through the library, the cloister of the scribes, as well as to an exhibition showing the developing and the management of the territory by the monks over the centuries.

Overnight stay in an authentic guesthouse run by local wine growers

 

Day 5 Dijon - Cluny

Suggestion: Exclusive Wine Tasting Tour

Your guide Nicholas is a wine expert, will guide you through various renowned domains such as Marsannay la Côte, Fixin and Gevrey Chambertin where he will let you in on the specific wine production methods of each vineyard.

To end your tour in style, you will be served a tasting of home-grown grand cru (Burgundy and Pinot Noir) paired with cheese and chocolate.

After the tasting, Nicholas will take you for a walk through the winery.

Soak up the lush green scenery!

Duration: 3 hours.

 

Suggestion: Free Visit of Dijon and the villages lining the “Route des Grands Crus”

Take a stroll through the well-preserved historic centre of Dijon and immerse yourself in the town’s medieval past. Wander along the picturesque alleys lined by neat fairy-tale half-timbered houses, as well as impressive townhouses, and do not forget to make a detour to the Cathedral Saint-Bénigne, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

A veritable treasure chamber is the estate of the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy assembling several remarkably well-preserved historical buildings from the 14th, 15th and 17th century. The Tour Philippe du bon is a former watch out overlooking the whole city, dare a climb and enjoy the view! The palace also houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts, one of the most exceptional museums in France.

You may want to get a bite and a taste of wine in one of the many pretty villages lining the most prestigious vineyards alongside the Route des Grands Crus, among them Couchey, Brochon, Gevrey-Chambertin or Chambolle-Musigny…

Overnight and breakfast in a charming Guesthouse in Cluny

 

Day 6 Pernand Vergelesses - La Truchère - Cluny

Suggestion: Hiking (Le Tour de la Butte de Corton)

Within a twenty-minute distance from your Chateau, you will reach a small and easy loop trail with starting point in Prernand Vergelesses, a beautiful village, producing fruity mellow white wines and red wines with the scent of blueberries.

To discover: red and white vintage wines, the viewpoints overlooking Pernand Vergelesses and the site la Vierge "Sous Frétille" with its splendid panorama of the Côte de Beaune.

Suggestion: Guided boat cruise on the river Saône

During your afternoon you will embark on a boat, to cruise on the beautiful river Saône.  From La Truchère located near Mâcon. You will have a guided tour of the dam, mechanically controlled since 2009. Then you will return via the lock, followed by a navigation of the Seille River, before returning to thel base.

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Overnight and breakfast in a charming Guesthouse in Cluny

 

Day 7 Mâcon - Chasselas - Cluny

Suggestion: discover Mâcon's wine routes

Visit the south Burgundy Mâconnais and Beaujolais wine route that will take you on a voyage of discovery through cellars and vaults where you will have the opportunity to taste our exquisite red and white wines.

Make the most of your day to discover at the foot of the Roche de Solutré and the Roche de Vergisson, Pouilly-Fuissé, the most prestigious vineyard in the Mâcon area.

Stretching over the communes of Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly, Vergisson and Chaintré, this vineyard has achieved international renown. Its wine’s crisp, lively, complex flavour is aged in oak casks, thus acquiring hints of grilled almonds or hazelnut.

Suggestion: Wine Tour in the castle "Château de Chasselas"

The Château de Chasselas, a 12 hectare wine estate located in southern Burgundy, is a veritable architectural treasure built between the 14th and 18th centuries.

The tour lasts around an hour and proceeds as follows: word of welcome in “Le Clos” at the Château entrance and general introduction to the Estate, update on the work currently being carried out in the vineyard.

Then we move on to the Château’s Cour d’Honneur (main courtyard) for a brief overview of the Château’s history. Next is the tour of the vat room and vaulted cellar. This is where the wine is made and aged. Lastly, we will sample wines from the Estate (3 different wines).

Duration: around 1 hour.

Overnight and breakfast in a charming Guesthouse in Cluny

 

Day 8 Cluny

Suggestion: Visit of the Cluny Abbey and Roche du Solutré

We recommend a visit of the Cluny Abbey, one of the most influential religious centres of the middle Ages and once the largest place of worship of Christianity.

You may want to take a side trip to “Roche de Solutré”, a unique geological and biological natural wonder. Impressive prehistoric vestiges were found on this site. The rock is easily accessible.

Overnight and breakfast in a charming Guesthouse in Cluny

 

Day 9 Cluny -Dijon

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