adventures in wine
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Day 1 - Sunday, April 26, 2020:
2-5pm: Find your way to Beaune* (see TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS below) where we will pick you up at the train station and transport you to La Terre D’Or, our charming B&B. Take time to settle in your room. We’ll meet as a group to visit the on-premise wine cave. We will have time to discuss the geography of Burgundy, its wines and their hierarchy - and taste wines of the region too! We’ll then head to town for a delicious French dinner.
Day 2 - Monday, April 27, 2020:
After a lovely breakfast at La Terre d'Or, we will spend the day exploring the charming town of Beaune, the heart of the wine industry in the Cote d'Or. We will have two spectacular tastings, at Domaine Debray and Joseph Drouhin. We will visit the Hospice de Beaune, the medieval hospital that became the recipient of much donated vineyard land, and is still the site of the famed wine auction each November. You'll have a chance to have lunch on your own in one of the many lovely restaurants in town, and explore shops and cobblestone streets as you'd like. Dinner will be at a top restaurant in the area.
Day 3 - Tuesday, April 28, 2020:
After breakfast at La Terre D’Or, we will depart to explore the Cote de Nuits, where some of the finest Pinot Noirs in the world are produced. We will drive to Gevrey-Chambertin and walk to nearby Grand Cru vineyards. Heading south along the Routes des Grand Crus, we'll visit the medieval Château du Clos de Vougeot that housed the monks of Cîteaux. Their 700 years of experimentation and permanent search for high quality laid many of the foundations for winemaking in Burgundy still in use today. After a stroll to Chambolle-Musigny, where we will enjoy a Clos Vougeot en route, we will enjoy lunch at the lovely Le Chambolle in the center of town. After lunch, a visit the famed vineyards of Romanee Conti, La Tache, Grands Echezeaux. We will explore Vosne Romanee and find Domaine Romanee Conti. Finally, we will have a special tasting of Grand Crus wines at the cellars of Moillard in Nuits-Saint-George. We'll provide a light charcuterie dinner back at La Terre d'Or, though arrangements can be made for anyone who wishes to dine in town.
Day 4 - Wednesday, April 29, 2020:
Today we will explore the Côte de Beaune. After a delicious breakfast at La Terre D’Or, we will depart for Pommard, Volnay and Meursault…the prestigious villages of the Côte de Beaune, supplying you with vineyard maps and explanations of the terroir and the wines in the vineyards. Our first major stop is at Dany Tonnilliere, a top producer of oak barrels. We will learn the art and science of barrel production and taste the influence on the wines of the region. After a delicious lunch in Meursault, we will visit the Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet and enjoy a tour of their 11th century cellars and a tasting of some of the finest wines of the Cote de Beaune. We will head back to Beaune for time to relax or explore the town. Dinner is on your own and we are happy to help with reservations and transportation.
Day 5 - Thursday, April 30, 2020:
This will be a decadent day to remember! After breakfast, we'll explore the Hautes Côtes de Beaune where we will discover the authentic Burgundy and its very charming, scenic, remote and secret villages. On the way we see Château de Rochepot. We have a tasting with Blandine & Francois ROCAULT, the 16 and 17th generation wine makers in the village of Orches. We will take in views from the top of the cliffs and walk in the old village of Saint Romain. We will arrive in Chagny with time to walk around before lunch at the renowned Maison Lameloise, a Michelin 3 star restaurant. And to top it all off, we will learn about the art of blending, and blend our own Pommard wines at Chateau Pommard. If you are hungry later on, we will provide a light dinner of charcuterie and salad at La Terre d'Or.
Day 6 - Friday, May 1, 2020 - May Day:
This is a national holiday in France, and so many shops will be closed for the day. One option for the day is to explore the South, and head to Pouilly Fuisse, with its sun trapped slopes that make such mouth filling white wines. After a tasting at a top producer, we could visit Cluny and the village of Brancion on the way back to Beaune. Another option we are exploring, is heading North to Chablis, touring the vineyards and visiting top producers. Lunch will be provided and dinner will be provided by a chef at La Terre d'Or.
Day 7 - Saturday, May 2, 2020:
We will have the opportunity to explore the famed Beaune market this morning and have time to explore the town before our departure the next day. Perhaps there is something you will find to bring home with you. We will taste cheese at the famed cheese monger, Alain Hess before heading to Aloxe-Corton. We'll visit the producer Comte Senard for a vineyard and cellar tour, and lunch paired with 6 Grand Cru wines! Your afternoon will be free an we will meet for a special farewell dinner at Jardin des remparts, a one star Michelin restaurant.
Day 8 - Sunday, May 3, 3030:
After breakfast at La Terre d’Or, we will say our goodbyes and depart. Transportation will be provided to the train station.
Jessica Sculley, DipWSET, WSET Certified Educator - Jessica loves to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of wine with anyone who is willing to listen - from people who can’t distinguish a red from a white to seasoned wine professionals. She holds the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Diploma and is a Certified Educator for the WSET, as well as a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators. She teaches and consults throughout the Boston area, and offers wine tours throughout the year.
Vincent’s parents Jean-Louis and Christine started this charming B&B in 1999 in the family home. Now Vincent runs the best B&B in Beaune, along with Fabrizio who joined four years ago. They are all founts of local knowledge. They will be our hosts not only at La Terre d’Or but will be our guides as we explore Burgundy, its wines, cultural attractions and restaurants. For more information about them visit their webpage here.
* TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS:
There are several ways you may choose to arrive in Beaune. Perhaps the easiest is to fly into Paris, and from there take the train (you will need to make a connection in Dijon) to the Beaune train station. We will pick you up there.
You are also welcome to have your own car, and drive if you prefer. There is space at La Terre d'Or for parking. All transportation will be provided to you during our trip, unless you wish to make extra excursions.
You may also decide to fly into either Dijon or Geneva and travel by car or train from there.