This one-day tour takes you down the « Champs Elysées » of the Burgundy vineyards and is the perfect introduction to the region and its wines. This wine tour is centred around Beaune, the region’s wine capital and we'll take you to both the Côte de Nuits, world-famous for its exquisite reds made from the notoriously fickle pinot noir grape variety and to the vineyards just south of Beaune, known as the Côte de Beaune, where, with the exception of a few villages such as Pommard and Volnay, the Chardonnay dominates. In fact, the scenic road you will be travelling along is known as the “road of the Grand Crus” and it is a who’s who of some of the most famous wine-producing villages in the world. We will also take you off the beaten-track to vineyards that lie just beyond the great Grand Cru vineyards and where Burgundy wine lovers may still find superb wines at really affordable prices!
Lunch is a typically Burgundian affair in a local bistro or inn where you will be able to indulge in some of the culinary specialities that lend the region its gastronomic renown. Why not try Burgundian snails, a beef bourguignon or even an “oeufs en meurette” which is an egg poached in a red wine sauce and served with diced bacon. And for cheese lovers there’s some local gems such as the delicious cows’ milk Epoisses or Citeaux. And of course, all of these delicious local specialities can be washed down with a glass or two of the region’s beautiful wines.
During your day with us you will also learn about the history of the region, from the essential role played by the medieval religious orders to the Great Dukes of Burgundy whose power and influence contributed to making Burgundy a household name for both its great red and white wines. Very important here is the notion of « terroir » which lies at the root of the system of classifying the different wines. Through the different tastings and meeting the wine-growers themselves, you will also discover the knowledge, dedication, and passion that is required to produce world-class wines here in Burgundy. Furthermore, you will be introduced to the fascinating (and often confusing!) subject of organic and biodynamic wine making so that you will better understand the philosophy, viticultural techniques and the different terminology surrounding these environmentally-friendly wines.
And of course, we will assist in organising the shipping of your favourite wines from the vineyard to your doorstep.
What some of our former guests say :
John & Majory. Scotland -The experience is personally tailored to your level of knowledge. We would highly recommend this. Nicholas is a great guy, great guide with extensive knowledge and will create a memorable day.
Steven. USA - Our group had a wonderful, special day with Nicholas. We learned so much about the region, local history and, of course, wine! We loved Nicholas’ interesting conversation as we drove through numerous beautiful towns and sampled delicious wines. We also enjoyed a lovely lunch. We would enthusiastically recommend this tour!
Jon. USA - Let me just say that, if visiting the region, you would be making a mistake if you did not take advantage of the opportunity to tour the area with Nicholas. I had some experiences that I could not have had otherwise. He has an easy way about him, very approachable and open to questions. He is very knowledgable about the area, its history and its wines, and is both willing and able to impart his knowledge to his guests. The quality of the tour offers an excellent value for the price. You will not regret it.
Russ & Andrea. USA - Highly recommend. Nick was early to pick us up, patient with our questions and fully knowledgeable on the region. Tailored the day to our desires and knowledge level. Fantastic lunch spot. Handled wine shipments with ease. Great communication prior to our arrival. Exceeded our expectations.
Kyle. Australia - Nicholas was very friendly and very knowledgeable about wines. He has a very unique tour that you can not get anywhere else. We felt very special and welcomed at every stop along the way.
Pick up from Beaune, local accommodation or Dijon train station
Enjoy a stunning drive through the timeless wine-producing villages of the Côte de Nuits with household names such as Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits Saint George, and of course a stop in the vineyards around the sleepy village of Vosne-Romanée to pay our respects to a vineyard that produces one of the world’s most prized red wines, the Romanée-Conti.
We will stop in one of the villages to visit a local producer where you will taste and learn about the great red wines that have made the fame (and fortune!) of this part of Burgundy. You will also have the opportunity to visit one of the high spots of Côte de Nuits, the 12th-century former monastic winery of Clos de Vougeot where you will learn about the essential role played by the learned monks in developing and improving wine-making techniques. Discover the unspoilt countryside of the Hautes Côtes de Nuits which lies just beyond the "Golden Slopes" and the Grands Crus vineyards. It's here that you will be introduced to some of the regional Burgundy wines that still represent excellent value money in a region which is known for producing some of the most expensive wines in the world!
Lunch is a typically Burgundian affair where you will be able to indulge in some of the culinary specialities that lend the region its gastronomic renown. Why not try Burgundian snails, a beef bourguignon or even an “oeufs en meurette” which is an egg poached in a red wine sauce and served with diced bacon. And for cheese lovers there’s some local gems such as the delicious cows’ milk Epoisses or Citeaux. And of course, all of these delicious local specialities can be washed down with a glass or two of the region’s beautiful wines.
The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the vineyards south of Beaune, the hallowed Côte de Beaune where a visit to a local winemaker will enable you to better understand and appreciate the region’s world class white wines as the villages here read like a who’s who of some of the world’s most exclusive white wines ; Meursault, Puligny and Chassagne-Montrachet. And for lover’s of red wines, please do not despair as there are also some stunning pinot noirs produced in the villages of Volnay and Pommard, not forgetting the rarer reds from Chassagne or even Meursault!
Your drive through the Côte de Beaune will also take you off the-beaten-track so that you can admire some of the very pretty but lesser-known wine-making villages such as Saint Romain, Auxey-Duress and Montelie. These villages produce both red and white wines and very often their vineyards are adjacent to the vineyards boasting household names just a short distance down the slopes. Therefore their vines may enjoy similar conditions to their better known brethren and yet you do not have to take out a second home loan to buy a case of their wines!
Drop off in Beaune, local accommodation or Dijon train station
My name is Nicholas Borland and I'm originally from the UK. My professional experience in wine and tourism has been long and varied and has included, amongst others, working as a wine buyer and sommelier for boutique hotels, putting together wine lists for restaurants, a specialised wine tour guide for luxury hotel barges, a « wine hunter » for Scandinavian importers as well as organising and conducting wine-tastings to Wine Societies in the UK, Germany and Holland.I have also completed my WSET Level 3 and and obtained a certificate in Advanced Tasting Techniques from the Wine University in Suze-la-Rousse". I love sharing my knowledge of wine and spirits with people interested in the topics. I have a passion for how wine is made, from the methods used to the history of the grapes. If you would like to learn more about wine, join me in my Facebook group by signing up below to using the form. I talk about wines, answer all the questions you may have about it growing techniques, history, and even organise webinars for the group members where I talk about wine in a bit more detail. Hope to welcome you there soon!BOOK YOUR TOUR WITH NICK