This 1-day Chablis wine tour will introduce you to one of the world’s most famous white wines, as well the nearby but lesser-known wine-growing districts of the Auxerrois. Formerly France's largest wine-growing district, traditions are still very strong here in the Yonne department of northern Burgundy and it's in the coolness of ancient wine cellars that you will taste and learn about the excellent wines produced here. And red wine lovers do not despair, since the sleepy villages of Irancy, Coulanges la Vineuse, Epineuil and the nearby slopes of Auxerre are gaining a great reputation for the quality of their superb value-for-money pinot noirs!
Our 1-day Chablis wine tour is the perfect introduction to northern Burgundy and its wines. The history of wine-growing here goes back to the Gallo-Romain period, the vestiges of which is found in the name of a rare local grape variety, the Cesar, as well as in the wine-harvest scenes and vines sculpted in the bas-reliefs discovered during archaeological digs.
During your trip with us you will learn, amongst many other things, all about the history of winemaking in the Chablis,and especially the essential role played by the Cistercian monks from the nearby Abbey of Pontigny in developing the vineyards and improving viticultural techniques. Further more you will be introduced to the different “terroirs” that produce the diversity of styles of wines so that you gain a better understanding of the influence of of soil composition in the development of aromas and style of wine. It will also be your opportunity to gain insights into vineyard techniques such as canopy management and pruning as well as the fascinating subject of organic, biodynamic and natural wine-making techniques which are gaining favour with producers and consumers alike.
During the course of the day with us, your trip will also be a cultural experience as you will learn about the rich history of one France's most fascinating regions. And time permitting, a stop in the stunning village of Noyers-sur-Serein will transport you back to the glory of medieval Burgundy and the great Dukes!
You will discover a truly authentic, unspoiled wine-growing region; beautiful landscapes and timeless villages, fashioned by the hands of generations of wine-growers passionate about their work and concerned with maintaining and passing on their age-old knowledge.
And of course, we will assist in organising the shipping of your favourite wines from the vineyard to your doorstep.
Former guests' comments on our 1 day Chablis wine tour
Vladimir (Canada) We need to thank Nick for organizing the day. We stayed in Beaune and he explained in details how to best organize the tour. We took a train early AM and he met us at the train station. He's been in the business for some time and it shows. Nick organised the route in a such a way that we saw and tasted wines from different areas in Chablis and around. Along with a range of different chardonnays (oaked, unoaked, bio, no-sulfates....) we also encountered, to our surprise Sauvignon blanc and non-pinot noir reds. At the end of the tour we had a very good understanding of what is produced in Chablis area. Thank you, Nick!
Peter & Susan (USA) Nick took us on an insightful and exciting full day tour of the Chablis wine region. We were unfamiliar with the region and left the tour up to Nick's discretion and he did not disappoint. We started the day touring through the countryside and various vineyard plots while learning about terroir and the two grape varietals of the region. Nick was very familiar with the wineries that we visited and was able to get us some behind the scenes tours and got us to taste some Grand Cru wines. Nick was able to make this a very special and personal experience as opposed to most wine tours we've gone on. Nick did a great job of making our trip very entertaining and insightful. The time really flew by and we were not ready for the day to be over since we felt like there was so much more we could learn. We learned so much about the region, French history, and wine history making us appreciate all the work that goes in to making these wines. We had great day, tasting great wines, with great conversation, with a great guy. Can't wait to do it again!
Fiona (Adelaide, Australia) Nick’s experience living in France and the area was invaluable. He was an expert not only at navigating the snowy roads, but also on some stunning lesser known and small producer wines, the regional food scene and some local characters. And combining his knowledge with good humour was the icing on the cake. Would highly recommend his private tour
Heidi (USA) If you are a wine enthusiast I highly recommend Grapes & Corks' Chablis wine tour. It was one of the most wonderful times we had during our visit to France. We had the pleasure of spending the day with Nick, our charming wine guide! He chauffeured us about the stunning French countryside through sprawling valleys of vineyards and winding roads through quiet little towns in the Chablis wine region. We met with many delightful characters as we toured the various winemaker’s cellars, including one that looked like a dungeon in the middle ages complete with “moldy” walls and rows and rows of old aged barrels. I can’t say enough good things about Nick who is so kind and generous a person. He is very knowledgeable about the wine and also about the general history of the area. It was all so fascinating and I was very sad when it was time to part ways and head back to the train station. I would have happily stayed in the country for our entire trip! It was so beautiful! Thanks again Nick, for showing us such a good time!
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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