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 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 village of Irancy and its handful of wineries is renowned for its superb 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 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!
During your trip 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 organise the shipping of your favourite wines from the vineyard to your doorstep.
Former guests' comments on our 1 day Chablis wine tour
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 wine tours. 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. It was very cool! We had a delicious charcuterie spread for lunch and had a fun afternoon being “guinea pigs” for an adorable vintner who wanted to practice her English! And of course we tasted some delicious French wine!! (Our new favorite comes from the Irancy region.)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! Maybe we will look you up next time we are in France and we will see how that Guédelon Castle is coming along. Cheers!
*Please refer to our sample itinerary below for more information
MORNING - CHABLIS
PICK UP FROM STATION This morning you will discover the vineyards and town of Chablis. A visit to a local producer where you will learn some of the secrets of producing these world-class Chardonnays with commentated tastings and explanation of their individual wine-making techniques. A drive through the beautiful vineyards to discover the timeless wine-growing villages and landscapes that make up the Chablis wine-growing appellation and a drive to a panoramic viewpoint where so that you get a better understanding of the notion of "terroirs" and the classification of the wines.
Lunch is a typically Burgundian affair and you will be able to enjoy some of the delicious local specialities which may include snails, beef bourguignon, cooked ham in a cream and Chablis wine sauce, along with local cold meats and cheeses. And of course, the meal will be washed down with a glass or two of the region’s beautiful wines.
After lunch we will take time to take a short drive through the countryside to admire the extraordinarily well-preserved medieval village of Noyers-sur-Serein. Then it will be time to explore the unspoilt wine-growing villages of the nearby Auxerrois and especially the little-known wines of sleepy wine growing village of Irancy where a handful of wine-growers produce some great age-worthy red wines from the pinot noir and ancient local varietal, the Cesar.
Close by is the pretty medieval village of Saint Bris where you will be able to visit a local wine-grower renowned for his Saint Bris Sauvignon blanc wines. It is in the cool depths of the beautiful 12th-century cellars that you will be able taste these rare wines along with some the superb local reds and other whites.
Short drive and drop off at the train station in Auxerre.
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 ONLINE