This a great « get-away-from-all » trip which is perfectly adapted to wine connoisseurs and more general vacationers alike. This tour is based in the heart of the bucolic Puisaye region in northern Burgundy which is ideally situated for exploring both the Chablis and Sancerre wine growing districts. In a word, a perfect blend of wine, sightseeing and relaxation in beautiful surroundings.
The accommodation for your stay is a private hamlet located near the traditional Puisaye village of Mézilles only 1h30 from Paris. Here you will be welcomed in an exceptional setting where comfort and charm await you.
The lovely spacious apartments have an « ecological label » and to relax, the heated indoor swimming-pool with balneotherapy, the Finnish sauna, and fitness equipment is at your disposal.
For more information you may wish to visit the hamlet of the Fausse Sauge website http://la-fausse-sauge.fr/?lang=en
Afternoon : Pick up at the train station of Joigny and transfer to the Hamlet of la Fausse Sauge in Mézilles.
Discover the beautiful countryside of the Puisaye region of northern Burgundy. Relax and enjoy the exceptional setting. Evening meal together at a local restaurant. Transport provided.
Morning - Depart 9h30 from la Fausse Sauge
Your wine tour with us will begin with a drive through the beautiful vine-covered slopes of the Sancerre vineyards and a stop at a local winery where you will enjoy your first wine tasting. Here you will learn about the role of Sancerre’s unique “terroirs” which, hand-in-hand with generations of savoir-faire, makes the Sauvignon blanc wines produced in the region a benchmark for the rest of the world.
A lunch stop in a local country inn where you can savour a selection of delicious regional specialities such as « whitebait » from the river Loire or the famous “Salade de Crottin de Chavignol”, a warm goats cheese salad sometimes made with pastry or served on toast, along with finely chopped bacon and fresh salad. And of course, lunch will be washed down with a glass or two of refreshingly crisp Sancerre wine.
The first part of the afternoon will be spent in the very attractive historic town of Sancerre where you will enjoy a visit to a prestigious local winemaker and learn about the history of wine-making in the region and the art of making world-class Sauvignon blanc wines. He will also explain the diversity of the terroir in the surrounding vineyards and you will be able to taste some of the different styles of Sancerre wines produced here. A must is a short historical walking tour of the town which was a former Huguenot bastion as well as enjoying a commanding view over the famous Loire river and surrounding vineyards. You will also be able to visit the excellent « Maison des Sancerre » where guests can discover the winemakers' passion for their wines, terroirs and region through a unique interpretative and entertaining tour appreciated by all ages
A short drive from Sancerre is another mecca for all Sauvignon blanc lovers, Pouilly Sur Loire where a visit to a local winery and vineyards will be your opportunity to learn the art of making these much sought-after white wines. You will also discover a rare wine which is not made from the Sauvignon blanc grape but from a varietal known as the Chasselas and which is labelled and marketed as Pouilly sur Loire AOC.
Morning – Depart 9h30 from La Fausse sauge
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 so that you get a better understanding of the notion of "terroirs" and the classification of the wines. A must is a short drive to a panoramic view point over-looking the prestigious Grand Cru vineyards and the town of Chablis itself
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 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.
Late afternoon : Short drive and drop off at the train station in Joigny for return to Paris
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