2 & 3 Day Chablis & northern Burgundy Wine Tours & Tasting

2 days / 1 night or 3 days /2 nights

These multiple dayChablis & Northern Burgundy wine tours are the perfect short vacation for wine enthusiasts and amateurs alike. You will learn more about French wines in general and especially those of Chablis, a benchmark for world class Chardonnays throughout the world. However the northern Burgundy vineyards aren't only about Chablis and there are many "hidden gems" just waiting to be discovered such as the little-known Sauvignon blanc of Saint Bris and the rare Melon varietal which is still grown in a few places. Your trip with us will also take you to the wine growing district of Epineuil where you will be quite astounted by the quality of both the red and white wines produced there. And red wine lovers shouldn't despait since the quaint village of Irancy is famed for its delicious pinot noirs! Through meetings with the winegrowers themselves, explanations on wine-making techniques in the vineyards and cellars, and the different wine-tastings you will be able to better understand and appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into making these world class wines. Furthermore, you will also be introduced to and learn about the fascinating subject of organic, biodynamic and natural wines.

And of course, we will assist in organising the shipping of your favourite wines from the vineyard to your doorstep!

Get more details about this wine tour below!

Tour Costs

Group Tour
From 135€ a day per person excluding accommodation & meals
Group tours are from  4  to 8 guests. Please enquire for larger groups
Private Tour
Please enquire
Private tours are for 2 or 3 guests
Additional information & options
OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING AND ACTIVITIES
  • a half day visit to Beaune and the "Road of the Grand Cru wines"
  • a half day visit to the vineyards of Sancerre & Pouilly-Fumé
  • canoeing or kayaking on the river Cure
  • the city of Auxerre and its medieval gems
  • ‍a cycle ride along the towpath of the very pretty Nivernais canal
  • the 11th-century basilica of Saint Mary Magdelane in Vézélay
  • the museum of the resistance in the Morvan Natural Park
  • Guédelon and the medieval castle building site in the footsteps of the writer Colette in Saint Sauveur-en-Puisaye
  • the 12th-century abbey of Fontenay
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • A wide ranging of dining options from country inns to gastronomic restaurants
  • ‍Taste and learn about the region's wide variety of superb wines
  • Scenic ride through be beautiful landscapes
  • Learn about the history and culture
  • Meet the people
  • Get off-the-beaten track
  • Introduction to organic & biodynamic wine growing practices
  • Possibility to purchase you favourite wines
  • Blend in some great sightseeing
  • Relax!

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • all transportation in 8 passenger minivan (pick up and drop off train station Auxerre)
  • all visits to wineries and wine-tastings
  • sightseeing and entrance fees (please refer to the options)
  • management of the shipment of any wines purchased
  • all our fees and costs
  • complete documentation package (maps, tasting notes etc)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
  • Return train tickets Paris - Auxerre ( 60€ per person) We can arrange for tickets to be sent to you or your Paris hotel
  • evening meals (transport provided where necessary)
  • lunches (average 25/30€)
  • 2 nights' accommodation. Prices start from around 150€ a room (based on 2 people sharing) Supplement for singles) We will send a list of recommended establishments
  • 5 - 10% recommended gratuities

Suggested Accommodation

The amazing 5 star Château de Vault de Lugny with a history dating back to the early 12th century! A beautiful indoor swimming pool with relaxation area and a gastronomic restaurant also await you!
Prices from 175€ per night. For more info: https://lugny.fr/en/

The Château la Borde: For a taste of luxury in an entirely renovated former 14th century mansion set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland.
Prices from 325€ per night. For more info: https://www.lbmh.fr/?lang=en

La Fausse Sauge: A beautiful setting in the heart of the countryside. At the hamlet, spacious appartments offering quality accommodation await you all year round. To relax, the heated
indoor swimming-pool with balneotherapy, the Finnish sauna, and fitness equipment are at your disposal.
Prices from 160€ for 1 night, +130€ per extra night For more info:  http://la-fausse-sauge.fr/?lang=en

The Ecolodge Beauregard: For a really unusual stay in a buccolic rural setting you can opt for accommodation in your very own private wooden lodge. Back to nature with all the comforts!
Prices for 2 nights : 165€ (per night) For more info:  https://www.ecolodge-beauregard.com/?lang=en

The domaine de l'Ocrerie: A stay in really classy rooms in a former ochre factory converted to B & B. A great blend of the arty with cosy authentic rusticity.
Prices from 110€ (per night) For more info: https://www.domainedelocrerie.com

DAY 1 - CHABLIS

10.30am pick up from Auxerre train station. Check into hotel and lunch. A full afternoon spent exploring the vineyards of Chablis with wine tastings at several wineries where you will all about the art of producing these world-class Chardonnays in the often difficult conditions of northern Burgundy. We will also take a short drive to a panoramic view point over-looking the Grand Cru vineyards and the town of Chablis itself. Late afternoon we will visit a producer in the little-known wine growing district of Epineul in order to taste some excellent red and white wines and learn all about the « Renaissance » of this ancient wine growing area.

Guests enjoying a Chablis wine tasting

DAY 2 - VINEYARDS OF AUXERRE & VEZELAY

This morning we will visit some local wine-growers close to the city of Auxerre and where you will be able to taste some of the great local Chardonnays and Pinots We will pay a visit to a wine-grower whose home and winery is in a 17th century fortified farmhouse where you will discover the beautiful labyrinth of ancient cellars as well as enjoy a private vertical tasting of one of their wines. With a history of wine-making going back to the Roman occupation, the hillside around the « sacred hill » of Vézélay today produce some great red and white wines. A local organic wine-grower will take you to see vineyards which are laboured by horses below the ramparts of the town and where  the work of a wine-grower throughout the seasons will be explained. It will also be your chance to sample Burgundy’s rarest wine, known as the Melon.


A view of the vineyards of the UNESCO listed site of Vézelay

DAY 3 - ST BRIS & IRANCY

Pinot lovers hold your breath. The tiny vineyards around the sleepy village of Irancy produce some classic reds some of which still contain the very ancient, and rare, grape variety known as the Caesar. And guess what, not all good white Burgundy is made from the Chardonnay grape. The vineyards around the medieval town of St Bris produce a rare and delicious sauvignon blanc! Today you will be treated to a unique wine-tasting lunch where you will enjoy a “plancha” of local cheeses and meats” washed down with a selection of excellent wines from the estate. This will be followed by a fascinating tour of the winery during which the winemaker will reveal the secrets of her trade. Late afternoon we will accompany you to the nearby train station of Auxerre for your return to Paris.

Discover the delicious Pinot Noirs of Irancy

About Your Tour Guide

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!

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