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Two Centre Wine Tours

Due to growing demand we have developed a range of Two Centre Wine Tour Holidays for you to enjoy in France. The aim is to give our visitors the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the wine regions of France by visiting the winemakers and tasting their wines in the capable hands of a qualified wine guide.

 

We are pleased to be partnering with Robert & Joy Pygott of Burgundy Discovery to offer first class Wine Tours in the Burgundy Region.

 

In the Rhone we are partnering with Philip & Jude Reddaway of Rhone Wine Holidays to offer a two centre stay with an opportunity to sample the wines of the Rhone region and the Loire Valley.

 

Two Centre Tours to other regions e.g. Loire linked with Bordeaux , Languedoc &  Champagne are available on request. A unique wine tasting vacation package.

Burgundy and the Loire Valley

 

This tour combines two-days in Burgundy and two-days in the Loire Valley (around Saumur, Anjou, Saumur Champigny, Chinon, Bourgeuil or Savennières), plus one day travelling between the two areas.

 

You will be able to taste, compare and contrast some of the great wines of Burgundy and the Loire. Guests can begin either in Burgundy or the Loire. Travel between Beaune in Burgundy and Angers in the Loire is easy. By road the journey time is about 4 hours while fast and frequent TGV trains link

Burgundy and the Loire via Paris.

 

In Burgundy, your two-day wine tasting tour combines a one day Classic and one-day Grand Premier tour and full details of these days and pricing can be found on the Classic tour section.

 

BURGUNDY AND LOIRE WINE TOUR

 

Your first day in Burgundy will begin with Robert & Joy welcoming you to your accommodation in or near Beaune and they will pleased to recommend some places to stay in and near this wonderful, small medieval town.

 

Robert and Joy chauffeur you throughout and drive into the vineyards to help you understand Burgundy better, we explain the basics of Burgundy – its wine growing areas, grape varieties and the appellation system. They take you through your personal information pack that contains maps, facts and

figures, pen pictures of the winegrowers we shall meet and tasting sheets for the wines we will taste.

 

Over the two days you will visit six independent, family Domaines and taste red and white, Regional, Village, Premier cru and Grand Cru wine across a range of vintages. We will taste some of Burgundy’s top Appellations as well as some of its hidden secrets. Appellations tasted may include well-known wines such as Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet, Meursault, Nuits St George, Vosne Romanee, Chambolle Musigny and well as hidden secrets such as Monthelie, Santenay and the wines of the Hautes-Cotes.

 

Each day we visit a different restaurant for lunch and enjoy a

three-course Burgundy-style menu with wines.

 

In the Loire Valley find full details of what is included in your two-day wine tasting tour here :

 

We will meet you from the TGV at Angers Station and drive you to La Grande Maison in the heart of the Loire Valley Vineyards near the beautiful riverside town of Saumur. La Grande Maison will be your home for three nights. On arrival at the house we will present you with your itinerary and with a glass of something chilled in hand lead you through the appellations and the local wine styles.

 

On the first evening of the Loire tour we will also treat you to a 4 course Wine Sampling Supper at La Grande Maison - an ideal chance to become familiar with the regions cepages (grape varieties).

 

Over the next two days we will visit between five to six wineries including family Domaines, Biodynamic & Organic Estates, Cooperatives and of course the famous Saumur Sparkling Wine Houses where you have the opportunity to taste a broad range of wine styles from dry to sweet whites, oaked and un-oaked reds, dry to sweet rose’s, sparkling whites & even a sparkling red. Lunch is a rustic picnic either in the vineyards or by the banks of the Loire River.

 

At the end of a busy day touring we will return to La Grande Maison where you can relax with a pot of tea or coffee in the beautiful walled gardens before freshening up and being driven to a local restaurant for supper. After a delicious breakfast we return you to Angers for the TGV back to Paris.

 

All you need to do is relax - we take care of the rest.

 

The price of the Burgundy / Loire Two Centre Wine Tour assuming double occupancy: € 1015 per person*

 

*does not include cost of transport between Rhone and Loire or the cost of accommodation in Beaune Burgundy

 

For more details, availability and pricing of the Burgundy / Loire Two Centre Wine Tour contact Micaela and/or Sue who will be happy to discuss your requirements.

 

Email : resv@lagrandemaison.net

Rhone and the Loire Valley

 

In the Rhone you will be hosted by Philip and Jude Reddaway and stay three nights at La Madelene, a carefully renovated C12th priory in one of their luxury guest bedrooms.

 

On your first evening at La Madelene you will be treated to a champagne reception followed by a 4 course Provencal meal served with fine wines of the region (perhaps a Chateauneuf du Pape Roger Sabon Cuvee Special 1999 or a 2001 Domaine les Goubert Cuvee Florence Gigondas).

 

The first day of the tour starts in our wine tasting atelier with a briefing from WSET approved wine educator Philip on the wines of the Rhone valley to get you up to speed with essential information – the aoc structure, the grape varieties and the wine making traditions of the region.

 

Mid-morning we set out for the first of our domaine visits - your transportation will be in our Mercedes Vito – loaded of course with refreshments.

 

Across the two days of the tour you will visit six wine domaines taking in the Crus and Côtes du Rhone Villages appellations: Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise and either Seguret, Cairanne or Rasteau. Our domaines are carefully selected to reflect not only the best expressions of the wines of each Cru or Villages level wine, but also to enable you to meet and talk with proprietors who will show you around the vineyards, the winery and talk passionately about their terroir and their wine making philosophy, as you taste.

 

For more detail on the Rhone itinerary go to:

 

RHONE AND LOIRE WINE TOUR

 

The tour includes accommodation with breakfast, lunch with wines at two different typical Provencal bistros on both days, two table d’hote evening meals at La Madelene served with a selection of fine wines, and one evening meal with wine at one of our favourite local restaurants.

 

In the Loire Valley, full details of what is included in your two-day wine tasting tour here :

 

We will meet you from the TGV at Angers Station and drive you to La Grande Maison in the heart of the Loire Valley Vineyards near the beautiful riverside town of Saumur. La Grande Maison will be your home for three nights.

 

On arrival at the house we will present you with your itinerary and with a glass of something chilled in hand lead you through the appellations and the local wine styles.

 

On the first evening of the Loire tour we will also treat you to a 4 course Wine Sampling Supper at La Grande Maison - an ideal chance to become familiar with the regions cepages (grape varieties).

 

Over the next two days we will visit between five to six wineries including family Domaines, Biodynamic & Organic Estates, Cooperatives and of course the famous Saumur Sparkling Wine Houses.

 

You will have the opportunity to taste a broad range of wine styles from dry to sweet whites, oaked and un-oaked reds, dry to sweet rose’s, sparkling whites & even a sparkling red. Lunch is a rustic picnic either in the vineyards or by the banks of the Loire River.

 

At the end of a busy day touring we will return to La Grande Maison where you can relax with a pot of tea or coffee in the beautiful walled gardens before freshening up and being driven to a local restaurant for supper. After a delicious breakfast we return you to Angers for the TGV back to Paris.

 

 

 

All you need to do is relax - we take care of the rest.

 

The price of the Rhone / Loire Two Centre Wine Tour assuming double occupancy: €  1525 per person*

 

*does not include cost of transport between Rhone and Loire

 

For more details, availability and pricing of the Burgundy / Loire Two Centre Wine Tour contact Micaela and/or Sue who will be happy to discuss your requirements.

 

 

Email : resv@lagrandemaison.net

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