A WINE AND CULTURE TRIP: BURGUNDY – example itinerary

 

Day 1  4pm arrival

Afternoon arrival at La Maison du Chateau in the village of Cry sur Armancon, welcome of tea and cake. After settling in, time to explore this enchanting house and park, then maybe a stroll around the picturesque village with its medieval bridge over the Armancon river.

19h00 Rendezvous back at the house where, over a glass of the local wine, you will meet your wine guide, who will introduce you to the region and outline the programme for the weekend.

20:00 Dinner at La Maison du Château.


Day 2

09h30:  Departure after breakfast with wine guide and minibus into the nearby Grand Cru vineyards overlooking the town of Chablis. Amongst the vines you will learn the importance of terroir in creating these unique wines, the monastic origins of the first vineyards and  their colourful history up to the present day. Back in town a visit to a winemaking family cellar is concluded with an extensive tasting of Chablis wines.

12h30 Light lunch in Chablis

14h00 You take the minibus and head south following the Serein valley. A quick stop in the amazingly preserved medieval village of Noyers sur Serein, we continue through the town of Montbard into the nearby woods to visit the monastery of Fontenay.  Founded by St Bernard in 1118 it has survived the centuries intact. The wine guide will guide you on a tour of this Cistercian Abbey.

17h30 Return to La Maison du Chateau to relax and freshen up before dinner.

19h30 Dinner at La Maison du Chateau.


Day 3

Leave La Maison du Chateau shortly after 8H30am.

Arrive in the vineyards near Beaune around 10am, admire the Grand Cru Montrachet and neighbours.  A Cellar visit and wine tasting in Puligny Montrachet, the greatest white wines in the world.  Lunch in café in Puligny Montrachet.

After lunch visit to Beaune with quick tour of the Hospice.

Proceed north to the Cote de Nuits and a cellar visit and tasting in Nuits St Georges including wines from Gevrey Chambertin and Vosne Romanée.

Return to La Maison du Chateau for around 18H00.

20:00 Dinner at La Maison du Chateau


Day 4

09h30 You depart in the minibus for a scenic 40 minute drive through the Burgundian countryside. Our destination, St Bris Le Vineux, where vineyards have been cultivated for centuries.

10h30 Welcomed by the 5th generation of winemakers we visit ancient family cellars. A tasting of their delicious wines, including their new appellation “ST BRIS 2002” concludes the visit.

12h30. Lunch in the local café in the neighbouring village of Irancy, famous for it’s red wine of the same name.

14h00 You head south west, following the same path as the pilgrims, to the eternal hill of Vezelay. This hilltop site has been an important religious centre for over a thousand years. Mary Magdalene’s relics were housed in the Basilica, the 2nd Crusade started here, Richard the Lionheart used a local B&B….A fascinating place to visit, wine guide acting as your guide. (Good wine also made here and Brendan will be happy to take you into a cellar).

17h00 Wine guide rounds you up and takes you back to La Maison du Chateau.

19h30 Dinner at La Maison du Chateau.


Day 5

Farewells after breakfast. For those with time, a recommended visit to the lively Sunday morning market in Chablis. This popular local rendezvous is a great place to stock up with other regional specialities like Epoisse cheese or the local Andouillette  sausage.