Taste Burgundy: France Wine Journey

Immerse yourself in the soil and stories of Burgundy and the heart of terroir

Itinerary

Destination

Start

Beaune France

Finish

Beaune France

Early 2023

Duration

4 Days

Format

Guided

Group Size

Small Group

Overview

 ⋅Private cellar visits ⋅ Vineyard e-biking ⋅ Wine-paired cooking class  

We’re serving up the superlative. The Burgundy region of east-central France is celebrated the world over for producing the most sought-after Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays on earth. Experience terroir in all its stunning diversity in Côte d’Or, from the Route des Grand Crus to the ancient cellars of Beaune. With deliciousness around every corner and produits du terroir aplenty, the hearty Burgundian cuisine is rustically, perfectly, French.

Highlights

Magnificent wine is in the making. Get ready to pop the cork on the fascinating and complex region of Burgundy as you cruise the Route des Grands Crus and taste perfect vintages in ancient cellars fragrant with the essence of terroir.

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01 | BOLD FLAVORS

Roll up your sleeves for an in-depth dive into the best of Burgundian traditions with a cooking class paired with top vintages at the home of a personable local chef

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02 | GRAND CRUISE

Get your pedal on with an easygoing e-bike ride along the perfect vineyard lanes of the Côte de Nuit passing through the hallowed terroir of Clos-Vougeot and Vosne-Romanée before tastings and a traditional lunch

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03 | GRAPE EXPLORATIONS

Sit down with a local legend to talk terroir and learn about the geologically rich microclimates that create stunning diversity in the grapes and ensure the perfect balance of sugars, acidity, and aromatics the world has come to crave

Itinerary

Day 01

BOUNTIFUL BEAUNE

Beaune walking tour ⋅ Tasting at Joseph Drouhin ⋅ Wine-paired cooking class   

Our journey of taste begins in Beaune, the historic wine capital of Burgundy that has bloomed into a charming wine-lovers town ripe for exploration. Together with new friends and the local Tastemaker who will bring this extraordinary trip to life, we’ll hit the cobblestoned streets for a Wine 101 walking tour. After a visit to the Hospices de Beaune, the 15th-century almshouse that transforms once a year into the grandest wine auction on earth, we’ll make our way to the ancient cellars of world famous Joseph Drouhin for a tour and tasting of fabulous vintages in unparalleled surroundings. 

This evening we’ll roll up our sleeves for an in-depth dive into the best of Burgundian traditions with a cooking class and wine pairing extravaganza at the home of a local chef. Together we’ll prepare a four-course meal with a sprinkle of good tunes. Expect an evening that will be fun, friendly, and delicious beyond compare.

Day 02

GRAND CRUISE

Vineyard e-biking ⋅ Burgundian lunch  ⋅ So many tastings! 

After a Burgundian breakfast par excellence, we’ll sit down with a local legend to talk through terroir and orientate ourselves oenologically for the day’s adventures to come. Next up, we’ll meet our e-bikes for a pedal along the Route des Grands Crus, passing through the exceptional countryside landscapes of the most highly prized climats, including Clos-Vougeot and Vosne-Romanée. Along the way, we’ll get up close and personal with terroir by running our hands through the soil before a traditional lunch in Nuits Saint Georges and a special tasting in a small-batch cellar in Gevrey-Chambertin. 

After time to refresh at the hotel, we’ll come together to raise a glass in our favorite wine bar before a choose your own adventure dinner at one of Beaune’s delightful restaurants. Whether you want a full-blown Burgundian feast or a perfect croque-monsieur, Beaune has it all. 

Day 03

FOODIE DREAMS

Farmer’s market ⋅ Free time to explore ⋅ Locals-fave restaurant

This morning after a delicious breakfast we’ll head to the weekly farmer’s market for a look at what’s on offer. From fragrant truffles and the local Epoisses cheese, to buttery baked goods, and green lettuce as fluffy as clouds, this is the market that foodie dreams are made of. Later, the day will be yours to enjoy, so let the tastings begin! Besides the liquid arts there is much to see and do in Beaune – a vineyard walk could be a nice way to stretch your legs or a spot of downtown shopping could be in order. Also highly recommended is the Museum of Wine, the first museum entirely dedicated to the history of winegrowing in Burgundy. 

This evening after a round of Crémant de Bourgogne we’ll head to dinner at the Caves Madeleine, a place beloved by local winemakers due to a locally-sourced menu that expertly pairs with the hefty list of wines on offer. Together we’ll raise a glass to new friends, exquisite flavors, and the dedication to traditions proudly held. 

Day 04

UNTIL NEXT TIME

This morning after a leisurely breakfast it will be time to say goodbye for now. Au revoir!

Accommodation

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Accommodations are hand-selected for each and every trip from a portfolio of rigorously-vetted hotels. Our Trip Design team prioritizes location, comfort, and design to ensure your stay is a winning mix, every time. In Burgundy, we often stay in hotels such as Hotel Abbaye de Maizières.

HOTEL ABBAYE DE MAIZIÈRES

Hotel Abbaye de Maizières is a 12th-century former Cistercian Abbey, located in the heart of historical Beaune. The rooms are accessed from a spiral staircase in the tower (which we think is just about the coolest thing ever) and there is a small indoor pool perfect for splashing.

What's Included

Almost everything.

Curated activities, local cuisine and libations, new knowledge, delightful travel companions – and so much more.

  • Three nights hotel accommodation

  • Meals as per the itinerary

  • Nightly round of drinks

  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary

     

    • Walking tour of historic Beaune
    • Tasting at Joseph Drouhin
    • Terroir talk with a local legend
    • Full day e-bike rental and tour of the Côte de Nuit including cellar tastings and traditional lunch 
    • Cooking class dinner of Burgundian specialties with wine
    • Celebration dinner at Caves Madeleine

     

  • Return transportation to and from all scheduled activities where required

  • Services of a brilliant local Tastemaker (= trip leader)

  • Tips and gratuities at hotels and at group meals

  • All local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Flights are not included

  • Tours, events, and activities outside those noted in the itinerary

  • Any food or drinks outside except where specified/detailed

  • Personal items and expenses

  • Any additional services at the hotel (room service, phone calls etc)

  • Travel insurance

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Answer

  • Spirited Stories are traveling celebrations. Over three to five days we bring people together in a casual way around food and drink. Think the dreamiest long weekend you can imagine, with great local friends doing all the curating. You just turn up and enjoy the fun.

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