Time for a tour!
On the programme: presentation of the winery and production area, to learn all about:
- the grape harvest
- the winemaking process
- maturing and storage in barrels (the difference between stainless steel barrels and oak barrels)
- the differences in production for white, red and sparkling wines
- maturing and storage
After this tour of the wine cellar, some estates offer a tour of the vineyard, to understand the landscape, and maybe some other wine-themed activities depending on the time of year: grape harvest, sorting, bottling, etc.
Time to taste the wines
Choose a type of tasting:
o Simple (1 or 2 wines)
o Themed (only Grand Cru wines, wines from the "Climats" of Burgundy's vineyard, organic wines, combined with local specialities such as a traditional "mâchon", wine-food pairing, etc.)
o Horizontal: several wines from the same appellation and the same vintage, to learn about the characteristics of a certain "terroir", the grape varieties and the vineyards.
o Vertical: the same wine, from the same appellation, the same estate and the same grape varieties, but different vintages, to learn how to distinguish a young wine from a more matured one, and to make the difference between an average quality vintage, a good vintage, and an exceptional one.Attend a wine tasting course
Recommendations of unmissable places
There are places with very different atmospheres where you can unveil all the secrets of Burgundy wines:
- Châteaus such as Pommard, Long-Depaquit, Meursault, Chasselas, Béru, Tracy
- Family-run estates or smaller ones: Domaine Leflaive in Puligny with a bioclimatic cellar, Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion in Vosne-Romanée, Domaine Bertillon in Nantoux
- Underground cellars such as Crémants Bailly Lapierre, 50-metres underground in a former stone quarry, in Grand Auxerrois
- Cooperatives: La Chablisienne, Maison Millebuis
- Educational trails and centres: The Tour du Pouilly-Fumé and Cave aux Arômes, Bouchard Ainé & Fils and 5 senses trail, Domaine Brigand and the Oenocentre Ampélopsis, Domaine Bouhélier and the small Winegrower's Museum with ancient tools and archives to learn more about the winemaking trade of bygone days.