At Bonne Cuvée, we specialize in small-group tours in the best wine regions of the world. Our expert tour leaders are with you every step of the way. We work with participants of all levels of wine knowledge (from absolute beginners to experienced tasters) so everyone feels at ease.
Our in-depth visits of select vineyards, and guided tastings, will be customized for you. For our tour meals we take pride in selecting restaurants that reflect the local fare and culture. And of course, we include ample time for cultural experiences and sightseeing. Relax and let us take care of the details!
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We offer in person Wine Tastings as well as virtually through Zoom. Bonne Cuvée presents monthly tastings for all levels of expertise, from true beginners to experienced tasters. We customize your learning experience from an introduction to wines to a more in in-depth understanding through a journey to a wine region or country. Using structured, interactive seminars, learn about different wine regions such as France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand, California and many others. Build a solid foundation for tasting and understanding these spectacular destinations and their wines.
For private events or corporate tastings, we present specialized seminars according to your needs. From 10 to 50 people, we can design the right wine tasting seminar for you! We will entertain and educate your group in a fun and interactive setting. Seminars can be as short as one hour or extended to any length of time that is needed for more in-depth learning experiences.
As a French-American citizen, I am so lucky to be able to have successfully combined my passion for travel and my fluency in several languages to explore the world. For over 26 years I have worked as Program Director for International Education at the University of New Orleans and coordinated all aspects of the summer educational programs for people…
Harsha E. Chacko, Ph.D., C.S.W. – Wine Director
Harsha E. Chacko is a Professor Emeritus of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration at the University of New Orleans where he taught for 33 years. He has a doctorate from the University of New Orleans (UNO) and Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts. This is where he first became interested…
See what others have to say about our tours and tastings!
About the Zoom seminar: Can we just say a huge thank you to Harsha Chacko and everyone that joined for the wine tasting! Harsha gets a call from his 2nd cousin (by marriage) out of the blue less than 2 weeks before May 16th. He was so gracious to accept being our Wine Educator for Michael’s surprise wine tasting. It was so informative and just too perfect. There are people in Hoboken who weren’t even invited that are talking about the wine tasting! To top it off Harsha sabered a Champagne bottle! Rachel & Michael
Our day trips in the countryside proved a succession of revelations—including historical structures and art collections—but to see the vineyards, witness the processes and sample the products of this famous wine region was truly sensational.
Catherine B. Haws
We had so much fun that the tour seemed to be over before we knew it. If you like good wine, good food, learning new things about a subject you thought you knew, enjoying great friends (even if you’ve never met them before), GO! You’ll never regret the decision. Without any doubt, this was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. Harsha and Marie were the prefect hosts. We visited large well-known vineyards as smaller family owned vineyards. We learned something new at every stop and the wine was remarkable.
The American Association of Geographer’s annual conference has a Wine, Beer, and Spirits Specialty Group and sponsored a wine tasting workshop conducted by Bonne Cuvee Wine Tours and Tastings where we compared Old World Wine to the same United States varietal counterpart. Harsha was asked to come and discuss terroir from an academic point of view as part of the workshop. He dazzled us with discussions of the topography and the climate disruptions occurring in the wine production zones. He is a true wine treasure!
Je ne cesse de penser à la merveilleuse semaine passée avec Bonne Cuvée à Bordeaux et environs. L’organisation et le timing étaient impeccables, l’hôtel très confortable, sans parler des délicieux repas et des nombreuses dégustations dans les châteaux et cadres enchanteurs. L’ambiance était vraiment très friendly et je me sentais bien avec tout le monde. UN IMMENSE MERCI POUR TOUT!
The trip was the perfect! Our visits to wineries included detailed tours covering each chateau’s wine making method. It was fun to compare the differences among them. We enjoyed delicious meals, the camaraderie of a small group, and a superb hotel. Harsha and Marie succeeded in creating a reasonably full schedule at a very enjoyable pace. We learned so much and loved everything about it!
Joe & Dianne Caverly
I recently returned from a Bonne Cuvee Wine Tours trip to the Bordeaux region of France. Without any doubt, this was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. Harsha and Marie were the prefect hosts. Harsha had developed a well-designed plan of vineyard visits. We visited large well-known vineyards as smaller family owned vineyards. We learned something new at every stop and the wine was remarkable. Marie’s attention to detail was superb. She chose the right hotel in the City of Bordeaux so that we didn’t have to move from hotel to hotel. We stayed in the same hotel every night and bused to the vineyards. The lunches and dinners that she arranged were great. The small size of the group made it even more enjoyable.
Some of the highlights. During our visit to Chateau Mouton Rothschild, we not only tasted some of the best wine in the world, got to tour the museum that they keep in the Chateau of the original art works that labels are drawn from, but we also got to meet one of the current owners – a descendant of Baron Phillippe Rothschild. Harsha and Marie claim it was a coincidence but I’m not sure! Our cooking class at Chateau Kirwan was so much fun. Sipping their white wine, preparing a lunch that really was great, and enjoying each other’s company was a true highlight.
We had so much fun that the tour seemed to be over before we knew it. If you like good wine, good food, learning new things about a subject you thought you knew, enjoying great friends (even if you’ve never met them before), GO! You’ll never regret the decision.