Our Next Tour

Bonne Cuvée wine tours are limited in size to give you an intimate and up close experience!

Why choose a Bonne Cuvée Wine tour?

* Experience a small group wine tour where you will encounter others who share your curiosity about wine.
* Explore the best wine regions and taste the best food and local fare.
* Relax while English and French speaking experts accompany you and organize all details of your visits.
* Stay in one hotel once you arrive to wine tour destination, no hotel hopping, no packing and unpacking every night!
* Learn through educational and fun workshops that will teach you the art of wine tasting, the methods of wine production, the importance of terroir as well as     the influence of food from the local region.
* All wine knowledge levels are welcomed from true beginner to expert taster.
* Our tour includes free time to rest, relax, shop or visit another area at your leisure.
* Improve your wine knowledge and taste with confidence!

OUR NEXT TOUR:

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Bonne Cuvée Bordeaux Wine and Food Tour
April 7-13, 2019

Our Bordeaux Tour will explore the great wines with Dr. Harsha Chacko, our wine expert, visit the local sites with Marie Kaposchyn, our local French-English speaking tour director, and celebrate our association with Liz Williams, President and Director of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Liz will be joining our Bordeaux tour and lecturing during interactive workshops about the local French fare and its interaction with wine. Much of Liz's research and writing centers on the legal and policy issues related to food and foodways. Her book, coauthored with Stephanie Jane Carter, The Encyclopedia of Law and Food, was published by Greenwood Publishing in 2011.
Food and wine pairing at its best!

ITINERARY
*Please note that certain vineyards might be substituted depending on schedule.
B, L, D denotes breakfast, lunch or dinner included.

DAY 1
SUNDAY April 7, (D)
Welcome to Bordeaux, the city of wine, the most recognized wine region in the world! Get ready for your wineveture!
Meet in Bordeaux, hotel-check in, meet other Wine Tour participants
Bordeaux Wine Seminar and Introduction to Structured Wine Tasting
Welcome Drinks and Dinner in Bordeaux. Food lecture in preparation to our tastings

DAY 2
MONDAY April 8, (B, L)
History and tradition are on the menu today. Learn about Thomas Jefferson's journey through Bordeaux and taste the best of the best.
Breakfast followed by Introduction to Bordeaux wine class at l'Ecole du Vin
Lunch in Bordeaux and Food Lecture
Two Winery Tours and tastings in selected wineries in Pessac-Leognan
Return to the hotel

DAY 3
TUESDAY April 9, (B, L)
Medoc is not only some of the best known wine but it offers some of the most interesting estates in the region. You might not be ready to run the marathon of Medoc but you can start training by tasting the wines.
Breakfast at hotel followed by wine workshop
Winery Tour and Tasting in selected winery in St Estephe
Winery Tour and Tasting in selected winery in Pauillac
Lunch in Medoc and Food Lecture
Winery Tour and Tasting in selected winery in St. Julien
Return to the hotel.

DAY 4
WEDNESDAY April 10, (B)
We all need a little break and a little time for shopping so this is our "light" day
Breakfast at hotel followed by wine and food workshops
Visit La Cite du Vin in Bordeaux
Free afternoon and evening to explore Bordeaux or day trip by train to Arcachon on the Atlantic Coast
Return to the hotel on your own

DAY 5
THURSDAY April 11, (B, L)
Have you ever seen the two rivers join in Bordeaux? Not only will you see them but you will taste its famous wine!
Breakfast followed by Wine Workshop on Graves, Sauternes, and Entre deux Mers
Winery Tour and Tasting in selected winery in Entre deux Mers
Lunch at Entre deux Mers along with our food lecture
Winery Tour and tasting in selected winery in Sauterne/Barsac
Winery Tour and tasting in selected winery in Graves
Return to the hotel.

DAY 6
FRIDAY April 12, (B, L, D)
The most interesting sight in this region is the coveted tour of the underground, monolithic church. Be ready to be dazzled on the Right Bank of Bordeaux!
Breakfast at hotel followed by wine workshop on St. Emilion and Pomerol. Food lecture
Winery Tour and Tasting in selected winery in Pomerol/Canon Fronsac
Tour the town of St Emilion and its famous Monolithic Church
Lunch in St. Emilion and Food Lecture
Winery Tour and Tasting in selected winery in St. Emilion

Farewell Dinner in Bordeaux
Return to the hotel.

DAY 7

SATURDAY April 13, (B)                                                                                                                                                    

We hate to see everyone go so before we leave you, take the fun and interactive test. Will you be the "Best Wine Scholar" of the Bordeaux tour?
Breakfast at hotel followed by final wine workshop
Departure, Au revoir!

After registration, participants will receive a detailed schedule of the tour and specific vineyard names to be visited. A Wine Workshop book and tasting notebook will also be included in your tour package.

Bordeaux Wine Tour includes:
* Seven days, six nights in select hotel with private bathroom.
* Breakfast every day, four lunches and two dinners.
* Daily wine workshops with handouts and wine notes.
*Food Lectures about the region.
* All entrance fees to wineries and or wine museums for tastings
* All transportation during the tours.
* English and French speaking wine director and program director to accompany the group.
Price of the tour:
* $3,795.00 per person in double occupancy. 
* Single occupancy supplement: $600.00
Not included: Airfare, meals on your own, personal expenses, health and travel insurance.
We highly recommend Travel Insurance to cover your expenses in case of cancellation for health, travel or other reasons.
Interested in joining us on our next adventure? Don’t delay and register today to start your travel learning experience with wine!
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For more information, special early bird and family discounts, contact us at: info@bonnecuvee.com

 

 

Our next tour....

Bonne Cuvée Loire Valley Wine Tour

Fall 2019

 

For wine lovers, the Loire Valley is an important region producing an array of wines using some of the most famous and popular grape varietals.  This is an area with a rich history, known for Joan of Arc, the 100-year war, and Leonardo da Vinci’s final resting place. This is why we focused in the area for our September wine tour.

As the seat of French royalty, before the capital was moved to Paris, the Loire River is overlooked by many castles and chateaux dating back to the 12 century. This is an agricultural region in general, but it is also the home of the famous grape varietals of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Muscadet (or Melon de Bourgogne) and these prosper is different sections of the valley as the river flows from east to west from the center of France to its mouth near the city of Nantes.

As the north flowing river reaches the city of Orleans, where Joan of Arc led the French to victory over the English in the 1400s it makes it famous leftward bend towards the west and the reaches the regions of Touraine and Anjou-Saumur.  The city of Tours anchors the Touraine and is surrounded by the wine regions of Vouvray (known white wines) and Chinon and Bourgueil (mostly red wines).  Grape varieties also change; Chenin Blanc is predominant for white wines while Cabernet Franc, a blending wine in Bordeaux, is the major grape for red wines.  Numerous castles overlook the river and the original French royal emblem, the fleur-de-lis, adorns many a stained glass window.

ITINERARY

*Please note that certain vineyards or chateaux might be substituted depending on schedule.

B, L, D denotes breakfast, lunch or dinner included.

DAY 1

SUNDAY AFTERNOON (D)

Today we meet all our participants and present our exploration of wines and chateaux. You will get a chance to mingle and meet, ask questions and prepare for one exciting week!

Meet in Paris hotel-check in, meet other Wine Tour participants

Loire Valley Wine Seminar and Tasting

Welcome Dinner in Paris

Overnight in our Paris hotel

DAY 2

MONDAY (B, L)

We travel as a group, you leave the details to us. As we board our morning train from Paris, you can take in the beautiful scenery from the window and let your taste buds prepare. In your first wine workshop, you will learn all about Vouvray and its many virtues!

Start your journey from Paris to Tours

Drop off bags at hotel-check in

Winery visit- Vouvray

Lunch in Vouvray

Chateau Chenonceau visit

Winery visit and tasting

Return to hotel in Tours

DAY 3

TUESDAY (B, L)

Saumur is on our list today. Learn how to appreciate this region and its delectable wine!

Breakfast at hotel followed by wine workshop

Drive to St. Nicholas de Bourgueil

Winery visit- Food and wine pairing

Lunch in Saumur

Winery visit and tasting, Saumur

Visit Chateau de Saumur

Return to hotel in Tours

DAY 4

WEDNESDAY (B)

We all need some time to digest all the new knowledge we have gained. Also, you need time to relax and get some great souvenirs of your trip.

Breakfast at hotel followed by wine workshop

Free day to explore Tours or optional trip to nearby town.

DAY 5

THURSDAY (B, L)

Sancerre! Ah what a beautiful wine. Learn all about it and enjoy a delectable, unforgettable meal!

Full day trip in Sancerre via Soings-en-Sologne

Winery visit- Soings-en-Sologne

Lunch in Sancerre at a Michelin-starred Restaurant

Winery visit and tasting

Return to hotel in Tours

DAY 6

FRIDAY (B, L, D)

Chambord is not only a liqueur, it is a breathtaking chateau on the Loire Valley. Get your royal gear on.

Breakfast at hotel followed by wine workshop

Visit Chateau d’Amboise

Winery tour and Tasting

Drive to Chateau Chambord for visit

Winery tour- Cheverny, tour and tasting

Return to hotel in Tours

Farewell dinner in Tours

DAY 7

SATURDAY (B)

We hate to see you go so we will have a fun and interactive "test" to see if you have been paying close attention to your workshops. Will you get the highest score and leave with the coveted "Best Wine Student" prize?

Breakfast at hotel followed by final wine workshop

Departure for Paris. Au revoir!

After registration, participants will receive a detailed schedule of the tour and specific vineyard names to be visited. A Wine Workshop book and tasting notebook will also be included in your tour package.

Loire Valley Wine Tour includes:

  • Seven days, six nights in selected hotels with private bathroom.
  • Breakfast every day and meals as noted on schedule.
  • Daily wine workshops with handouts and wine notes.
  • All entrance fees to chateaux as indicated.
  • All entrance fees to wineries for tastings.
  • Round trip transportation from Paris to Tours.
  • All transportation during the tours.
  • English speaking wine expert and program director to accompany the group.

Not included: Airfare, meals on your own, personal expenses, health and travel insurance.

We highly recommend Travel Insurance to cover your expenses in case of cancellation for health, travel or other reasons.

Interested in joining us on our next adventure? Don’t delay and register soon to start your travel learning experience with wine!

For more information, special early bird and family discounts, contact us at: info@bonnecuvee.com