Destination Vignobles 2004 - Fam trip

Destination Vignobles 2004 - Fam trip

ALSACE

You can't fail to be moved by the magnificent sight of the vines of Alsace. Here, timeless villages laid out in mysterious patterns … there, the middle ages, revealed in the outlines of a tower or a ruined castle … The love of wine is what forms this landscape, makes its lanes blossom and gives the cellars the atmosphere of serenity ideal for tasting.

For connoisseurs and gastronomes alike, there's nothing like the Grands Crus of Alsace, re-igniting the memory year after year, some famous for more than a thousand years, and all the produce of a special land, whose geology, climate and exposure produce an outstanding bouquet. All the Grands Crus of Alsace are born of this very special alchemy, combining air, soil, vine and the art of man.

Every one of the 170 km of the Route des Vins d'Alsace invites you to look more closely into a region where life is an art-form: let yourself be seduced by the Alsace art of living and its culinary creativity which makes Alsace, with the complicity of its wines, including its Grands Crus, one of France's most gourmet regions!

Friday 29th October15.00 -19.00 coach transfer from Macon to Kientzheim19.00 - 20.00 check-in at the L'ABBAYE hotel at Alspach, Kientzheim20.00 - 23.00 dinner at the Confrérie St Etienne, Kientzheim Saturday 30th October08.30 - 10.30 Tour of Colmar10.45 - 12.30 Wine seminar at the Ecole des Vins, Conseil interprofessionnel des vins d'Alsace, ColmarLunch at Eguisheim, Route des Vins - Free time at Eguisheim16.00 - 18.30  Exploring the Schlumberger vineyard at Guebwiller in 4x4s19.30 - 22.00 Visit to the LES VIOLETTES hotel - Dinner at the "LE CLOS DU MOINE"  Restaurant Sunday 31st OctoberRando Bacchus guided walk between Kientzheim and Riquewihr/HunawihrVineyard picnicDirect departure for Obernai, the Pearl of the VineyardsDeparture for Paris from Strasbourg airport in the afternoon.

 

BURGUNDYDijon Côte de Nuits

Whether your interests run to old buildings, the arts, gastronomy and wines, you are sure to find what you are looking for in Dijon !

The wealth and diversity of Dijon's cultural and historic heritage never cease to amaze. City of culture and international gastronomy, famous business place: Dijon lies at the gates of the world-renowned vineyards of Burgundy.

Dijon Côte de Nuits means history of wines of finest quality, Cistercian monks and their Château du Clos de Vougeot. It is the place where you will find the most famous vintages of Côte d'Or, in the heart of Burgundy. During your stay, we will make sure that you will discover the art of vinification, the skills that go into creating and nurturing fine wines, and - of course - that you will savour wines of repute !

An experience that remains unique, no matter how often repeated!Welcome in Dijon!

Friday, October 29th, 2004Transfer from Mâcon, arrival in Dijon and check-in at your hotel.Amazing discovery of Dijon, followed by an amazing dinner!

Saturday, October 30th, 2004 Set out to conquer the most famous vineyard of Burgundy: discover the landscape, the château du Clos de Vougeot, the villages and wine cellars of the Côte de Nuits, …  Lunch in the friendly atmosphere of the vineyards. Transfer back to Dijon by the late afternoon. Free time.Technical wine tasting, followed by a gourmet dinner.

Sunday, October 31st, 2004Free time before departure for Paris by TGV train.

 

CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE

CHAMPAGNES … A DIFFERENT WAY!

See champagne and champagnes in a different light at Epernay and the surrounding area. From the biodynamic crop to abseiling into the cellars (unique in the world) via a personalised reception by wine-growers - two days to find out about champagnes - a different way!

29th October 2004TOs picked up at Macon and transferred to Epernay.Reception in the Leclerc-Briant champagne cellars, abseiling into the cellars and tasting single vintage champagnes.A champagne dinner in one of the local cellars Accommodation at the Hostellerie La Briqueterie at Vinay and the Castel Jeanson at Ay

30th October 2004Drive to the Möet et Chandon cellars through the vineyard and the famous Avenue de Champagne, where many champagne houses of international renown are based.Visit to the cellars, and cocktail lunchTransfer to Hautvillers. Visit to this typical "Champenois" village in the cradle of Champagne.Discovery of the Route Touristique du Champagne to Bouzy, a Grand Crû village.Reception and visit to B&Bs: Les BarbotinesContinuing through the outstanding sites of the Mountain of Reims, Ambonnay, Verzenay and its Wine Museum.Arrival in Reims to visit the famous "crayères" ( caves that date back to the Gallo-Roman era).Dinner in a cellar (to be selected)Return to La Briqueterie and Castel Jeanson

31st October 2004Transfer to Reims and guided tour of the city: Notre Dame Cathedral, where coronations used to be held, the Palais du Tau and the cathedral treasures…Lunch (to be arranged)Transfer to the Airport

FRANCHE COMTEFood and wine combinations in Franche-Comté

Our wines and spirits are a perfect reflection of the wealth of our land. The environment where the fruits are grown gives them their character. The 2000 hectares of the Jura vineyard are multi-facetted. Arbois, Château Chalon and its yellow wine - unique in the world - are the great names of the pleasures of the Franc-Comtoise table. In the purest tradition of the Franche Comté, discover other famous products which have earned Franche Comté its fame as a gastronomic destination.This invitation to a gourmet journey will combine wine with legendary, typical produce such as Comté, Mont d'Or, Morteau sausage… Sample, enjoy, share …

PROGRAMME*Friday 29th October 2004 (MACON - ARBOIS)15.00:  Departure from Macon16.30: Arrival at Arbois, a "Site Remarquable du Goût", the birthplace of Jura wines.Visit to the Maison Pasteur17.15: Presentation and tasting of the wines of the Jura at the Comité Interprofessionnel des Vins du Jura at the Château Pécault d'ArboisTour of the Vine and Wine Museum19.30  Dinner at the "La Balance Mets et Vins" restaurant in Arbois - combining food and wines.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE TWO-STAR LES CEPAGES HOTELSaturday 30th October 2004 (ARBOIS - POLIGNY - MALBUISSON)8.45:  Breakfast9.15: Visit to the pâtisserie museum of Edouard Hirsinger, "meilleur ouvrier de France".Chocolate tasting - combining wine and chocolate.10.30:  A walk through the vineyards of the "Domaine de la Tournelle" at Arbois, followed by tasting in a cellar.13.00:  Lunch at Pupillin au Grappiot15.30:   Visit to the town of Château Chalon 17.45: Visit to the maturing cellar at Fort St. Antoine, with a capacity of 65 000 rounds. Combining Comté cheese and Jura wine with Philippe Châtillon of the Domaine de la Pinte.19.00: Lunch at the *** Hotel du Lac at Malbuisson with views over the Saint Point lake (France's 3rd largest natural lake).  OVERNIGHT STAY IN THE THREE-STAR HOTEL DU LAC AT MALBUISSON

Sunday 31 October 2004 (MALBUISSON - FOURNETS LUISANS - GILLEY - BESANCON)8.45:  Breakfast at the *** Hotel du Lac9.15: Visit to the Ecomusée de l'Abeille du Haut Doubs.11.15:  Visit to the "Tuyé du Papy Gaby", the region's biggest "tuyé" (chimney used for smoking food). 11.45: Mâchon.14.11:  Departure for Paris by TGV from Frasne station. 

*subject to change. 

LORRAINE Lorraine offers wines and culture

From 29th to 31st October 2004, Lorraine, the land of the mirabelle, invites you to find out all about its plum brandies, its Moselle and Touloir wines, and a famous Vosges vintage that titillates palates from Tokyo to Moscow. And to accompany these vinous pleasures, gastronomic specialities will be provided (bergamot, macaroon, quiche lorraine, mirabelle plums…)In addition to gastronomy, culture in the widest sense will be omnipresent. You will see the famous Place Stanislas in Nancy, a UNESCO world heritage site, and admire its splendid Art Nouveau monuments. While strolling through the gardens on the banks of the Moselle, you will fall for the architectural splendours of Metz and the wonderful stained glass of its cathedral, some of which is by Marc Chagall.Let your senses carry you away and be warmed by the welcome of Lorraine, for which it has been famous since the beginning of time.

Friday 29th October14.00.  Departure from the Maison des Vins, Macon18.30  Tasting of the famous Crillon des Vosges at Xertigny (Michel Moine)20.00.    Dinner at the Ducs de Lorraine (1 Michelin macaroon) at Epinal22.00  Departure for Nancy.23.00  Overnight stay at the Best Western Crystal Hotel in Nancy

Saturday 30th October09.00  Guided tour of NancyGuided tour of the old town and its 18th century architectural heritage, including the famous Place Stanislas, a UNESCO world heritage site. The town is also famous for its Art Nouveau.11.00   Visit to the BATT chocolate factory12.00 Lunch at the Brasserie Excelsior (a magnificent Art Nouveau building), Nancy14.00.   Departure for Vannes-le-Châtel14.45  Visit to a glass-works at Vannes-le-Châtel16.00  Visit to the cellars and tasting of the famous Gris de Toul (Claude Vosgien) at Blenod les Toul17.00  Departure for Metz18.00   Guided tour of MetzMetz has been awarded the French prize for the best-illuminated town, and the 1st prize in the European Villes et Villages Fleuris competition. Explore the Place d'Armes (18th century), St. Etienne cathedral (13th -16th century), the Place de la Comédie with the oldest working French theatre, the Citadelle and station districts, and the Place St. Louis.20.00.  Checking in at the Hôtel du Théâtre in Metz20.30  Dinner in Metz

Sunday 31st October10.00   Visit and tasting at the Château de Vaux at Ars sur Moselle12.00  Lunch in a farmhouse inn at Vernéville(to be confirmed according to return times)Return to Metz, end of tour.