French Wine Explorers 2011 group wine tours in France offer enchanting itineraries

Pascale Bernasse | Tuesday, Jan 4th 2011

French Wine Explorers has introduced its schedule of 2011 group wine tours in France, revealing both new tours and several old favorites; all with a focus on the luxury wine tour company’s trademark of exclusive experiences and unique features.

This year’s featured small group tours focus on two of France’s special wine regions: Burgundy and Bordeaux. The Bordeaux Prestige, the Grand Cru Tour of Burgundy, and the Bordeaux Wine Harvest tours are all fully escorted by an expert wine guide and include luxury hotels, gourmet meal pairings and deluxe transportation, along with VIP wine estate tours and tastings. Each also holds special experiences to cater to upscale travelers.

“I’m especially pleased with the tour schedule we are offering this year. These wine tours provide our guests with unforgettable vacations, offering them the chance to discover France’s finest wine regions through personal and intimate experiences,” says French Wine Explorers President Pascale Bernasse.

The Bordeaux Prestige tours are limited to parties of 12. Guests immerse themselves in the luxurious, old-world charm of the private residence of world-renowned Second Growth Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron in Pauillac. This tour includes VIP tastings at First Growth chateaux, Chateau d’Yquem in Sauternes, and legendary estates of Saint Emilion and Pomerol.

The Grand Cru Tour of Burgundy—also limited to 12 guests—is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for wine lovers to taste all 33 Grand Crus of Burgundy. Among the Grand Crus tasted will include the incredible Romanée-Conti Conti and Romanée-Conti La Tache of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Guests also will enjoy extensive tastings at top estates in the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, while indulging in luxury accommodations at 16th century Hôtel Le Cep in Beaune and the region’s finest gastronomic delights.

Finally, the Bordeaux Wine Harvest, limited to parties of 14, features VIP tastings at top Bordeaux estates, as well as region’s best up-and-coming estates. Guests will have the opportunity to spend time in the vineyards with chateau owners and estate managers, learning about how grapes are harvested, sorted, and pressed. The tour features luxurious accommodations at the 5-star Les Sources de Caudalie Hotel, and the #1 Conde Nast readers’ choice for best overseas Spa, located on the grounds of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.

These tours also can be arranged for private groups of 6-12 guests as well.

For more information, details on the tours, and to book a trip, visit

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