The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) is offering training and press meetings during the Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Wine Tour.
The second edition of Wine Tour Australia will allow the around 20 winegrowers and négociants from the Bourgogne winegrowing region who have signed up for the 2018 event to offer tastings of their wine to Australian market influencers, including sommeliers, importers, and distributors.
The aim of the event is twofold:
• To raise awareness among and train Australian wine professionals in the specifics of Bourgogne wines
• To deepen relations with this market which offers some fine potential for Bourgogne wines
In parallel, the BIVB is offering some targeted training for this market.
Two events have been organized:
• Melbourne, 30 October: Two masterclasses as sidebars to the tasting in the Grand Hyatt hotel. A morning session is open to all local wine industry professionals and will present lesser-known Village appellations. The second will be exclusively for sommeliers and will explore the notion of Climat.
• Sydney, 1 November: Two masterclasses will be held at Doltone House, Hyde Park, the same location as the tastings.
Figures from the Canadian monopolies for 2017 confirm the popularity of Bourgogne wines.
Exports of Bourgogne wines to Canada have been growing over the last three years and in 2017, hit record numbers with 6.5 million bottles for €50 million in revenue. Detailed analysis of sales from the three main monopoly-governed provinces
, which closed their accounts at the end of March 2018, confirmed the trend.
Quebec, Ontario, and British Colombia account for at least 85% of sales of Bourgogne wines to the country. The three monopolies together recorded an 8% hike in volumes of Bourgogne wines (5.5 million bottles sold), mainly thanks to white wines, which were up 12%, compared to a 4% rise in sales of reds and a 2% for Crémant de Bourgogne.
The bulk of volume and growth involved Quebec, where the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) monopoly sold 4.5 million bottles of Bourgogne wine in 2017, up 13% over 2016. This French-speaking province is the fifth-largest export market for Bourgogne wines in the world.
The Bourgogne region has profited from significant growth in white-wine drinking in the province, whilst Crémant de Bourgogne has become the leading French AOC (not including Champagne) in terms of revenue.
British Colombia continues to grow more slowly in terms of exports, up 4% in terms of volume, thanks to growth in sales of the Chablis AOC. On the other hand, sales of Bourgogne wines in Ontario have shrunk by 11% in terms of volume over the year.
33 Grand Crus of the Bourgogne winegrowing region are revered by wine-lovers the world over. If you feel the same, then you should sign up for this exclusive three-day training session in June during which you can sample and explore the very quintessence of Bourgogne wines.
With this unique session, the École des Vins de Bourgogne is offering you the opportunity to explore all 33 of these exceptional appellations. These three days are dedicated to tasting the most desirable and sought-after Bourgogne wines in an extraordinary learning experience.
“The Ultimate Bourgogne Wine Tasting: The 33 Grand Crus” will be hosted in English by two passionate experts, one in tasting and the other in geology.
To really get to grips with the terroir of these Grand Cru AOCs, multiple landscape readings below some legendary plots such as Montrachet and Corton are on the menu. The event is rounded out with visits to Grand Cru-producing wineries and guided tastings from the École des Vins de Bourgogne.
For more than a quarter-century, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has been to wine tourism, and in particular through two key tools: The “De Vignes en Caves” welcome charter, created in 1991; and the “En Route vers les Bourgognes” guide.
The “A trip through the vines” section of the Bourgogne Wines website completes the service, enabling you to plan the perfect trip!
The “En Route vers les Bourgognes” guide was designed to facilitate planning your trip with six tourist trails through the vines. The 2018 edition lists even more producers and wine-related celebrations that ever before, proving that wine tourism is anything but a passing fad, and is a confirmed trend in the Bourgogne winegrowing region.
The 2018 guide in figures
The details of 363 estates, producers, and cooperative cellars that have signed up to the “De Vignes en Caves*” welcome charter, listing languages spoken, opening hours, price ranges, accommodation and food options, and details of organic producers.
100 wine-related events throughout the year are listed in a calendar at the end of the guide.
A map of the Bourgogne winegrowing region listing key sites to visit across the region, with smaller maps of each wine route on the back. Produced in partnership with the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté tourist board.
In 2017, everything came good for the Bourgogne winegrowing region in terms of both quality and quantity.
And after several years of harvests that suffered the whims of the weather, 2017 has provided volumes set to satisfy the market, with wines that are already promising great things to come from this elegant vin tage.
After spending the winter building up their strength, the vines profited fully from a very warm spring, with budburst
in early April ensuring a head start in terms of the growth cycle that was maintained right up to the harvest. The plants progressed from stage to stage free from hindrance, and by mid-June, were flowering before rapid fruit set.
An early vintage was confirmed. During the summer, a few spells of heatwave alternated with more mixed weather.
However, ripening continued at a good pace and by the end of August, the first grapes were being picked, two weeks ahead of average. Harvesting continued until mid-September as each plot reached peak maturity. The grapes were in exceptional health and required virtually no sorting. Everyone was very enthusiastic about this fabulous fruit, its peak ripeness, and the volumes produced. The only downside were a few areas hit by spring frosts, where yields were below norms.
Vinification went without a hitch and the mood was one of serenity for this vintage wh en the Bourgogne winegrowing region returned to more habitual levels of quality and quantity.