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.