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Wine Grand Journey

France, Europe

Contact provider for price 11 Days Year-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Butterfield & Robinson 12 people max
  • Bordeaux airport, france
  • Culinary & Wine Travel trips
For a wine lover, it could be said that there are three Edens: Bordeaux, home to the great full blends of Châteaux Petrus, Figeac, and Lafite-Rothschild; Burgundy, home of the chardonnay by which all others are compared, and tamer of that most delicate and tricky of grapes, pinot noir; and Piemonte, where Barbaresco and Barolo—“the king of wines”—reign. Experiencing all three over the course of one journey (seamlessly, with the aid of private jets) is nothing short of heavenly. On this trip, we offer up all of our secrets and employ all of our connections to bring you access to the most interesting growers, blenders, négotiants and sommeliers. We get our hands dirty in the vines, taste from the barrel, and drink prized vintages over Michelin-starred meals. Most of all, we enjoy some of our favourite pockets of Europe the way we always have—over the handlebars of our bikes, one pedal stroke at a time.

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France, Europe

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Day 1 Ride from Château de Margaux through the Médoc, culminating in a private wine tasting at Château Lafite-Rothschild and a two-star Michelin dinner

Day 2 Learn about the art of blending at Château Lynch-Bages before pedalling to a tasting at Château Pichon Longueville-Baron

Day 3 Cycle along the Gironde estuary, past fishing ports and vineyards, to the medieval town of St-Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day 4 Ride into Pomerol past legendary names such as Cheval Blanc, Vieux Château Certan and Château Petrus, with a tasting at the celebrated Château Franc Mayne, a Premier Grand Cru Classé

Day 5 Take a private jet to Piemonte, arriving in time for lunch in Monforte d’Alba, and a sublime ride through the Nebbiolo vineyards

Day 6 Pedal through the famous Langhe hills, take part in a truffle hunt, and roll into an afternoon tasting of Barbaresco, at the legendary Gaja winery

Day 7 Between rides, enjoy a wine tasting at La Spinetta, a private visit of Serralunga Castle, and a guided walking tour through historic Alba

Day 8 Jet north to Burgundy for lunch in Gevrey-Chambertin, followed by a ride past the who’s who of Grand Cru vineyards and a barrel tasting with noted oenologist Jean-Pierre Renard

Day 9 Pedal deep into the Côte de Beaune past Pommard, Meursault, and St-Romain, with time to explore the charming wine town of Beaune in the afternoon

Day 10 Enjoy a vertical tasting of a Corton Grand Cru with Jean-Pierre Renard at the winemaking institute and then bike to Montrachet for a finale that includes 3 Michelin stars

Day 11 Breakfast in Beaune and au revoir in Dijon

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