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Vineyards in Champagne

Harvest time in Champagne | wine tour

In Champagne in late September the harvest is probably in full swing (but it depends on the weather). There will be a lot of activity in the vineyards and in the cellars. This is an interesting time to visit the wine region and we will get to know some of the secrets of champagne on […]

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A road sign for Beaune in the vineyards

Burgundy, the Quintessence of a Wine Region

Wine touring in Burgundy is an experience filled with wine, food, beauty and history Burgundy… Say it. Feel it. Taste it. The word evokes a very special wine country and a very special wine. It makes me think of gently rolling hills. Vineyards all the way to the horizon. Winding roads. Small villages. Unique wines […]

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Chateau Phelan Segur in the Medoc, Bordeaux

Bordeaux: 7000 “castles” and lots of vineyards | wine tour

Bordeaux is one of France’s largest wine regions with 112 000 hectares of vineyards. There are about 7000 chateau (“castles”). Everyone does not make their own wine. Some sell their grapes to a negociant or belong to a cooperative. The chateaux exist in all sizes and looks. Some are no more than a regular little […]

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In the famous vineyard

Burgundy: a short introduction to grapes and appellations

La Côte d’Or of Burgundy Some of the most unique wines in the world – reds and white – come from Burgundy. A well-made red Bourgogne (or Burgundy wine if you prefer), made from the elusive pinot noir grape variety, is a wine of elegance, hardly found anywhere else. The fruity aromas are mixed with […]

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The Champagne book award certificate, Gourmand International

Our pretty winner’s award certificate for the Champagne book

You will have heard it (more than enough?) by now: our Champagne book, Champagne, the Wine and the Growers, was awarded the prize as “the best wine book on France” by the Gourmand Awards in Sweden. We have just received our very pretty certificate as winner in that category. It came in a very posh […]

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A shopping street in Beaune

Beaune City Guide

Beaune, “the Capital of Burgundy” Beaune is the capital of the Cote de Beaune, which together with the Cote de Nuits makes up the Cote d’Or, the heart of Burgundy. Cote d’Or is a small wine district some 80 kilometres long, from Santenay in the south to Marsannay in the north. For the wine traveller […]

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Magnificent buildings in Bordeaux

Bordeaux City Guide

Bordeaux, “the most elegant city” Bordeaux is a wine, a wine district and a city. A city that is strategically placed for visits to the well-known wine districts like the Medoc, Graves and Saint Emilion. It is a city well worth visiting before going off to the vineyards. It is one of the biggest cities […]

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A tower in the vineyard

Bordeaux: lots of wine and water | wine tour

The Atlantic Ocean is 50 kilometres away from the wine district of Bordeaux. But the Ocean still plays a major role for the climate and the weather. There is a lot of water around Bordeaux. The elegant city of Bordeaux is located on the river Garonne. Garonne merges with the Dordogne, another large river, north […]

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The Sancerre hill-top village

The biggest wine producer in the Loire Valley focuses on quality

“Maison Ackerman is a famous producer of sparkling wine in the Loire Valley. The company is part of a bigger group that owns 1120 acres (453 hectares) throughout the Loire Valley, from Muscadet close to the Atlantic Ocean in the west, to Sancerre in the east. In addition, they buy grapes from 186 growers. In […]

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Bordeaux, April 25-29, 2018

Bordeaux, April 25-29, 2018

Bordeaux, a classic wine tour destination! Luxurious châteaux and ambitious winemakers! — In Bordeaux you find world famous châteaux and world famous wines but also a lot of new exciting initiatives – less famous but maybe more important for the future of Bordeaux! – and young enthusiastic wine makers. On this trip we will visit […]

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Tips on the table in a restaurant in Stockholm

France FAQ: tipping, restaurants, transport, shopping

Handy tips on tipping customs, shopping hours, restaurant etiquette, transport and more One should perhaps not take too seriously rules about how to behave. On the other hand, it can be dangerous to be totally ignorant about local customs and traditions when travelling in a foreign country. So here are a few half serious, half […]

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Champagne, September 26-30, 2018

Champagne, September 26-30, 2018

Champagne wine tour: luxury and gastronomy on the highest level — Nothing else in the world of wine brings out the festive feeling as champagne does. But on this wine tour we will discover that champagne is so much more than a drink just for celebrations. It is above all a very exclusive and delicious […]

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Bordeaux, October 10-14, 2018

Bordeaux, October 10-14, 2018

Bordeaux, a classic wine tour destination! Luxurious châteaux and ambitious winemakers! — In Bordeaux you find world famous châteaux and world famous wines but also a lot of new exciting initiatives – less famous but maybe more important for the future of Bordeaux! – and young enthusiastic wine makers. On this trip we will visit […]

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An elegant Bordeaux wine cellar

Bordeaux with old quarries and fashion-designed cellars | wine tour

Jacques, our host at Château Franc Mayne in Saint Emilion, opens the cellar door and tells us to stay close to him, making sure to count how many we are. The cellar is actually an old, enormous limestone quarry. It’s easy to get lost in here. (He’s supposed to count us when we leave too, […]

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Chateau Bernateau, Bordeaux, wine cellar

Château Bernateau In Saint Emilion: Great Wines With Organic Growing And High-End Equipment | Britt on Forbes

Bordeaux is not only about big, famous châteaux in Médoc. If you cross the rivers to the right bank you will find a myriad of smaller chateaux, often with less than 10 hectares of vineyards. Often family owned, like the remarkable Château Bernateau in Saint Emilion. The chateau owners are Pierrick and Karen Lavau. Pierrick […]

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Champagne, the wine and the growers | wine book

If only you could read this Champagne book

With regrets I have to tell you that you probably cannot read this rather unique book on Champagne. It is our latest book, number nine, but it is so far only available in Swedish. What is unique with it is that it is dedicated to the independent producers, the “champagnes de vignerons”, or RMs (récoltants-manipulants) […]

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A classical chateau in Bordeaux

Experience the 7000 châteaux in Bordeaux | wine tour

The châteaux in Bordeaux are amazing, sometimes even spectacular. At least some of them. Others are more discreet. But all 7000 wine estates in Bordeaux are allowed to call themselves “château”. On this tour you will not see all 7000, but quite a few. Now, you don’t go to Bordeaux just to look at the […]

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In the wine cellar

“You surpassed our high expectations “, what travellers think of the wine tour Three Classics, Champagne, Chablis, Burgundy

Some of the world’s premier white wines are made within just a few hours’ journey from each other. Near Paris, an hour and a half east, we have Champagne with its stylish sparkling wines. The southern border of Champagne almost touches the border to Chablis, where they make some of the world’s most elegant chardonnay […]

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A few hardy vines in a very stony soil

“Fantastic experiences” – Say The Travellers On The Wine Tour In The Rhone Valley

In northern Rhône, Syrah dominates. In southern Rhône, everything is much more Provençal and Mediterranean. Here, grenache is the main grape, but many other grapes are also grown. Some of the most famous names in the Rhone Valley are in the northern part, Côte Rôtie and Hermitage, but it is in the southern part where […]

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An old wine cellar with oak barrels in the Rhone Valley

A producer in the southern Rhone Valley to keep an eye on, Domaine de Marcoux

Domaine de Marcoux is a family property in the northern part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In addition to the exclusive chateauneuf wine, they also make côtes du rhône and vin de france, all of very good quality. On September 14, a triplet of Marcoux wines was launched on the Swedish market by Caviste, but the wines are […]

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