A goodies-bag of French wines: the Three Classics Wine Tour

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Visit Champagne, Burgundy, Chablis / Sancerre in one great wine tour

If there are too many good things it can be difficult to choose. There are many great wines and wine regions in France, so how to choose the one to go to? If you can’t decide then our Three Classics wine tour is for you. Or if you are simply short of time and want to cover a lot of ground in a short time.

We have just published a sample program, an example of how a Three Classics wine tour in France can look. We regularly organise wine and food tours like the Three Classics, as well as to other wine regions in France.

The Three Classics wine tour takes you to three of the greatest wine districts in France: Champagne, Chablis, and Burgundy. Or, sometimes, in a modified version it can also take you to Sancerre.

Preparing for the wine tasting
Preparing for the wine tasting, copyright BKWine Photography

This is a great opportunity to learn more about some of the top French wines and to taste some excellent French cuisine as guest of the wineries and in some gourmet restaurants. It is also a tour that can be the perfect add-on to some more “traditional” sight-seeing in France. The tour starts and ends in Paris.

Over the course of three full days and two half days you will see a lot:

A grand cru wine in barrel at Champagne Benoit Marguet
A grand cru wine in barrel at Champagne Benoit Marguet, copyright BKWine Photography

You will start in Champagne, for a sparkling start of your wine tour. Champagne is like no other sparkling wine and “true” champagne must of course come from the French region, just east of Paris, called Champagne. One of the highlights of the Champagne leg of this trip will be the visit to one of the most famous vineyards in the region and a lunch at the winery who makes the wine. It will be a fabulous lunch with some fabulous wines to go with the food. You will definitely get an understanding of how well champagne can go with food.

In Chablis you will get a close up look at the whole range of wines, including both the premier cru and grand crus, the top quality that must come from a small patch of south facing slope (yes, it actually is) that is no more than 100 hectares (240 acres) big. You will also be treated to a delicious dinner at Chablis’s best restaurant

The last stop on your trip will be Beaune in the heart of Burgundy, or alternatively in Sancerre in the Loire.

The Côte d’Or in Burgundy is where the most famous, and most expensive, Burgundy wines come from. Even though you will spend one day here you will get a good look (and taste) at the wines of the regions. You will meet a few very talented winemakers who will explain how the wine is made and no doubt also insist that you taste them. Tastings in Burgundy can sometimes be a drawn-out event. Many producers make 15 or even 20 different wines. I’m sure you don’t mind!

As an alternative, the third district can be Sancerre, the hilltop town in the upper Loire Valley. It is a small town with medieval origins, a gem on the French countryside towns. The wines here are very elegant and full of character (the latter also goes for the winemakers, but not always the former). This is the original source for wines from the sauvignon blanc grape that has become famous all over the world, for example in New Zeeland or in the US, sometimes labelled fumé blanc.

But even if this tour is filled with tastings and gourmet meals and literally covers quite a lot of ground it is still at a very leisurely pace. So that you can fully enjoy it!

See you on one of the Three Classics Wine Tours!

Take a look at our sample program to see how a wine and food tour Three Classics in France can look. You can find the program under the menu Our Tours > Popular Destinations. You can check if we have one on our schedule in the menu Our Tours > Scheduled Tours, or you can contact us to discuss a custom wine tour.

Follow the links below to read more.

View over the roof-tops and vineyards in Sancerre
View over the roof-tops and vineyards in Sancerre, copyright BKWine Photography

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One Response

  1. I love this post. I really enjoyed reading all these great insights. It seems I’m in a real wine tasting tour. For me, a winery tour is a very special event especially for those wine lovers, and great treat, too. My best friend and I were able to experience this last year and everything was absolutely perfect. The best parts were the wine tasting, watching the beautiful scenery, and the best foods of course.

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