The Nitty Gritty
So, how do these Wine Tours actually work?
This section tells you everything you need to know about the operation of a Chateau Wine Tour. Getting down to the nitty gritty.
We try to take care of all the little details, so that your Wine Tour is a wholly relaxing and enjoyable experience, as opposed to an endurance test of how much you can fit into each day.
In nearly all instances, tours start from the tour centre with the accommodation. Participants are free to make their own arrangements for travel to the tour centre and we are very happy to advise on the best means of travel. This then allows flexibility for those wishing to extend their stay in the region, either before or after the tour itself.
Travel during the dates of the tour is provided as part of the tour programme. This is normally in a small, luxury, air-conditioned mini-bus and most journey times/distances are short.
Accommodation for all tours is of a very high luxury level, being at least 4 star standard. Rooms for tour participants are all together in the same property and are normally double or twin rooms. Single occupancy is possible with a small supplement.
The tour is nearly always based from one location, since this is far more relaxing than continually being on the move and living out of a suitcase. The aim of the tours are to be educational, but also to be hugely enjoyable and relaxing, rather than being an endurance test!
A substantial breakfast is provided every morning, which is included in the tour cost.
All evening meals are also included, which are usually 4 courses and of gourmet standard with local specialities. Drinks are not included except with special tasting dinners. Most dinners are preceded by either an aperitif wine, or a tutored wine tasting.
Some lunches are included in the tour cost, and all are organized by the tour guide in characterful settings, providing local dishes and wines.
Vegetarian options are available. These need to be notified to us in advance of the start of the tour.
There are many visits to vineyards and wineries, all of which are included in each tour.
Alongside the wine element of the tour, other visits or events are included, which are not necessarily related to wine, but which form part of the local culture and interest of the areas visited.