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Brendan will make your holiday unforgettable by inviting you along to visit with some of the most esteemed and charming wine-producing families you'll ever meet. He’ll tap into his vast network, scheduling cellar visits and tasting experiences that simply aren't available from the larger tour companies. As you sit around a barrel in a years-old cellar, you'll notice that Brendan's rapport with the wine producers is more akin to that of a personal friend than of a guide who brings clients to taste their wines. His personal connections and deep expertise culminate in the unique encounters you can expect as Brendan's guest on your tailor-made wine holiday in France.

Brendan will craft an itinerary based on the size of your group, the pace at which you prefer to travel, the length of time you have available, and your budget. He can suggest restaurants and accommodations to suit your style. He'll arrange to meet up with you at a train station or fetch you from your hotel. Whether you have a few hours or a few days, he'll transport you - literally and figuratively - to the stunning French countryside where you'll promptly fall in love with some of the most delicious wines in the world.

You'll leave France having had a wine education, too. Brendan won't rest merely letting you taste the wines of his favorite French appellations. He only feels he's done his job if, by the end of the day, you can rattle off which grape varieties are grown in the region you're visiting. Brendan will teach you to identify the subtle flavors of each wine you taste, allowing you to better appreciate and savor each sip. He'll give you a tutorial on the wine's terroir while engaging in friendly debate with the wine producers' family about how the weather may have influenced the cuvee you're tasting. And he'll do it all with wit and a warm smile.

Prepare your tastebuds because Brendan is famous for showing up with a tasty homemade quiche or batch of fresh-baked gougeres, accompanied by cheeses and terrines he picks up from local haunts in his hometown of Chablis. You'll enjoy impromptu picnics with your just-purchased wines overlooking the vines that produced them. These are the personal touches you'll find only by traveling with Brendan and Wine Liaisons.

Contact Brendan and start planning your wine holiday today!

Example Tours

Wine Liaisons on tour In ChablisMecca for lovers of dry white wine, this northernmost region of Burgundy is famous for the flinty crisp white wines coming from slopes around the town of Chablis.  Brendan has friends amongst dozens of small family producers, as well as privileged access to the most prestigious Domaines.  Just one day in his company, and your appreciation of this wine will change forever.

09h30 - Brendan picks you up from your hotel in a comfortable vehicle, and drives you up into the Grand Cru vineyards to admire the panoramic view over the town of Chablis and its vineyards. A perfect spot to learn about the ancient monastic origins of these vines and a good spot to get to grips with the term “terroir” – the essence of Burgundian wines.

10h30 - A private visit to a family run winery. After introductions you will be given a guided tour of the winery in the company of a family member and you will be most welcome to ask questions, Brendan acting as interpreter if needed.

11h00 - The moment you’ve been waiting for… amongst the barrels and vats, a collection of bottles of the family’s finest Chablis, including 1er and Grand Cru, ready for tasting. Brendan will assist with technique for novice tasters. 

12h00 - Back in the town of Chablis, there's a chance for a bit of shopping to pick up some bread and cheese for a picnic lunch, weather permitting. Otherwise, there'll be plenty of choice for a delicious lunch in the local bistrots, wine bars or gourmet restaurants.

14h00 - Rendezvous with Brendan for a short drive into a nearby vineyard-covered valley. Here, in a walled medieval village, we meet another delightful family of vignerons. This is the village of St Bris, recently celebrated for being awarded its own appellation for the delicious sauvignon grown here.  Wine has been produced in this vineyard for centuries and we go underground to taste wines in the family’s 700 year old cellars.

15h30 - We emerge, blinking, back into the family courtyard.  A short stroll amongst the old houses then a quick drive into the cavernous labyrinthine quarry at Bailly, famous for its stone and, more recently, its “methode champenoise” Cremant de Bourgogne.  Quick tasting at its enormous bar, hewn from the rock.

16h30 - Back above ground and a scenic drive along the Yonne River, past the village of Vincelottes and its monastic wine warehouses, through the pinot noir producing village of Irancy, and back into the sea of vineyards that surround Chablis.

17h30 - Return, exhausted but culturally enriched, to your hotel.

Wine Liaisons on tour In ChablisFor individuals or groups up to 12.   A complete tasting tour of northern Burgundy. Two full days of vineyard visits, meetings with local wine producing families and extensive wine tastings.

Guests can choose from one of the numerous local hotels or B&B’s featured in our links page

DAY 1

09h30 - Depart after breakfast with Brendan in the minibus to the nearby Grand Cru vineyards that overlook the town of Chablis.  Amidst the vines you will learn of the importance of the 'terroir' in creating these unique wines the monastic origins of the first vineyards, and their colourful history up to the present day.

10h00 - Arriving in the town of Chablis we visit a famous local winemaking family. A guided tour of their wine making facility is concluded with an extensive tasting of their wines including Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru and Chablis Grand Cru.

12h30 - Lunch in the heart of Chablis at the “Bistrot des Grands Crus”.  Enjoy one of the local specialities like Andouillete, escargots or Jambon à la Chablisienne.

14h00 - Continuing in the minibus, we drive through the vines to the nearby village of St Bris Le Vineux. Here we visit another local family who will show us their incredible labyrinth of 12th century cellars, still in use to this day. A tasting of their excellent wines includes the newly classified sauvignon, St Bris, which is delicious!

16h00 - Before returning to your hotel  there is time for a quick detour to the nearby Caves de Bailly.  These vast caves, large enough to drive into (and once used by monks to make cheese), are now used in the making of ‘Cremante de Bourgogne’, our local Burgundy Champagne.

17h00 – Return to hotel

DAY 2

09h30 - Depart after breakfast with Brendan for a scenic 45 minute drive through the local countryside to the historic site of Vezelay with its magnificent Romanesque Basilica. In the nearby village of Precy le Moult we visit the best local wine producer, Elsie Villiers for a tasting of her superb Bourgogne chardonnay and pinot noir. From here we drive up into Vezelay where  Brendan takes you on a walking tour of the village and Basilica.

12h30 –Simple  lunch in one of the numerous cafés found on the main street.

14h00 - We leave Vezelay and wind our way back, via the Serein Valley with a brief stop in the medieval village of Noyers, to the vineyards of Chablis.

15h00 - In the village of Chichée we visit a young winemaker whose wines regularly win international awards.  A tour of his modern winery is completed with a tasting of his delicious wines.

17h30 - Arrive back at your hotel.

Price will depend on numbers. Contact Brendan for further details.

We love Burgundy - Wine LiaisonsWe love Burgundy. Being based in the region we can organise tours that last a week or half a day. Here are a few examples of some of our classic tour programs. They can be easily adapted to fit in with your time frame and numbers.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further details.

Burgundy  Beaune – 2 days/1 night - arrival by train in Dijon

Day 1 (mid morning)
Guests are met off the train at Dijon.  Drive south out of the city and into the vineyards at Marsannay La Cote. Stopping in a vineyard, Brendan will explain the geological and historical origins of these famous vines.

Depending on time of arrival, late morning cellar visit and tasting in the village of Gevrey Chambertin or wine tasting in the vineyard. Simple bistrot lunch or picnic, weather permitting.

After lunch, either a full cellar visit and tasting at Domaine Rossignol Trapet (makers of some of the best pinot noirs in the region) or a visit to the monastic winery at Clos Vougeot, followed by pilgrimage to the vineyards of Romanée Conti.

Mid-afternoon visit and tasting at Domaine Lucien Jacob near Savigny les Beaune to try out succulent reds and classic whites from several appellations.

Arrival at chosen hotel in the heart of Beaune at 17h30.  Brendan will show you around the old town on foot, and recommend one of the excellent local restaurants for your evening meal. Dinner and night in Beaune.

Day 2
Pick up around 09h00. Short drive south into the vineyards of the Cote de Beaune and through the villages of Pommard, Volnay and Meursault to the Grand Cru vineyards of Le Montrachet.  Brief wine talk by Brendan, outlining the historic origins, then into the village of Puligny or Chassagne for a cellar visit for tasting of these delicious whites.  Lunch will either be in a fine restaurant in the village of Chassagne (called Le Chassagne) or at Olivier Leflaives in Puligny for one involving wine-tasting.

Next, a quick visit to the Hospice de Beaune with Brendan acting as guide.
Return drive back to Dijon to connect with late afternoon train or to leave at hotel in city.

[Note: Brendan is very happy to assist in hotel and restaurant selection, as well as help with travel arrangements to and from the region.]

Beaune - La Cote D’Or in a day
09h30 - Pick up from your hotel in Beaune and head south on the N74, Route des Grand Crus. Brendan will stop in a vineyard near the village of Volnay to introduce you to a pinot noir vine and explain local viticulture.  Continuing through the prestigious village of Meursault and into the rocky parcels of vines that produces some of the most exquisite chardonnay in the world. The Grand Cru vineyards called “Le Montrachet” are considered by many to produce the world's finest white wine.

10h30 - In the village of Puligny Montrachet we are welcomed into a family run winery. An extensive tour of the cellar, including barrel tasting, follows. A bottle tasting of the family wines completes the experience.

12h30 - Lunch in the nearby Auberge du Vieux vigneron, presided over by the charming Jean-Charles Fagot, to sample frog’s legs, snails , fresh water crayfish and many other local specialities.

14h00 - While Brendan drives there's time for a quick siesta as we head north to the vineyards on the Cote de Nuits. After passing through Nuits St George we leave the main road and once again find ourselves amongst the vineyards. The first village is Vosne–Romanée - its Grand Cru vineyards produce the best pinot noirs in the world.  The tiny vineyard called Romanée Conti belongs exclusively to the Domaine of the same name. We follow the Grand Cru vineyards of Richebourg, Grand Echezeaux and Musigny till we pass the monastic winery at Clos Vougeot. Quick photo call then we carry on through Chambolle and Morey until we arrive in Gevrey Chambertin.

15h30 - Met by David and Nicholas Rossignol we visit the prestigious cellars of Domaine Rossignol-Trapet. They produce superb pinot noirs from Gevrey and surrounding villages.  Barrel and bottle tasting in their cellar, with commentary from Nicholas.

17h00 -  Return drive to Beaune arriving back, exhausted, at hotel around 17h45.

Old Grenache vinesYou’ve done the north ?
Grab your Ray Bans and sandals and head south.

Rhone Valley.

If you like big warm voluptuous reds then you’ll definately enjoy this region. The vineyards start in the north just below Lyon, a lovely city and easy to access via road, rail or air.  The northern Rhone valley wines include the delicious viogniers from the steep slopes at Condrieu, the lesser known reds and whites from St Joseph. Continuing south along this dramatic river valley we arrive at Tain Hermitage famous for its syrah. This is also a nice little town to use as a base for the night.

Next morning follow the river south and exit at Avignon where you can taste the mighty reds at Chateauneuf du Pape. Ancient gnarled vines in pebble strewn vineyards. In the afternoon drive towards the dramatic Dentelles de Montmirail to savour the lesser known wines from Gigondas, Vacqueras and Rasteau. You’ll need to ensure you do plenty of spitting as alcohol levels are high, as is the temperature ! Villeneuve les Avignon is a quieter option for the night on the opposing banks of the Rhone where you’ll find more great wines at Tavel and Lirac.

Wonderful regions and I’d love to take you down there. I’d need 2 days at least and would be happy with a group of up to 8 guests.

LANGUEDOC

My first encounters with vineyards and wine producers was here. That was back in the early 80’s and it has to be said that back then this region wasn’t renowned for great wines. All that’s changed now and it is probably the most dynamic wine region of France. Fly , drive, train into Montpelliere

Three Day Languedoc Tour

Take advantage of inexpensive flights from northern Europe to Toulouse, Carcassonne or Montpelier.  Itinerary can be adapted to all three.

Wine Liaisons in LanguedocTuesday

11h00 - Brendan will meet you at Toulouse (or Carcassonne) airport.  
 12h30 - Walking tour of the famous walled “La Cité”, an old haunt of Brendan’s. Simple lunch in one of the numerous cafés.  Chance to purchase a suite of armour! Drive northeast up into the rocky vineyards of the Minervois. In the medieval village of Caunes Minervois we check into the Hotel D’Alibert. Meet your host- Frédo Guiraud. Just time to freshen up before setting off again into the vineyards- cellar visit and wine tasting at La Liviniere. Fruity whites and seriously full bodied reds. During the afternoon Brendan will take you to visit one of his favourite spots – the cathar village of Minerve . Ensure you wear sensible footwear.

18h00 Return to the hotel D’Alibert.

19h30 Meet for aperitifs in the tiny renaissance courtyard. Dinner in the hotel –specialising in regional produce and local dishes such as Cassoulet. Wash down with delicious local wines recommended by Frédo.

Wednesday

09h00 - Early departure after breakfast. Get on to the D11 at Laredorte and follow the 17th Century Canal du Midi. Visit a hotel barge at the beautiful canal port of Le Somail. Wine tasting near the village of Capestang. Suggest we pick up a baguette, cheese and a few bottles and have a picnic on the Oppidum D’Enserune, an amazing ancient Greek hilltop village, great views of the Pyrenees and Med. After lunch we bypass busy Beziers and continue to the vineyards surrounding the Etang de Thau, a saltwater lagoon famous for its oysters. Visit, plus wine tasting, at St Thibery (Brendan’s old home village). Take coastal road from Agde to Sete along the 7 mile beach, pausing briefly at Cap D’Agde to get kit off and visit Europe's biggest nudist community, notorious for its “swinging” night life (I’m not serious about stopping here..). At Sete we check into the Grand Hotel, right in the heart of this busy fishing port. Time to promenade along the quays with the locals (don’t forget your Ray-bans). Sip a few pastis on a café terrace before selecting one of the numerous seafood restaurants for dinner. Afterwards,  enjoy “ la fievre du mecredi soir” in Sete.

Thursday

Busy morning flea market in Sete. Check out of hotel after breakfast. Get onto the A9 motorway and head back west. Several choices, one stopping off at Narbonne to visit a Californian style winery called L’Hospitalet. It’s on top of hills overlooking the Med. (called La Clape). We can hold a wine tasting, followed by lunch in their auberge, then continue on to (about 2½ hours) Toulouse or stop at Castelnaudary, world capital of cassoulet (Fredo makes a good one) and recruitment centre for the French Foreign Legion (they take anyone up to 50 ). Stop here for a bowl of the famous bean stew then, to let off steam, a stroll down to the Grand Bassin (canal du midi) before getting back in the car. Short drive into the most Italian of French towns, Toulouse. Explore the beautiful red brick town centre on foot, it will be relatively quiet being a Sunday, take in a few of the historic monuments or 'people watch' in one of the numerous cafes on the main square.

 

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