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First of the Summer Wine - a photography tour of the grand crus of Burgundy

26th - 30th Jun 2017 - AVAILABLE

£1449.00 PP / Deposit -£300.00 PP

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La Route des Grands Crus is the name of Burgundy’s most famous wine route and is arguably the most perfect road trip imaginable for photographers, foodies and wine lovers.

What is it that gives Burgundy its allure and romance? Oenophiles cannot help but be charmed by delightful villages bearing such familiar names …. Pommard, Gevrey and Meursault to name but three. Photographers will be seduced by the vibrant markets, the disciplined rows of grapevines rolling gently away into the distance and the fascinating architectural heritage of the area, evidenced by the intricately patterned and multi-coloured roof tiles on many of the buildings.

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  • Tour Code BUR01
  • Included
    • Accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • Transport during the tour
    • Transfers from the recommended airport
    • Tuition from Doug Chinnery and Valda Bailey
  • Excluded
    • International flights
    • Meals not mentioned
    • Insurance
    • Optional Extras
  • Duration 4 Night Tours
  • Exertion Easy
First of the Summer Wine - a photography tour of the grand crus of Burgundy

La Route des Grands Crus is the name of Burgundy’s most famous wine route and is arguably the most perfect road trip imaginable for photographers, foodies and wine lovers.

What is it that gives Burgundy its allure and romance? Oenophiles cannot help but be charmed by delightful villages bearing such familiar names …. Pommard, Gevrey and Meursault to name but three. Photographers will be seduced by the vibrant markets, the disciplined rows of grapevines rolling gently away into the distance and the fascinating architectural heritage of the area, evidenced by the intricately patterned and multi-coloured roof tiles on many of the buildings.

Although this is first and foremost a photography tour, we will also be making plenty of time for some of  the other attractions this fascinating region has to offer. Due to the time of year, it is highly unlikely we will be rising at 3am to capture a sunrise (although a sunset or two certainly isn’t out of the question). However there will be plenty of opportunities for landscape image making, street photography (those bustling French markets!) and the wonderful timelessness of an old chateau or two. 

We are delighted and privileged to have been offered a completely bespoke tour of the 12th century Chateau de Rully by Comte Raoul de Ternay  which will give us a unique opportunity to learn about the process of the wine-making, together with the chance to photograph the venerable cellars, the oak casks and the general cloistered ambiance of a functioning winery.  No cellar visit would be complete without a wine tasting of course! Each vineyard has its own secrets, traditions and special techniques and in the sanctuary of Chateau de Rully’s  wine cellars, we will learn about all the nuances and complexities of their wines.   

An Argentine winemaker once said that winemaking was 50% science and 50% emotion. As pretty much everything connected with the ancient art of winemaking is steeped in tradition and heritage, the photographic possibilities are going to be exciting, to put it mildly. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the visit will be the decision about whether to prioritise the photography or the wine tasting!

We will be based in Beaune  - a beautiful walled town in the centre of the Burgundy winemaking region. The cobbled town is very picturesque boasting such monuments as the Hospice de Beaune with its flamboyant gothic architecture and polychromatic roof tiles. Our explorations will take us north along the Route des Grands Crus which boast such attractions as  Fontenay Abbey - the oldest Cistercian abbey in the world and Unesco world heritage site, the Bel-Air retro petrol station along the legendary 50’s Route Nationale 6 and the peaceful canals winding lazily through the French countryside.

It goes without saying that we will take full advantage of all the gastronomic delights of the region.

An optional extra is a balloon ride over the delightful village of Vezelay and surrounding area. Perched on a hilltop, Vezelay is one of the most picturesque medieval villages in France and the view from above will be one to remember. An abstract patchwork of vineyards and surrounding villages will provide inspiration and an opportunity to see the countryside from an entirely different perspective.

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” 

― Ernest Hemingway

Hotel Le Clos

Staying for 4 nights at Hotel Le Clos

Breakfast included.

Single occupancy rooms.

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