Our instructors have arranged professional-level tastings at some of the finest estates in each region.
At all the estates, you'll receive a warm welcome and an extensive tasting often with the winemaker him or herself. In most cases, you will tour the technical facilities (vat room and aging cellars) in addition to your tasting. You may taste from the barrel or vat in addition to recent and older vintages in bottle. Sometimes you’ll taste in the cellar, sometimes in the chateau itself, and other times outdoors.
During some visits, you’ll go out into the vineyard with the winemaker to discuss vineyard management and harvesting. If the winemaker doesn’t speak English; the instructor will translate for him or her, and for you if you have questions. Each estate visit is unique: at one chateau, you might see a cooper making barrels; at another, there may be beautiful gardens; at a third, a special art exhibit or museum.