Backroads Bourgogne

Backroads Bourgogne Wine Tour with Andrew Jefford

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The Magic of the Backroads of Bourgogne

Bourgogne wines are some of the finest, most sought-after wines in the world. Bourgogne is a legendary wine region and a reference for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. It is also a complex wine region with its numerous appellations and shared “climats” and is not always easy to understand. Travelling to Bourgogne allows you to grasp first-hand the meaning of terroir, the underlying concept which is the basis of its appellation system, and taste and savor many of these exceptional wines.

There are not 140 miles of distance between Chablis and the Mâconnais, but rather 45 million years of geological history represented in soils on and around escarpments, coombs, colluviums, fault lines, and bioherms. One visit to Bourgogne will make you a terroir-ist for the rest of your life.

The landscape is fractured; the vineyanted by extensive multiple-ownership. Bourgogne is both complicated and complex…and seeing is believing.

Bourgogne takes the broad French concept of terroir and winnows it down to something infinitesimally exacting within the framework of AOC law. There are approximately 500 AOCs, or designated zones of wine production, in France. One hundred and one of them are in Bourgogne alone. This northeastern section of France representing a 140 miles stretch from Chablis to the Mâconnais, is responsible for 6% of French wine production, yet represents 20% of all French AOCs.


  • Instruction throughout by Andrew Jefford, renowned wine writer and educator.
  • All professional-level tours and extensive tastings at top-quality wine producers
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout, to provide customer service and logistics support
  • 3 nights at 5-star Grand Hotel La Cloche in the center Dijon, double occupancy; 2 nights at 4-star Hotel 360 Panorama in Mâcon, double occupancy
  • 5 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 gourmet lunches and 2 delicious dinners with top-quality wines
  • Enrollement in Bourgogne Masters online course, including study manual, online webinars and online exam

*Price per-person, double occupancy. Download the brochure to get the detailed pricing.


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@Jon WyandYour Wine Tour Instructor: Andrew Jefford

  • Wine writer since 1988.
  • Author of The New France, Whisky Island, Andrew Jefford's Wine Course, and Drinking With the Valkyries: Writings On Wine.
  • Academic Advisor with the Wine Scholar Guild.
  • Contributing Editor and columnist for Decanter and World of Fine Wine.
  • Winner of 8 Glenfiddich Awards and 8 Roederer Awards

Your Wine Tour Manager : Mary Kirk, DipWSET

Assisting the instructor and making sure logistics run smoothly and that your needs are answered will be Mary Kirk.

Mary has been leading wine tours in France for over 15 years and has been tour manager for WSG study trips for over 5 years. She is also a DipWSET, FWS and certified French Sommelier-Conseil.

Mary also teaches wine in Paris, specifically Sommellerie at Ferrandi Gastronomic school of Paris, and has also taught FWS in Paris. Her other activities include leading wine events and consulting in the French wine sector.

She may be a familiar face to some of you because until recently she also took care of WSG members as our Community and Membership Manager. She now devotes herself soley to being the Wine Tours Manager at WSG.


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Domaine Sylvain Pataille, Marsannay

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Domaine Henri et Gilles Buisson, St Romain

Domaine de Bongran, Quintaine/Clessé

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  • Top wine industry professionals and regional experts as instructors
  • Service of tour manager offering customer service and logistics support during the trip
  • Professional-level visits with educational objectives
  • Tastings of dozens of top-quality wines during estate visit and included meals
  • Opportunity to meet the producers and local specialists
  • Access to wine estates often closed to the public
  • Join a community of fellow wine professionals and serious enthusiasts

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