Alsace Wine Tour - Oct 2023

Alsace Wine Study Tour with Andrew Jefford

October 15 – October 20, 2023

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YOUR 6 DAY ALSACE IMMERSION STUDY TOUR INCLUDES: 

  • Instruction throughout by renowned Decanter columnist and wine educator Andrew Jefford
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout, to provide customer service and logistics support
  • Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
  • 5 nights at 4-star Novotel Suites Hotel in Colmar, double occupancy
  • Welcome drink with your instructor and tour manager
  • 4 delicious lunches with top-quality wines
  • 2 gourmet dinners, including one at a Michelin 1-star restaurant, paired with great wines
  • 5 buffet breakfasts
  • All professional-level tours and extensive tastings at top-quality wine producers
  • All hotel and other taxes, and gratuities for included restaurants

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MEET YOUR GUIDES

@Jon WyandYour Guide: 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 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 15 years and has been tour manager for WSG study trips or over 5 years. She is also a DipWSET, FWS and certified French Sommelier-Conseil.

She may be a familiar face to some of you because she also takes care of WSG members as our Community and Membership Manager.

Mary also teaches wine in Paris, specifically Sommellerie at Ferrandi Gastronomic school of Paris, as well as the FWS program at the Butler Academy in Paris. Her other activities include leading wine events and consulting in the French wine sector.

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7 reasons to join us in Alsace in 2023

  • Discover the Alsace wine region with your instructor, Andrew Jefford, an award-winning journalist for Decanter magazine, presenter of Decanter master classes and author of numerous books on wine including The New France.
  • Tour through Alsace and study the difference in Alsace wine styles.
  • Experience insider tastings with winemakers at top Alsace estates. Taste different vintages and experience the depth and remarkable quality of these distinguished wines.
  • Taste rare sweet wines considered amongst the greatest botrytis-affected dessert wines of the world.
  • Learn about winemaking practices in Alsace when guided by the sun, the moon and the stars with a pioneer of biodynamic viticulture in the region, Olivier Humbrecht MW.
  • Lunch and dine in the region's best restaurants and discover the signature dishes of Alsace and their traditional wine pairings.

Travel with a group of wine students who are serious about wine, either as wine professionals or committed wine lovers. Share an educational, epicurean and unforgettable experience while mastering the world of Alsace. Trips are open to people from all countries, and are held in English.

Everything about the trip was amazing, the Domaines we visited, the food, the hotels, the wines... It was a wonderful experience.
Jenny SimpsonWine Sales - Urban Liqour Store
Alsace Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2019
Fantastic trip all around. I learned a great deal about a region of France whose wines I did not have much knowledge about prior to the trip.
Angelica Kwan
Alsace Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, June 2017
I very much enjoyed all the producer visits. All of them were so welcoming and generous with their time and their wines! Some of the producers poured 17 or 18 wines for us to try, which was a real treat.
Albert Sheen
Alsace Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2019
The trip was well organised. I enjoyed the variety of visits - winery, cellars, people, different sized producers. Super to see Wolffberger to understand the different issues faced.
Sarah RowlandsWine Educator & Writer
Alsace Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, June 2017
All of the wineries we visited welcomed us and presented us with information on viticulture, history, and their wines, as well as answered our questions.
Raju GajarawalaWineologist - Mid-State Wine&Liquor L.P
Alsace Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2019

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Estates visited on previous Alsace Wine Tours

The list below is a sample of estates we visited in the past. We would like to thank the following estates and individuals for having welcomed us and our students on past Alsace wine tours:

Domaine des Maronniers

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht

Domaine Marcel Deiss

Cave Cooperative de Ribeauvillé

Chateau de Kientzheim

Domaine Albert Mann

Maison Hugel

Domaine Leon Beyer

Domaine Mittnacht Frères

Domaine Schlumberger

Domaine Albert Boxler

Domaine Rieffle-Landmann

Domaine Marc Tempé

Domaine Weinbach

Maison Wolfberger

Chateau de Kientzheim

Maison Trimbach

Domaine Paul Blanck 

Domaine Schoffit

 

The Magic of Alsace

Alsace is uniquely positioned in North-East France, between the Vosges Mountains and the German border. Cut off topographically from the rest of France and wide open to the Rhine and its people, Alsace has developed a unique culture and wine tradition that is an amalgamation of both Teutonic and Gallic influences. With 5 sub-regions, 13 grape varieties, 200+ terroir styles, and 1,000 producers crafting more than 10, 000 cuvées of dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet or sweet wines every year, Alsace is incredibly complex. This tour will allow you to master this fascinating wine region.

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