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    Champagne Wine Tour - Jun 2022 (SOLD OUT)

    Champagne Wine Study Tour with Essi Avellan, MW

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    June 14 – June 18, 2022

    Embark on our Champagne Study Tour!

    Champagne…the name conjures up visions of a prestigious and celebratory drink. It is a sparkling wine of sophistication, yet also one of interesting styles and nuances. Non-vintage, vintage, zero-dosage, brut, blanc de blanc or rosé champagne are a few of the different styles of champagne. The art of blending, a distinctive terroir and a winemaker's vision are only some of the variables that give rise to a wide range of champagne styles.

    Travel with us to the Champagne region to unlock the secrets of this world famous bubbly and experience first-hand what makes this region and its sparkling wine so special.

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    • Discover the Champagne region with your instructor, Essi Avellan MW, world-renowned Champagne specialist and wine author.
    • Tour the different sub-regions of Champagne to get a complete and in-depth view of the appellation. Visit the Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs, the Vallée de la Marne and the Aube vineyards.
    • Learn directly from the cellar masters of some of the most prestigious Champagne houses as you visit and taste with them.
    • Visit and experience the best Champagne tasting with top grower-producers, located in Grand Cru and prestigious Champagne producing villages.
    • Experience tasting base wines of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Meunier and gain a deeper understanding of the importance and art of blending.
    • Dine in the region's best restaurants, to enjoy special Champagnes paired with the local gastronomy.

    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 Champagne. Trips are open to people from all countries, and are held in English.

    I enjoyed how the trip was arranged so each day/visit focused specifically on a region, giving you a sense of place and expression. Also, our tour manager Mary is a gem.
    Nancy Jorgensen
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018
    Seeing both the prestigious large houses and the Growers was just what I was looking for....and the logistics were flawless.
    James Down
    Champagne Study Trip with Charles Curtis MW, June 2019
    The selection of champagnes tasted were also phenomenal and varied- a great way to learn about the diversity of champagne.
    Paola Bossi
    Champagne Study Trip with Charles Curtis MW, June 2019
    I enjoyed All the visits and tastings
    Terence Chu
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, October 2019
    I enjoyed the thoughtful schedule which included big houses as well as small grower/producers. ..the interaction with the Chefs de Caves was an incredible opportunity!
    Sharon MahoneyOwner - Events by the Glass
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, October 2019

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    Based on the current COVID situation and for the safety of our students and hosts, participants will be required to provide a proof of vaccination before joining a 2022 study trip.

    WSG reserves the right to modify sanitary requirements at any time and at its sole discretion. For more information, please consult the study trips Terms and Conditions.

    YOUR 4 DAY CHAMPAGNE IMMERSION STUDY TOUR INCLUDES: 

    • Instruction throughout by Essi Avellan, Master of Wine specialized in Champagne
    • 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
    • 4 nights at 4-star Hotel de la Paix in the center of Reims, double occupancy
    • 4 buffet breakfasts
    • 4 gourmet lunches with top-quality wines
    • 2 gastronomic dinners with very special wines and Champagnes, with one at a Michelin 1-star restaurant
    • Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
    • The complete WSG Champagne Master Level online course, including study manual, online webinars and online exam
    • All hotel and other taxes, and gratuities for included restaurants

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    MEET YOUR GUIDE

    Your Guide: Essie Avellan, MW

    • Co-author of “Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wines”
    • Master of Wine specialized in Champagne
    • Judge at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships
    • Author of “Essi Avellan’s Champagne” and co-author of “Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wines”
    • Organizer of the Grand Champagne Helsinki event

    Essi has deep contacts in the area and opened a lot of doors for us.
    Andy Sechrist
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018
    Essi imparted such detailed knowledge to us....what an asset to have her lead that tour.
    Kristen Rolando
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018
    Essi made sure that all of the participants had equal time and opportunity to interact with the winemakers, growers, and staff. Essi's knowledge of Champagne and the region is extensive, and I learned SO much.
    Mona Hart
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, October 2019
    Essi is well recognised amongst Champagne makers, this is what made the trip so special!
    Elena Kravchenko
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018
    ....above all else - the amazing aspect of having Essi as our instructor and guide; Essi is consummate professional, while also approachable
    Lisa Feltis-German
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018


    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.

     

    Estates visited on previous Champagne Wine Tours

    We would like to thank the following estates and individuals for having welcomed us and our students on past Champagne wine tours:

    Maison Ruinart in Reims and cellar master Frédéric Panaïotis

    Maison Krug in Reims and cellar master Eric Lebel

    Champagne Louis Roederer in Reims and cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon

    Champagne Pierre Paillard in Bouzy

    Maison Bollinger in Aÿ and cellar master Gilles Descôtes

    Champagne Tarlant in Œuilly

    Champagne Dom Perignon in Hautvillers and cellar master Richard Geoffroy

    Champagnes Pierre Gimonnet et Fils

    Champagnes Eric Rodez

    Champagnes Jean-Louis Vergnon

    Champagnes De Saint Gall

    Champagnes Leclerc Briant

    Champagne Eric Rodez in Ambonnay

    Champagne Drappier in Urville (Aube)

    Champagne Veuve Deveaux in Bar-sur-Seine

    Champagne Jacques Lassaigne in Montgueux

    Champagne Gosset in Épernay

    Champagne Lancelot-Pienne in Cramant

    Champagnes Doyard

    Champagnes Boizel

    Champagnes de Venoge

    Chateau de Bligny

    Champagnes Larmandier-Bernier

    Champagnes Vilmart & Cie

     

     

     

    I most enjoyed the visit to Drappier - the family was so gracious and welcoming. I did not want to leave, ever!
    Robert Fullerton
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018
    I really enjoyed listening to the various chefs de cave/grower-producers talk about their wines. It's such an intimate way to gain deep knowledge.
    Albert Sheen
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018
    Amazing access to producers and properties, many (usually) not accessible for those outside of top industry-level VIP....the experience was well beyond expectations.
    Lisa Feltis-German
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018
    I enjoyed the thoughtful schedule which included big houses as well as small grower/producers. ..the interaction with the Chefs de Caves was an incredible opportunity!
    Sharon MahoneyOwner - Events by the Glass
    Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, October 2019
    The selection of champagnes tasted were also phenomenal and varied- a great way to learn about the diversity of champagne.
    Paola Bossi
    Champagne Study Trip with Charles Curtis MW, June 2019

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