Champagne Wine Tour - June 2023 (SOLD OUT)

Champagne Wine Tour with Essi Avellan MW

SOLD-OUT

Champagne Wine Tour with Essi Avellan MW

June 20 – June 24, 2023

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YOUR 4 DAY CHAMPAGNE WINE 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 WINE GUIDES

Your Wine Tour Instructor: Essi Avellan, MW

  • Co-author of “Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wines”
  • Master of Wine specialized in Champagne wines
  • 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

It was a priviledge to have Essi Avellan and her insights and knowledge as our instructor - opening so many doors to us that we would not normally have access to.
Caroline Kelley
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, June 2022
Essi is professional, well connected and respected by the champagne industry.
Wai Mun TYE
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, June 2022
Essi is pure class and is well-respected and legendary for a reason. It was an honor to meet her and to learn from her. She is a great ambassador for WSG and the entire Champagne Region.
Lynda Pitts
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, June 2022
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 has deep contacts in the area and opened a lot of doors for us.
Andy Sechrist
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018


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 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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8 reasons to join our Champagne Wine Tour in 2023

  • 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.

These visits contained so many highlights. The attention we received as members of WSG from the key people in these wineries was second to none.
Caroline Kelley
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, June 2022
An excellent selection covering Champagne houses/growers and a co-op. Essi and Mary were really amazing - efficient, well connected and made the trip enjoyable whilst keeping to the time schedules.
Wai Mun TYE
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, June 2022
The wineries and the purpose and the meaning of each wineries for educational purposes was fabulous.
Lynda Pitts
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, June 2022
First and foremost, the instructor, Pascaline Lepeltier, whose in-depth knowledge of the Loire Valley wines, enthusiastic energy and sense of humor, was a key success factor for this trip.
Weyler Rocha Lima
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, June 2019
Pascaline's enthusiasm was unsurpassed, as was the obvious relationships that she had with all of the wine makers that we visited. I think that the trip was remarkably well coordinated and put together.
Bruce Smoller
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, June 2019
I enjoyed each of the wineries we visited and the range of styles that we were exposed to. Meals were very delicious and well-paired with amazing wines.
Albert Sheen
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, June 2019
The care and attention that each chef de cave and grower producer gave to our group....was just right for our group. Meeting with them was really the key to having an enjoyable part of the trip because they have insights that others in the industry may n
Katie AllenVice President of Sales - Wine Shop At Home
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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Estates visited on previous Champagne 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 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

 

 

 

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The Magic of Champagne

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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