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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 all of the visits with winemakers, growers, and Champagne houses.
Mona Hart
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, October 2019
The itinerary was well thought out, exciting and challenging...and I have made friends for life! The trip was a once-in-a lifetime.
Kristen Rolando
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018
The trip was a great finale of studies before I sit for the exam.
Jane OwenFounder - Bubbly and Blade
Champagne Study Trip with Charles Curtis MW, 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
At every stop, we were treated like serious wine enthusiasts and felt the warmth of local hospitality.
Andy Sechrist
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018

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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 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
I found Essi very professional and knowledgable. I enjoyed her as our instructor very much.
Nancy Jorgensen
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, May 2018
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
Essi really showed each wine maker a high level of respect, and it was obvious that she was held in high regard with each of them.
Jana Blackburn
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, October 2019
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 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

 

 

 

It was wonderful to be able to visit each producer and to taste great wines.
John Luttgens
Champagne Study Trip with Charles Curtis MW, June 2019
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
The trip was a great finale of studies before I sit for the exam.
Jane OwenFounder - Bubbly and Blade
Champagne Study Trip with Charles Curtis MW, June 2019
I really enjoyed visiting the smaller growers, as the visits were very personable and hands on.
Jana Blackburn
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, October 2019
I enjoyed All the visits and tastings
Terence Chu
Champagne Study Trip with Essi Avellan, October 2019

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