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Loire Wine Tour - Jun 2022 (SOLD OUT)

Loire Wine Study Tour with Pascaline Lepeltier

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June 19 – June 24, 2022

Embark on our Loire Study Tour!

Become one of the few to understand and master the wines of this authentic part of France! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to travel through all the key appellations of this authentic wine region of France with a true expert and fabulous instructor.

By nature and nurture the Loire is an aristocratic place. Even the wines manifest this inherent equilibrium of structure and precision and grace. Over 300 castles and/or châteaux, plus gardens, vineyards and broad expanses of cropland, flank the Loire River. It is because of this exquisitely pastoral yet cultured landscape that the region is known as “Le Jardin de la France”, France’s Garden. It is the home of some of the most delicious, delectable, enjoyable French wines.

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  • Enjoy guidance and instruction from Loire Valley native Pascaline Lepeltier MOF
  • Travel to most of the region’s wine appellations including: Sancerre, Vouvray, Chinon, Saumur-Champigny, Savennières
  • Taste rare and distinctive wines including racy whites, refreshing rosés, reds that favor fruit over force, and sumptuous sweet and sparkling wines made from the versatile grape Chenin Blanc
  • Visit Sancerre, the most famous ambassador for crafting Sauvignon Blanc in the world.
  • Get access to some of the most prestigious and sought-after small wine producers
  • Enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Loire river, including world-famous castles and cathedrals
  • Indulge in the renowned, authentic cuisine of the Loire…cave-cultivated button mushrooms, goat cheeses, black truffles, saffron, artichokes and all manner of tree and berry fruits.

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

Meals were very delicious and well-paired with amazing wines.
Albert Sheen
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, June 2019
This was a spectacular trip. The producers we were given access to couldn't have extended a warmer welcome and shared special wines and insights with us.
Heather Ritchies
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, October 2017
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
It was a great opportunity to learn more about the wines of the Loire and taste some of the best wines along with the winemakers and/or owners.
Paul Chaconas
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, October 2017
... I also really enjoyed the food. The lunch on the first day in Sancerre was beautiful!
Harini Ara
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, October 2017

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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 6 DAY LOIRE IMMERSION STUDY TOUR INCLUDES: 

  • Instruction throughout by Loire native sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier MOF
  • All professional-level tours and tastings at top quality wine producers
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout, to provide customer service and logistics support
  • 3 nights at 4-star Hotel Le Choiseul in Amboise, double occupancy
  • 1 night at 4-star Hotel of the Fontevraud Abbaye in Fontevraud, double occupancy
  • 1 night at 4-star Hotel Novotel in Angers, double occupancy
  • Welcome drink with your instructor and tour manager
  • 2 gastronomic dinners with fine wines, including one at a Michelin 1-star restaurant
  • 5 gourmet lunches with fine wines
  • 5 delicious buffet breakfasts
  • Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
  • The complete WSG Loire 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: Pascaline Lepeltier MOF

  • 2018 Best French Sommelier
  • Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) 
  • Restaurateur in New York
  • Wine writer
  • Loire Valley native

 

Pascaline is terrific. I have never met ANYONE who knows more about every single aspect of wine than does she! She answers all questions thoroughly and without any hint of condescension. I loved spending the week with her!
Bruce Smoller
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, June 2019
Pascaline was so down to earth and knowledgeable.
Harini Ara
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, October 2017
Pascaline is super knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Loire.
Paul Chaconas
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, October 2017
Very energetic and very knowledgeable about the region.
Catherine Yen
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, October 2017
Pascaline was an inspiring and knowledgeable instructor - she is truly passionate about biodynamic and natural wines.
Vanessa Go
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, October 2017


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 Loire Wine Tours

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

Domaine Gerard Boulay in Chavignol

Domaine Vincent Gaudry in Sury-en-Vaux  

Domaine de la Grange Tiphaine in Amboise

Domaine Vincent Careme in Vouvray 

Domaine Huet in Vouvray

Bernard Baudry in Cravant-les-Côteaux

Domaine de la Chevalerie in Restigné

Domaine Guiberteau in Saint-Just-sur-Dive

La Coulée de Serrant in Savennières

Domaine aux Moines in Savennières

Domaine de Closel in Savennières 

Domaine de la Louvetrie in La Haie-Fouassière

Domaine Vacheron in Sancerre

Domaine Vincent Pinard in Bue

Domaine Francois Chidaine in Montlouis-sur-Loire

Domaine Breton in Benais

Domaine des Roches Neuves in Varrains

Domaines les Grandes Vignes in Bellevigne-en-Layon

Mark Angeli in Bellevigne-en-Layon

Domaine de l'Écu in Le Landreau

Domaine de la Pépière in Maisdon-sur-Sèvre

  

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
Meals were very delicious and well-paired with amazing wines.
Albert Sheen
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, June 2019
I enjoyed every moment of the 5 days we had with Pascaline... the study allowed me to get into the minds of these amazing biodynamic producers.
Vanessa Go
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, October 2017
This was a spectacular trip. The producers we were given access to couldn't have extended a warmer welcome and shared special wines and insights with us.
Heather Ritchies
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, October 2017
The opportunity to meet directly with winemakers and have access to rare back vintages was a huge benefit of traveling with Wine Scholar Guild.
Andy Sechrist
Loire Study Trip with Pascaline Lepeltier MS, October 2017

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