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Rhône Wine Tour - Oct 2022 (SOLD OUT)

Rhône Wine Study Tour with Andrew Jefford

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October 23 – October 28, 2022

Embark on our Rhône Study Tour!

Traveling to the Rhone Valley is rather like touring two regions for the price of one! The narrow, cooler slopes of the Northern Rhone with its famous Hermitage and Côte Rôtie appellations produce some of the most sublime Syrah wines in the world, while the vaster and warmer Southern Rhone offers up the great Grenache blends of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine and other rich wine appellations.

The Rhône is France’s second largest producer of AOC wines (after Bordeaux). Its viticultural history dates back to the Romans who sculpted its terraced topography and introduced the vine.

The river itself links to the Rhine, Seine and Loire through a network of canals and waterways effectively connecting the Mediterranean with the rest of northern Europe. As a principal trade route, this region has long been the cultural nexus between Burgundy and the colder climes to the north and Provence and the warmer regions to the south. Come feel the wind and sun!

In the Rhône, a continental climate meets up with a Mediterranean one and this collision of north and south finds manifest expression in the local food culture. Lyon is the culinary heart of France. Here the cuisine au beurre (butter) mixes with the cuisine à l’huile (olive oil). There are more Michelin-starred restaurants in this French city than in any other (outside of Paris)! Taste what people are talking about!

It is in the Rhône where east also meets west. The granite and schist of the Massif Central (west) collide with the sedimentary soils of the Alps and its foothills (east). Touch it!

The wines of this region are as powerful as the geology, topography and cultural history that has shaped it. The wines themselves are living legacies. There is no place like Rhône.

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  • Discover this remarkable Rhone wine region with your instructor Andrew Jefford, the multi-award-winning writer for Decanter and World of Fine Wine magazines, recently appointed overall Academic Advisor for Wine Scholar Guild
  • Visit the most renowned estates of the Northern and Southern Rhone. Tour the stunning vineyard sites with winegrowers for a detailed and precise study of the unique terroirs of appellations such as Condrieu, Côte Rôtie, Hermitage or Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
  • Meet the winemakers and enjoy extensive insider tastings of some of the best Rhone wines. Experience the depth and exceptional quality of these seductive yet not always well-known Syrah, Viognier or Grenache-based wines.
  • Lunch and dine in the region's best restaurants and enjoy tasting Rhone wines in a gastronomic setting, perfectly paired with creative local cuisine.

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

I count this as the best wine-focused trip I have taken...I would not hesitate to take another WSG trip.
Richard Peterson
Rhone Study Trip with Christophe Tassan, June 2016
The trip was very well organized and we visited major producers in virtually every major region within the Rhone.
Blake Cherrington
Rhone Study Trip with Christophe Tassan, June 2016
The biggest highlight was our final dinner, at the Chef's table in the kitchen of La Mirande. An unforgettable night of food, wine, song and friends.
Greg Forshay
Rhone Study Trip with Christophe Tassan, June 2018
We went to places where few people get to go and received such a warm welcome as people ever get.
Gordon
Rhone Study Trip with Christophe Tassan, June 2016
It was amazing culturally and educationally - a great opportunity!
Jennifer Marcus
Rhone Study Trip with Christophe Tassan, June 2016

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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 RHÔNE IMMERSION STUDY TOUR INCLUDES: 

  • Instruction throughout by renowned Decanter columnist and wine educator Andrew Jefford
  • All professional-level tours and tastings at top-quality wine producers
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout, to provide customer service and logistics support
  • 1 night at 4-Star Hotel Mercure Lyon Centre – Gare Part Dieu in Lyon, double occupancy
  • 2 nights at 4-Star Fac & Spera Hotel & Spa in Tain l’Hermitage, double occupancy
  • 2 nights at 4-Star Hotel Europe in Avignon, double occupancy
  • Welcome drink with your tour instructor and tour manager.
  • 5 buffet breakfasts
  • 3 gourmet lunches with fine local wines
  • Special grouped tasting and gourmet lunch with winemakers of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Tavel
  • 2 gastronomic dinners, expertly matched with top-quality wines of the region
  • Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
  • All hotel and other taxes, and gratuities for included restaurants

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MEET YOUR GUIDE

Your Guide: Andrew Jefford

  • Wine writer since 1988.
  • Author of The New France, Whisky Island, Andrew Jefford's Wine Course.
  • 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

 

Andrew has the personality that makes people feel motivated and excited about each visit.
Catherine Yen
Languedoc-Roussillon Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2018
Enjoyed Andrew’s lectures and accounts which had no wasted words, precise and insightful. He is a true professional and up-to-date scholar (rare) whose precise explanation was very helpful
Yuki Saito, AIWS, CS,Wine Writer/Journalist - San Francisco, California
Bordeaux Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, September 2014
Andrew was fantastic! He did a great job of educating us on the bus. Really a great leader.
Liz PalmerExecutive Director - Texas Wine School
Bourgogne Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, June 2018
Andrew was a great instructor and also very kind and friendly with us. I really enjoyed having him as our guide.
Helena Teixeira Soares
Bourgogne Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, June 2018
Andrew's consummate wealth of knowledge and expertise is staggeringly impressive.
Natalie Leggett
Languedoc-Roussillon Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 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 Rhône Wine Tours

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

Northern Rhône based:

Maison E. Guigal

Domaine Yves Cuilleron

Maison Jean-Luc Columbo

Domaine Georges Vernay

Domaine Alain Graillot

Maison Delas Frères

Domaine Ogier

Maison Michel Chapoutier

Domaine les Hauts Chassis

Domaine Combier

Domaine Clape

Domaine Courbis

Chateauneuf-du-Pape:

Chateau de Beaucastel

Domaine Bosquet des Papes

Domaine de la Janasse

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe

Domaine Raymond Usseglio

Southern Rhône based:

Domaine Richaud

Domaine Cabotte

Domaine La Croix de la Mûre

Chateau de Saint Cosme

Domaine de Cabasse

Domaine le Sang des Cailloux

Domaine de la Mordorée

Domaine Pique–Basse

Domaine Mourchon

Chateau d’Acquéria

Domaine de la Citadelle

Domaine de la Reméjeanne

Philippe Cambie (Œnologue)

Georges Truc (Geologue)

 

The trip was very well organized and we visited major producers in virtually every major region within the Rhone.
Blake Cherrington
Rhone Study Trip with Christophe Tassan, June 2016
The biggest highlight was our final dinner, at the Chef's table in the kitchen of La Mirande. An unforgettable night of food, wine, song and friends.
Greg Forshay
Rhone Study Trip with Christophe Tassan, June 2018
It was amazing culturally and educationally - a great opportunity!
Jennifer Marcus
Rhone Study Trip with Christophe Tassan, June 2016
We went to places where few people get to go and received such a warm welcome as people ever get.
Gordon
Rhone Study Trip with Christophe Tassan, June 2016
I count this as the best wine-focused trip I have taken...I would not hesitate to take another WSG trip.
Richard Peterson
Rhone Study Trip with Christophe Tassan, June 2016

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