Wine Tasting Classes
Activities in France - wine tasting classes in France
Great wine tasting schools and centers of France
Paris / Ile de France
Centre d'Information, de Documentation, et de Dégustation
45, rue Liancourt 75014 Paris
Tel: 01- 43-27-67-21 Fax: 01- 43-20-84-00
Evening or weekend classes on a particular theme are available by request for groups of a minimum of five people. Special lectures or dinners with wine tasting can also be arranged and are offered to the public throughout the year.
Special wine tasting sessions can be planned on request for individuals and groups. Other activities of CIDD include open houses with producers, wine discovery evenings, lectures and tastings with producers, and wine country tours. There are 12 courses offered in English, ranging from The Mechanics and Principles of Tasting to Champagne and Sparkling Wines, for beginning to advanced levels.
Loic de Roquefeuil
Versein et Minvielle 50, rue Sainte-Anne 75002 Paris
Tel: 01- 42-61-99-88
Three-hour wine classes emphasizing the relationship between the land and wine are available for groups upon request. 30 people maximum. Flexible location and prices.
Maison de la Vigne et du Vin de France
21, rue François 1er - 75008 Paris
Tel: 01- 47-20-20-76 Fax: 01- 47-23-07-21
The Maison de la Vigne rents space in an elegant 19th-century Hôtel Particulier near the Champs-Elysées to groups of amateurs or professionals and La Maison de la Vigne et du Vin can organize a wine tasting course for groups of 10 to 50 people, the price depending on the theme, number of people, etc. Groups of 5 to 15 can have a 30 to 45 minute initiation to wine tasting in the boutique. English possible for groups.
Musée du Vin
Rue des Eaux 5, square Charles Dickens 75016 Paris
Tel: 01- 45-25-63-26 Fax: 01- 40-50-91-22
The Wine Museum, located in the miraculously preserved vaulted cellars of the 14th-century Abbey of Passy, offers a wine course every Saturday from 10:00am to noon. Part theory and part tasting, classes usually focus on one particular wine region. The museum displays centuries-old tools of the trade brought to life by wax figures and represent all stages in the life of wine. Restaurant and wine bar on the premises. For large groups, with prior arrangements, tours and tastings in English can be arranged.
Burgundy/Bourgogne - Between Paris and Lyon, Eastern France
L'Ecole du Vin du Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (french only) 12, boulevard Bretonnière B.P. 150 21204 Beaune Cedex
Tel: 03-80-24-70-20 Fax: 03-80-24-69-36
For more than 20 years the Ecole du Vin has offered a diverse program of oenological courses and conferences lasting from two to five days for professionals and amateurs. Groups of at least 12 people can request shorter tastings and introductions to Burgundy wines lasting from two hours to five days starting. Courses are given by various wine professionals. Two-day discovery of Burgundy wines available.
Franche-Comte - South of Alsace, North of Lyon, by the Swiss Border, Eastern France
André Jeunet (french only)
Le Prieuré Notre-Dame Hôtel 10, rue du Vieux-Château 39600 Arbois
Tel: 03-84-66-05-67 Fax: 03-84-66-24-20
Award winning wine specialist André Jeunet, a retired hotel and restaurant professional. André Jeunet offers a one- to three-day program on the wines of Arbois with a background lesson on regional history, visits to wineries, and gourmet meals. In French, but you are welcome to hire an interpreter.
Loire Valley - Southwest of Paris
Saint-Hilaire–Saint-Florent 49426 Saumur Cedex
Tel: 02-41-50-11-12 Fax: 02-41-50-24-32
The Bouvet-Ladubay wine producers offer a Tasting School, created in 1989, destined to amateurs and professionals. The teacher is Jean Bellard, former writer of the Hachette guide to Loire wines. Half-day tasting lesson for up to 20 people. One-day lesson on harmonizing wine and food with visit of the vineyard and lunch at a Relais & Châteaux property also available.
Poitou-Charentes - Western France
Université Internationale des Eaux-de-Vie et Boissons Spiritueuses (french only)
B.P. 37 16130 Segonzac
Tel: 05-45-83-35-35 Fax: 05-45-83-31-72
June to August three hours are devoted to Cognac with a slide presentation and guide to tasting, Tuesdays and Thursdays in French, Wednesdays in English. Two and one-half hour evening sessions from December to January give an introduction to tasting technique; complete seven-course cycle. Upon request, these sessions and other tasting can be organized for groups at any time throughout the year.
Provence - Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Areas, Southeastern France
Maison des Vins
Côtes de Provence R.N. 7 83460 Les Arcs-sur-Argens
Tel: 04-94-47-47-70 Fax: 04-94-73-36-19
A variety of initiation to wine courses are available, ranging from a simple tasting lasting one hour to a half-day presentation with a gourmet lunch harmonizing a variety of wines with meal. For groups only. English by request.
Rhone-Alps - Lyon and Grenoble Areas, Southeastern France
Université du Vin
Château de Suze
Tel: 04-75-04-86-09 Fax: 04-75-98-24-20
This prestigious wine school, open since 1978 at the medieval château de Suze-la-Rousse, is situated between Avignon and Valence.
Special weekend courses are open to beginning amateurs from October to July and to advanced non-professionals in May. Some courses can be taught in English or simultaneously translated. Individualized courses can be given in English by reservation for groups of twelve or more. Initiation courses and advanced courses are available.
Aquitaine - Bordeaux Area, Southwestern France
Château Loudenne Ecole du Vin
Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc 33340 Lesparre
Tel: 05-56-09-05-03 Fax: 05-56-09-02-87
Learn the theory of winemaking and the art of wine tasting at the Château Loudenne (Cru Bourgeois – classified château) in the heart of the famous Médoc vineyards.
In the U.S.:
Wine Enthusiast Companies P.O. Box 39 Pleasantville, NY 10570-0039
Tel: 914-345-8463 Fax: 800-833-8466
Three-hour introductory course includes vineyard visit, explanation of viticulture and vinification, and tasting. Two and one-half day courses include visits to other château and tasting of 10 crus classées. Five-day courses include lectures on wine history and production, visits of numerous châteaux, and a black tie dinner.
Institut d'Oenologie de l'Université de Bordeaux II (french only)
351, cours de la Libération
33405 Talence Cedex
Tel: 05-56-84-64-58 Fax: 05-56-84-64-68
Major school of wine tasting and production, established in 1949, designed for professionals. Two classes, an introduction to wine and tasting and an introduction to Bordeaux wines, are open to amateurs.
Lionel Delbancut Consultants (L.D.C.)
138, cours du Médoc
Tel: 05-56-43-03-12 Fax: 05-56-50-42-39
Five-day study tour cover such subjects as an introduction to the major wine producing regions of France, the diversity of Bordeaux vineyards, analytical tasting, basic vine-growing techniques, winemaking techniques, and storing and serving wine.
Packages include tour of Bordeaux region and visits to numerous châteaux, cooperatives, wine-merchants, lectures, and more. Tailor-made wine courses are available in English upon request for groups of six or more.
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