I have organised several vineyard holidays; three to Alsace, two to Burgundy, one to the Loire Valley, two to Bordeaux, and one to Tuscany. So, the last trip to Alsace was the tenth. Over the years, the format has been 'tweaked' so the current formula is close to being ideal! I could arrange holidays by air, but I haven't done so far, because one of the great joys of a wine holiday is discovering and buying wines that are not normally on sale in the UK.
The beauty of travelling by a 50 seat executive coach, less than half-full, is that there is plenty of room in the coach boot for wine purchases, it's also very comfortable when there is plenty of space to move about, and change your seat as the fancy takes takes you. It's also very convenient and relaxing travelling from door to door.
We always travel in comfort via overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo if visiting western or south west France, and from Hull to Zeebruges, when visiting Alsace, Burgundy and the Champagne region. This makes the journey a pleasant experience and a part of the holiday. The format is one that has been tried and tested, and works well.
We usually stay in a three star hotel for six nights, and have four days of wine tastings at the vineyards, followed by a free day for sightseeing and shopping. Often the days spent travelling down and back from the vineyard area visited, also include a tasting visit.
Although I am not a travel agent and do not organise these popular holidays for the general public (they are organised for members and friends of particular Wine Clubs, Wine Appreciation Societies and other groups groups), there are usually a few spare places available, once the members and their friends have booked.
Do contact me regarding spare places if this kind of holiday appeals, especially if you are a member of another wine group, club or society.
If you are a wine club or wine society member, please mention this service to your club chairman. Group vineyard holidays can be organised to the Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux, and the Loire valley vineyards. Alsace holidays usually include a Champagne tasting visit, en-route, and a vineyard visit in the Baden district of Germany; Burgundy holidays include a Champagne visit, and vineyard visits in the 'off the beaten track' wine region of the Jura, close to the Swiss border. Bordeaux holidays usually include a Cider and Calvados visit, (either in Brittany or Normandy), or a Cognac visit or both!
This type of holiday is also available for corporate groups, organisations such as Rotary Clubs, and other social groups. Full details on request. Do tell your club Chairman or Secretary.