Imagine visiting the most famous wineries in the world hosted by two Masters of Wine, staying at a 5 star hotel amidst the vines, dining at Michelin star restaurants, and learning all about the great wines of Bordeaux.
The weather will be warm and the vineyards will be coming to life. Experience the magic of spring in Bordeaux – it’s a once in a lifetime trip!
Wine Tour Highlights:
Private Chateaux - The Bordeaux chateaux that are part of the winery tour are not open to the public. Taste some of the best wines in the world! Lafite Rothschild, Margaux, D’Yquem, Cheval Blanc, La Mission Haut-Brion, Pichon Lalande, Canon, Guiraud, Valandraud, Negociant Joanne, Smith Haut Lafitte.
Dine at Michelin Star Restaurants - We will have spectacular lunches and dinners with the owners and winemakers at the wineries. We’ll go to one of the best restaurants in the world, a 2* Michelin in St-Emilion, and also enjoy a 1* Michelin at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. The restaurant in St-Emilion will be one of your greatest gastronomic experiences ever.
5 Star Hotel Accommodations - We’ll stay at a 5 star hotel surrounded by vineyards (Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte – Les Sources de Caudalie), which is famous for their spa. You can watch the spring activity in the vineyard right outside your window.
Your Guides: Two Masters of Wine
James Lawther, Master of Wine, lives in Bordeaux. In the 1980s James worked at Steven Spurrier’s famous Cave de la Madeleine wine shop in Paris; went on to work vintages in Burgundy, Australia and Bordeaux and passed the Master of Wine exam in 1993. He is currently a contributing editor to Decanter magazine and has written a book on Bordeaux. He is the most respected local journalist on the area.
James Cluer, MW and Fine Vintage owner, will also be your guide. James spent several years working for a Bordeaux wine producer and knows the region and the chateaux. James operates six WSET schools across Canada and he is the wine consultant for a major international airline as well as wine advisor to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
We will visit a selection of the very best chateaux in Bordeaux, including several of the most famous names in the wine world, like Yquem and Cheval Blanc, Lafite Rothschild and Margaux. In fact, they are all outstanding. The wines we’ll taste will be superb.
We will have spectacular lunches and dinners with the owners and winemakers at the wineries. We’ll go to one of the best restaurants in the world, a 2* Michelin in St-Emilion, and also enjoy a 1* Michelin at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. The restaurant in St-Emilion will be one of your greatest gastronomic experiences ever.
We’ll stay at a 5 star hotel surrounded by vineyards (Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte – Les Sources de Caudalie), which is famous for their spa. You can watch the spring activity in the vineyard right outside your window.
You’ll learn about viticulture, winemaking, and the characteristics of the major appellations of Bordeaux from top experts in the business.
It will be a memorable experience. Great wines, excellent food, a 1st class hotel amidst the vines, and a learning experience beyond comparison.
Why take a tour of Bordeaux from Fine Vintage Ltd?
These Bordeaux chateaux are not open to visitors, unless you are a trade buyer and have a connection. The only reason that we are able to visit is because James Cluer works for various corporations who buy large volumes of Bordeaux wines and James Lawther is a journalist for Decanter. So the chateaux owners are kind enough to open their doors, welcome us for lunches and dinners, and let us taste wines that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars per bottle.
Price: The cost per person is CAD$3,500 including tax.
This price includes accommodation at the luxurious Les Source de Caudalie, all meals except on the Wednesday evening, superb wine at all meals, all chateaux visits and tastings, and local transport. Flights are not included.
There is a CAD$900 supplement if you are traveling alone. This is to cover the cost of the single occupancy hotel room. If you wish, we will try to arrange for you to share with someone else and put both interested parties in touch with each other.
To Join the Tour:
Simply email James@finevintageltd.com and we’ll send you the booking form.
PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited! Last year we sold out quickly so sign up soon to avoid disappointment.
For full program details, please visit our website: http://www.finevintageltd.com/
Fine Vintage Ltd
5719 Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC, Canada V7W 2R8
Telephone: 1 604 922 4915
Toll Free in North America: 1 866 379 4915
About James Cluer & Fine Vintage Ltd:
As a passionate and enthusiastic wine educator, James draws on his 18 years of international experience to make the WSET wine courses fascinating, fun and always delivered in a relaxed style. He has worked with high profile winemakers in France, Australia and California and visited the majority of the world's wine regions. He has taught over 3,500 students the WSET courses and has one of the highest pass rates in the industry. The Fine Vintage wine courses are so highly respected that they are offered in partnership with the University of British Columbia.
As a Master of Wine, James is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on wine. The MW is considered to be the pinnacle of qualifications in the wine industry. There are only 30 MW's in North America and 300 worldwide.
Fine Vintage Ltd. is an Approved Program Provider for the UK-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust, recognized as the gold standard in wine education.
As a consultant to the wine industry, James is the Wine Consultant for a major international airline, is the wine advisor to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and consults to the BC government. He also writes for two magazines and a major newspaper.
Fine Vintage Ltd runs wine tasting tour holidays to classic wine regions like the Napa Valley, California, USA, Bordeaux, France, Tuscany, Italy and Rioja and Castile, Spain.
James also operates the wine employment recruitment websites: http://www.WineJobsCanada.com, http://www.WineJobsUSA.com, and http://www.WineJobsCalifornia.com.
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About Fine Vintage Ltd:
Fine Vintage Ltd is owned and operated by James Cluer and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Fine Vintage Ltd operates six WSET wine schools providing Sommelier courses and wine tasting courses in Canada. Wine courses are available in Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton and Calgary.