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Gourmet Tours

Burgundy by Request

Burgundy vineyards photo BIVB Drouhin Vineyards of the Cote d'Or Burgundy, Photo Drouin BIVE Abbaye de Fontenay, Burgundy, France

Private bespoke guided tours in Burgundy for wine tasting, history and culture.

If you have read Jancis Robinson’s article Visiting the Burgundy Wineries, you will have seen the pitfalls of visiting the winegrowers and just how important a guide is in this region of France if your wine tasting is to be an enjoyable experience, rather than a frustration.

Tracy Thurling, Burgundy by RequestTracy Thurling (right) who heads up Burgundy by Request has lived in the region for over 15 years and considers herself an 'honorary Burgundian'. During this time, she has forged excellent relationships with the independent wine growers and increased her skills and knowledge by gaining the diploma in ‘Vin, Culture et Oenotourisme’ at Dijon Univerisity. Each of her tours is designed specifically for you - this is not a mini bus tour - it is a one-off agenda for you where she, or one of her native English speaking guides, will be your host.

Visiting the wineries can be the start, you can add on historic places, such as Fontenay Abbey, a market or a famous cheese shop. She will pick you up from your accommodation and show you the best of Burgundy in a relaxed way. The key here is that she adapts to you and your requests.

If you would like transfers from the airport or hotel, this is possible also for tour guests. There are no fixed itineraries and you will never be expected to share with anyone else. Tracy is fully registered to drive passengers for tourism purposes and has the Carte Professionelle for chauffeurs, now a compulsory requirement to drive tourists in cars and minibuses.

Wine by Jean Claude Boisset BurgundyShe knows the wine and history of Burgundy inside out. If you want an introduction, an overview or more detail in-depth this will be provided. You will have lunch in a traditional restaurant and gain a lot of local knowledge from her en route. All you have to do is enjoy yourselves.

Passionate about her adopted region, professional guide and experienced wine taster, Tracy will introduce you to the ‘terroir bourguignon’ with humour and simplicity, stories and anecdotes so that you will discover the authentic Burgundy, its vineyards, heritage and gourmet delights.

As a price guide, depending on the itinerary and the number of guests, reckon on around 280 euros per person per day for the trip.

e.mail: tracy@burgundybyrequest.com