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Burgundy by Request
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.
The thought of a guide however can be off putting – will the trip be too regimented, how will the other people in the group be, is a whole day of tasting too much for other members of the family, will the information be tailored for us? Someone who is determined to dispel all these fears is Tracy Thurling (right) who operates Burgundy by Request.
Tracy offers a very personal service of bespoke tours. On her website you answer a simple questionnaire and she designs a day or more around your requests. 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
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. Resident in France for many years, 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.
She 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. As a price guide, depending on the itinerary and the number of guests, reckon on around 200 euros per person per day for the trip.
And at the end of the day, if you would like to buy some of the wines you have tasted to drink when you get home, this can be organised through Wineflite, a dedicated wine shipping service which Tracy subscribes to.
Book your trip online. You can visit Tracy on Tuesdays and Fridays at La Grande Cave de Pierre Laforest in Vougeot and buy wines on her recommendation.