The Festival Beaujolais Nouveau celebrates the release of the year’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine, and there’s no better time to visit the region. A night of intensive festivities pre-empts two days of in-depth tours and tastings at the famous estates which produce the famous and entirely unique wine.
Highlights of this Wine Tour3 days from £647pp
- Enjoy the excitement and vibrancy of the world-famous Festival Beaujolais Nouveau, one of the world’s most intriguing wines.
- Relax in magnificent accommodation in a stunning chateau in the heart of Beaujolais
- Visit a range of local wineries, from the boutique to the internationally renowned, and taste the finest of their wares
A Sample Itinerary
- After arriving at your accommodation, a beautiful chateau in Beaujolais, only fifteen minutes’ drive from Beaujeu, home of the Festival Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais Nouveau, for the uninitiated, is one of the few wines in the world that is produced, bottled and released in only a matter of weeks, thanks to a winemaking technique known as carbonic maceration. The wine is red, bright, fruity and usually (quite unusually) served chilled. On your first day, you’ll celebrate everything about this unique wine, with private transfers to the town for an evening of food, wine tasting, live music and dancing, before enjoying the fireworks at midnight and celebrations of the new wine that last until dawn.
- This morning, you’ll embark on a visit to a prestigious cooperage, to witness the first-hand craft of making barrels, before touring a local wine estate. After a traditional lunch with accompanying wines, you’ll visit a further boutique wine estate before taking the evening to discover one of the region’s fine dining restaurants.
- Take the morning to enjoy the local chateaux surroundings, before visiting one of these local chateaux to try some of the very finest wine available in Beaujolais, and then relaxing with private transfers back to the airport.
Need to know: Prices are based on 2 people in double / twin occupancy and are subject to availability. The date of the Festival Beaujolais Nouveau is the third Thursday of every November, from 12:01am (this year, on the 19th). This tour is only available around that date, although alternative tours at other times are available. This is a tailor-made itinerary that we can happily adapt to suit your requirements. All our suggested packages are completely flexible and designed to give you some ideas and inspiration of what we can offer.
Getting Here: The easiest way to fly to Burgundy is to either Paris Orly or Paris Charles de Gaulle airports.
You can fly to Orly airport from Heathrow with British Airways, from LondonCity with CityJet and from Southampton by Flybe.
You can fly to Charles de Gaulle from Heathrow by British Airways or Air France.Air France also flies from Birmingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Manchester, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. EasyJet operates from Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Gatwick and Luton, Flybe operates from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Manchester and Newcastle, whilst Jet2 runs flights from Leeds/Bradford and Manchester.
From Paris, you can reach Burgundy by rail or by road.
TGV trains travel from Paris’ Gare de Lyon, in the city centre, to an array of Burgundy stations – Dijon, Mâcon, Montbard, Auxerre and Chalon-sur-Saône – throughout the day. The journey from Paris to each of these will take anywhere between 1 hour and 1½ hours, with the exception of Chalon-sur-Saône, which takes 2½ hours. Burgundy also has its own dedicated regional rail system, known as TER, which links the region’s towns and cities.
The Burgundian urban areas aren’t too far in distance from Paris. Auxerre is the closest, and will take approximately 2 hours. Dijon and Mâcon are about a 3½ drive away, whilst Chalon-sur-Saône should take just under 4 hours. Driving from St. Malo, Caen or Dover (if you caught a ferry over the Channel) will add on an extra 4 hours, 2½ hours and slightly over 4 hours, respectively.
Please not that SmoothRed is ABTA and ATOL bonded and will happily make travel arrangements for you.
Nearby Wine Regions: Burgundy is well positioned between a number of other French wine regions. The closest is Champagne, a 3hr drive north, Alsace 3.5 hours north-east and the Loire Valley, 4 hours west. And if you’re a fan of reds, why not make a visit south to Bordeaux? approximately six hours drive are the Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots to match Burgundy’s famous Pinot Noirs. So, stay a little longer and tick another region off your list?
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