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Burgundy wine – Private guided day tours & special tours

Discover the inner beauty and complexity of the Côte d’Or & Chablis, and their wines, with the well-known and specialist burgundy author
Bill Nanson.

Take advantage of Bill’s accumulated knowledge to take one of these guided tours in English or German language. These tours are available during the whole year and for any day of the week.

Day tours…

DSC02865The individual format is always tailored to your specific requests, or you may simply wish to leave the choices to the discretion of burgundy wine author, Bill Nanson – of-course after a few details from you – but all tours include a pick up and return to your accommodation in the Côte d’Or or Chablis. If you need hotel/accommodation recommendations – then no affiliations, but no problem!

A typical day tour lasts from 09h00 to 17h30, meeting you at your accommodation. There may be a general presentation of Burgundy as a region and its wine-making. We may taste examples of the different levels of wine qualities (the AOCs – appellation origine contrôlée) before visiting the famous villages of the Côte de Beaune & Côte de Nuits or the famous vines of the Chablis region. It may also be possible to visit domaines to taste with winemakers, but will be at their discretion and subject to timing and their workloads – see the note in the Terms and Conditions below.

As you walk the vineyards with Bill Nanson, he will point out not just the different vineyard and village characteristics, but also the very best places to exercise your cameras – and of-course to eat!

The Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits in one day is a whistle-stop tour, but if you prefer to focus on one or the other (after some discussion of your preferences) there will be the chance for a more in-depth perspective – to add to (hopefully) your non-stop questions for Bill. Of-course, multiple days allow a greater opportunity for detail and producer visits.

The cost of this program is 500 Swiss Francs (a little less than 500 Euros, plus 8% (Swiss) tax) for 1 person, or 450 Swiss Francs each for 2 or 400 Swiss Franc each up to up to 3 visitors. For more attendees, please see the ‘Special tours’ section below – Bill’s cost remains constant – but we have to factor in bespoke transport. Lunch is not included in the price of the program, but Bill will recommend a choice of restaurants (more limited in the winter months) either on the day, if you wish, or better still, before and book as you wish.

Send your requirements directly to Bill, using the contact-form below. He’ll soon be in touch to organise dates and to perfect the programme for you.

Simple, easy to understand terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of this page.

Special tours…

These tours are for groups of four (4) or more people and may be for one day or multi-days. The multi-day option allows in-depth visits to the Côte de Beaune, the Côte de Nuits and alsothe unfairly forgotten region of Chablis – in the opinion of Bill Nanson, a true part of Burgundy and the region offering the greatest value of all white burgundy wine. This tour type offers the opportunity for more in-depth tasting opportunities too – like older vintages or specific wine areas.

These special tours take into account multiple accommodation possibilities and recommendations for great places to eat and drink too.

Use the contact form below, whether you are a lone traveler or a group of twenty and let Bill Nanson know what you want and when you want it!

Tour Info – Contact Form

Terms and conditions…
  • Your booking is not secured until payment is received, before payment, no transportation, reservations or appointments will be made – Burgundy Report’s services must be paid for in advance – 8 weeks before the tour date.
  • All bookings are refundable, and for any reason, up to 4 weeks prior to the event date, less an 8% administration charge.
  • I’m sorry to say, that if you do not turn up for booked event, then no refund will apply.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any course or event – of-course if we cannot find a mutually acceptable rescheduling time, the cost of the event will be fully reimbursed, without any fees.
  • Whilst Bill will do all that he can to provide interesting tasting opportunities, he is not a matchmaker to get you appointments at Rousseau, Coche-Dury, Leroy et-cetera. Even to attempt doing so would curtail his visiting possibilities to taste the new vintages for his reports. If, however, you are already a customer of a ‘famous’ domaine and can get an introduction through your local importer, then Bill will factor this into your tour and make sure you get to the right place at the right time. But feel free to offer the names of your favourite producers – sometimes the impossible is possible!
  • For corporate programs a deposit of 50% is payable at the time booking, the balance is due, latest, 1 month before the start of the course.
  • Burgundy Report reserves the right to ask any person to leave any event if their behavior is deemed unacceptable or disruptive to others.
  • Burgundy Report will not serve alcohol to guests under the age of 18.
  • Burgundy Report is registered as a business in Switzerland, so 8% Swiss purchase tax is levied on all invoices – but that’s cheaper than the 20% tax in France – right?!