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Wine Tours in Burgundy

Greetings,
Looking for budget friendly accommodations plus wine tours in Burgundy for fall 2021. Local, family owned, small production vineyards preferred. Are there local families that host visitors? Any assistance greatly appreciated.

CR

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Burgundy doesn´t work the same way as does California or Bordeaux. There are family producers but way fewer growers/processers/bottlers/distributors who handle the entire process. Production is often fragmented into growers and négociants.

You might contact the Office de Tourisme in either Beaune or Dijon, explaining what you would like to do. These people are very helpful:

https://www.destinationdijon.com/
https://www.beaune-tourism.com/

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Last year we spent 2 nights at Chez Bagatelle in Chateauneuf en Auxois (https://www.chezbagatelle.fr/). The place was lovely, the owners were very nice, and the village is gorgeous (it's one of the Plus Beaux Villages). As far as wine goes, in most years we've either stopped in at places for tasting, or had visits set up by Burgundian friends, so I'm not sure I can help you with that.

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You can try contacting burgundybyrequest.com for wine tours within the region -- this is a company that does tours in the region. I found tours in the Bourgogne region to be expensive but worth it for among other aspects, the driving. That being said, I lived in the region for a summer and that summer I contacted the wineries and made appointments to visit the wineries and did self-guided tours. We were fortunate because we had a non-drinking travel companion who was happy to be the designated driver on the days that we visited wineries. I think for a person who will be in the region for a short period of time or who does not have a designated driver, a guided tour is the better option.

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We stayed in a nice Airbnb in Beaune last summer very central to everything. We took a half day organized tour to the wineries. It was offered out of the Tourist office. Great tour. I would have love to do more. We also visited both Patriarche and Bouchard, right in Beaune.

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First off, I'll admit I'm not an expert on Burgundy (Bourgogne) as I've only lived here for a little more than four years.

But when we have guests from out of town, a reliable source for wine-related activities is Guillaume Grandin at Les Caves de l'Abbaye in Beaune. He speaks pretty respectable English, and has a knack for introducing visitors to little known wines from the area one would never find in even a well-appointed wine shop. He runs the place in conjunction with Seo Eun Yang, and I would bet either of the two of them would be worth contacting about your goals to see if they could help you.

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Have you looked into the website Tours by Locals? We found an excellent wine guide for Bordeaux through that site. There are listings for guides for various places, either for day tours or short 4 hour tours. I have not looked for Burgundy but it might be worth a look, especially if you do prefer someone who will drive and guide. Not wise to drive and drink! Our Bordeaux guide took us around for two days and scheduled fabulous lunch sites at wineries. The prices are somewhat high but it was a wonderful experience and we felt we really had a good experience. Also, we had a wonderful experience with Seymour Travels in Burgundy.