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Customer References and FAQs

Feedback and messages from a few of our customers, and some of the more frequently asked questions.
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Customer References and FAQs

Read what our clients have to say...

Gourmet Odyssey created the adopt-a-vine Wine Experience back in 2009, and since then we have had the pleasure of enabling many people to learn more about wine and the art of wine-making.

When we created the concept, our aim was to demystify the world of wine in a very open and practical way, to put our clients in direct contact with our passionate partner winemakers, and to give you the time to discuss and discover what being a winemaker really involves.  We’ve had lots of great moments and look forward to many more to come.

Here are a few of the messages and feedback that we have received. And you can also take a look at the more frequently asked questions.

Client feedback

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Bordeaux, France Thanks Mark for transforming this rainy day into a fireworks of memories by your kindness and competence. We very much appreciated listening to the passionate professionals explain their work and letting us taste the fruit of their labour.  We listened attentively to the explanations, tasted great wines, enjoyed a nice meal, and left enchanted by the whole experience.  We'll talk about this day for a long time to come. (Discovery Experience Day at Château Coutet, July 2017)

Daniel & Claire-Marie

 

Customer reference, vien adoption with Gourmet Odyssey, Rhone Valley, France Exceptional and memorable day. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine la Cabotte, July 2017

Jerome

 

Customer reference, wine tasting and winery tour gift box in Saint-Emilion We had a really enjoyable day at Château Coutet, and this despite the weather. We'd like to thank Alain & Juliette for enabling us to better understand the fascinating work of a winemaker. We can't wait to come back for the second day during the harvest. See you soon and thanks again. (Discovery Experience Day at Château Coutet, July 2017)

Dominique

 

Customer reference, tasting experience gift box in Bordeaux, France First and foremost I would like to thank you for such a lovely day on Saturday. It was a pleasure to meet you and be with everyone involved.
I really had no idea of what was really involved in making wine or indeed running a vineyard and
the experience of being in the fields/vineyards with the wonderful atmosphere and views is something that will stay with me forever.
The passion that everyone had was evident throughout the day and to be honest I cant think of anything I would suggest that might improve the experience for anyone else in the future.
Thanks again for a lovely day, I am looking forward to visiting again oneday to pick up my wine from my vines!
Best regards. (Discovery Experience Day at Château Coutet, July 2017)

Peter & Josephine

 

Customer feedback, vineyard tending experience gift box in Loire Valley We'll preciously keep fond memories of this excellent day.  The weather was with us and the group was very nice.  Marc and Louise's explanations were very full and interesting.  And what made it even better was to have the opportunity to participate in working in the vineyard.
We enjoyed the good organic wines from the winery and the well balanced lunch.  To spend the day in the middle of nature, amongst the vines, fields of sunflowers and other crops made it a very relaxing day.
So thanks once again.  We'll be sure to spread the word!
See you again soon to learn more.  Have a great summer! (Discovery Experience Day at Châteaau de la Bonnelière, June 2017) 

Arlette & Gerard

 

Customer reference, vineyard experience gift box in Burgundy The discovery day last Saturday was a great moment. The sun was out and the participants from far and wide were very nice.
A very warm welcome from Mark in a magnificent setting, the winery being located in the middle of the vines.
We learnt much from Anne-Laure and Arnaud, but for us, there is still lots to learn.
We were pleased to meet "our" vines. The adventure continues. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, June 2017) 

Chantal & Remy

 

Customer reference, vine discovery experience gift box in Chablis, France Everything went well and we had an excellent day. We were well looked after by the team at the winery and of course Mark. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, June 2017)

Susi & Bernard

 

Customer reference, winery experience gift box in Burgundy We had a superb day with you last Saturday at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard. We simply loved it and we have great memories of the day!
The organisation and programme were impeccable. We really appreciated the warmth of the welcome and the good atmosphere. The wine tasting and lunch were also very good. And thanks for the adapted meat-free meal!
And to finish, a special mention for Mark who knows how to put everyone at ease and who is very welcoming.
No faults for us!
We wish Gourmet Odyssey a long life! Bravo for this great concept! (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, June 2017)

Alexandra & Kien

 

Customer reference, raising wires in the vieyard gift experience in Chablis, France The organisation was perfect and the day was very interesting. We were enthralled by the explanations of the work in the vineyard.
In the fermentation hall, it was a little difficult to hear the explanations because there was another group with a guide who spoke very loudly. But overall we really enjoyed the day. We won't hesitate to recommend you to our friends.
Thank you and see you soon. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, June 2017)

Philippe & Dominique

 

Customer reference, rent a vine gift and vineyard tending experience, Burgundy, France I had a wonderful time!
It was extremely informative, set in great surroundings with weather to match.
I look forward to coming back next year to collect my rewards! (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, June 2017)

David

 

Customer reference, vine debudding experience gift experience in Bordeaux, France Many thanks. It was an excellent day. (Discovery Experience Day at Château Coutet, May 2017)

Michel

 

Customer reference, tasting experience gift in Languedoc, France Completely satisfied with our day at Domaine Allegria. Nice welcome and good explanation from Ghislain. We enjoyed the wine tasting and meal, and loved Delphine's smile and kindness!! (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Allegria, May 2017) 

Sylvie & Bruno

 

Customer reference, rent a vine and wine tasting experience gift, Chinon, France Thanks again for your welcome and all of the explanations. We had a great day. Thanks. (Discovery Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, May 2017)

Sylvie & Jean-Charles

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Loire Valley, France We went to Château de la Bonneliere last Saturday and I just wanted to thank everyone involved. Your colleague and Mr Plouzeau ensured that we spent a thoroughly enjoyable day. Thank you. (Discovery Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, May 2017)

Sebastien

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Languedoc, France This was our favourite of the three days. The presentation in the cellar was very interesting, clear and passionate. The workshop on the aromas was a great way to prepare for the tasting (maybe you could include this in each of the days!), and the blending a great discovery!
Many thanks to you all. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Allegria, April 2017) 

Claude

 

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Frequently asked questions

Not sure which Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience to choose? To help you select the most suitable Wine Experience for your gift, we've put together a list of the questions that we get asked the most frequently and their answers.

We are also available to guide you in your choice or to give you more information over the telephone by calling us on +33 (0)1 46 27 05 92, or by sending us a message through our contact form.

Which winery should I choose?

That depends on the person you are giving the gift to. Do they prefer red or white wine or do they have a preference for a particular style? You can choose the winery based on the colour of the wine chosen, the red Wine Experience or white Wine Experience, or you can opt for a favourite region. If you are including one or more Experience Days at the winery, you might want to choose the winery based on its closeness and ease of accessibility to the recipient, but sometimes our clients choose a region that is further away so that the recipient can discover a new region. Whichever winery you choose, they are all organically certified, and the winemakers are passionate and eager to share their know-how with you. Find out more aboute our partner wineries.

 

Which Wine Experience Day is the best to include?

You can add one or more of three different types of Experience Days to the package chosen for your gift, either at the time of ordering or at a later date.

The Discovery Experience Day is the best day to get an introduction and overall feel to the winery. The majority of the time is spent in the vineyard participating in and learning about the vital work needed to produce the best quality grapes come harvest time.

The Harvest Experience Day is the most active of the three days, but each harvester is of course free to pick at their own pace - there's no enforced quota to pick, so each participant picks as little or as many grapes as they want! Once the grapes have been picked, the participants follow their journey into the vat and learn about the first stages of fermentation.

The Vinification Experience Day is the most technical of the days, picking up after the harvest, and explaining the work in the cellar to vinify, age and blend the wines before the wine is finally ready to be bottled. There is lots of tasting of wines that are still in the ageing process, and this day is enjoyed by even the most knowledgeable wine enthusiast, as it is an opportunity that is only very rarely accessible.

 

What does a typical Experience Day involve?

Each Experience Day lasts a full day from 9:30 to 16:00, the time necessary to fully immerse your recipient in the life of a winemaker. You'll spend the day with the winemaker and other key members of their team, and whichever day you are participating in, there will always being something practical to get involved with, whether it be pruning or de-budding the vines, harvesting the grapes, or tasting the wines in the cellar. Each day is valid for two people, and a sit-down lunch and wine tasting are also included in the price. For more in depth information read some of the feedback from our clients and write-ups from the days that have been posted onto our blog.

 

Is the wine any good?

Well we like the wines! But more seriously, the quality of the wine is one of the most important of our selection criteria. Each of the wineries chosen regularly produce wine that are featured in the leading wine guides and reviews, and they often produce award-winning wines. We have a long list of criteria, but the other most important factors in selecting our partners are that they are all organically certified and the winemakers themselves are chosen for the passion they enthuse for their profession.

 

Will my gift please?

During the past 7 years we have met many recipients of the Wine Experience, and the vast majority have been delighted with their gift, particularly for the originality of the experience and the opportunity to meet and discuss with the winemakers. Many of our clients come to us having had the Wine Experience recommended to them by someone close. You can find a selection of customer feedback on our site.

 

What are the delivery options for the welcome pack ?

Orders received Monday to Friday before 14:00 Paris time are prepared and sent by the post on the same day. Orders received during the weekend are sent on the following Monday. Standard delivery times using Colissimo are 2 working days for France and 2-6 working days for the rest of Europe. Express delivery times using Chronopost are 1 day for France and 2 days for the rest of Europe. More information on deliveries.

 

Can you gift wrap the welcome pack?

Yes. There is a gift wrapping option available when you place an order. There is a small additional charge of € 5 as gift wrapping is done by hand. We also attach a card using a wax seal, which we can either print with your personalised message or leave blank so that you can add a hand-written message when you receive the welcome pack. The welcome pack contains a wine cooler bag, a DropStop, a Vinolok re-usable glass wine bottle top, a personalised vine adoption certificate, a brochure explaining their Wine Experience, and an access code to their Customer Portal.

 

Can the recipient change their Wine Experience?

Yes. All of our Wine Experiences can be changed to best suit the desires of the recipient. The winery can be changed, or the days can be changed. All you or the recipient need to do is contact us. If there is a difference in price, we'll ask for the additional amount or refund the difference. You or the recipient can also add extra days or extra bottles of wine to the package too.

 

More client feedback

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Pézenas, France Magnificent family winery. Very welcoming and charming wine-makers, very nice co-participants, and above all delicious wine!. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Allegria, April 2017)

Christian

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Burgundy, France A little late, but here are my brief comments on the day: Awesome.
My wife and I had a great time, and we appreciated the discovery and learning aspects as much as the kindness of our hosts. The meal and wine tasting were excellent and of a high quality. All in all a very good experience. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, April 2017) 

Nicolas

 

Customer reference, tasting experience gift box in Burgundy Thanks again for the very informative and interesting vinification day! And thanks for the photos! (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, February 2017) 

Clement & Diane

 

Customer reference, tasting experience gift box in Alsace It's a little late in getting back to you, but we wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic day!
We discovered lots about wine and the region, and met some charming people.
It's a region that we didn't know, which is why I chose it, and we loved it.
We were very weclome everywhere that we went, and the Stentz-Buecher family in particular are very nice.
Thanks for this unforgettable day! (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Becher, March 2017) 

Murielle & Antoine

 

Customer reference, vineyard tending experience gift box in Burgundy Thank you for this day that allowed us to learn more about organic and biodynamic wine growing. The information that Simon shared with us in the vineyard has given us a different vision of the vines. See you again soon for the next experience day. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, April 2017) 

Anne-Marie & Jean-Michel

 

Customer reference, blending experience gift box in Medoc We spent a very enjoyable day last Sunday.
The presentation of the winery was very interesting and the explanation on barrel making and their role in ageing wine, something that is often overlooked, made it a very original approach.
The workshop to blend the different grape varietals clearly demonstrated the importance of this step in producing a quality end product.
We’ll keep an excellent memory of this day. (Vinification Experience Day at Château Beau Rivage, April 2017) 

Armelle & Jean-Jacques

 

Customer reference, vinification  experience gift box in Bordeaux, France We spent a very good day discovering the hard work that goes into making wine.
Everything was perfect. Thanks to the teams at Château Beau Rivage and Gourmet Odyssey.
Best wishes. (Vinification Experience Day at Château Beau Rivage, April 2017)

Claude

 

Customer reference, winery experience gift box in Medoc Excellent day. We liked how the day was organised with the different exercises.
The ambiance was also very good. We’ll fondly remember this very pleasant day.
Best wishes. (Vinification Experience Day at Château Beau Rivage, April 2017)

Christian

 

Customer reference, tasting and blending wine gift experience in Bordeaux, France A fun day where you learn lots. We had a great time in Mark & Christine's company. To do again and to be recommended.
Thank you very much. (Vinification Experience Day at Château Beau Rivage, April 2017)

Thomas & Céline

 

Customer reference, rent a vine gift and vineyard tending experience, Burgundy, France A fantastic day that was interesting and fun on all fronts. To do again.
Kind regards and thanks once more. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, March 2017) 

Patrick

 

Customer reference, vine pruning experience gift experience in Burgundy, France Many thanks. I had a great visit and even if I only remember about 10%, it's enough because your were very professional, kind and interesting. I look forward to visiting again.
Regards to you all. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, March 2017)

Christian

 

Customer reference, tasting experience gift in Burgundy My wife and I were delighted with the Discovery day at Domaine Chapelle on the 12th March.
Everything came together to make it such a success. The competence and availability of the winemakers who are very passionate about their job, without forgetting Myriam, the weather, the setting, etc.
At the end of the day, we felt that we had a better understanding of the difficulty and skill of working in the vineyard, which is so important in arriving at a quality product. No doubt the memories and knowledge acquired during the day will be remembered during our future wine tastings.
Kind regards. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, March 2017) 

Catherine & Richard

 

Customer reference, rent a vine and wine tasting experience gift, Alsace, France A warm welcome, as always at Domaine Stentz Buecher. Thanks to Gourmet Odyssey! (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, March 2017)

Valérie

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Alsace, France Thanks for the photos which capture the fun and spirit of the day spent at the winery.
We had a very very good day with you.  We can't wait for the next one.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, March 2017)

Serge

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Burgundy, France A great time! I think that Guillaume has fallen in love with his vines! (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, February 2017) 

Sophie

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Burgundy, France Fantastic day.
Great ambiance, very interesting and enrichening.
The winery owners are very open and love sharing their passion. It was a true gourmet odyssey. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, February 2017) 

Fred

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Cotes du Rhone, France Many thanks. We can't wait to taste the 2016 vintage (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine la Cabotte, February 2017) 

Maurice & Dominique

 

Customer reference, harvest experience gift box in Alsace Fantastic day, great fun, and great wine. A privilege to be able to harvest grapes from this historic vineyard and to see the cellars. (Harvest Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, October 2016) 

Karen & Mark

 

Customer reference, harvest experience gift box in Alsace We are really happy to have participated in this very elightening day on all fronts. We discovered a great winery, learnt about wine-making, and shared some life expériences! The weather was with us and we had a great laugh too. 

To sum up, it was an unforgetable day! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, October 2016) 

Valerie & Pierre

 

Customer reference, harvest experience gift box in Alsace A very good day. Sun, fun, smiles and beautiful ripe grapes full of sugar... and some great wines that we enjoyed tasting. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, October 2016) 

Valerie

 

Customer reference, harvest and winemaking gift experience in the Loire Valley, Chinonhablis Thanks for this fantastic day! (Harvest Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, October 2016) 

Marion & Thomas

 

Customer reference, rent a vine gift and harvest experience, Bordeaux, France We had a very good day and the sun was shining too, which made the day even more enjoyable. A full and well organised day.

See you soon for the vinification day, and we hope that the harvest finishes well for Christine. (Harvest Experience Day at Château Beau Rivage, October 2016) 

Lagavardan

 

Customer reference, harvest experience gift experience in Chablis Many thanks for this memorable day that is such a change from our usual daily life on our little island many miles away in Saint Barthélémy. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, October 2016) 

Maryse

 

Customer reference, harvest experience gift in Burgundy Good wine with good people. I think that that is the definition of hapiness! Thanks for a lovely day! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, September 2016) 

Laure

 

Customer reference, rent a vine and harvest experience gift, Cotes du Rhone, France It was a great and instructive day! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine la Cabotte, September 2016) 

Guillaume

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Cotes du Rhone, France I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed participating in the day on the 25th June at Domaine La Cabotte. A great welcome and organisation, friendly atmosphere, excellent meal, original and passionate wine makers, and very good wine. A great experience and we live in the middle of vineyards.

Please congratulate all of the team. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine la Cabotte, June 2016) 

Jean-Pierre

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Burgundy, France I have now collected my wine at Domaine Chapelle. Jean-François made us very welcome and  I am very pleased with the label and other wine that I purchased. Thank you very much for organising such a memorable birthday present. (2014 Vintage at Domaine Chapelle, May 2016) 

Martyn

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Alsace, France After this very enjoyable and informative day, we won't look at the vineyard through the same eyes! Roll on the harvest! (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, March 2016) 

Gilbert

 

Customer feedback, wine experience, Rhone Valley, France Another great day at Domaine la Cabotte in Marie-Pierre and Eric's company, who know how to welcome people and share their passion for nature and the vines. As with our previous visit, we're won over because their's is the only attitude to take in the future. Work with nature and not against it. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine la Cabotte, March 2016) 

Xavier

 

Customer reference, wine tasting gift, Chablis, France Thanks for this great day at Domaine J.M. Brocard on the 27th February. Your kind welcome, the vibe of the group, the interesting discussions and the sun, all made it a very enjoyable day. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, February 2016) 

Bernard

 

Customer reference, wine tasting gift, Day, Rhône Valley, France Very good day. People passionate about what they do. Thanks to Eric for all your explanations, to Marie-Pierre for the excellent meal, to Jacqueline for your poems, and to you for the great organisation of this day which went by very quickly. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine la Cabotte, February 2016) 

Jean Louis

 

Customer reference, wine tasting gift, Burgundy, France Thanks again for this great experience at Domaine Chapelle. It was very interesting and enjoyable. The passion of Monsieur & Madame Chapelle is contagious and inspiring. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, February 2016) 

Jocelyne

 

Customer reference personnalised wine gifts, Burgundy, France I was delighted with the gift box that I gave to my husband. The Vinification day including the meal with the winemaker, visit of the cellar, and walk in the vineyard etc was perfect, and we await our bottles of personalised wine which should arrive soon. I wanted to thank you and congratulate you for the organisation and your customer care. I also share my good experience with those around me.
See you soon. (Domaine Chapelle, 2014 vintage, November 2015) 

Annie

 

Customer reference wine experience gift, Loire Valley, France A very good day. A very nice team of harvesters. The lunch allowed us to ask a whole host of questions to Marc. Thank you for this very instructive day, and I think that we'll have to come back for the vinification day to follow the progress of our little grapes.
Thanks to all! (Harvest Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, October 2015) 

Marie-Cécile

 

Gourmet Odyssey Client Feedback, JHarvest Experience Day, Wettolsheim, Alsace Many thanks to Mark for this fantastic day. It was truly perfect (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, September 2015)

Yannick

 

Customer reference wine experience gift, Burgundy, France Thanks again for this lovely day and the photos that you sent us, which are a great reminder of the day. The organisation was perfect and we particularly appreciated the kindness of Anne-Laure and the team at the winery. Good luck with the rest of the harvest! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, September 2015) 

Thierry

 

Customer reference wine experience retirement gift, Loire Valley, France No chance of me sitting in a chair, twiddling my thumbs for my retirement.  That’s what I told my former colleagues, and they held me to my word.  With the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience gift they gave me, I became an apprentice winemaker and had to roll up my sleeves to help make my personalised bottles of wine!

When they gave me the retirement gift, they told me that I would follow the making of my wine from the year that I retired at Château de la Bonnelière in France’s Loire Valley, from the work in the vineyard through to the bottling, which of course they hope to share with me!  What they didn’t say straight away is that I would get to go to the winery and spend a day working alongside the winemaker in the vineyard.

I participated in the Discovery Experience Day last year in the spring, where I met Marc Plouzeau, the owner and winemaker.  He showed us the vineyard where my adopted vines grow and produce the grapes used in the making of my wine, and also put us to work to de-bud the vines and lower the training wires.  We also had a very nice lunch and of course got to taste the different wines that the winery produces.

It was a great day and very hands-on, so when I got the chance to come back, this time to learn more about the work in the cellar, I signed up straight away.  I’ll participate in this day this winter, and I’m looking forward to seeing, and most of all tasting how my wine is coming along!

Many thanks to my colleagues for this great idea for a retirement present.  It’s been almost a year since our paths separated, but I’m not missing them too much! We’ve agreed to meet up once I’ve collected by wine so that we can share a glass or two!

Daniel

 

Customer reference wine experience gift, Burgundy, France Great day to harvest. Good memories with Gourmet Odyssey... (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, September 2015) 

Evelyne

 

Customer reference wine experience gift, Santenay, Burgundy, France Thanks for this great harvest day at Domaine Chapelle. It was active, instructive and tasty all at the same time. Our taste buds had a field day! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, September 2015) 

Elisabeth

 

Original Wine Gift for Wine Entusiasts.  Adopt-a-vine at Château de la Bonnelière in Chinon, Loire Valley, France and follow the making of your own wine.  My adventure at Château de la Bonnelière and the discovery of their wines for my 60th birthday was rich and superb. 

I can't wait until for the delivery of my special "sixties" vintage to share with my sons who gave me this very original gift. 

Andrew and I were delighted to get to know you and Marc Plouzeau during our experience days at Château de la Bonnelière.  We spent a couple of very warm and friendly days in your company. 

Anne Marie

 

Gourmet Odyssey Wine Gift feedback from Harvest Experience Day  Richard and I are both wine lovers.  Ever since we got together, we’ve covered quite a few of the wine routes, seeking out good wines directly from the producers.  But until we received the Gourmet Odyssey wine gift box, we’d never had the opportunity to dig deeper and discover the vast and varied work of a winemaker.  It really is a fascinating profession.

When we got married, a group of friends clubbed together to buy us a Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience for our wedding present.  For the year of our wedding, we were to become the adoptive parents of 6 vines in France’s Rhone Valley at Domaine la Cabotte.

We found it to be a great idea for a wedding gift.  We registered our gift pack on Gourmet Odyssey’s web site, and we started to follow the making of our wine.  The winemakers sent us news about the vines progress, as the grapes for our future wine grew and matured.

When the winemakers starting talking about the harvest, we thought that it would be fun to get involved, so we signed up for a Harvest Experience Day at the winery.  What a great day we had!  We spent the morning harvesting the grapes, and in the afternoon we helped sort the grapes and put them into the vats.  We spent the whole day with the winemakers, Eric & Marie –Pierre, and had the chance to ask them lots of questions, particularly during lunch and the wine-tasting session.

We continue to receive updates about how the wine is evolving in the cellar.  We decided to add a few extra bottles of personalised wine to surprise our friends and open them with them for our wedding anniversary.  We can’t wait to taste the wine from the year of our wedding!

 

Customer reference wine experience gift, Chinon, France Many thanks for the photos.  I'll keep some excellent memories from this day.

Well done for the quality of your organisation. Everything was perfect.  (Discovery Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, July 2015) 

Gabriel

 

Customer reference wine experience gift, cote de Beaune, France A very very enlightening day for lovers of vines, nature and organic farming.

A good atmosphere thanks to some very nice and competent people. It was great. Thanks.  (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, June 2015) 

Michel

 

Customer reference wine experience gift in France Many thanks for this great day. It was fun and very informative. We can't wait to come back for the Harvest Experience Day! See you soon.  (Discovery Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, June 2015) 

Pauline

 

Customer reference wine experience gift, cotes du rhone, France My husband Jacques and my son Guillaume share the same love of wine.  This year they are both celebrating milestone birthdays – my husband, his 60th birthday, and our son, his 30th birthday.  To mark these special occasions, I wanted to give an original wine-related present, which would enable them to share some good times together.

I chose Gourmet Odyssey not just for creating their own personalised bottles of wine from the year of their special birthdays, but also so that they can follow the making of their wine from beginning to end, and for the chance to visit the winery, meet the winemaker, and learn about winemaking by getting involved in the work.

Jacques loves elegant red wines, so I gave him a vintage from Domaine Chapelle in Burgundy, and for Guillaume, who prefers white wine, I adopted some vines for him at Domaine Stentz-Buecher in Alsace.  Each will have their own bottles of wine that they can let the other taste.

And as each day at the winery is valid for two people, I chose a Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher so that they can pick the grapes from Guillaume’s vines, and a Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle so they can discover the secrets of the work in the cellar.

They were both thrilled with the present, and I’m hoping that it will be a gift that they will remember for a long time to come.

Annick

 

Customer reference wine experience gift, cotes du rhone, France It was indeed a very interesting day in this magnificent biodynamic winery. Our only regret is that we arrived a little late and therefore missed the welcome and introduction to the winery. Listening to Eric was very enjoyable, to hear him talk simply about nature and how to better engage with it. It was great to drink the "envigorating" treatment that he treats his vines with, and to walk among the vines, and to touch them without worrying about your health.

Many thanks for defending these values which are dear to me.  (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine la Cabotte, June 2015) 

Xavier

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