Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience Days
The most popular aspect of the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience is the time spent at the vineyard – although some would argue that it’s drinking the wine at the end!
You can choose between the Wine Discovery Experience Day, the Harvest Experience Day, and the Vinification Experience Day.
These wine making experience days get you involved in helping to make your wine. You'll spend a whole day from 9:30 to 16:00 at your winery where you'll also get to visit your vines, and meet the winemakers who will share with you their passion and know-how. You will savour a typical winemaker’s meal, and of course there will be a wine tasting session at each visit to sample a previous vintage of the wine chosen for your cuvée, and other wines produced by the winery.
The Wine Experience Days are also a great excuse to get away and explore some of France’s most charming regions. Each customer is allowed to bring along a guest on each of the experience days. If the idea of spending a day in a vineyard and getting their hands dirty isn’t your traveling partner’s idea of fun, then there are plenty of other ways for them to spend a great day in each of the locations (go to the "Practical Information" Section on each of the winery description pages: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chablis, Languedoc, Loire Valley, Rhône Valley).
Each region of France has a host of gourmet and cultural treasures to discover. During your visit for one of the Gourmet Odyssey Experience Days, you could explore the Alsace wine route and savour the local culinary delights. In Bordeaux, visit some of the many wine châteaux and the Cité du Vin. In the southern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, wander around the medieval villages and discover the talents of the region’s young winemakers. In Burgundy, visit the abbeys that are intertwined with the region’s wine heritage, and try out different food and wine pairings with the high quality of the local gastronomy. The Loire Valley offers the spectacular châteaux that housed France’s royalty, and breathtaking scenery of the vineyards and rivers. In the Rhone Valley, soak up the sun, and treat your taste buds to an explosion of sensations with the variety of fresh food. Turn your Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience into a week-end or short break, and make the most of your visit to your chosen wine-growing region.
Please note that travel and accommodation are not included in the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience package, leaving you the freedom to stay where and for however long you like. Gourmet Odyssey will however provide you with a list of recommended hotels, B&Bs and useful contact details to help you in your choice (go to the "Practical Information" Section on each of the winery description pages: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chablis, Languedoc, Loire Valley, Rhône Valley).