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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.
Discover and share the passion of wine with an original wine experience gift: Adopt a vine in Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc, the Rhone or Loire Valley, wine experience days at the vineyard, welcome gift box, and personalised bottles of wine.

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 rating Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience We great harvest day. It was fun, well organised (thanks Mark) and a lovely sunny day. Laurence talks informatively, passionately and with motivation. Many thanks to her. See you next year for our last experience day. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine de la Guicharde, September 2020)

Dominique

 

Customer rating Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience in Santeany We were enchanted by the very pleasant day that we spent at Domaine Chapelle in Santenay. We really appreciated learning more about the work in the vineyard, about wine, and the passion of Jean-François for wine-making. We also learnt about the different techniques and methods used to make wine, and the history of the vineyards in the Burgundy region.
The ambiance was very friendly and the wines that we tasted were delicious.
To resume, a very good and interesting day, and we look forward to returning for the Discovery and Vinification Experience Days. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, August 2020)

Benoît & Mary

 

Client rating Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience in Snatenay, France I’d like to thank you for the great organisation and the welcome at Domaine Chapelle. A very enjoyable and informative day, and one that lived up to my son and I’s expectations. We’ll no doubt take up another experience and will recommend you.  It was a gift given by my children, and proved to be an original gift that I’ll appreciate over and above the wine that I will receive later on. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, August 2020)

Herve

 

5 stars rating Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience in Burgundy We had a brilliant day. A friendly welcome by Marie and Jean-Francois. We discovered and learnt lots about the profession of a wine-maker. Many thanks for this lovely moment shared.  To do again. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, August 2020)

Christophe

 

Customer rating on organic vines adoption We really enjoyed the harvest day at Domaine Chapelle in Santenay. The owner is really nice and explained really well the family history of the winery and the different wine appellations in Burgundy. The harvest in the morning enabled us to appreciate the lovely sweet and pulpy grapes.
We were then able to follow the journey of the grapes into the vat with in-depth explanations from the owner who sat next to us during lunch.
We tasted 4 different wines and really enjoyed the Aloxe Corton which is a promising wine to lay down.
Thanks to the kindness of Marie and her attention to detail, we all had a really enjoyable day. The photos that we received will enable us to prolong the great memories and we thank her warmly. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, August 2020)

Gilles

 

Customer rating Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience I wanted to thank you and the team at Chateau Coutet for the experience that you provide.  It is rich and extraordinary.  You make a visit to the vineyard unforgettable and exceptional.
What a great moment we had tasting the different wines before blending them to better understand the effects and differences.
I whole heartedly recommend Gourmet Odyssey. (Wine Experience at Chateau Coutet, 2017 vintage, December 2019)

Pierre-Guillaume

 

Customer rating Grape picking Experience Day Thank you for the great and beautiful day last Saturday at your vineyard. It was very special to work at and learn about the whole process of winemaking. Afterwards we visited your cellars in Chinon, very impressing also. We look forward to the next day of the vinification. (Harvest Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, October 2019)

Annet & Henk

 

Customer rating Grape picking Experience Day We had a very enjoyable day that we'll remember for a long time to come. Thanks for everything. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, September 2019)

Roland & Jacotte

 

Customer rating Grape picking Experience Day Quite simply a perfect day! Thanks for your kind welcome. The owners are adorable, and are well supported by Laurence and David who are also delightful.  Many thanks to you all! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine de la Guicharde, September 2019)

Vincent

 

Customer rating Harvest Experience Day We had an excellent day at Chateau Coutet in the capable hands of Benoit and Mathieu! (Harvest Experience Day at Château Coutet, September 2019)

Fabrice & Marie-Pierre

 

Customer rating Harvest in aan organic winery We were really happy with our harvest day on the 21st September at Château Coutet in Saint-Emilion. A warm welcome and very informative. Excellent meal and a great atmosphere all round. Thank you to all the team. (Harvest Experience Day at Château Coutet, September 2019)

Thierry

 

Customer rating Harvest Experience Day Many thanks to Mathieu and Benoit for the harvest day on the 21st September. Great organisation, the welcome always as friendly as usual, and passionate explanations. It was a pleasure to participate in the harvest for the first time.
Mathieu is a passionate story teller! A nice mix of passion, humanity, and economic reality, combined with a profound respect for the environment. Looking forward to next time for the vinification day. (Harvest Experience Day at Château Coutet, September 2019)

Pascal

 

Customer feelings Harvest Experience Day We had great fun during the harvest day in Santenay. We're spreading the word about our great experience with Gourmet Odyssey. Thank you. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, September 2019)

Marine

 

Customer rating Harvest Experience Day Thanks for this great day.  I can't wait to come back for the Vinification Experience Day!  See you again soon. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, September 2019)

Renaud

 

Customer feelings organic grapes picking burgundy We really enjoyed the day spent at Domaine Chapelle on the 14th September with such great guides, Myriam and Mr Chapelle. Well done!
Congratulations for the warmth of your welcome, the pertinence of the information provided, your organisation, the superb aperitifs, meal and wines... Everything was perfect and surpassed our expectations. We’ll keep fond memories of the day thanks to the photos we received.
We won’t hesitate to use your service again, and we’ll gladly recommend you those around us. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, September 2019)

Bernard

 

Customer rating Harvest Experience Day A fantastic day at Domaine Allegria where our hosts looked after us royally and showed us that being a winemaker is a great job that brings together lots of technical skills to plant the vines, nurture them, harvest the grapes, and manage the wine-making process in the cellar until bottling, when you get the reward of tasting the fruit of all that labour.
I started the day with a bad back, so I tried out a new harvesting technique, to the surprise of Ghislain, by sitting or lying under the vine to pick the grapes.  It’s a little unusual, but you get to see all of the grapes from underneath, which isn’t so easy when picking them from above.
Admittedly I wasn’t as efficient as some of my colleagues, but I was happy to do my bit throughout the day, and loved the harvester’s lunch which was delicious.
Many thanks to Ghislain, Delphine, and their children for their welcome, patience, and all their explanations.  Our bottles of Allegria will be even more cherished now! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Allegria, September 2019)

Jean-Bernard

 

Client feelings on the organic wine-making experience gift in Bordeau Huge thanks for this discovery day at Chateau Coutet and for the great organisation. It was really interesting to be able to discuss the work of a winemaker with a professional who took the time to talk to us with passion. Many thanks again. (Discovery Experience Day at Château Coutet, June 2019)

Michel

 

Customer rating on the organic wine-making experience gift in Santenay, France Thank you for your warm welcome. We had a fabulous day! (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, June 2019)

Aude

 

Client rating on the organic wine-making experience gift in Alsace We spent a superb day in the vineyard and cellar. We enjoyed identifying the aromas, the blind wine tasting session with its surprises, particularly the Sylvaner, and the very eclectic and relaxed group. Thank you. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, May 2019)

Jean-Michel

 

Customer feedback on the vine tending experience gift in Alsace Very many thanks for this very interesting and fun discovery day. Jo was particularly happy to have talked at length with Jean-Jacques, who taught him lots about caring for wines in Alsace.(Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, May 2019)

Gill & Jo

 

Vine owner feedback on the organic wine-making experience gift in France Hello. We very much enjoyed our three events at Stentz-Buecher and Chateau Coutet. The days were enjoyable, the organization very well executed. Congratulations and thanks a million. We learned a lot, and as a result have changed some of our wine habits by focusing on Organic wines. (Wine Experience Days at Domaine Stentz-Buecher and Château Coutet, May 2019)

Khalil

 

Client rating on the organic wine-making experience gift in Saint-Emilion Thank you for this fascinating day that was superbly organised! A very warm welcome, a great group, and a passionate winemaker, full of values that touched us by his down to earth and ecologically friendly approach, combined with an innovative entrepreneurial spirit. We had a great insight into the profession of a winemaker. We now just need to learn to better taste the wines to fully appreciate all of the work carried out by this family of winemakers. (Discovery Experience Day at Château Coutet, May 2019)

Pascal

 

Owners feelings on the organic wine-making experience gift near Bordeaux We've just finished our experience at Château Coutet, and we just wanted to thank and congratulate you for the remarkable flexibility that Gourmet Odyssey showed us in catering to our various changes. Well done! (Vinification Experience Day at Château Coutet, May 2019)

Gabrielle  & Gilles

 

Recipient feedback on the organic wine-making experience gift from Gourmet Odyssey I have just collected my bottles of wine from our harvest in 2017 at Château de la Bonnelière. Fantastic! Thank you for your excellent organisation, your messages, explanations and information. Huge thanks. Keep up the good work. (Wine Experience at Château de la Bonnelière, 2017 vintage)

Jean

 

Participant feelings about the vine tending experience gift in Santenay We had a great day in Santenay. The weather was perfect, and we were very warmly welcomed by the Chapelle family and the Gourmet Odyssey representative.The pace of the day was very good, mixing practical and theoretical aspects, and of course some wine tasting! The exchanges between the participants were also really nice.The explanations we received allowed us to better understand the mysteries of the vinification process and appreciate the work involved in making wine.And the idea of actually seeing our adopted vines is excellent! We’ll keep great memories of this day, and will try and participate in the other two if possible. Well done for your organisation and welcome. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, March 2019)

François

 

Client review on the organic wine-making experience gift in Burgundy Hello Gourmet Odyssey! We spent a superb day discovering this magnificent winery, steeped in history. Thank you to all! (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, March 2019)

Benjamin

 

Client feelings on the organic wine-making experience gift in Alsace Thank you for a cool day. We liked it alot and are spreading the word! (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, March 2019)

Margot & Bernard

 

Review organic wine-making experience gift in Alsace Thank you. Superb day - we had a great time. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, March 2019)

Philippe

 

Review organic wine-making experience gift Congratulations for the very good organisation, fun and great atmosphere of the Vinification day at Chateau de la Bonneliere.  The workshops and sessions were very enlightening.
Well done and thank you Gourmet Odyssey. (Vinification Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, March 2019)

Pierre

 

Review organic wine-making experience gift We spent an excellent day on Saturday, 23rd March.  Very well organised.  A very accessible, enjoyable and fun way to learn about the profession of being a winemaker.  Congratulations to Mark and Marc. (Vinification Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, March 2019)

Claude & Pélagie

 

Review wine-making experience gift What a fantastic day.  A perfect welcome from Arnaud and Mark, a nice small group, excellent meal, instructive and fun visit, delicious wine tasting and all under a beautiful  blue sky.
What more could you ask for!!!  Thank you for this great day. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine de la Guicharde, March 2019)

Benoit

 

Review great wine exprience gift Hello, here is a picture taken last weekend. Many thanks again for a great day! (Discovery Experience Day at Château Coutet, February 2019)

Xavier

 

Rating, organic vines renting in FranceMany thanks for sending the welcome pack so quickly. It's always a pleasure to renew the adopt a vine experience with Gourmet Odyssey. It's the third time for us. 2011 for the birth of my husband's god daughter, 2015 for the birth of our first girl, and 2018 for the birth of our second daughter. We look forward to discovering new great wines thanks to you. Keep up the good work and enjoy the end of year celebrations. (Wine Experiences in the Bordeaux area in France, December 2018)

Virginie

 

Customer rating, rent organic plot of vines, Mondragon, France In 2016 we gave your wine gift experience to my Dad for his 70th birthday. He had 6 vines, followed their evolution, and has just received his 6 personalised bottles of wine. He also spent a wonderful day at the winery with my Mum. A meaningful present and bottles that will have a special taste for our next family gatherings.. (Wine Experience in the Rhone Valley for the 2017 vintage, November 2018)

Sophie

 

Customer rating, rent organic plot of vines, Bordeaux, France I’ve just discovered the superb photos taken by Mark who is a master of organisation.  The day was perfect from the beginning to the end and allowed us to hone our expertise thanks to our winemaker and friendly oenologist with unlimited talents.  I won’t forget the great moment spent during lunch and the fantastic wine that we shared.
A great experience to do again and to share with friends. (Harvest Experience Day at Château Coutet, September 2018)

Yvette & André

 

Customer comment, organic vines gift, Saint-Emilion, France We were initially registered at Domaine Chapelle, but for personal reasons, we weren’t able to participate in the harvest there.  We were delighted to be able to join the day at Château Coutet which was a great discovery!
We loved this very family oriented winery in a beautiful setting with excellent wines!
Mark and Alain were very friendly and enabled us to learn about the different stages of the harvest in a very passionate way.
Thanks to all. (Harvest Experience Day at Château Coutet, September 2018)

Benjamin

 

Positive comments on organic vine renting, Bordeaux France Thanks again for this very enjoyable day. We had a brilliant time. Very interesting, top quality, and in great company!
See you soon. (Harvest Experience Day at Château Coutet, September 2018)

Marie-Laure & Philippe

 

Client rating, rent an organic vine, Mondragon, Rhone Valley, France We had a fantastic day. Sunny, fun, and warm in a magnificent setting. A special mention for the remarkably friendly welcome of Arnaud and Isabelle Guichard.
We loved the concept and it makes a great present to give.
Best regards. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine de la Guicharde, September 2018)

Philippe & Marie-France

 

Wine lovers rating, rent an organic vine box, Mondragon, France Very many thanks for this day shared together. I think that my husband will remember his 50th birthday gift for a long time to come. We appreciated your simplicity and availability throughout the day. And we met some other lovely people too. In Marseille we also have the same friendly touch that you have. That’s why we were so at ease. We hope to see you again in Marseille or in the vineyard.
See you soon. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine de la Guicharde, September 2018)

Brigitte & Jean-Christophe

 

Customer rating, rent an organic vine in the Loire Valley, France This message to thank you and congratulate Château de la Bonnelière and the team of M. Plouzeau for their welcome and the quality of the harvest day.  We got involved and learnt lots, all in a very fun way.  And thanks for replying so well to all of the questions from us winemaking apprentices! (Harvest Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, September 2018)

Antony

 

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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?

Since creating our adopt-a-vine wine experience in 2009, 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

 

Participant rating, organic vines harvest day, Chinon, Loire Valley, France We were very well received by the winemaker, Marc Plouzeau, and his team.  Our time spent in the vineyard, the winery and the chai was very well organised and instructive.  We covered everything, from harvesting the grapes to putting them in the vat and tasting the wines.  We also met some other lovely people and got to discover the beautiful region in and around Chinon.
Nothing more to say other than congratulations for your work and the pleasure that your have been able to produce.
A special mention for Louise whose kindness and competence helped contribute significantly to this day that we won’t forget anytime soon!
Congratulations to all the team! (Harvest Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, September 2018)

Roger

 

Customer rating, rent an organic plot of vines in Burgundy, France We were truly enchanted by this harvest day. The winemaker was very welcoming and friendly. A great and fun atmosphere. We can't wait until the vinification day. Many thanks again to Mr Chapelle and his team for this great day. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, September 2018)

Catherine

 

Client rating, adopt-a-vine gift box in Santenay, Burgundy, France Thank you for organising such a great day spent in Santenay. Everything was perfect. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, September 2018)

Jacques

 

Participant rating, rent an organic plot of vines in Alsace, France Huge thanks for this great experience day harvesting the grapes. We'll keep the excellent memories of this day for a long time. There was a great atmosphere throughout the day, the winemakers were very kind, and we thank Mark for his gentleness and straight forward approach. It was perfect.
Kind regards. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, September 2018)

Evelyne & Gilbert

 

Customer rating, rent an organic plot of vines in Mondragon, Rhone Valley, France Hi! Just to tell you that we collected our wine on Saturday. I have been very impressed by the service of Gourmet Odyssey throughout aand the winery. I will recommend both whenever possible.
Thank you. (Wine Experience at Domaine de la Cabotte)

Gavin

 

Customer rating, rentorganic plot of vines, Mondragon, Rhone Valley, France Thanks for the nice photos and the organisation.
I received these adopted vines as a gift and I thought that the idea and visit were very interesting. Domaine de la Guicharde was a discovery and a very enjoyable surprise for me, in terms of their philosophy, the setting, and the quality of the wine which was honestly very good.
Marie was very forthcoming and knew how to complement the explanation of Arnaud and Isabelle, notably with regard to the more general aspects of biodynamics.
We will no doubt be back, and a friend, who has since tasted the wine, already wants to order some. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine de la Guicharde, June 2018)

Alexandre

 

Discovery day and vineyard visit with Gourmet Odyssey in France We had an excellent day.  A warm welcome from the owners and Marie, a lovely meal, clear explanations of the work involved in the vineyard and how the winery functions.
A very friendly atmosphere.  The concept is great… and we had glorious sunshine!!! (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine de la Guicharde, June 2018)

Jean-François

 

Rent an organic vine in Saint-Emilion with Chateau Coutet Thanks for the photos and the excellent day we spent at Château Coutet. Everything was perfect. The welcome, the information, the wine tasting, the meal, the competence and kindness of Mark and Adrien. (Discovery Experience Day at Château Coutet, June 2018)

François & Marie

 

Customer feedback, rent your organic plot of vineswith Gourmet Odyssey We participated in the discovery experience day at Domaine Allegria in Pezenas and it was a wonderful day. The setting is magnificent and the hosts are very kind. Real professionals who talk about their vines and winery with passion. I didn’t know this concept, but it’s an excellent gift idea. Thanks to our hosts and their family, and well done Gourmet Odyssey for having the idea and creating this original concept, which allowed us to meet some lovely people, learn about winemaking, and taste some quality wines. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Allegria, June 2018)

Claudine & Christian

 

Customer feedback, adopt your own plot of vines, Burgundy, France
Thank you for sending the photos which capture the excellent day that we spent with you. The welcome, wine tasting, lunch and visit of the winery – everything was perfect.
We look forward to receiving the dates for the next days to meet up again with our vines. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, June 2018)

Marcel

 

Customer rating, adopt your own plot of vines, alsace, France Thanks for this lovely day and the photos from Mark. A great winery and warm welcome from the passionate winemakers. Alsace in the sunshine is magnificent, especially with wines of this quality! Maybe we’ll see you again for another discovery. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, May 2018)

Anne-Marie & Jacques

 

Customer testimony, adopt your own plot of vines, Burgundy, France hanks for the photos which are a great reminder of this excellent day spent in Burgundy.  Thank you to all of the Gourmet Odyssey team for the very good organisation of our day on the 6th May. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, May 2018)

Claude

 

Customer feedback, adopt your own plot of vines, Cotes du Rhone, France A very informative day in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
The winemaker was very interesting and knew how to share his passion for wine. Through his technical explanations of the work in the vineyard, he enabled us to discover the difficulties that the winemakers face, and how they can use biodynamic methods to help them overcome them and make great wine.
Excellent organisation on behalf of Gourmet Odyssey who ensured that this first day will remain unforgettable, and who knew how to lead the winemaker to ensure that his technical explanations remained comprehensible to the neophites that we are, but a little less so now.
Thank you to all, and can't wait until September. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine de la Guicharde, May 2018)

Philippe

 

Customer feedback, organic vine adoption, Cotes du Rhone, France We let you know how pleased we were at the end of the discovery experience day we spent at Domaine de la Guicharde and we confirm it again!
It was very interesting listening to Arnaud explain all the aspects and challenges of wine-making. And for a first day at this winery, it was a great success.
In addition, the group was really nice and we had a great time during the meal, meeting some lovely people.
What else to add? Apart from that we're looking forward to coming back for the harvest!
And thank you Mark and Gourmet Odyssey. A very good concept. (Discovery Experience Day at Domaine de la Guicharde, May 2018)

Philippe & Christine

 

Customer top ratings, adopt-a-vine experience in Saint-Emilion, France Thank you Mark for this magnificent day at Chateau Coutet! (Discovery Experience Day at Château Coutet, April 2018)

Lucile & Didier

 

Top wineries for a vinification experience day in Chablis, France We had a fantastic time.  The weather was perfect and it was a great day.  Thanks to everyone at the winery for the time they devoted to us and the quality of the experience.  We enjoyed the very instructive games and the comparative wine tasting sessions.  Very enlightening.
It was also good to visit the fermentation hall and see all of the equipment that is involved.  You don't often think about all of the work that has been done when a bottle of wine arrives on the table!
Thanks to "Father Christmas 2016" for letting me discover your concept, and now that I no longer believe in Father Christmas, I think I'll look to do the experience again in another region.  Good luck for the future.
Thanks to all the team.
Kind regards. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, April 2018)

Chantal & Rémy

 

Customer rating, adopt your own plot of vines, Burgundy, France We had a superb day. The welcome was perfect and the different activities lots of fun. All in a friendly atmosphere, and we also really enjoyed the lunch, accompanied by the different wines from the winery. (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, March 2018)

Christian

 

Client rating, adopt your own plot of vines, Saint-Emilion, France Thanks for the great discovery experience day last Sunday at Chateau Coutet!!! (Discovery Experience Day at Château Coutet, March 2018)

Solène & Hugues

 

Customer rating, adopt your own plot of vines, Saint-Emilion, France A Fantastic day in Saint-Emilion!
Thanks to Mark from Gourmet Odyssey for his kindness and for enabling us to discover the excellent Chateau Coutet!
Many thanks to Alain for opening the doors to his chateau and sharing his passion for wine during this vinification day.  The winery has an old family history, and makes wine respecting the traditions and the surrounding environment.
Thanks also to Juliette for her welcome and professionalism.
I really recommend this experience, which is a great moment to share, just like the tasting of a good bottle of wine!  We're already looking forward to coming back.  Thank you. (Vinification Experience Day at Château Coutet, March 2018)

Benjamin

 

Customer rating, rent-a-vine in Chablis, Burgundy, France Having returned from our weekend in Chablis, we wanted to thank you, as well as Odile and Jean-Louis for this very enjoyable day at the winery.  We had a great time with you.
The tour of the fermentation hall was fascinating, the aroma game very surprising, and the wine tasting delicious…
Thank you also for the very tasty winemaker’s lunch and for the overall organisation and good atmosphere of the day!
We’re already looking forward to coming back in the autumn to pick up the bottle from our vines, with whom we were delighted to have been introduced!
We’ll closely follow the development of Gourmet Odyssey… (Vinification Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, March 2018)

Laetitia & Arnaud

 

Customer feedback, sponsor a vine in Saint Emilion and make your own organic wine We’re now back from our weekend in Bordeaux and our experience at Château Coutet which was quite simply amazing.
On behalf of all our little group who participated in this discovery day, I would like to send you our huge thanks! Everything was perfect, the day, the winery, the meal, and what a tasting!
It was very enjoyable and we’d love to do it again. (Discovery Exerience Day at Château Coutet, March 2018)

Nicolas

 

Customer feedback, rent an organic vine, Chinon, France A quick note to thank Louise and Marc for their very warm welcome, and the structured and professional programme of the 3 days that we attended at Château de la Bonnelière. Marie and I will keep fond memories of these days, notable for the depth of information learnt about wine-making and the warm welcome of the hosts. Many thanks to all of the team. (Vinification Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, February 2018)

Gilles & Marie

 

Customer reference, rent an organic vine, Chinon, France Once again we had a fantastic day. The workshop to identify the aromas was great fun, the cellar visit and wine tastings were very informative and enlightening, and the home-made lunch was enjoyed by all! Huge thanks! (Vinification Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, February 2018)

Jean

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Colamr, Alsace, France Magnificent day. We had a fantastic time! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher, September 2017)

Melanie

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Loire Valley, France A harvest day full of discovery in the real sense of the word. It was a sunny September Sunday in an ideal setting. The team was very welcoming and they shared their knowledge and pleasure of working in the vineyard and making wines with simplicity. Many thanks to all for this very enjoyable day. (Harvest Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, September 2017)

Pascal

 

Customer feedback, adopt a vine, Bordeaux, France We spent a very enjoyable day learning about wine-making. The atmosphere was great, and the welcome by Mark and the winemakers was very good.
The choice of Chateau Coutet as a partner was a very good one given the quality of the explanations by Alain and Juliette. (Harvest Experience Day at Château Coutet, September 2017)

Jean-Jacques & Annie

 

Customer reference, adopt an organic vine, Loire Valley, France What a great day!
After a warm welcome with coffee and croissants, we followed the tractor to the vineyard where we were to harvest, in the middle of the countryside, far from the roads and buildings. It was a real delight, and what's more the weather was great.
Marc explained everything before giving us each a basket and a pair of secateurs. Then we split up two per row, and four porters. Explanations, advice, answers to questions - we had two people there just for us, and it was very enjoyable.
Back at the winery, we helped unload the trailer and separate the grapes from the stalks.
After the apéritif, we sat down to a fine table to appreciate the home-made dishes.
And finally, we returned to the chai for the clear and passionate explanations from Marc.
It was a total success. Thank you again! (Harvest Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, September 2017)

Jean

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Chinon, France A few words to thank Marc Plouzeau's team and Louise for a great time. It was lots of fun and plunged us into the real world of being a winemaker. It was a lovely sunny day and very informative about what goes into making wine. We look forward to coming back in March next year. (Harvest Experience Day at Château de la Bonnelière, September 2017)

Gilles

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Bordeaux, France An excellent day for the welcome, timing, meal and Adrien's explanations. Our only regret is to have forgotten to take home some of the apples from the orchard! (Harvest Experience Day at Château Coutet, September 2017)

Guy

 

Customer reference, adopt an organic vine, Burgundy, France It was our first experience of this type of day, and ... what a great discovery!
It was intense and enlightening, with very nice people who were happy to be totally immersed as we were ourselves. The winemakers and organisers are dedicated professionals who are passionate about what they do.
This present, given to us by our children, both suprised and delighted us. We look forward to coming back! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard, September 2017)

Bernard

 

Customer feedback, adopt a vine, Mondragon, Rhone Valley, France Domaine la Cabotte is a paradise for the senses! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine la Cabotte, September 2017)

Colette

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Rhone Valley, France Thank you for this day that was very well organised. (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine la Cabotte, September 2017)

Lorraine

 

Customer feedback, adopt a vine, Santenay, Burgundy, France A great day to do again. Friendly atmosphere, happy, instructive and delicious! Thanks for everything! (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Chapelle, September 2017)

Helena

 

Customer reference, adopt a vine, Bordeaux, France We have just enjoyed an excellent day at La Cabotte. Thanks to all for the organisation, the information, the food and the wine. And we bought some more... (Harvest Experience Day at Domaine la Cabotte, September 2017)

Gavin

 

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 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

 

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, 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 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, 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

 

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!

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