Wine tours operated by the IACCVF are attended by people
who love wine and want to grow their knowledge with a sense of place. Expert or professional knowledge is not required --
training in dégustation is a basic part of the program and something that will translate to years of wine appreciation. The
tours, however, will meet a professional's need for detailed information, networking with leading producers and first-hand
experience with both vineyards and caves. Lacking is the mob-scene normally associated with the big tour operators. These
are intimate affairs, in small groups, where participants can relate to the wines, the producers, the terroir and to one another.
normal pattern is to visit an average of three operations per day, sometimes four. Some days include HCM's exclusive "winemaker
déjeuners" (luncheons). These provide an opportunity for participants to visit further with the owners and staff, taste their
wines with food, and share them over a meal of local cuisine.
The program provides an intimate look at one or two regions
of France (it has been an 11-day program in the past, and that opportunity continues, however future trips will be conducted
in two stand-alone weeks) with a small group of like-minded fans of wine who want to know more about France and its wines
and wine-producing regions.
Trips are limited to no more than 12-14 people.
Trips do not include a Paris experience.
We start and provide for your return there, but tours are priced on the basis of two weeks in the countryside. What you
do in Paris, how long you linger there, or if you do the City at all, is up to you.
If you desire the Paris experience,
you can do it at the front end (a good way of overcoming jet lag), or linger at the trip's conclusion (applying a practical
follow-up to what you learned on the trip).