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GROUP TOURS OF THE WINE REGIONS OF FRANCE: CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR FOR YOUR INDIVIDUAL GROUP

IACCVF will plan and customize a trip to your group's needs and wishes. Apply on behalf of a minimum of eight people.

FIRST, select two regions from the region page.

SECOND, contact IACCVF by email at ghillier@hcmworldwineed.org or Fax to 951.683.8544.

Indicate the regions you wish to visit, and the number of people you want to plan for. HCM will send applications and a cost estimate for the tour you propose. Tour costs include tour-related in-France transportation Paris to Paris.

THIRD, upon receipt of the information, return the applications with the required deposits and you can start planning for your departure. HCM will invoice participants for periodic payments. All costs and fees must be paid 45 days prior to departure from the U.S.


GENERAL INFORMATION:

If you want to go as a group, you may book with exclusivity for ten or more, or with eight, HCM will retain the right to sell additional seats to like-minded vinophiles.

If you want to go individually, let IACCVF know. If arrangements have been made with a group and there is additional space, you may join them at the group price, and will visit the same region(s) that the larger group booked.

Tours must be priced depending on the regions selected. It is advisable from a cost standpoint to select adjoining regions: e.g. Bordeaux and the Loire. Burgundy can be paired with either the Rhône or the two north regions of Alsace and Champagne.

Lodging is provided in a variety of inns (auberges) and small hotels or residential châteaux. If rated they are usually 3-star NN. Tours are planned so that we usually stay at a single location in the region to minimize moves.

Because of variability in lodging costs among regions, transport costs between regions, dollar fluctuations and economic factors in France, a firm price cannot be quoted here. For guidance, however, the 2003 tour of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux (11 days) was priced at $3,539.00 per person.


CAUTION: This is a wine education trip. It embraces wine as a food and a part of culture, but also a something to be treated with professional respect. Professional wine knowledge is not required nor expected, though wine professionals and people in the trade are appropriate. Professional decorum from participants is expected during visits with producers.


WHAT HAPPENS IF MY GROUP ONLY WANTS TO PLAN A SINGLE WEEK'S VISIT FOR THE WINE EXPERIENCE?

This is a benefit for a group planning a trip: you choose the experience. HCM can customize a one-week sojourn. The experience would be limited to a single region*, and planned on the basis of 4 1/2 winery days, and 5 nights (Sunday through Thursday).

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* Single-region planning would be appropriate for Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc-Rousillon, and Loire. Rhône could be shortened to provide for visit to Provence within the 5-day framework. Two-region planning is appropriate for Champagne-Alsace.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS....

Does HCM offer tours to other areas in addition to France?

No, while Gerry has traveled extensively in the areas noted, including California, and participated in Vin Italy, he has limited his personal tours to France only.
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Does HCM offer tasting events?

Absolutely. HCM is based in Southern California and will provide tasting events on a cost plus time basis. Because HCM does not have direct relationships with any wineries, comprehensive tastings of varietals or regions can be arranged within various price ranges.
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Does HCM offer consulting services related to wine, wine tasting, wine lists and other wine-related questions.

Yes. Consulting services are provided on a fee basis. Call or email for information.


2006 AND BEYOND . . . .

ABOUT HILLIER CONSULTING AND MANAGEMENT

Gerry Hillier is a wine educator and has specialized in France since 1992. He has led trips to France on an every-other year basis since 1995. He maintains relationships with a wide variety of growers and winemakers in France including several large domains and châteaux. He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators. He has taught wine appreciation at University of California Riverside. He regularly puts on programs for groups interesed in learning more about wine. He is a former Director of Inland Empire Wine Society, a member of the National Orange Show Wine Steering Committee for the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, and has been a freelance writer on food, wine and travel topics. He also has a professional relationship with agricultural research and extension programs in the University of California system and has an active land use consulting business in addition to wine education interests.

Organized past trips to France have included:

  • 1995: Southern semi-circle: Bordeaux, Languedoc, Rhone Valley, Burgundy.

  • 1997: Central and northern semi-circle: Loire Valley, Chablis, Champagne, Alsace, and Burgundy.

  • 1999: Southern France: Bordeaux and Languedoc.

  • 2001: Central France: Burgundy, Beaujolais and the Rhône.

  • 2003: Western France: Loire Valley and Bordeaux (cancelled).

HILLIER CONSULTING AND MANAGEMENT
International Wine and Terroir Education
P. O. Box 55820
Riverside, CA 92517
Phone: 951.683.5725 / Fax: 951.683.8544
ghillier@hcmworldwineed.org