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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Western France: Loire Valley and Bordeaux (cancelled).
HILLIER CONSULTING AND MANAGEMENT
Wine and Terroir Education
P. O. Box 55820
Riverside, CA 92517
Phone: 951.683.5725 / Fax: 951.683.8544