Tutored Wine Tasting Tour

“Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. Its warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilisation and the art of living.” Robert Mondavi

“Wine was given us by God, not that we might be drunken, but that we might be sober. It is the best medicine when it has the best moderation to direct it. Wine was given to restore the body’s weakness, not to overturn the soul’s strength.” Saint John Chrysostom

Now imagine tasting this:

Hailing from a 16th-century tradition and an ancient 16th-century recipe, this subtle marriage of wine with this vineyard’s finest brandies (Armagnac) lends this Floc de Gascogne gentle, grape-flavoured characteristics. It has a pale yellow colour with golden highlights and a subtle, elegant, complex nose with fruity notes (pineapple, apricot), flowers and a hint of honey. In the mouth, this Floc de Gascogne has a supple attack, full, mild, well-balanced, with a touch of acidity at the finish, giving freshness. Simply put – a delight.

We include a tutored wine tasting tour in our mindfulness meditation retreats, but if you are interested in wine and wine-making, nothing would give us more pleasure than to introduce you to some of the exceptional wines of our region during a more extensive wine tasting tour that you can opt to add on to the beginning or end of your retreat. So if you would like to explore the excellent wines of our region in more depth, why not extend your holiday by an extra day or two to discover what our region’s winemakers have to offer?

Wine is one of the most civilised things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.  Ernest Hemingway (Death in the Afternoon)

Wine tasting is a combination of looking, smelling, tasting and savouring – again and again – difficult to take full advantage of if one person in your party has to refrain from drinking because he/she has to do the driving ! Our one-day wine tasting tours are tailor-made for people who want to taste a variety of wines (our region has so many very different tastes on offer!), meet the people who make the wines and learn more about how the wines are made. All you have to do is relax and concentrate on enjoying your wine tasting experience. 

Your tour guide has many years of experience in the wine trade, as well as a WSET diploma (Wines and Spirits Educational Trust). He knows the region, its wines and its winemakers and will happily share his knowledge with you. You will be encouraged to ask as many or as few questions as you like! It does not matter how much or how little you know about wine, we aim to cater to everyone’s needs – from beginner to connoisseur, mixing social interaction with entertainment and education.

The vehicle for most of our wine tasting tours is a Nissan Patrol 4 x 4. This vehicle was selected to allow us to get to many interesting chateaux wineries and country vineyards that are inaccessible for larger motor coaches. Its higher seating and large windows allow better viewing of the stunning countryside. It can carry up to 8 passengers, but for everyone’s comfort, we normally limit the number to 6 or fewer.

Why choose a GUIDED wine appreciation tour?

  • Selecting the most interesting and welcoming vineyards is not always easy. Even finding them in the French countryside is sometimes somewhat of a challenge!
  • The language may also be a problem. Few of our neighbours are able to speak anything other than French. Your tour guide is fully bi-lingual and knows most of the winemakers personally.
  • Choosing the best time to visit can be another challenge. We know our neighbours’ daily routines and make sure we arrive at a time when they can give us their full attention.
  • Driving after a few wine tastings or a well-watered lunch is neither enjoyable nor safe. The French police is very strict about drinking and driving. Police controls are frequent.

The tour usually starts at 10h00 and finishes at 17h00. We will visit a selection of vineyards in our immediate vicinity, which includes the Cotes de Gascogne, Saint Mont, Madiran and Pacherenc wines as well as Armagnac. We will also visit one of the local co-ops, where our guests will have the opportunity to taste a larger variety of wines than at the individual producers. There is no obligation whatsoever to buy any wine. Lunch is a wholesome picnic amongst the vines with one of our region’s celebrated wines.

The price includes the transport, entrance/tasting fees, educational material (tasting sheets etc.), lunch and dinner on the day of the tour, accommodation for the extra night and breakfast the next day (check out time 11h00). The cost amounts to £150 per person per day – some of our guests have asked for two or three extra days to give them the opportunity of exploring neighbouring wine regions. If you would like to know more or book a wine tasting tour at the beginning or end of your holiday, write to us on welcome2gascony@gmail.com or fill in the form below.

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What a fabulous wine tasting tour! Not only did I learn a ton about wine, but I really met some awesome wine-making people. So many thanks for introducing me to the wines of your region. A. Constantin

I really enjoyed the tour and learnt exactly what I wanted to learn. I met some great people and thought the tour was excellent value for money.The tour was well organised and I recommend it without reserve. P. Alexander

Your wine tour is great! Very informative, well organised and most of all tremendous FUN. I picked up a great deal of valuable information. Looking forward to returning next year! T. Verneels

Although we are passionate about wine and especially about the wines of our region, we are well aware of the damage that irresponsible consumption can cause. It is our policy to encourage responsible drinking. We do not serve alcohol at our events to people who appear to be intoxicated.

Like all alcoholic drinks, wine should be consumed in moderation! Excessive wine drinking can become addictive and so destroy both mental and physical health. To find out more, please visit this excellent website: Drinkaware.co.uk – Drinkaware provides consumers with the facts about alcohol to make informed decisions about the effects of alcohol on their lives and lifestyles.

There is evidence that a regular, moderate intake of alcohol can have beneficial health effects on more than just the heart. A more effective way to reduce the risk of many diseases is to quit smoking and follow a healthy lifestyle, eat a sensible diet and take regular exercise. Always discuss lifestyle changes with your general practitioner first.

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance” Benjamin Franklin

“Wine refreshes the stomach, sharpens the appetite, blunts care and sadness, and conduces to slumber.” Pliny the Elder

Wine Tasting Tour

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