Belmond has launched what it is calling a "Wine Academy" in France.
The Wine Academy, which is exclusively for
guests traveling aboard its Belmond Afloat in France fleet of
luxury barges in Burgundy, can be added to a bespoke itinerary
with activities led by a local expert who tailors the activities
accordingly, from introductory level to those who are budding wine
Wine master, and Belmond Afloat in France’s
resident expert, Pascal Wagner, leads the Wine Academy and is
often referred to as a walking encyclopedia of oenology. Pascal
has over 30 years of experience and grew up footsteps from the
special Grand Cru vines of the region.
For example, throughout the cruise, an
introductory session with 11 different wines during lunch at
Chateau LeFlaive is arranged in the world famous village of
Puligny Montrachet, followed by a blind tasting at Chateau Pommard,
well known for producing award-winning Pinot Noir wines.
highlights include Cremant tasting, Burgundy’s own sparkling wine,
and an optional hot-air balloon flight, across some of the finest
vines spread over 230 hectares, for the ultimate birds eye view.
The Wine Academy is available for charter groups
of four people or more, booking any cruise staying aboard Belmond
Amaryllis, Belmond Hirondelle or Belmond Fleur de Lys, with
various routes available along the picturesque Bourgoyne canals.
The wine-focused activities offered as part of the Academy take
place on three days throughout a six-night cruise.
Belmond Afloat in France offer tailor-made
itineraries around Cote D’Or, France Comte, Saone, Provence, Valle
du Rhone, Canal du Midi and Burgundy. The barges can accommodate
between four and twelve passengers and cruises are offered on an
all-inclusive basis with a complete crew including chef, hostess,
captain and tour guide. Other activities available are cycling
along the canal paths, visits to local Chateaux and markets, plus
A week’s private charter starts from £26,400 on
an all-inclusive basis including private transfer - based on 4
people travelling on board Belmond Fleur de Lys.
The 2015 season
begins on 29 March and ends on 18 October.
Prices for the Wine
Academy start from an additional £700 per person based on four
people in a group.
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