The core activity of Exclusive France Tours has long been to design one-of-a-kind, entirely private French wine tours. Even if we now offer a variety of luxurious packages centred around culture, gastronomy, outdoor adventure and more, wine-focused getaways remain some of our favorites.
Wine Tours Built on Passion, knowledge and AuthenticityIndeed, it was the love of wine that inspired Exclusive Wine Tours’ founder, Marie Tesson, to share the magic of this hallowed tradition. 20 years later her passion has not dimmed and Marie continues to ensure that each client’s experience is authentic and personalised. What wine lover has not dreamed of exploring France’s breathtaking vineyards in their preferred wine-making region? Or of observing the painstaking and centuries-old processes by which the finest wines are produced, and getting the chance to meet renowned growers and producers? Who has not dreamed of a private wine cellar tour led by the grower, then enjoying an exclusive tasting session in the privacy of a wine cellar? Who has not wished to taste the most precious vintages from their favorite producer? Or to experience a prefect food & wine pairing, mastered by a gifted sommelier and a talented Chef?
Unparalleled Wine DiscoveriesWe invite you to share out-of-the-ordinary experiences around wine. Our bespoke wine tours of France and its most coveted domains will give you privileged access to all of the above, and far more. Through our close family and friendship connections with gifted winemakers, you can expect your bespoke French wine tour to include private meetings with some of them on their estates –many of which are usually closed to the public. Your tour may also allow you to taste exceptional wines and prestigious grands crus guided by experts, and to learn about winemaking processes and cellar management. Our French wine tours are not only exclusive: the friendly, personal atmosphere will also give your individual wine tours both conviviality and originality. Our primary aim is to give you a profound appreciation for the region or regions you focus on during your wine-centric holiday. Using our local knowledge and strong relationship with wine growers and other local experts, we offer you the chance to meet with some of the big names of the wine industry and experience some truly exceptional, usually inaccessible places and terroirs. By choosing a tour with us, you will benefit from in-depth and unforgettable encounters with French wine culture. You’ll embark on a remarkable and authentic cultural experience in the very heart of of some of France’ s most celebrated, and up-and-coming, terroirs and vineyards.
Understanding the terroirs and their complexityThe notion of ‘terroir’ has an important place in all our French wine tours. This allows you to better encounter and gain a deeper understanding of the variety of wines produced within the same region. The French led the way in demonstrating the unique character and essence of a given wine: one that emanates from the local soil, climate, culture, traditions and vintnering methods. The concept has since been widely recognized throughout the world by wine, alcohol and artisanal product makers. However, the notion of the terroir has also long been a question of debate among many scientists and winemaking experts, since it refers to a rather intangible and fleeting sense of place. The terroir comprises a set of environmental factors that give a wine, a variety of produce or any other crop its specific qualities and characteristics. These environmental factors include geography, geology and other less quantifiable factors. The terroir thus encompasses geographical, geological and cultural features, alongside others that give a vineyard and its products specific qualities. Our wine professionals and specialised local guides will transmit their passion for terroirs to you; they will help you to understand the secrets behind the great wines of celebrated terroirs, whether from Burgundy, the Loire, Bordeaux or the Cotes du Rhone. Well, at least some of their secrets– many remain zealously guarded by prestigious winemakers.
what wine lover are you?For individuals and small groups, Exclusive France Tours organises customized French wine tours, all supervised by fine wine professionals. Our regional excursions will allow you to discover their precious wine culture and heritage; with us, you will embark on a rare and privileged discovery of France’s main vintnering regions and their hidden treasures. Here is just a taste of what you can expect on one of our tours:
French wines are noble, enticing and fascinating
- Cultural and wine-related programmes along celebrated vineyard routes
- Organized tastings in wine domains normally inaccessible to the public
- Practical courses aimed at developing wine-tasting techniques and knowledge
- Personalized encounters and activities allowing you to learn more about local traditions
- Food & wine pairing
French wine regions we specialise inWhen crafting your bespoke excursion, we will design an adventure that will allow you to experience and explore Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, Alsace, the Rhone Valley and Provence in any ways you wish. they are also prestigious and authentic. Let us lead you to the exploration of the “Terroirs and Climates” of the French vineyards!
Interested in more than wine?For those hoping to add a more historical and cultural dimension, a culinary exploration or a discovery of France off the beaten path, just have a look of what we can offer you in addition to wine tours. Our bespoke tours are truly unique, tailored precisely to our clients’ interests and travel ambitions.
Private, Confidential, Extraordinary: nothing further to add…
Prestigious chateaux, iconic names
Between famous Champagne houses and hidden gems
THE LOIRE VALLEY
Diversity and rising stars
THE RHONE VALLEY
Stunning vineyards and strong identity