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Tour de France des Vignobles

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WINE MARATHON IN FRANCE

17-31 January 2019

Objectives

  • Visiting regions’ winemakers, in the search of some pearls.
  • Winemakers might be busy pruning the vines. January 22 is the Saint Vincent’s, the wine makers’ protector
  • Attend tasting of the fermented juices so the winemakers decide about the blends (where applies).
  • Photo shooting of the vineyards in winter
  • Giving a hug to my family. I have an aunt in L’Aigle, a son in Lyon (eldest is in Canada), a sister in Saint-Andiol. A sommelier friend in Gigondas. An ex, yet still good friends, in Avignon working at Le Carré du Palais.
  • The landscapes may be grayish, but it’s a less expensive period of time than fall, spring and summer.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY

Date

Wine region

Itinerary and tentative time schedule

Comments/ Visits

TH 17

Departure from Cancun to CDG

 

In flight

FR 18

Arrival to CDG rent a car (automatic)​, rest and dine w/ friends. Overnight in Paris.

11H10

Paris

SA 19

Champagne (Epernay, Reims) https://www.vinotrip.com/fr/route-des-vins-champagne

–       Paris/Epernay 144 km 1h48 ​ depart 8h00- arrival 10h00​

–       Epernay/Reims 30 min, 27 km.

–       Reims/Strasbourg, 351 km 3h18​. Depart to Strasbourg 

Strasbourg

 

SU 20

Alsace (Strasbourg/Colmar)
https://www.vinotrip.com/fr/route-des-vins-alsace

–       Strasbourg/Colmar, 73.8 km 56 min

–       Colmar/Dijon 251 km 2h38​

Trimbach : caveau de dégustation ouvert L-V

de 8.00  à 11.45 et de 14.00 à 17.30

Prendre RV dégustation. Samedi RV uniquement, selon disponibilités. Fermé dimanche et jours fériés.
Dijon

MO 21

Burgundy. The Graal (at least mine): Burgundy
https://www.vinotrip.com/fr/route-des-vins-bourgogne ​ (am)​
https://www.vinotrip.com/fr/route-des-vins-beaujolais ​ (pm)​

–       Dijon/Lyon 195 km 2h00

Lyon

TU 22

Côtes du Rhône

 

Lyon region and lunch with my 18 yo son (overnight TBD).
Diner at a traditional bouchon Lyonnais.​

WE 23

Côtes du Rhône - Gigondas, Vaqueyras and CNDP

https://www.vinotrip.com/fr/route-des-vins-vallee-du-rhone

–       Lyon/Avignon 229 km 2h23 ​ dept. 8h00 am​

Brotte,

@ my sister’s
Dinner at Molégès.
If available a sommelière offered to ​show me/us ​winemakers (overnight at my sister’s near Avignon/ St Rémy de Provence / Eygalières).

Laundry​.

TH 24

Provence (morning) and Languedoc-Roussillon in the afternoon

https://www.vinotrip.com/fr/route-des-vins-provence

–       Avignon/Montepellier 97.2 km 1h16

–       Montpellier / Narbonne 95.4 km 1h10 


Narbonne

FR 25

Languedoc
https://www.vinotrip.com/fr/route-des-vins-languedoc-roussillon

–       Narbonne / Toulouse 151 km 1h37

–       ​​Narbonne / ​Agen ​264 km 2h3​8

–       Narbonne / Bordeaux 245 km 2h32

–       ​Agen / Bordeaux 141 km 1h34  

Agen or Bordeaux (TBD)

SA 26

La Cité du Vin de Bordeaux
https://www.laciteduvin.com/en

 

Bordeaux

SU 27

Bordeaux. A friend offered to show a few chateaux. Stop at Cognac on the way to Poitiers https://www.vinotrip.com/fr/route-des-vins-bordeaux

–       Bordeaux/Poitiers 257 km 2h36​

–       Poitiers / Tours 105 km 1h17

Poitiers.

MO 28

Pays de la Loire
https://www.vinotrip.com/fr/route-des-vins-val-de-loire   

–       Tours / Vierzon 128 km 1h20 

Quick stop at Selles-sur-Cher to see my father’s house, taste local cheese

Vierzon

TU 29

Sancerre

–       Vierzon / Sancerre 69 km 1h00

Sancerre

WE 30

Paris, wine bars and city vineyards or free https://www.parisinfo.com/visiter-a-paris/parcs-et-jardins/vignobles​

http://scope.lefigaro.fr/liste/les-meilleurs-bars-a-vins-de-paris-55394812/

–       Sancerre / Paris 133 1h39

Paris

TH 31

Travel back to Cancun

Flght Dept. 12h25 pm

Drop off the car at 9am

 

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