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Join this specially-tailored food vacations in French wine region of Burgundy. The tour will surely augment your gourmet experience to a higher level. Just imagine living the chateau life with a select group of foodies, learning the culinary delights of Burgundy, shopping the local markets, barrel and wine tastings in local domaines, producing fresh seasonal feasts with some of Australia's greatest chefs. Book now and rest-assured it will be a remarkable and an unforgettable culinary tour of your life.
The construction of the chateau commenced in the 16th century and has continued to be rebuilt through the ages; the only remaining part from the 16th century is the dovecote, the outbuildings remain from the 17th century, the central part of the chateau in the 18th century and finally the left and right wings in the 19th century. To spend time in the gardens and park is truly mesmerizing and must be seen to appreciate the true beauty - there are so many wonderful environments to explore, from the terraced kitchen garden to beyond the lake and little Gironde stream to the orchard and finally the natural beauty of the forest and cliff.
After a picturesque journey on the TGV fast train from Paris Gare de Lyon you will be met in the afternoon at Dijon TGV; to travel by coach back to the chateau to settle in to your room and enjoy the tranquil surrounding of the property. Aperitif will be served in the lounge or terrace to discuss the coming week; we will then enjoy a wonderful dinner in the chateau dining room overlooking the park.
This morning is market day in Beaune; where we will design tonight's menu and purchase the wonderful produce that is so famous here at this colorful and vibrant market. The afternoon is spent in the chateau kitchen working with your chosen chef, culminating in a fabulous dinner at the chateau accompanied by wonderful Burgundy wines from the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune, selected by our resident sommelier, Alexandre Philippe.
An early morning walk or bike ride along the Canal de Bourgogne before a morning Master class with Alexandre at the chateau. Here, Alexandre will explain the complexities and appellations of the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune. After a picnic lunch in the chateau’s park, you will have the afternoon in the kitchen for your second class with your chosen chef.
An easy start to the day; mid-morning we travel to the Cote de Nuits for a visit and tasting at a renowned domaine, followed by lunch at Chez Guy before heading back to the chateau. That afternoon, we travel to Beaune for some free time and a visit to the Hospice of Beaune (Hotel Dieu) - a must see, before a casual dinner at the local favorite, Ma Cuisine.
Market day in Dijon’s Les Halle, Burgundy’s largest market place, designed by Gustav Eiffel, to create the menu for this evenings’ dinner. Lunch will be enjoyed at a market bistro before heading back to the chateau for your final class in the kitchen.
After a leisurely start, this morning, we travel back to Dijon with time to explore the city and visit the Palais des Ducs. Lunch will be enjoyed overlooking the Place de la Liberation before returning to the chateau. Late afternoon, we depart for Meursault for a domaine wine tasting, then a short stroll to the Chateau de Citeaux for aperitif and dinner at La Cuiellette.
This morning, we travel to Gevrey-Chambertin for a lunch and wine paring at a family domaine, followed by a visit to the vineyard of Domaine de la Romanee Conti. This evening, we enjoy an aperitif on the terrace at the Abbaye de la Bussiere, followed by a degustation dinner in a private dining room.
After a leisurely breakfast, we bid farewell to the chateau and travel back to Dijon for your onward journey and reflect on the past weeks.
This beautiful cooking holiday takes place in Burgundy, France.
The nearest train station is Dijon TGV.