Spring 2015 | Eola Hills Does Champagne, Chateaux and Chardonnay
Eola Hills’ 8th annual 2015 European Wine Tour took travelers to France for “Champagne, Chateaux and Chardonnay” to explore both Paris and wine country, visit historical sites in Normandy, and take a trip to Dublin to sample local brews and whiskey.
Pre-Trip | Paris/Epernay | Dates April 19-23
The grand adventure began with a pre-trip to Epernay in the heart of Champagne country. We walked along Avenue de Champagne and visited such famous houses as Moet & Chandon, Perrier Jouet, and Mercier. Our small boutique spa/hotel was located right in the heart of town within walking distance of restaurants, shops and of course tasting rooms. In the area, we visited some of the historical sites from World War I.
Main Tour | Paris/Beaune/Loire Valley/Paris | April 22-May 4
Starting in Paris, the City of Lights, guests on the eleven-day main tour traveled to the town of Beaune for an in-depth look at the wine scene in Burgundy and the Loire Valley. Located in the heart of Burgundy, Beaune is perfect launching point for exploring the sights and tastes of the Côte-d’Or. From a gourmet luncheon in in Puligny Montrachet and wine tasting in Mersault, to a tour of a local barrel maker, to tasting some of the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines in Europe, Eola tour members learned why this is one of the most famous wine regions in the world.
Leaving Burgundy, the tour headed to the Loire Valley with its picturesque chateaux and Chenin Blanc vineyards. Along our way to the town of Rochecorbon, we stopped for lunch in the picturesque town of Chablis. We tasted Vouvray wines and toured the caves, and enjoyed a gourmet dinner at Les Haute Roches Hotel, a 4-star, troglodyte hotel literally carved in the side of a limestone cliff overlooking the beautiful Loire River.
After traveling to Chinon and touring its chateau, we ended our tour with a return to Paris for three days of exploring. Our hotel was within walking distance of the Seine, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, the Orsay and Louvre museums, the Left Bank with its cafés, clubs and more. We capped off the main tour with a romantic dinner cruise along the Seine.
Post Trip Add-On | Normandy and Ireland | May 4-9
After the main tour ended in Paris, Tom Huggins led the post-trip excursion that some considered the highlight of the entire trip, to Normandy, and across the channel to Ireland. We visited the the quaint Normandy town of Bayeux, home of the historic tapestry heralding the 1066 invasion of England, and took sides trips Mont St. Michel Abby and several WW II historical sites, including Omaha Beach. Then we boarded the Cherbourg to Dublin ferry, for tastings of a different sort – Irish beer and whiskey. It was a fun change from wine tasting and a great way to conclude our tasting tour of Europe.
For more information
To learn more about upcoming Eola Hills Wines of the World Tours, give us a call at 1-800-291-6730 or send an email if you’d like to receive informational emails. We’ll let you know when next year’s destination is selected… tours sell out, so you’ll want to sign up early!