EuroWine Tour - 2018 Rhone Valley Champagne
( 28TH September - 08th October )
I am Amarkrishna S, final year student of International Institute of Hotel Management, Bangalore. I was the winner of Euro wine tour 2018 and represented my campus at France learning and exploring the finest wine making regions, their culture and the process. I would like to share my experience which I consider it as a “Dream come true” which was made possible through my institute, IIHM Bangalore. I will take you through the insight of it. Travelling to France at this very young age is a dream! but what’s more surprising is that my entire 12 days trip to France, was completely borne by my college. SELECTION CRITERIA : - IIHM hotel school believes in students exchange programmes through which students get to improve and built on their skills. Every year our campus provides an opportunity to their food and beverage specialisation students in undertaking wine tour exams (provided candidates have minimum percentage of academics and attendance) Selection process consisted of a 30 marks MCQ on wine knowledge and a 10 marks subjective knowledge followed by a blind tasting of wine carrying 10 marks. Shortlisted candidates had an online skype interview with Mr Keith Edgar (Sommelier) I was accompanied by 7 more students from different IIHM campus along with Mr Kunal Kaul from IIHM Delhi Campus.
Wine tour kickstarted on 28th September to 8th October covering two of the major grape growing regions of France i.e. Rhone valley and Champagne.
IIHM Euro Wine Tour 2018 Rhone Valley and Champagne
Early morning flight from Delhi – Rome – Marseille Marseille to Avignon Arrival to Avignon late morning City tour of Avignon Overnight in Avignon
September 30eth, 2018 ( Sunday )
Visit to Tavel and Chateuneuf-du-pape 9:30-11:30 Domaine des Carabiniers Visit of winery Tour of vineyards: Tavel and Lirac Tasting Lunch 2:00-4:30 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-pape 2:00 till 4:30 Winery Tour Vinyard Visit Tasting Overnight in Avignon
October 1st, 2018 ( Monday )
Visit to Beaum-de-Venise and Gigondas 9:00-10:00 Domain De Durban Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Tasting 11:00-12:30 Domain des Bernardins Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Winery Visit Tasting Lunch Afternoon 2:00-4:00 Chateau de Saint Cosme, Gigondas Visit to Chapel Tour of Vineyards Tasting Overnight in Avignon
October 2nd, 2018 ( Tuesday )
Drive to Hermitage, Chapoutier 11:00 Tasting 12:30 Lunch at Chapoutier Table d’hote 14:00 Vineyard visit 16:00 End of visit Delas 16:30-18:30 Winery visit and tasting Drive to Vienne Overnight in Vienne
October 3rd, 2018 ( Wednesday )
Morning visit to Condrieu, Cave Yves Cuilleron 10:30-12:30 Tour and tasting Lunch 2:00-4:00 Afternoon Visit to Cote Rotie, Domain E Guigal Tour and tasting Drive to Lyon Train to Reims Overnight in Reims
October 4th, 2018 ( Thursday )
Morning 10:00-12:00 AM Champagne Henriot Cellar tour and tasting Afternoon 2:00-4:00 Champagne Pommery Winery visit and tasting. Overnight Reims
October 5th, 2018 ( Friday )
Morning 10:00-12:00 visit to G.H. Mumm Champagne Cellar tour and tasting Lunch Afternoon 2:00-5:00 Visit to Champagne Bourdair Gallois Overnight in Reims
October 6th, 2018 ( Saturday )
Morning train to Paris City tour Paris Final Parisienne Dinner Overnight Paris Day 9 Oct 8 Morning flight to Delhi
October 7th, 2018 ( Sunday )
Day one was the visit to Travel where you get the finest rose wines from France.it was a tremendous feeling which we experienced the moment we stepped in to the pebbly soil of that
vineyard and straight away tasting those sweet ripened grapes freshly plucked from the plant. The winemaker explained us everything about the terroir and the benefits of having pebbly soils. followed by which we were taken towards the winemaking area and our wine tasting. Our second visit was to the Chateauneuf-du-pape which is a very famous appellation of southern Rhone valley and it is popular for its GSM blend (Grenache, Syrah, muvadre). Here was our biggest surprise waiting for the day, we were allowed to harvest the grapes for last batch of vintage 2018 Chateauneuf-du-pape which we consider it as an honour.
Next visit was towards the most beautiful and sweetest vineyard in Rhone valley i.e. Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise an appellation which produces the best sweet wines of Rhone valley.it was quite a scenic beauty and we had our first official banner pic of euro wine tour 2108 right here at this beauty spot
We were taken through their manufacturing plots understanding the wine making process, various techniques used, measures undertaken an overall practical understanding of how a grape in bunch turns out into a beautiful wine inside a bottle
Every single day of our Euro wine tour was filled with surprises, new learning, experiencing the new culture, food and lifestyle.
We covered up most of the vineyard in the southern part of Rhone valley and started exploring the northern Rhone valley which is known for its steep hillside vineyards and known for the main grape called Syrah. Personally, am a great fan of Syrah grape which is known for its spiciness and robust flavour, but the wine from Hermitage and Cote du Rhone changed my perception when I tasted Syrah wine being fruity and smooth, this was a huge experience that how can a terroir influence in the characteristics of a wine.
We then started travelling towards Champagne,” worlds best celebration drink”, wine which gets its name by its origin and the unique manufacturing process. the climate was very cold as we entered the city of Champagne and in the course of two days spent in champagne, we visited over 4 champagne houses.
RUINART GH MUMM POMMERY BOURDAIRE GALLOIS
We were briefed about the history of the champagne houses, its unique process and the grapes varieties used in the preparation of champagne .it was a new learning that there were actually 7 grape varieties which can go into the preparation of champagne We were taken for a cellar tour at the POMMERY Champagne house, a huge 18 km long cellar which was quite breath-taking moment, we also witnessed very old vintage bottles from early 1800s in the cellar. And of course, yes finally to taste some best CHAMPAGNE!
In these spans of 12 days we visited more than 15 Domaines and châteaux and tasted over 80 different types of wines. We also experienced the culture and authentic classical French cuisine. This learning and memory from this trip are definitely going to cherish for a life time I thank my institute, IIHM and Dr Bose for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to go ahead and build my interest and knowledge in the filed of wines. The only campus in India to provide such great opportunities to their students. Proud of my IIHM. Join IIHM to live your dream.
LAST YEAR IT WAS ME!! THIS YEAR IT COULD BE YOU.