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An Insider’s Tour of Burgundy and Champagne

Three couples will experience authentic Burgundy with insider tours, tastings, and meals with hosts Gloria & Steve Pignatiello, You'll come back with new Burgundian friends, and also get to visit François Servin!

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Burgundy is famous for its tiny vineyards, world-class wines, renowned food, and thousands of years of tradition. But the REAL Burgundy is its people — the small, family winemakers. With this exclusive trip, three couples will have the opportunity to visit these winemakers in their homes, share a meal, and taste wines from their personal cellars. It’s an insider’s peek into the normally closed world of Burgundy.

Steve Pignatiello has spent his lifetime developing close, personal relationships with the real Burgundians. These relationships afford him access that is “unheard of” in Burgundy. Steve and his wife, Gloria, will lead you on a 5-day, 4-night tour of Burgundy, including a stop in Champagne.

People who have been on this private tour have said it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The three lucky couples will be picked up in Paris and chauffeured to first-class accommodations at Hotel Le Cep in Beaune and La Villa Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart in Ludes. Among the winemakers you will visit will be our three guests of honor this year (Clerget, Patriarche, Gardet) as well as a visit to Chablis to see our good friend and l’Eté du Vin 2019 Guest of Honor, François Servin.

In addition to winemaker meals, cellar tours, and wine tastings, other trip highlights include visiting the Château du Clos de Vougeot, Hospices de Beaune, Romanée-Conti vineyard, Montrachet Grand Cru vineyards, and Chambertin Grand Cru vineyards.

What makes this trip unique, however, is the VIP access afforded to Steve and Gloria and their guests. You’ll be welcomed in the winemakers’ homes like family members. If you desire to connect with true Burgundians on a personal and intimate level, then please do raise your paddle for this Insider’s Tour of Burgundy (with a stop in Champagne).

This trip for 6 includes:

Please note: This trip must be taken on a mutually agreeable date in late October/early November 2022 or in May/June 2023. Please contact Nashville Wine Auction shortly after the l’Eté du Vin to select exact dates.

Restrictions: Itinerary subject to change based on availability at time of booking. Trip does not include airfare. Personal expenses, tips/gratuities, and travel insurance are also not included. Trip restrictions apply. Please see Trip Guidelines in the Auction Rules and Reference section of the catalog.

Donated by Gloria & Steve Pignatiello, Christophe Prieux, Françoise Servin, Justine & Christian Clerget, Christiane & Alain Patriarche