Food & Wine Program
« LE TERROIR DE BOURGOGNE » - Uncovering the secrets of Burgundy
An exclusive educational and travel experience in Beautiful Burgundy.
For a number of years, L’Académie de la Roche D’Hys has offered VitiColloque, a series of highly successful colloques and seminars for wine professionals. Among the past participants have been professional and amateur growers, producers and wine advocates from the Niagara Region in Canada and from Michigan USA.
A second successful initiative, which began in 2008, is the addition of a gastronome component called Terroir de Bourgogne which has been developed in collaboration with School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Humber College in Toronto Canada. It focuses on exploring the secrets of local Burgundian epicurean specialties along with the wines.
As of 2011, we have opened up these two complementary programmes for ALL wine and food aficionados, who would like to get a REAL INSIDERS’ taste of Burgundy.
The programmes are all tailored to individual and group interests.
The Viticulture Programme :Focus is on discovering the true art of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Aligoté, Beaujolais.Visits to wine-making equipment depots, the famous Burgundian barrelmakers exploring the mysteries of organic/biodynamic wine growing and production , a viticulture nursery, and of course the obligatory stops at the important caves of the Cote d'Or ,Chablis as well as the new appellations of Irancy and Vezelay. We like to focus on the smaller wine makers and growers who take the time to take us into their caves and vineyards.
Culinary Seminars: Focus is on getting a real insiders’ look at the sources from which the legendary cuisine of Burgundy gets its reputation.Visits include the exclusive cheese makers of Epoisse, and homemade chèvre in a village fromagerie, discovering the secrets of jambon persillée and foie gras making , raising escargot de Bourgogne, and many more regional specialties not to mention the Wine of course.
Cultural Exploration: Burgundy is so very rich in history and local culture. Visits to various chateaux, quaint medieval villages, ancient monasteries which developed the initial vineyards of Burgundy almost 800 years ago , pagan and Roman sites, great museums, local festivals are all part of the total epicurean experience.
Programs run 6-10 days for groups of 8 to 12 people. April to October.
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