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I would appreciate any feedback on Authentica Tours. We are looking to visit some gran cru and premier cru domains. We are considering Authentica as they seem to have good connections with some of the better wine makers. Does anyone have any recent experience with Authentica and its winery visits? Thanks.

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We just had a half day tour with Authentica today and enjoyed it very much. It was my husband and I along with 3 gentlemen from the UK. We visited a vineyard and leaned how the vines are grown and tended, and what makes Burgundy wines unique. We also visited a former Cistercian abbey that was a sort of museum that showed the way grapes were pressed hundreds of years ago. The building is magnificent and well worth the visit. There were also very good books on the region and on burgundy wines. Although there were items to purchase, there was absolutely no pressure to buy anything.

Our guide is from one of the towns we visited and is very knowledgeable about the region and how grapes rare grown and wine is produced. Using excellent maps, he showed how the 4 classifications of burgundies (regional, village, premier cru, and grand cru) differ, how the slope of the land effects the quality, etc.

We visited one cellar (or cav) and tasted 2 whites (one a village and less oaky; the other a premier and oakier) and 4 reds. The reds were 2 village and 2 premier; we were able to try cassis, also. I don't know if you can arrange grand cru tastings with Authentica or not, but it would certainly be worth asking if they don't offer it on their website. We did buy one bottle, and would liked to have bought more if it weren't for the difficulty of transporting it back to the US. We already had bought wine when in the Alsace region earlier on our trip.

I recommend Authentica highly. Our guide was knowledgable, friendly, funny and answered all of our questions.

NY
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Wondering what you decided since I'm in the same boat. We did contact Burgundy Discovery ( recommended on this forum) but haven't heard back yet.

Beaune, France
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Authentica do great tours and take you to some great places but unless you book a specialist Grand Cru tour with a specialist tour guide, you will generally taste regional, village and premier cru appelations. This applies to all the tour guides unless it is a specialist tour as Grand Cru only makes up one and a half percent of the production of Burgundy wine. When you take into account that Burgundy only produces three and a half percent of French wine, then you realise how rare it is and why it is so expensive. At around 100euros a bottle, producers do not give it away for free so if you specifically want superior wines you will have to book and pay for a superior tour - usually a private tour as not many people are prepared to pay the price necessary. That way you can have a tour tailored entirely to your specifications.

Please note I work in the industry and know and respect both Authentica and Burgundy Discovery who offer different types of tours (different to me as well) and am simply trying to point out the reality of tasting expensive wines at a budget price.

Amsterdam, The...
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I can highly recommend Max's 5 Star Private Burgundy Wine Tour. We spent the full day with Max a few weeks ago and he provided a most excellent tour of many private estates with a WONDERFUL and extensive selection of Grand and Premier Cru wines. He was very knowledgeable, pleasant and professional. I was traveling with my nephew who is a level-1 sommelier studying wine and Max was most accommodating of his many questions and was able to customize our tour towards his specific interests. Lunch (not included) was utterly fantastic and reasonably priced for the quality, one of those meals you remember for the rest of your life. I hope to return to Dijon to try out his "Wine and Water" canal barge accommodations next time. His wife Bea was efficient in getting back with us promptly to confirm our reservation. If you have limited time to visit the Burgundy wine country and are looking for a tour you will never forget, this is it.

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Thanks, this all provides good info! We loved Beaune some eyars back and hope to go again next year.

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