Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours

Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours

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Vin en Vacances is the leading wine tour company in Carcassonne and have been running fabulous wine tours for over 10 years. They offer private full and half day tours and scheduled tours to the best wine districts that surround Carcassonne. They also have their own tasting room in a converted winery in a village 15 minutes from Carcassonne where you can enjoy a 2-hour tasting to discover the wine styles and appellations of the Languedoc. From their base you can also enjoy short or longer guided vineyard walks followed by a wine tasting. Scheduled tours are ran in English and Private tours are available in English, French, Dutch and Spanish. Their professional wine guides will ensure you have a lot of fun whilst learning about wine and the region. They aim to provide you with an experience that you cannot create for yourself. You will explore the region, meet some of the most interesting vignerons, taste their wines and enjoy a superb lunch.
Carcassonne Center, Occitanie, France

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2022

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Rain1800
London9 contributions
May 2022
Fantastic Wine Tour! My friends and I did a full day wine tour with Wendy, including lunch and we couldn't have asked for better.
We did this tour as part of my 40th birthday celebrations and i contacted Wendy a few months before to discuss some options. She was so helpful in suggesting ideas on what we could do and in the end we opted for a wine tour with 8 tastings, a three course lunch including a birthday cake, with local Rose and some fizz to celebrate.
Wendy picked us up from the chateau that we were staying in and made a real effort to get to know us all on the drive to the vineyard.
The tour itself was great, as we got to meet Emmanuelle, the owner of the vineyard, and we had a nice walk around the different grape varieties.

We then had the wine tasting in a lovely little renovated hut, We went through 8 different wine tastings, with Wendy explaining each one, and we had such a great time exploring them all.

The three course lunch was amazing! so much food and all of it so delicious. The table was nestled in between olive trees and it was the perfect backdrop to a fantastic lunch. The accompanying wine was also really nice and it was so lovely to have some fizz to celebrate my birthday. My birthday cake was a delicious chocolate cake and i honestly couldn't have asked for more.

And to top it off, it was such great value for money. It was about £109 each (7 of us in total) for transport, the wine, tour, 8 tastings, a three course lunch including wine and a bottle of fizz and a cake. I mean you cant get better than that!

I would recommend Vin en Vacances for anyone looking for a fantastic wine tour, with someone so friendly and knowledgeable and wanting a great day out. Ive also now become a wine guardian so im hoping to go back to visit my vines! i cant wait!

Thank you Wendy for making my birthday trip so special and memorable x
Written June 4, 2022
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Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this lovely review! I'm so pleased that you had a great birthday and I'm so glad that you and the rest of your group enjoyed the day. Please get in touch if ever you are in the area again, we'd love to take you on another one of our tours! Many thanks from Wendy and the team
Written June 23, 2022
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kimberly_biglife
Atlanta, GA68 contributions
Jun 2022
This is the second time we've worked with Wendy and the team and they are truly exceptional. Their knowledge of the regions history, landscape, wine and food is extensive. Their story telling is engaging and entertaining. They know the small wine makers that are taste makers for the region. We curated 3 different experience for our group of 20 with the team and each day was as good as the other. I highly recommend working with them and / or enjoying one of their pre-planned tours. You won't be sorry.
Written June 27, 2022
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Thank you so much for such a lovely review! We're delighted that you enjoyed the events and we can't wait to help you plan your future wine holidays!
Written June 30, 2022
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Sandra F
36 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
This was my third tour with Vin en Vacances over the past few years, and I can say without hesitation that this last tour was as interesting and enlightening as my first tour with them in 2015. Each time I have walked away with a better understanding and appreciation of Languedoc wines. If you are curious about the wines of this region I highly recommend Wendy Gedney and her team. You will learn about a variety of wines and also about the region. Their knowledge is imparted with grace and humor which makes a day spent with Vin en Vacances a real highlight of any vacation. Highly recommended!
Written October 15, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review, the team at Vin en Vacances very much appreciate it.
Written November 11, 2022
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Companion523334
2 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Wendy provided the three of us with an exceptionally personal tour. Combined with a lovely lunch in Minevere overlooking the confluence of two rivers, we visited a wonderful family run winery where we gained a real insight to winemaking from owners who are passionate about their profession. We were fortunate enough to experience a further tasting at her lovely home in Minervois where she continued to share her deep knowledge of wine making. We would highly recommend Vin en Vacances to anyone who seeks an interesting and fun tour.
Written May 5, 2022
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Thank you for such a lovely review. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you and I hope you will return again one day.
Written May 27, 2022
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savma
Glasgow, UK13 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Myself and a friend were picked up from Carcassonne by Wendy’s charming son Tom. Then taken a short walk to the local vineyard by Wendy who explained the growing/harvesting process. We then went back to Wendy’s beautiful home where we were treated to wine tasting accompanied by a very generous charcuterie/cheese board. Wendy was fascinating to listen to, with an obvious passion for wines of the region and was terrific company. I can’t recommend highly enough.
Written September 21, 2022
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Hi, Thank you for this very kind review! We are so glad that you had a great tasting with us and we hope you get in touch you are planning a wine holiday! Best wishes Wendy
Written September 30, 2022
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Fl0rence2017
Bath, UK1 contribution
Jun 2022
Our wine tasting group spent a wonderful day with Wendy Gedney.
Wendy’s passion for wines is wonderful and she is an excellent tutor having a long history of teaching.We are a fairly experienced group and she knew exactly what level to pitch the days tasting. The vineries we visited were very special and the lunch she arranged was the best we had been to the week we were touring.Her knowledge is great and she is a charming , vivacious lady. My husband and I would certainly use Wendy again when we next plan a wine tasting tour.
Written June 16, 2022
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Thank you so much for the kind words and I'm so thrilled that you had a great time. Wendy and the team
Written June 23, 2022
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Connie G
3 contributions
Jul 2021
Our wine tour with Wendy was set up by another touring company who wasn't in the area. I am so glad that the other vendor trusted us and our wine tour to Wendy! Hands down it was one of the best wine tasting tours I have experienced. I am not a newbie to France or winetasting. Wendy is knowledgeable about the local wine and passionate about the local area. Due to limited people traveling, we had Wendy all to our selves and the day flew by like we were getting together with old friends. The wineries and restaurant she hand picked were perfect and elevated due to her relationships with the proprietors. Wendy is loved and respected by the wineries in the area. I am already looking for dates to return and do another tour with her. Apparently it takes three trips to the area to taste the abundance of the wine varieties in the Languedoc area. The tour was reasonably prices and a great value for what you will experience.
Written July 16, 2021
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Suzanne216692
West Malling, UK18 contributions
Oct 2022
We were lucky to be part of our friend's birthday present. Wendy picked us up from where we were staying in Poilhes and drove us to two vineyards with lunch in between in Minerve. Wendy's knowledge of the wines in the Languedoc region was outstanding. We all learnt so much. It was all carefully planned although I believe there was to be an olive oil tasting but we were all talking too much and having such a good time, the time flew by.
Written October 6, 2022
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Thank you for writing this excellent review, I am, delighted you had such a good time.
Written November 11, 2022
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Mandi C
Seattle, WA2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We cannot say enough about our time with Carlos (tour) and Wendy! Carlos did such a thorough and entertaining tour of Carcassonne. The Cite came to life with him. Carlos was so knowledgeable and so enthusiastic! We loved our tour. Our experience with Wendy was simply lovely. Her expertise and understanding of the Languedoc region and its wine is unbelievable. The setting, the wine, the food, and the atmosphere…outstanding. As wine lovers, history buffs and adventure seekers, we highly recommend this experience!
Written March 26, 2022
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Robert V
Clemmons, NC3 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We had an amazing tour with Wendy. She picked us up near our hotel and took us to her home in a nearby village. From there we were able to walk out into the vineyards as she explained everything from the history of wine in the area to grapes and growing techniques. After our walk we went to her house—which is a beautifully renovated stone barn—where she continued the tour with a comprehensive tasting accompanied by an equally comprehensive charcuterie board. Wendy is extremely knowledgeable and also very friendly, so we learned a lot and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. I would highly recommend this tour if you are interested in learning about the regional wine.
Written April 2, 2022
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