A Sea of Wine Guides? launch of a new network to find the best

100% experts, 100% wine, 100% local

I am pleased to announce the creation of new network of specialist wine guides which I am proud to be a part of: My Local Wine Guide! Passionate wine experts trained in wine or coming from a family of winemakers, local (or adopted) who know their ‘territory’ better than anyone and professionals who are members of Atout France guarantee professionalism and security in your bookings.

Introducing my new professional guide colleagues in eight key different wine regions of France, all dedicate, passionate experts in their regions ready to share its secrets with you; Joy from Burgundy, Maëva from Champagne, Irene from Cognac, Benoit from Alsace, Audrey from Provence, Sonia from the Gulf of St Tropez, Carine from Languedoc (Montpelliers – Pic St Loup and others) et moi Nicolle from Bordeaux.

We all believe in the same things: expert professional wine advice from years of experience in the region, insider contacts with winemakers and secrets and discoveries to ensure you an exceptional time off the beaten track. We all have our fingers on the pulse of the region and can share with you what makes it tick! And last but not least we have a passion for our region, people and its wines and love to share this in a fun way!

Follow My Local Wine Guide on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM

This network aims to make it easier for you to find guides who can take you to discover their land across France. Whether you want to go to Champagne, Cognac, Languedoc, Provence… here is the list you can rely on:

Let’s meet Maëva in Champagne

My Vintage Tour Company takes you on a journey back in time to discover the Champagne vineyards, the heritage of Epernay, Reims and their surroundings in a vintage French vehicle from the 1960s and 80s: an Estafette Alouette Renault.

Maeva, your wine guide in Champagne is are happy to introduce the winegrowers who develop Champagne from generation to generation with passion. Program of our small group tours: Champagne tasting, stops in the vineyards to admire the most beautiful views of the region, visit to cellars, grape harvest day, picnic in the vineyards, initiation to sabering and many other activities memorable to do with family or friends.We also do private tours, tailor-made for individuals (EVJF / EVG, marriage) and professionals (seminar, team building). The goal is to create the dream experience with each customer to spend a sparkling moment! Come and live an unforgettable unusual experience with our passionate local guides and our vintage vehicles during your stay in Champagne!

Contact : +33(0)6 64 33 93 84 – contact@myvintagetourcompany.com www.myvintagetourcompany.com

Let’s meet Carine in Montpellier

With Montpellier Wine Tours discover the sheer variety of our Languedoc wines and vineyards around Montpellier.

During a tour through exceptional landscapes, the winegrowers of the most beautiful wine estates in the region open their doors to you. Discover the variety of our terroir, taste the wines and share a moment of conviviality thanks to our day and half-day tours lead by passionate local guides. For a unique experience, we also organize your tailor-made tours with a lunch or a picnic, accommodation, a cultural or gastronomic visit (cheese dairy, oyster farm, oil mill …) Also try out our fun wine activities for groups: treasure hunt at the château winery, introduction to wine tasting, cycling in the vineyards…Join us to taste the secrets of the terroir! Carine will be your gwine guide in Languedoc!

Contact : 06 95 16 25 61 – info@montpellierwinetours.com www.montpellierwinetours.com

Let’s meet Irène in Cognac

XO madame, Exclusive Cognac Experiences and Tour

As a designer of experiences in the wine & spirits hospitality sector, we are here to help you organize visits and events in the vineyards of Cognac. For individuals and groups, XO madame creates tailor made stays.For companies, the agency organizes team building activities, incentive events, seminars and conferences.In order to create a unique experience, we offer a complete range of “A la carte” services : Cognac Houses visits, meetings with winegrowers, distilleries and ageing cellars visits, tastings, picnic in the vineyards, gastronomic diner in a distillery, wine tours, discovery of the vineyard in vintage car or e-bike, Qi Gong in the vineyard…Whether you are a couple, a family or a group of friends, a group or a company, an expert or a novice, coming for a day, a week-end or even a week, we will adapt to suit any taste and make your experience in the vineyards of Cognac an unforgettable moment. Irène will be your wine guide in Cognac!

Contact : 06 08 85 95 42 – contact@xomadame.fr

Let’s meet Audrey in Aix En Provence

Vignévasion, wine tourism agency, invites you to discover the “real Provence”!

Our main focus are 2 types of activities: Trip for individuals, who want to enjoy full or half a day tour in Provence. Join us in our comfortable 8 seater mini van for your wine tour. We arrange for you to meet passionate winemakers, producers of local and authentic goods and see some of the most beautiful villages in Provence.Are you planning bigger event for your colleagues?We can manage it entirely. What is our asset? An incomparable knowledge the region and exclusive contacts with local producers who love to share their passion. We know places with a barn or a nomad tent for your party, family owned and unique wineries, boutique hotels and many more! We plan a memorable event for you with environment in mind, to preserve our marvelous region and its treasures. Live a unique, gastronomic and authentic experience in Provence with Audrey, wine guidein Provence!

Contact : +33 (0)6 22 67 09 53 audrey@vignevasion.fr

Let’s Meet Sonia in Golfe de Saint-Tropez

 Beyond The WineWine Tours & Private Wine Tastings Golfe de Saint-Tropez, Var (83)Because in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez there is not only the beach, the espadrilles and the Tropézienne, Sonia takes you to the discovery of a part of the largest wine designation in France : the AOC Côtes de Provence covering more than 20,000ha and of which the Gulf of Saint Tropez is part. With more than 30 wineries ranging from very famous names such as Château Minuty, Château Barbeyrolles to more confidential wineries like Domaine de La Madrague, Domaine de La Tourraque, you will be travelling in any case mythical roads a few kilometers away from the beach of Pampelonne or the village of Saint-Tropez! Departures in 2CV, in mehari, with your vehicle, a minivan, ebikes, horses… for a half day, for a day, for an evening, with a cooking class… by the sea, in the plain of Les Maures… everything is possible in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez! And if you prefer to stay at home, Sonia, your wine guide in Golfe de Saint-Tropez also offers initiations to the tasting of rosé wines from Gulf de Saint-Tropez at home within the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Private tours, tailor-made, initiations for individuals and professionals.

Contact : +33 6 32 44 72 35 – contact@beyondthewine.fr

Let’s meet Nicolle in Bordeaux

With SIP Wine Tours discover the real Bordeaux, the classified châteaux but also the region’s best smaller producers where we get face-to-face with the winemaker. 

Bordeaux is known for its Grand Cru Classé Châteaux, and we will visit these, but the real heart of Bordeaux is their ‘petits producteurs’ the SIPS – Small Independent Producers.  With over 30 years of experience in Bordeaux, and on the ‘inside track’ (being married to a St Emilion wine producer) Nicolle is certainly able to take you off the beaten path to  reveal some inside secrets and let you discover some wine treasures.

Be it on the Right Bank on the rolling hills around the medieval village of Saint-Emiliion, or the flatter Left Bank with its grandiose châteaux in the famous villages of Margaux, Saint-Julien or Pauillac – the complexity of this world-renowned wine region will be unravelled for you in a day or two day unforgettable wine tour of the Bordeaux region. 

Contact : 06 81 87 93 94 –nicolle@sip-wines.com  www.sip-wines.com

Bordeaux Wine Blog since 2007 www.nicollecroft.wordpress.com

Author of recently published book Wine Guide ‘Bordeaux Sip by Sip’ (Editions Sudouest)

Let’s Meet Joy in Burgundy

Contact : +33 6 38 53 15 27 – info@burgundydiscovery.com


Let’s Meet Benoit in Alsace

Contact : benoit.ghestem@magnific-escapades.com


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.