Burgundy Wine School® is an Independent Wine School created in 2009 by Cristina Otel-Lafon. Burgundy Wine School® does not sell wine in order to remain free from any political or economical relations with the production actors. Burgundy Wine School® Aims To Be as Objective as Possible. The School is open to Any Guest willing to learn more about Burgundy region and its fantastic wines. Burgundy Wine School® offers for 2021 Two Essential Programs (read below) on the subject of Burgundy Wine. Guests are Unique and Each Class is Private from One Single Guest. All of them? Yes, All Burgundy Wine School® Classes can be attended from One Single And Unique Guest! That means if you book just by yourself it will be just you andme!
Located in the Heart of Beaune, Burgundy, France, Burgundy Wine School ® aims to Educate Guests from all ages and all backgrounds, beginners and advanced wine professionals To Become Self Confident and Open Minded in the subject of wine and Burgundy Wine.
Classes Start with a theory part that is variable depending on the duration of each class. A piece of white paper and a pen allows Cristina to introduce you to aspects easy to understand. She builds the information one piece at the time, in front of your eyes. She uses Detailed Burgundy Maps of the Nowadays Classification and Antic Maps from past Burgundy Classifications in order to puzzle up the information together.
The Underground Cellar is a Beautiful Restored Burgundy Traditional Cellar where there is enough Space and plenty of Table Space, covered with Burgundy Maps, ready to spread around the impressive amount of tasting glasses. Each guest will taste wines that Cristina has personally selected over the past 12 years. She Started her Wine School® Activity in 2009 and She has acquired many Burgundy Wines, well kept in an underground cellar in the centre of the old town of Beaune. These wines that She Collected and continues to Collect will be the tasting material used during the Burgundy Wine School® classes. A Coravin System is used to extract the wine from the bottles.
Cristina Otel-Lafon’s Story
” I have started Burgundy Wine School® in 2009 in order to educate guests to the complexity of Burgundy Wines. I moved to Burgundy in my late teens. I have completed my HighSchool degree at the Lycée Clos Maire in Beaune. I have attended the Adult School in Beaune for a One Year Degree in Winemaking and Oenology, the BPREA at the CFPPA in Beaune. In search for more knowledge, I have completed a Two Year Degree at the Viticultural HighSchool of Beaune, BTS Viticulture Oenology. After this, Three more years of academic studies at the University of Burgundy, from where I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Vine Science and a Master in Wine, Vine & Terroir. I enjoyed studying wine and its various aspects. I have worked in the wine trade as a cellar hand, vineyard hand, laboratory & vineyard technician, winemaker, viticulturist, salesman, communication, marketing and guide and built durable relations with many important actors of Burgundy Wine Trade. At the age of 29, I decided, I was better on my own, with greater freedom of choice and started my own company. I started from scratch, doing my first classes in the vineyards, above the vines, in the picnic areas. Like today, I enjoy teaching to a Private Audience, as we can be Confortable, Relaxed, Fit More Information in a Short Time and Navigate a Longer Distance. “
All programs take place from Monday to Friday, all year round ( except the last 3 weeks of August and the last 3 weeks of December) in the mornings and by appointment only.
Program 1 – Burgundy Introduction Course
Duration: 2 hours, Monday to Friday, 9h30 am to 11h30 am
Cost per person: 175 euros
Content: You will learn about the Five Subregions composing Burgundy and taste a sample from each of these places. We will learn about the geography of Burgundy, about the notions of Terroir, about the various classifications, about the climate and the vintage importance. We will taste wines from the various parts of the slope in order to understand the notions of Regional, Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru. The Burgundy Introduction Program offers a comparison tasting of minimum 8 different Burgundy Wines from Regional, Village, Premier and Grand Cru Sites. Suited for both beginners and advanced wine lovers. As an Option you can ask for a “HomeWork” Exploration on your Own for the Entire Afternoon visiting wine producers and tasting their wines.
Program 2 – Understanding Burgundy in 3 days
Duration: 3 mornings of 3 hour each a total of 9 hours, each day from 9h00 am-12h00pm
Cost per person: 1500 euros
Content: This is a great opportunity to learn about the wines of Burgundy in a private, confortable and a Unique atmosphere.
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 : from 9 am to 12pm
Day one will be a mix of theory, documentation and tastings. You will learn about the land, the grapes, the names, the history of this place, you will acquire a base that will help you understand the following days. You will exercise your palate to recognise wines from various locations in order to define what you like, understand who you are and what you’re looking for.
Day Two will be about exploring the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune and tasting various qualities of wines coming from various villages and parts of the slope. Corton Hill and the adjacent villages, Beaune, Pommard, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet, Saint Aubin. You will visit these places, understand their unique terroir by navigating their slopes, see their specific environnement, feel the wind, visualise their expressions and taste the wines issued from these visited locations. You will develop a new understanding while the puzzle will puzzle up together. You will acquire the eye of a Connaisseur being able to reproduce, understand and follow your likes in terms of Burgundy Wine. As an Option you can ask for a “HomeWork” Exploration on your Own for the Entire Afternoon visiting wine producers and tasting their wines.
Day Three will be about exploring the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits and tasting the qualities of wines coming from various villages and parts of the slope. Nuits Saint Georges, Vosne Romanée, Vougeot, Chambolle Musigny, Morey Saint Denis, Gevrey Chambertin. You will visit these places, understand their unique terroir by navigating their slopes, see their specific environnement, feel the air flow, visualise their expression and taste the wines issued from these various locations. As an Option you can ask for a “HomeWork” Exploration on your Own for the Entire Afternoon visiting wine producers and tasting their wines.
At the end of the 3 Days Understanding Burgundy you will have tasted a minimum of 30 wines from the 5 Subregions of Burgundy, From Regional to Grand Cru.
For 2021 Burgundy Wine School offers the Essential, Two Unique Programs with HomeWork Options.
In order to enrol in a Program, send us an EMAIL by using the contact form below, present yourself, let me know your motivations, let me know the program and date you are interested in. I will email you an Invoice/ Contract. Once the Invoice is paid the confirmation of your date & program will be sent to you. Vouchers available and valid for 24 months. I no longer accept credit cards only wire transfers and money. Thank you. Looking forward to welcoming you at Burgundy Wine School.