Burgundy Wine School® is an Independent Wine School created in 2009 by Cristina Otel. Burgundy Wine School® does not have any economic relation with wine producers and does not sell wine. 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® has Created Five Short Classes, from One Hour and up to Two days 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 and Cristina Otel!

Main Floor at Burgundy Wine School

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 Otel 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.

Example of Drawings during the various Burgundy Classes

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 Otel has personally selected over the past 11 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.

Wine Cellar Classroom at Burgundy Wine School
Wine Cellar ClassRoom at Burgundy Wine School

” 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 Lycee 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. None of these positions gave me entire satisfaction. At the age of 29, I decided, I was better on my own and started my own company. I started from scratch, doing my first classes in the vineyards, above the vines, in the picnic areas, as I didn’t have an office back then. 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. “

Cristina Otel – Founder of Burgundy Wine School