THE AUTHENTICA EXPERIENCE
The important thing isn’t where you go, but with whom!
Specializing in wine tours in Burgundy, since 2008, we’ve been exploring the Burgundian vineyards with a team of guides who are experts in Burgundy and its wines. Our rating as a no. 1 activity on Tripadvisor since 2009 reflects the level of customer satisfaction that we expect of ourselves on a daily basis.
The Authentica experience is the guarantee of:
- Touring estates that have been carefully selected since 2008
Family estates, Great Houses, private estates, purchase possible with no obligation
- Tasting the excellence of Burgundy wines, including many Premiers Crus and Grands Crus
Wines tasted selected by our team of sommeliers, private tastings
- Enjoying explanations from an expert in Burgundy and its wines
Winemakers, sommeliers, WSET Level-3 and 4 guides, wine professionals, tour guides…
- Savouring Burgundian cuisine & the art of French living
Seasonal Burgundian cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurants, lunch at the estate, tours of growers…
- Discovering the beauty of the landscapes, the heritage, and the vineyards classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site…
Travel the roads of Burgundy and discover churches, castles, abbeys, picturesque villages, winemakers’ villages…
- Being comfortably seated in one of our luxury vehicles equipped with every comfort
Mercedes GLE, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes V-Class, Volkswagen Multivan
- Travelling worry-free with a recognized professional offering all the professional insurance and guarantees as well as payment by credit card in each vehicle.
Do you want to discover the Burgundian vineyards with a sommelier during a small group or private tour? We’re at your service 7 days/week from 8 am to 10 pm year-round. We look forward to welcoming you.
The Authentica experience
Authentica invites you to discover Burgundy and its prestigious vineyards classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site starting from Beaune and Dijon. You will be accompanied by experts in Burgundy and its wines: sommeliers, winemakers, oenologists, tour guides… all are committed to making you experience an unforgettable moment. According to your desires, we take you on private wine tours or small group tours (8 people maximum) starting from Dijon and Beaune. Whether you’re a connoisseur, a sommelier, a winemaker, or a beginner, our drivers/guides will meet your expectations. Our best ambassadors are our guests, who have rated us no. 1 on Tripadvisor since 2008. This rating reflects the customer satisfaction that we expect of ourselves on a daily basis.
Portrait of Sébastien – Sommelier
“The dream, my dream, which I will be pleased to share with you.”
“Coming from a family spread all over France, I developed a certain taste for the regional specialties very early on. At age 17, I turned to hotel school, I left with a vocational baccalaureate in the Art of Entertaining in my hand, and I reached England.
“After 6 months of working on my Frenglish at a little restaurant that was so Frenchy, so romantic, I went to pursue my dreams on the French side in Paris, where I worked at a three-Michelin-star restaurant, Pierre Gagnaire, for five years.
“After passing through Switzerland, I returned to Saumur in the Loire valley. At that time, my thirst for wine was becoming increasingly intense, and after several encounters, I set off again on the roads of France toward Beaune, where school awaited me again at the Lycée Viticole de Beaune, the school of choice for winemakers around the world.
“With my diploma in hand, I joined forces with a local winemaker, Fanny Sabre, and we started a wine bar together in the commune of Pommard. For 5 years, I sought out the great wines from small winemakers, sensitive to their work, the respect for the soil and nature, wines without inputs and other organic or biodynamic products.
Portrait of Antonin – Sommelier, WSET Level 3 / 4 –
“My motivation is to make you happy & curious!”
“I grew up in Grenoble and I developed a real passion for wine through my studies in hotel management in Montreal. My studies were mainly focused on the sommelier profession… then I became one. I practiced in the profession in Montreal, Toronto, and the Canadian Rockies.
“I quickly understood that wine wasn’t just about restaurant life, but also history, geography, geology, and so many other things.
“I completed my WSET Level 3 in Toronto in 2017 and I’m currently finishing Level 4 in London. Crazy about wine and a former sommelier, Burgundy seemed to be an obvious choice for me.
“The best feeling for me is knowing that my customers have had a great time, but also that I inspired them to dig deeper into the subject. I would describe myself as a great host, very passionate and dedicated to what I do. See you very soon!”
“I wanted to dig even deeper and share this ever-growing passion, and so I turned to wine tourism. That was how I became a guide at Authentica Tours, de facto combining travel and wine, the art of entertaining and French savoir-vivre. The dream, my dream, which I will be pleased to share with you.”
Our sommelier and guide was incredible. An absolutely precise knowledge of Burgundy wine and this region. We could ask a question about the wine or the region and receive a clear and specific answer. The best wine tour I could take. It makes me want to learn even more. 5-star tour. I recommend this tour.
Tanguy, January 2020
Portrait of a few guides
“Welcoming guests from around the world to these magnificent Burgundy vineyards is the best job in the world.”
“A Belgium native, I trained for 8 months at the École du Vin de Beaune (Viticulture Lycée, CFPPA) and received a diploma in ‘technical/sales manager in wines and spirits.’
“After an experience as a wine advisor at a large estate in Beaune, I joined Authentica Tours as a guide.
“I’m a very enthusiastic and passionate person. I love my job, I love my region, and I love to share my passion with others.
“As a perfectionist, I’m constantly reading and learning about Burgundy—its culture, its history, its wines—to give as much information as possible to our customers (if they’re interested). They often tell me: ‘You’re so well informed.’
“Being outside every day with guests from around the world in these magnificent Burgundy vineyards… isn’t this the best workplace you could imagine?
“So, join me for a tour, and I will be happy to guide you through our marvellous wine-growing region and share my passion with you!”
Luxury private tour
Grands Crus, The Best of Burgundy
For lovers of exceptional wines – tasting of 6, 10, or 15 Grands Crus
Travel the Route des Grands Cru from Gevrey-Chambertin to Chassagne-Montrachet, passing through Vosne-Romanée. Discover the mythical plots classified as Grand Cru: Romanée Conti, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echezeaux, Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Corton-Charlemagne, and Montrachet.
2 exclusive tastings of the best wines from the estate, including many Premiers Crus and Grands Crus at the Côte de Beaune or Côte de Nuits vineyard. Grand Cru lunch at the estate in Côte de Beaune or Côte de Nuits (closed Sundays). Selection of Pinots Noirs and great white wines from the owner classified as Premier Cru and Grand Cru.
luxury private tour
Côte de Nuits & Côte de Beaune
The essential Burgundy wines
2 to 3 tastings – 10 to 20 wines, including Premiers Crus and Grands Crus
Destination: the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy on the Route des Grands Crus in Côte de Nuits: Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, etc. A stop at Romanée Conti and Clos de Vougeot.
2 tastings: one at the Côte de Nuits vineyard and the other at the Côte de Beaune vineyard
2 lunch options are possible, including lunch at the table of a vineyard restaurant. Exquisite, traditional cuisine in an idyllic setting. From €20 to €30 per person, excluding wines.
SMALL GROUP TOUR
Exceptional wines and a stroll through Beaune
Enjoy breathtaking views on the Hill of Corton in Côte de Beaune, a unique place in Burgundy for its red and white Grands Crus and an essential stop during an oenological trip to Burgundy.
2 tasting: first, 5 to 7 red and white wines, including exceptional wines classified as 1er Cru and Grand Cru. Second tasting in a cellar, in a paradise for Pinot Noir lovers. Visit the cellars of a family estate between oak barrels and old vintages.
What people are saying
“Very nice tour”
A big thank you to him!”
Pascal and Sophie
The organization was perfect, the tasting was excellent, and our guide Gabriel was fantastic! He was able to take us on a trip through his passion for oenology and answer all our questions! Highly recommended!”
“Very nice morning”