Lot 12 – This is Burgundy!
Immerse yourself in the beauty and heritage of a wine region that has been producing Pinot Noir for at least 1,600 years with this four-night immersive experience for six people at Ken and Grace Evenstad’s home, the historic Château de la Crée in the centuries-old village of Santenay.
In April 2015, Grace and Ken Evenstad, Founders of Domaine Serene, fulfilled their long-held dream of purchasing vineyards and a winery château in the Côte-d’Or of Burgundy, France. Located in the beautiful village of Santenay, Château de la Crée dates back to 1431 when it was owned by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor of Philipe the Good, the third Duke of Burgundy. Nicolas and his wife Guigone de Salins also built the Hôtel-Dieu in the town of Beaune, where they established the celebrated Hospices de Beaune in 1443.
Your group of six is invited to stay as personal guests of Grace and Ken at their historic Château for up to four nights, checking in on a Monday with a Friday departure. The Château has been completely renovated and redecorated. All bedrooms and suites have private baths and new king size beds. The park and grounds of the Château feature both a tennis court and croquet court with equipment for your use as well as new bicycles.
Experience rich history and culture of the land and its vignerons, vines and wines on an extraordinary guided tour of the Château’s vineyard holdings in some of Burgundy’s most prestigious appellations, including Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay and Maranges. In four of these vineyards, your group will enjoy a bottle of wine made from the very vines that surround you. Following your vineyard tour, enjoy lunch at the picturesque Le Grenier à Sel in Chagny.
See the astonishingly ancient caves, some dating as far back as the 15th century, located underneath the Château with a guided tour, followed by a unique wine tasting of rare Château de la Crée wines.
Your group will also enjoy a private tour of one of the most prestigious historic monuments in the world: the Hospices de Beaune. The Hospices, a charitable hospital for the underprivileged from 1452 until the 1970’s, is now the site of the world’s most famous wine auction, now in its 155th year. Following the tour, the afternoon is yours to explore the town of Beaune, do some shopping, and have lunch in a cozy restaurant or outdoor café.
Another fascinating experience during your stay will be an in-depth introduction to the art of barrel making, via a private tour of a local cooperage. Learn about a cooper’s method of toasting the wood, and how barrels used for aging can make or break wines.
- Once-in-a-lifetime visit for three (3) couples to the ancient birthplace of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varietals: the fabled Côte-d’Or in Burgundy, France
- Exclusive accommodations at Ken and Grace Evenstad’s home, the historic Château de la Crée for four nights for six people (Check-in on Monday and depart on Friday)
- Group welcome reception in the Château’s Grand Salon with wine
- Private vineyard tour of four of the Château’s estate vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, conducted by the winemaker, featuring one-bottle-each of Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay to enjoy while in each respective vineyard
- Lunch with winemaker and general manager after the vineyard tour
- Private winery tour with the winemaker, capped off by a barrel tasting of rare wines
- Tour of the ancient caves under the Château, followed by a tasting of Château de la Crée’s current releases
- Private tasting of Domaine Serene wines
- Private tour of the famed Hospices de Beaune, established by Château de la Crée founders
- Tour of a private cooperage
- Full mixed case of Château de la Crée wines
- Dedicated concierge to assist in coordinating itinerary details and making reservations
Package Notes: To be scheduled on mutually agreed upon dates and completed by November 11, 2018. Airfare to France and ground transportation during visit are not included, with the exception of the estate vineyard tour and lunch.
Donated by Grace and Ken Evenstad/Domaine Serene and Château de la Crée