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Seán & Caro Feely
French Wine Adventures
Château Feely
24240 Saussignac France

  • Try our Perfect Wine Weekend
  • Hands-on Courses on wine
  • Vineyard Walking Holidays
  • Wine Lover's Getaways

    Touring or doing a workshop with French Wine Adventures offers you:
    -Deep wine knowledge
    -Local knowledge and contacts
    -Visits to independent vignerons
    -Fantastic french food
    -Delightful accommodation
    -A guide fluent in english & french

  • French Wine Courses & International WSET Wine Education in France

    Bottling Sauvignon Blanc at Chateau Feely

    Our wine courses are crafted to offer you the perfect mix of fun, wine appreciation education, practical wine-tasting and how wines are really made at a working vineyard and winery. It's not just pictures and diagrams here! We also offer WSET courses for groups if you are looking for a formal qualification: WSET is the world’s leading wine education organisation. All our classes except the WSET qualifications can be taken any day and all year round. For weekend and bank holiday bookings there is a 30% supplement.

    French wine classes on a working organic vineyard

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  • Introduction to French Wine and Terroir 2 hours - €20pp The tasting room and wine school at Chateau Feely
  • Half day tour with Wine & Food Pairing 'Revelation' Lunch 10h-14h - €60pp
  • Winemaking 101 - €50pp
  • Grand cru classés of France focus on Bordeaux - €80pp (min 6 people)
  • The Wine Adventure: a full day of wine discovery - €99pp
  • Play Winemaker for a Day - €175pps
  • Organic and biodynamic wine for wine professionals - €250pps
  • Three Day Course on French Wine - €369pps
    The classes above require a minimum booking of 2 but can be booked by an individual for a single supplement.

    International Wine Education with Wine Spirit Education Trust WSET

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  • WSET Level 1 Foundation Certificate: full day course: €250 +TVA
  • WSET Level 2 Intermediate Certificate: 3 day course: €600 +TVA
    TVA (VAT) is 20% and can be recovered by businesses.

    All our wine classes are held at Chateau Feely in South West France, 1 hour from Bordeaux, 15 minutes from Bergerac airport, 50 minutes from Libourne TGV station. To download the pdf of how to get to us without a car click the bolded text FrenchWineAdventuresTravel.pdf (54kb). To download the pdf map for getting here by car click Directions Garrigue (176kb). It is very easy to reach Chateau Feely (Gardonne Station) by train from Bordeaux city and Caro will meet you at the station.

    For day classes we offer collection at 10.30 at Gardonne station if you are coming from Bordeaux. The station of Gardonne is a beautiful direct train ride from Bordeaux St Jean, St Emilion, Bergerac or Sarlat. We offer drop off by 16h30 at Gardonne Station in time for the return train to Bordeaux at 17h30.

    For large groups looking for animated winetastings or wine classes Caro can travel to you if you are based within an hour's drive of us.

    'The class is super!' Paula Dolan, Ireland

    'Loved the experience!' Bruce Hargott, Canada


    Introduction to French Wine 2 hours: a two hour discovery of French Wines, French Appellations and wine tasting at a working wine estate - €20.00 per person

    This class includes a copy of our guide to wine appreciation with ready reckoners to help you recognise varietals, age of wine and well-known appellations.

    Introduction to French Wine on a working organic wine estate Structure of this wine course:

  • History of Wine, Winegrowing methods, French Wines and Appellations, the theory of wine-tasting
  • The practical of wine-tasting – we taste 2 white wines, 2 red wines and one dessert wine that give a flavour of the region and its varietals

    The minimum reservation is 2 people. Reservation is required (phone us on +33 (0)553227271 or email caro @ frenchwineadventures.com).

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    'We loved the appellations/ geographical approach - great!' Sarah/ Margaret Corcoran, Ireland

    'A fine class, very informative! Should be part of every holiday to the Dordogne' Susie, Chateau de Fayolle, France


    The half day tour with Wine & Food Pairing Revelation Lunch: a two hour wine tour followed by a Wine & Food pairing class accompanied by a delicious lunch - €60.00 per person

    This 2 hour tour of the vineyard is followed by lunch and includes a copy of our guide to wine & food pairing and is designed to enhance your ability to match wine and food. Did you know creamy seafood goes with barrel aged white wine? Or how to find the perfect wine matches for the fabulous dinner you are planning? You will learn the key principles of wine and food pairing by experiencing them. We guarantee you some eurekas!

    Wine and Food Pairing Lunch

  • 10h – 12h Wine tour with explanation of terroir and of the history of the region
  • 12h – 12.30 Wine tasting and theory of Wine and Food Pairing
  • 12.30 – 14.00 Practical wine and Food Pairing – we taste 2 white wines, 2 red wines and one dessert wine with different foods to experience the principles of wine and food pairing.

    The minimum reservation is 2 people. Reservation is required (phone us on +33 (0)553227271 or email caro @ frenchwineadventures.com).

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    Winemaking 101 - €50pp

    A two hour introduction to wine-making and its effects on wine including tasting of five wines that offer the opportunity to understand wine-making's effect on the wine. Includes a tour of the winery and a step by step walk through the winemaking process. Minimum booking 2.

    'Excellent class. What clarity' Jim & Bernadette Grimes, Ireland


    The Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé wine-tasting and class

    Chateau Pontet Canet, a Grand Cru Classé of Pauillac in Medoc

    Come and taste your vinous dreams! Caro will demystify the grand cru systems of France, offer tips on where to find good value and you will taste five Grand Crus. Price includes our pocket guide to French Grand Crus, tasting these exclusive wines and light snacks. This class is only available to groups of six or more. If you want a price for a smaller group or to book email caro@frenchwineadventures.com.

    'A great history of the grand cru classification and great tasting' Mel Cooper, UK

    'I last did a wine course more than 20 years ago. I had forgotten how much fun it was!' Wendy from the UK


    The Wine Adventure: a full day of wine discovery: €99.00 per person including lunch and two pocket guides

    The Wine Adventure: a full day of wine discovery: €99.00 per person including a wonderful wine and food pairing lunch and two pocket guides A wine-tasting discovery day that takes place on a working organic vineyard and winery in a state of the art ecological tasting room and wine school easily accessible by train from Bordeaux.

    During this day class/ tour you will discover the history of wine of the Bordeaux region, winegrowing, wine types, varietals, geography and how the Aquitaine region compares to french and international wines, understanding French wine labels, terroir and learn the art of wine-tasting. Then we explore the principles of wine and food pairing followed by a pairing lunch matched with five wines that illustrates the principles of wine and food matching looking over the Chateau Feely organic vineyards. In the afternoon we explore winemaking with a visit to the winery. You depart with a copy of a wine appreciation pocket guide and a wine and food pairing pocket guide.This wine tour is organised for two people or more and can be taken at any time. Seán Feely talks at a biodynamic wine workshop in London sponsored by Delicious Magazine

    'What a stunning day. Wonderful wine, food and company.'

    'So interactive and friendly: a must do!'

    Available all year round. Reservation required. To create a very special day you can upgrade your tour to Play Winemaker for a Day (160 euro per person) and blend your own special bottle of wine to take home. On this special day tour we explore the fine art of blending and you create your own unique blend from a selection of barrel samples. You then bottle, label and cork it to take your own special cuvee home.

    This wine class/ tour is organised for two people or more and can be taken at any time.

    Structure of this wine-tasting discovery day:

  • Morning: History of wine. Winegrowing, wine types, varietals, geography and how our region compares to french and international wines, understanding wine labels and wine storage, the theory of wine tasting. Experiencial wine-tasting of 5 wines.
  • Lunch: Principles of wine and food pairing followed by a casual lunch that illustrates the principles of wine and food matching on the terrace at Chateau Chateau Feely
  • Afternoon: Winemaking step by step and a visit into the winery.

    You depart with a copy of our wine appreciation pocket guide and our wine and food pairing pocket guide.

    'Excellent class. What clarity' Jim & Bernadette Grimes, Ireland

    The minimum reservation is 2 people. This price includes our winemaker's lunch. Available all year round. Reservation required.

    Play Winemaker at Chateau Feely in France


    Play Winemaker for a Day 160 euro pp

    Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a winemaker? What are the decisions that go into creating a unique wine cuveé? Come to Chateau Feely for an exclusive experience - a day of exploration which includes blending your own unique wine to take home.

    Some of the topics and activities you will enjoy on this exceptional wine adventure:

  • A discussion of the vintages we will be working with
  • The harvest relevant to the vintages we will be working with (the weather, the grape quality)
  • How the grapes were transformed after the harvest
  • What is happening in the vineyard in preparation for our next vintage and how this work in the vineyard affects the wine

    Wine blending:

  • Wine tasting of each of the individual wines that can be used for your blend
  • General rules of blending
  • Choices made at Chateau Feely
  • Blend your own bottle of wine
  • Bottle and cork a bottle of your own special blend and it home!

    Minimum 2 people. Price includes a wine and food pairing lunch and your own bottle of your unique wine to take home. Reservation required. Available all year round.

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    Getting up close and personal with the grapes at Chateau Feely If you dream of owning your own vineyard Chateau Feely’s ‘Vine Share’ is the ideal compliment to the Play Winemaker for a day.

    Our ‘Vineyard Share’ includes the rent of a row of vines in Chateau Feely’s vineyards in South West France for a year or more. It is the perfect gift for someone who is interested in wine – they can participate in grape picking and harvest celebrations, learn more about wine or simply enjoy the fine wine delivered by their vines.

    '‘My sister was tickled pink and has told the whole world that she 'owns' a piece of a vineyard! I was delighted to come up with such an original gift’ Bríd, Ireland

    Visit Chateau Feely to find out more about options and to order your vineyard share online.

    If you are not ready to purchase but want to know more about it email me caro@frenchwineadventures.com. I look forward to hearing from you! Visit the website of Chateau Feely where our 'Exclusive Experiences' take place and where our vineyard shares are located.

    Organic and biodynamic wine for wine professionals: €250 pp sharing

    Are you a wine buyer, importer, consultant, teacher or specialist that needs to know about organic and biodynamic wine? What are the rules for it in Europe and elsewhere? Can you trust the certification? What does it mean for your wine lover clients? What are the benefits? Come to Chateau Feely a working organic and biodynamic farm to learn the ins and outs of biodynamic and organic winegrowing and winemaking. For groups of more than 2 please contact us for pricing.

    The structure of the day:

  • 10h-12h: Vineyard. Walk in the vineyard and explanation of organic viticulture and what it means technically. Looking at soil; machinery, vines. The soil science behind why organic works. The biodynamic approach in the vineyard and how this helps the vines.
  • 12h-14h: tasting of six organic and biodynamic wines followed by wine and food pairing lunch
  • 14h-16h: Winery. Visit to winery and explanation of organic vinification and what it means technically. Levels legislated in EU regulations (and beyond): SO2, adding yeasts and other products for organic and biodynamic. What it means for the taste. What it means for the consumer.

    Minimum 2 people. For one person or for groups of 4 or more please contact us for pricing. Reservation required. Available all year round.

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    Three Day Course on winegrowing, winemaking and French Wine including lunches: €369pp

    The tasting room and wine school at Chateau Feely Day One Topics:
  • History of wine, winegrowing including a visit to the vineyard, terroir,
  • key varietals and geography, understanding wine labels and wine storage,
  • theory of wine tasting, tasting of sample white wines

    Day Two Topics:

  • Wine making including a visit into the winery, wine types, tasting of sample red wines
  • Principles of wine and food pairing with a lunch that illustrates the principles of wine and food matching matched with 5 wines
  • French Appellations, how they work, the styles to expect

    Day Three Topics:

  • Grand cru classé systems in France, tasting of samples including a grand cru classé
  • Afternoon: blend your own unique bottle of wine and then bottle it to take home

    With this course you receive 3 pocket guides: the Pocket Guide to French Wine, the Pocket Guide to wine and food pairing and the pocket guide to French Grand Cru Classés. Minimum 2 people. Price includes lunches and your own bottle of your unique wine to take home. Reservation required. Available all year round. email caro@frenchwineadventures.com to book.


    WSET Foundation Certificate: 1 day course including exam, lunch & wines: €250 +TVA (20%) pp

    WSET provides training in wine for professionals and consumers who wish to enhance their wine knowledge and gain a formal qualification. WSET courses and exams are recognised as the benchmark for wine education throughout the world and are offered in 41 different countries. Two levels of course are available from French Wine Adventures, the Foundation Certificate and the Intermediate Certificate. While the course and exam is based in France these classes are adjudicated by WSET in London and part of their internationally recognised programme.

    The tasting room and wine school at Chateau Feely Foundation is an introductory course suitable for anyone wishing to start their wine education in a structured and concise way. You will acquire a basic understanding of grape varieties, what makes wine different, service of wine and food and wine matching. If you already have a strong understanding of wine, a good wine tasting palate and significant experience you may be in a position to go directly to the Intermediate.

    We offer these courses for groups of 6 or more. If you wish to do the foundation and intermediate classes back to back, the intermediate course follows after a day's break.Email caro@frenchwineadventures.com to book.

    WSET Level 2 Wine Course with Certificate: 3 day course including exam, study pack, lunches & wines: €600 +TVA (20%) pp

    Next WSET level 2 for individual bookings- 9-11 November 2017

    WSET provides training in wine for professionals and consumers who wish to enhance their wine knowledge and gain a formal qualification. WSET courses and exams are recognised as the benchmark for wine education throughout the world and are offered in 41 different countries. While the course and exam is based in France these classes are adjudicated by WSET in London and part of their internationally recognised programme.

    The tasting room and wine school at Chateau Feely All our wine classes are held at Chateau Feely in South West France, 1 hour 10min from Bordeaux (airport and TGV station), 15 minutes from Bergerac airport, 10 minutes from St Foy la Grande, 50 minutes from Libourne TGV station. To download the pdf map for getting here by car click Directions Garrigue (176kb). To download the pdf of how to get to us (or St Emilion) without a car click the bolded text FrenchWineAdventuresTravel.pdf (54kb). It is very easy to reach Chateau Feely (Gardonne Station) by train from Bordeaux city and Caro will meet you at the station.

    Classes take place in the stunning ecological wine school overlooking the organic vineyards of Chateau Feely. We offer luxury accommodation overlooking magnificent views (of vines of course!) in the Wine Lodge at Chateau Feely.

    The Level 2 WSET (was called the Intermediate Certificate) is an introductory course suitable for anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of wines. You will learn about the major grape varieties, wine styles from the key wine producing countries of the world, the main spirits categories and understand the factors that influence the style, quality and price. Outside of the dates offered above for individuals we offer these courses for groups of 6 or more at any time (must be booked at least 1 month in advance for prep).

    'Excellent. I learned a lot. Caro is an experienced and interesting tutor. Doing this course at a vineyard is a definite plus.' Ailsa Cullen, France

    For those wishing to do the level 1 and level 2 classes back to back the level 2 course follows the level 1 above after a day's break. We cover significant ground in these classes and booking at least 4 weeks in advance is required so you receive the study guide and text book in time to prepare. Email caro@frenchwineadventures.com to book.

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