French wine can be confusing. Part of the secret to understanding wine is understanding geography and grape varietals. On this course you will discover the major wine regions of France and wine tasting. You will explore the French landscape and taste 10 different wines from across France.
This is a fun day of discovery guaranteed to leave you more confident with a restaurant wine list featuring French wine.
We start with a morning stroll in the vines and an hour of hatha vinyasa yoga in the shade outside (if the weatheris inclement the yoga is inside). From there we move to the delightful tasting room at Chateau Feely – an eco-friendly wood, stone and hemp insulated building made of natural materials for wine tasting with a focus on senses and tasting meditatively. That takes us to a luscious 3 course lunch (please notify us on booking if you are vegetarian or have special food needs) at a delighful restaurant. In the afternoon you explore restorative yoga and meditation. The yoga is suitable for beginners.
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French Wine Adventures bookings are open and COVID-19 protocol
PROTOCOLS due to COVID19 regulations/ Recommendations
We have been working hard to make sure that we can offer a coherent experience that respects the new sanitary regulations at French Wine Adventures and Chateau Feely this season.
French Wine Adventures multi day tours and classes will restart on 27 June for private groups (min 2 people).
From 27 June we will be open for a limited set of day visits at Chateau Feely and subject to these principles:
All visits must be booked in advance
Maximum 9 visitors at a time / preference for private group bookings
Tasting outside when possible, at all times, people that booked together will be seated together and other parties will be seated at separate tables that respect social distancing
Hand sanitiser is available and obliged at the entrance to the wine school/ tasting room area
Individual spittoons are provided
We ask visitors and clients to please:
Respect social distancing of at least 1m
Sanitise your hands before entering our premises (we have sanitiser available)
Please avoid touching anything unnecessarily
Take all the recommended precautions (eg wash your hands regularly, sneeze into your elbow, don’t touch your face) and please don’t visit us if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness
In addition we have limited the type of visits we offer this year in order to be able to better take care of you and us, given the current knowledge, and stage, of coronavirus. The Chateau Feely outside self-guided trail offers a great way to explore the vines on your own. Book a tour and prepacked picnic (or bring your own and buy our wine) to have outside in beautiful Feely vineyard.
Here is the list of the day visits we have available at Chateau Feely this season:
7 Must read books to entertain and expand your wine knowledge
In this article published author, wine writer and wine educator, Caro Feely, provides a list of must read books for those learning about wine and keen to broaden their wine knowledge. Caro is co-owner of Chateau Feely, organic and biodynamic vineyard in France.
I recently promised to provide a wine book reading list to our WSET students – to read beyond their WSET text books and provide a wider understanding of wine – wine books that entertain and also educate.
These are my top picks of books that offer learning but with a light touch.
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A mix of anecdotes and interesting people in the wine world with a good dose of why natural wine is good by author and sometime New York Times Wine Writer, Alice Feiring. My partner Sean Feely, the winemaker and winegrower at Chateau Feely also enjoyed this.
What you’ll learn – details about the world of wine from the perspective of Feiring’s passion, natural wine.
An investigative journalist delves into the world of auctions for fine wines… this is a page-turning exposé based on a true story of the biggest wine fraudster.
What you’ll learn: this is a serious page turner that reads like a spy novel but in the process you’ll learn about the world of fine wine and also pick up a little about the regions associated with those wines.
My list would not be complete without a book about winegrowing. Shameless self promotion in recommending the first book in the memoir series about starting our organic vineyard in France.
What you’ll learn: what goes into running a vineyard and small boutique wine business, life in France and organic winegrowing. If you move onto the second in the series you’ll learn more about the subjects above but also about biodynamics and the third natural winemaking.
These seven books offer a great insight into the world of wine that goes beyond the WSET or Sommelier text books. I’ll be creating another list of wine biographies and of vineyard books shortly so join our mailing list at the bottom right of this page to receive our seasonal newsletter, wine school, events, wine pairing, recipes and more info on this topic.