Extreme Wine Experience in Provence with Chêne Bleu

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You may have been to a few wine courses and maybe remember a fact or two and a couple of names. You may have been to a private villa or two and soaked up the Provençal countryside. But you’ve never done anything like the Chêne Bleu Extreme Wine Experience at La Verrière in Provence.

Proprietor and Host Nicole Rolet had worked in the investment banking world, coordinating high-profile banquets and accommodating very demanding clientele. With a profound understanding of the business world and its high standards for quality, exclusive services, Rolet hit the books to research and develop a new kind of luxury vacation experience.

The Chêne Bleu Extreme Wine Experience in Provence has found a niche in the higher end luxury travel market. Guests are invited to escape to a five-day retreat in an elegant private villa in Provence with a refreshing twist. Join a small and exclusive group of international wine lovers in total enological and viticultural immersion.

The Extreme Wine Experience involves lectures, workshops, tasting exceptional wines, hands-on activities in the winery and vineyard and other wine activities. It’s not for the faint-hearted, as Rolet explains that this program was developed for the guest who is interested in truly exploring wine culture beyond the typical introductory courses found across the world.

The Extreme Wine Experience invites guests to stay in La Verrière, an expansive estate including thirty hectares of vineyards and a state-of-the-art winery. A medieval Priory offers seven exquisitely appointed guest rooms for a group of up to ten participants in the wine experience.

Chêne Bleu offers tutorials and courses led by internationally renowned winemakers and respected Masters of Wine. Instructor Clive Barlow is a Master of Wine, Senior Judge for the International Wine Challenge and Decanter magazine, and a member of the Education Committee of the Institute of Masters of Wine. Barlow also runs seminars in the UK, France and Austria as well as teaches at the London Wine Academy. At Chêne Bleu, Barlow will lead intensive courses that provide Intermediate Certification by the prestigious WSET, a Chêne Bleu Extreme Wine Certification as well as the opportunity to taste and study high-quality fine wines.

The Extreme Wine Experience is scheduled for 14-18 June 2009. Other travelers interested in having an introductory whirlwind can also coordinate a personal weekend retreat at La Verrière.

Photos courtesy of La Verrière.


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