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ALSACE AND JURA MW TRIP

14 – 20 April 2024

Alsace with its dramatic mountain landscape is well known for its stunningly concentrated aromatic white wines – but warming temperatures here have encouraged an exciting revival of Pinot Noir in the region.  The trip will focus on a range of producers, many small family wineries, based in picturesque mediaeval villages in both Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin.  Seminars and tastings will compare wines from granite vs. limestone, Pinot Noir renaissance, Vins Nature, old vintages, Cremant d’Alsace and the high quality of dry Riesling in Alsace – as well as Grand Cru vineyard visits and focus on organic and biodynamic viticulture led by Olivier Humbrecht MW.

The second part of the trip will explore the tiny, remote, but enchanting, Jura region, tucked between the Bresse plain and magnificently rugged Jura mountains.  This idyllic bucolic wine region in rural France is a haven of unusual grapes and authentic styles.  Seminars and tastings in Arbois and Chateau Chalon will focus on Vin Jaune and Savagnin – as well as sparkling wines, unusual Trousseau and Poulsard reds and sweet ‘straw’ wines – with a focus on Jura’s organic and biodynamic viticulture with renowned winemakers.

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ARRIVAL

MWs will need to make their own arrangements to Alsace and from Jura.

Participants flying into Basel airport will be collected by coach at 6:15pm on Sunday 14 April 2024 and transferred to the hotel in Colmar (one hour).

Participants arriving by rail should arrive in Colmar (there is a direct train Zurich to Colmar).  The hotel is within easy walking distance to Colmar railway station.

The first event of the tour will be a welcome dinner in Colmar hosted by CIVA on Sunday 14 April 2024.

The tour will end at 1pm in Arbois (Jura region) on Saturday 20 April 2024.  All participants can take advantage of the coach transfer from Arbois to Geneva airport (2 hours) arriving at 3pm.

DEPARTURE

Accommodation and meals are included. The accommodation in Alsace will be at Hotel Grand Bristol in Colmar, and in Jura at Hotel des Cepages in Arbois.

MW CHECKLIST

Are you ready for your trip? First read through the MW trip terms and conditions, then ensure you:

  • Pay your trip fee
  • Share your flight details with the executive team
  • Notify if you have any dietary requirements
  • Check what you are scribing for the report (reports are due within two weeks after the end of the trip)

LINKS

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Belinda Eaton (IMW Marketing and Communications Manager) beaton@mastersofwine.org

Please be aware that applications for this trip are now closed. Please join the waiting list here.

DURING YOUR STAY

Your MW lead for this trip is Rose Murray Brown MW. Julian Gore-Booth (Executive Director) will also be joining you. Emergency contact details will be shared with you prior to departure. 

Trip report guidelines

(current)

Alsace itinerary

(updated 22 March)

Jura itinerary

(updated 22 March)

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