Rhône Wine Tour - June 2023 (SOLD OUT)

Rhône Wine Tour with Matt Walls

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The Magic of the Rhône Valley

Traveling to the Rhône Valley is like touring two regions for the price of one. The narrow, cooler slopes of the Northern Rhône, with its famous Hermitage and Côte Rôtie appellations, produce some of the most sublime Syrah wines in the world. While the expansive, warmer Southern Rhône offers up the great Grenache blends of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine and a myriad of other appellations.

Viticulture has existed for millennia here, where Romans first sculpted its terraced topography and introduced vines to the land. The Rhône has long been the nexus between the colder climates to the north and the warmer regions to the south. Here, a continental climate meets with the Mediterranean influence and this collision makes for many expressions in the local and wine food culture.

The Rhône is also the meeting point of the east and west: the granite and schist of the Massif Central collide with the sedimentary soils of the Alps and its foothills. The wines of this region are as powerful as scenery and the cultural history that has shaped it. The wines themselves are living legacies. There is no place like the Rhône!


  • Instruction throughout by renowned Decanter columnist and Rhône expert Matt Walls
  • All professional-level tours and tastings at top-quality wine producers
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout, to provide customer service and logistics support
  • 5 nights at 4-Star Hotels in Lyon, Tain Hermitage and Avignon
  • 5 buffet breakfasts
  • 3 gourmet lunches with fine local wines
  • 2 gastronomic dinners, expertly matched with top-quality wines of the region
  • Masterclass and tasting at InterRhône
  • Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board

*Price per-person, double occupancy. Download the brochure to get the detailed pricing.


This trip is SOLD OUT.
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Your Wine Tour Instructor: Matt Walls

Matt Walls is a freelance wine writer, author and consultant who contributes to various UK and international publications such as Club Oenologique, timatkin.com and Decanter, where he is a contributing editor. He is Panel Chair for the Rhône at the Decanter World Wine Awards. He has recently returned to the UK after living near Avignon in southern France for two years researching his latest book Wines of the Rhône, which was shortlisted for the André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards 2022.

Your Tour Manager : Mary Kirk, DipWSET

Assisting the instructor and making sure logistics run smoothly and that your needs are answered will be Mary Kirk.

Mary has been leading wine tours in France for over 15 years and has been tour manager for WSG study trips for over 5 years. She is also a DipWSET, FWS and certified French Sommelier-Conseil. Mary also teaches wine in Paris, specifically Sommellerie at Ferrandi Gastronomic school of Paris, and has also taught FWS in Paris.

Her other activities include leading wine events and consulting in the French wine sector. She may be a familiar face to some of you because until recently she also took care of WSG members as our Community and Membership Manager. She now devotes herself soley to being the Wine Tours Manager at WSG.


Maison E. Guigal

Domaine Yves Cuilleron

Domaine Alain Graillot

Maison Delas Frères

Domaine Ogier

Domaine Combier

Château de Beaucastel

Domaine de la Janasse

Domaine Richaud

Château de Saint Cosme

This was an outstanding presentation on the Rhone region. I left with a better understanding of the diverse terroir and will be able to articulate important facts about the area in a way that I could never explain by merely reading a book. Being there in
Andy Sechrist
rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
I loved seeing this area of France and I love Rhone wines. This was a great group as well, amiable and knowledgeable about wine. We tasted some wonderful wines! Mary also made this trip go smoothly in a very nice manner.
Lynn McCluskey
rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
I enjoyed the thoughtfulness put into the logistics, the wine visits, the hotel stays, and the meal planning. Moreover, I most enjoyed the expert skills of Mary Kirk in guiding us through the journey.
Mona Hart
rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022
The most enjoyable event for me on this trip was hiking to the top in Northern Rhone. The view was not only breathtakingly beautiful, but really helped me to understand how just a small amount of land in strategic spots can produce wonderful, natural win
Tammy Heizelman
rhone Study Trip with Andrew Jefford, October 2022


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  • Top wine industry professionals and regional experts as instructors
  • Service of tour manager offering customer service and logistics support during the trip
  • Professional-level visits with educational objectives
  • Tastings of dozens of top-quality wines during estate visit and included meals
  • Opportunity to meet the producers and local specialists
  • Access to wine estates often closed to the public
  • Join a community of fellow wine professionals and serious enthusiasts

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