Caves du Louvre Winemaking Workshop
As a country of origin of numerous fine appellations, France is renowned as a producer of outstanding wines. You can find many agencies that organize various wine tours to the French countryside. Yet, to find out more about the French wine, you don’t need to book a time-consuming tour anymore. If you are in Paris, you can simply visit the Caves du Louvre, minutes away from the Louvre Museum. There, you can learn a lot about wine in an engaging manner, even make your own wine.
Caves du Louvre – winemaking lessons
The Caves du Louvre is the 18th century wine cellar, one of the oldest and largest in Paris. Back then, the cellar was used by King Louis XV’s personal sommelier, who selected the very finest wines for the king. Today, the Caves du Louvre is an interactive learning area, and you can find out a great deal about French wines during your visit.
Learn about the best regions of France for wine cultivating (Champagne, Burgundy, Aquitaine…) and about their distinctiveness. Take also into account the Wine Appellation mark (Appellation d’Origine Controlee) and why it is important. If you wish only the best for yourself and your loved ones, pay a close attention to it. Finally, get to know a variety of grape types, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and how they are blended for the superior taste.
As you tour the halls of the 600 m2 property, enrich your knowledge about the French wine in an engaging and informative way. To do so, you can either download the free app or borrow the winery’s tablet. As you proceed, you will be educated in a number of ways. You will watch videos, be amused with anecdotes, solve brain teasers and so on.
One of the additional conveniences is an opportunity to treat all of your senses. Take it and enjoy in 5 separate rooms, each featuring wine themes and engaging a different sense. In the first room you can familiarize yourself with the French soil used for grape growing by a touch. The second room allows you to use your smell to distinguish scents of the grapes. In the third room, taste basic flavors of wine. Hear the bubbles of a sparkling wine in the fourth room. Finally, learn to separate one wine from another by seeing and comparing their colors in the fifth room.
At the end of the tour, take a deserved break at the wine bar and take part in a wine or champagne tasting if you are over 18 years of age.
Winemaking workshop of the Cave du Louvre
Whatever you did and learned during your short course was but a prelude. In fact, it was a theory. If you are willing to engage yourself in practice, you can take part in a winemaking workshop. To do so, you need to reserve the winemaking workshop separately from the tour. In return, you will have a chance to make your personalized wine under a watchful eye of an expert and professional guidance.
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The workshop takes approximately 2 hours, and during it, you have a chance to implement what you have learned into the creation of a wine that suits all your senses. Don’t worry if you have forgotten something. There is an oenologist to remind and teach you everything that matters. Additionally, the oenologist will lead you through blending of various grape types. This way, you’ll learn that some of the most acclaimed wines are blends of different grapes, including Merlot, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc among others.
During a step-by-step process, you’ll ultimately acquire perfect taste, color and flavor of your wine. Once you accomplish that, you will be led to the winemaking workshop’s bottle room. There, choose the right bottle for your personal wine. And last but not least, label your masterpiece in the label room.
The cost of the 2-hour winemaking workshop is €75, with a single bottle of your personal wine included. However, if you have a couple of (or a dozen) special occasions in mind, you can equip yourself with 6 or 12 bottles of the special wine for an additional price. Just make sure to reserve your place at the workshop at least a few weeks in advance.
Good to know
Although the under-aged people aren’t allowed to sample wines, young people and children are also free to take a tour. No doubt they will enjoy the journey through the wine production and the related interactive games very much. Consequently, you don’t need to be a wine expert or seasoned consumer to enjoy the available activities in the Caves du Louvre. In fact, the less you know, the more you will enjoy.
During your tasting, you will get familiarized with white, red and rose wines, not to mention famed champagne. In regard to it, know that each champagne is a sparkling wine, not vice versa. Champagne is only a sparkling wine originated in the Champagne region. Finally, you really shouldn’t serve this popular wine with ice. Ice ruins the champagne’s flavor, and it is a legacy from the centuries when it was the only cooler. Keeping it in the fridge is the best cooling method by far now.