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Anyone know a driver we could hire in Burgundy?

Anyone know a driver we could hire in Burgundy?

Sep 16th, 2010, 09:28 AM
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Anyone know a driver we could hire in Burgundy?

We would like to do tastings but don't really want the bus tour thing. The private tours are silly expensive and we are working on getting our own tastings set up with some vineyards. Does anyone know of a driver we can hire to take us around for the day?
Thanks so much!
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Sep 16th, 2010, 09:35 AM
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You can ask any taxi operator. You can easily research taxi drivers based upon your destination city.

However unless you are connected in some way to the wine distribution business giving you access to the various well-known producers, I think your time will be better spent contacting a professional guide:

http://www.toursetdetours.com/

http://wineandvoyages.com/

http://www.burgundydiscovery.com/

http://www.vins-bourgogne.fr/
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Sep 16th, 2010, 10:45 AM
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We have a friend who is in the distribution business but he is contacting only one for us....
Thanks for the tips.
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Sep 16th, 2010, 10:51 AM
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So it is not like Napa where you can call for a tour or come for a scheduled tour/tasting?
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Sep 16th, 2010, 11:05 AM
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No, not at all like Napa. Smaller, and some large, properties often prefer advance reservations, especially at busy times of the year. There are a number of chateaux that have tasting rooms, however. We especially like Savigny-lès-Beaune and Meurseult; the latter offers a self-guided tour through the vast wine cellars, complete with bottles of assorted vintages for sampling.

Some of the small wine villages, such as Gevrey-Chambertin, have little tasting rooms where you can sample the local wines for a fee.
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Sep 16th, 2010, 11:11 AM
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We used to live near Napa so when we went to Burgundy, we thought it would be easy to drive around to wineries for tastings. Not so much. It can definitely be done but is not as straightforward as wine tasting in the US so you'll need to either 1) do a lot more homework on where to do 2) be willing to wing it and see what you find or 3) sample wines in the shops as many shops do wine tastings. We actually ended up doing a private tour with Burgundy discovery (I see it listed above) and it was really fun as we went to a sampling of mid sized to tiny producers (one a woman who poured us wine in her kitchen).
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Sep 19th, 2010, 11:20 AM
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If you just want a driver, most of the major car-rental agencies can arrange one for you.
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Sep 24th, 2010, 01:20 PM
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Does anyone know how much it would cost per hour to hire a taxi driver for a day or half day?
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