Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience Launches in the UK: Adopt Vines in a French Vineyard and Make Your Own Wine

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Gourmet Odyssey has partnered with independent and organic winemakers in France to provide the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience. Each customer will adopt their own vines in a French vineyard for a winemaking year, follow the progress of their vines and the wine making process, and receive their own personalised bottles of wine that the grapes from their vines have helped to produce.

Visit your winery and help make your wine during a Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience Day

The essence of the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience is to learn about wine by getting involved in making it, to meet the winemaker and share in their passion, to visit some of France’s most beautiful regions, and to have a whole lot of fun

Gourmet Odyssey has partnered with independent and organic winemakers in France to launch the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience in the UK. Each customer will adopt their own vines in a French vineyard for a winemaking year, follow the progress of their vines and the wine making process, and receive their own personalised bottles of wine that the grapes from their vines have helped to produce.

Other “adopt a vine” schemes already exist, but the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience offers a much more involved experience with 12, 24 or 36 bottles of personalised wine included in the package. The heart of the concept is for the customers to visit the winery, meet the winemaker, and actually get involved themselves in helping to make their wine through the choice of 3 wine experience days.

The Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience makes an original present idea for any wine lover, whether they are already a connoisseur, or whether they are just starting out on the journey to learn more about wine. When buying presents for a special occasion such as St Valentine’s day, a 60th birthday, wedding or retirement, people are looking more and more to offer an original experience that lasts long in the memory.

At each winery, the customer can choose to adopt 12, 24 or 36 vines. The number of vines adopted corresponds to the number of bottles of wine that the customer receives at the end of their Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience. Each bottle of wine will bear a personalized wine label.

The three wine experience days on offer are the Discovery Experience, Harvest Experience, and Vinification Experience where the customers will learn and participate in activities such as pruning, harvesting, blending and bottling. Each wine experience day is valid for two people, so it gives a great opportunity to plan a short break to explore one of France’s wine growing regions in Bordeaux or Burgundy.

The recipient also receives a luxury metal Welcome Pack containing a sommelier’s apron, Drop Stop, and personalised certificate. Regular updates from the winery about the evolution of their vines and wine are sent to all customers, so even if no wine experience days are chosen, they benefit from a virtual experience.

“The essence of the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience is to learn about wine by getting involved in making it, to meet the winemaker and share in their passion, to visit some of France’s most beautiful regions, and to have a whole lot of fun,” says Mark Bootherstone, the founder of Gourmet Odyssey. “I’ve always loved visiting vineyards and wine tasting, chatting with the winemakers and learning about the different regions and terroirs, but I’ve always wanted to go further. I’m somebody who learns by doing, not just through listening and reading, and I wanted to make this possible for others too.”

Gourmet Odyssey has partnered with Château Beau Rivage in the Bordeaux region and Domaine Chapelle in Burgundy. Other wineries and regions will follow. Both of these independent wineries were selected for the high quality of their wine, the friendly and welcoming character of the owners, and the environmentally responsible way in which the vines are grown and the wine produced. Domaine Chapelle has just received official Organic status from Qualité France, and Château Beau Rivage is currently converting to becoming Organic and should become certified for their 2011 vintage. They have both received numerous awards and recognition from the wine industry.

Jean-François Chapelle, the owner of Domaine Chapelle, in Santenay, Burgundy (http://www.domainechapelle.com) believes that “the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience gives a unique way for people to get behind the scenes and to see for themselves what it takes to be a winemaker. The public are becoming much more interested in gastronomy and wine – where do the products come from, how are they made, how environmentally friendly are the production methods used? Our partnership with Gourmet Odyssey helps de-mystify the complex world of winemaking in a fun and interactive way.”

Prices start from € 223 and then increase depending on the number of vines adopted, the winery chosen, and the number of wine experience days selected.

Further details on Gourmet Odyssey and the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience can be found on the Gourmet Odyssey website.

About Gourmet Odyssey

Gourmet Odyssey is a boutique French company that specialises in gastronomy discovery experiences where the customers actually participate in the making of the gourmet product of their choice from one of Gourmet Odyssey’s quality, independent partners.

Each partner is meticulously chosen for the excellence of their produce, their infectious enthusiasm and passion for their profession, and the environmentally and ethically responsible production methods used.

The first product in this range to be launched is the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience. Other gourmet experiences will follow shortly.

Gourmet Odyssey was founded by Mark Bootherstone, a British citizen who lives in Paris with his French wife.

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75017 Paris
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