Among wine cognoscenti, it’s sometimes said that all roads lead to Burgundy. Should you wish to test this theory, may we suggest you put yourself on this particular path – much as Grace & Ken Evenstad did in 2015, when they fulfilled their longtime dream of purchasing vineyards and a winery in the historic Côte d’Or region of Burgundy, France.
Château de la Crée, tucked away in the storied village of Santenay, has a long history dating back to 1431, when it was owned by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor to Philip the Good, the third Duke of Burgundy. Your group of six will be welcomed into the Santenay home of Grace & Ken at their historic Château, and to soak up the beauty and heritage of a wine region that has been producing Pinot Noir for at least 1,600 years. Completely renovated and redecorated, all bedrooms and suites have private baths and new king-sized beds. The park and grounds feature both a tennis and croquet court, as well as pétanque and bicycles.
Your itinerary includes a chance to truly explore the environs of Santenay and Château de la Crée, starting with a private vineyard tour of four estate vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, with Château de la Crée’s own winemaker as your guide – and with one bottle each of Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay to sip and savor in each vineyard. A relaxing lunch at a nearby restaurant will follow. Then, it’s on to a private tour of the Château de la Crée winery, where you’ll be treated to a barrel tasting in the 15th-century cave hidden below the property.
As your trip unfolds, your group will dine at the celebrated Maison Lameloise, a Three-starred Michelin restaurant in neighboring Chagny, where the cuisine of chef Eric Pras pays tribute to the richness of Burgundy’s soil. Your Burgundian experience will also include a guided tour of four ancient caves beneath Château de la Crée, followed by a wine tasting of the Château’s current release wines and library wines from Domaine Serene, the Evenstad’s coveted wines from Oregon.
Rounding out your journey will be a private, English-speaking tour of one of the most prestigious historic monuments in the world, the Hospices de Beaune, founded in 1443 by Château de la Crée’s original owner, Nicholas Rolin, and his wife, Guigone de Salins. Your party will also enjoy a tour of a local cooperage in Beaune to learn about wine barrel craftsmanship.
A Château de la Crée staff member will be on hand to assist in coordinating itinerary details, making reservations, arranging daily continental breakfasts and ground transportation for the designated vineyard tours and lunch to make this a truly memorable visit to the heart of beautiful Burgundy.
There’s no map needed to find this road – only your paddle!
Roundtrip, Business Class Airfare from the United States to Paris, France must originate from and return to a major city, such as New York, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas or Miami, Florida. Ground transportation outside of what is listed is not included. Visit to Burgundy to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates within one (1) year of the auction, with an arrival on Monday and a departure on Friday.
Grace & Ken Evenstad of Château de la Crée
Airfare donated by Linda & Tom Koehn