Cruising the many canals of Burgundy is a wonderful and unique way to see the wine country and we highly recommend it! You can rent your own boat for a private excursion or you can book a multi-day cruise on a full service barge complete with cabins and fine dining.
We took a week long tutored French Wine course on a beautiful luxury hotel barge. Our instructor was John Sherwin who is an experienced wind advisor from L’Universite du Vin de Suze-la-Rousse. Needless to say, he knows his stuff. He has taught many wine appreciation courses and been a judge at major international wine competitions.
Our daily routine on this cruise would begin with a tutorial and tasting on board the barge. The boat had a wonderful marine stereo system that not only played beautiful music, but allowed Sherwin to communicate with all the guests easily. Luckily they use waterproof speakers because it rained one afternoon! After the tutorial, we would disembark and visit local vinyards. All the while Sherwin was there to instruct us in the history of the area. There were other activities intermingled, but my favorite part was the delicious dinners, back aboard the boat in the evenings.
By the end of the trip we not only had an enjoyable time, but we felt vastly more educated in history, wine making techniques, and how to pair French wines with food.