About Chablis

About the city

Chablis is situated in the north of Burgundy and is often referred to as “The Golden Gate to Burgundy”. This beautiful little town dates back to the middle ages and is home to a prestigious vineyard with a rich past.

The monks of Saint Martin from Tours regrouped in Chablis after the invasion of the Vikings and were the first to cultivate wine here. Presumably «Les Lys» was the first vineyard to be planted in Chablis.

The town of Chablis is surrounded by 19 wine villages that all produce the wine of the same name. According to the route you choose, our gps will guide you along some of these villages and wine regions. Through points of interest on the gps you will be able to find additional info in a little roadbook.

Where to sleep

E-bike Winetours offers you the possibility to stay at "Chez Bea", a charming apartment in the centre of Chablis, or you can choose one of the options below

About the wine

Among Chablis wines there are four different categories to be distinguished: beginning with Petit Chablis, then Chablis, 17 types of Premier Crus divided into 40 subcategories of Premier Cru and then, last but not least, 7 Grand Crus. Even though all of these wines are made from the Chardonnay grape, the diversity between them is significant. This diversity is caused by several factors; namely the soil, the age of the vine and the orientation of the vineyard are very important.

Besides the four main categories, a second division is made, based on the location of the vineyards in relation to the river Serein that runs through the Chablis region. As a result, left bank and right bank are frequently recurring terms when we’re talking about Chablis.

Tasting & buying wines

On a half day tour, you will have the opportunity to stop at 1 or 2 winegrowers for a tasting*, on a day tour you can stop at 3 or 4. You will get the chance to put the theory to the test and taste wines you have gotten to know along the way. If you should wish to order a couple of bottles once you have tasted them, you can do so directly from the winegrower himself. You pay the bill on the spot and your order can be picked up at E-bike winetours the next morning. Quite convenient, isn’t it? If you leave on the same day, we would like to ask you to discuss the possibilities with the winegrower.

*The winegrower will only charge €3,00 to €5,00 per person for the tasting in case no bottles were bought.