Cheese and Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

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Cheese and Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar
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Cheese and wine, the perfect marriage. Master the art of pairing these two delicacies during a tasting session in an underground cheese cellar in Paris. With your guide, a professional cheesemonger, delve below Paris' busy streets to discover an underground treasure trove of maturing cheeses. Sit down to enjoy a variety of seven French and Swiss cheeses, and learn how to match them with different wines while nibbling on French bread and fruit. Numbers are limited to 10 during this small-group tasting session, ensuring a more intimate experience.
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In Brief

Location:
Paris, France
Country:
France
Duration:
1 hour 30 minutes
Operates:
From Tuesday to Saturday
Highlights:
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour
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Meet your guide, a fromager (cheesemonger), at the cheese shop in Paris' 3rd arrondissement. Step into your hygienic protective suit and head down to the underground cellar, where a variety of cheese rounds lie maturing in the cool temperatures.

Explore a large room full of maturing cheeses such as Beaufort (a raw cow's milk cheese produced in the French Alps), Etivaz (a hard, raw cow's milk cheese made in the Swiss Alps), Gruyère (a mild, hard yellow cheese originating in Switzerland but also produced in France), bôfavre (a hard cheese made in Switzerland's Jura Mountains) and many, many more. The exact cheeses vary according to the time of year. Marvel at the 77-pound (35-kg) wheels of Comté cheese racked up alongside delicate goat’s cheeses and soft Camembert, all in varying stages of maturation and ripening.

Listen as your guide delves into the history, traditions and techniques of French and Swiss cheese production, and feel free to ask any questions that come up. Then it's time to master the fine art of cheese and wine pairing. Savor seven soft, delicate cheeses, and follow your bites with sips of both light and complex wines, learning to appreciate the delicious, elegant and subtle flavors at play. Munch on bread and fruit to go with your cheese samples.

At the end of your 1.5-hour tasting, head back up to street level to conclude your session.

Inclusions

  • Professional cheese and wine guide
  • Tastings of 7 cheeses and 3 wines
  • Bread of course

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Paroles De Fromagers, 41 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris, France

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The cellar is only accessible by stairs
  • It can be cold in the cellar, so warm clothing is recommended
  • Hygienic protective suit is provided
  • The minimum age to drink alcohol is 18

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

If you love cheese and wine, then make a point to do this tour. Our tour guide was great! He taught us so much about French cheese and the proper tasting technique. He has changed the way we eat cheese going forward. The cheese cellar is really just a large refrigerator upstairs filled with aging cheese, so don't have hopes that you will be going underground to a cool historic cellar (which is what I pictured when booking). That said, still 5 stars for the delicious cheese, wine, and knowledge that came from this tour.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2019
We had a wonderful time on this tour. Richard came to pick us up at the hotel at the previously agreed time, we picked up other people and had a fun ride towards champagne with Richard's jokes. We visited Moet and Chandon, had lunch at a local wine bar with less known champagne tasting and then went to see a small champagne house with yet more tastings. Richard was very knowledgeable, always making sure all guests were doing well and super fun. Beautiful day, great champagne, we were extremely happy about everything.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2019
wonderful visit. Nice pace for the presentations and good pairings of wines and cheeses. Entire visit was relaxing and fun
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this cheese and wine tasting experience. Guillaume was so knowledgeable about the history and process of cheese-making - I learned so much. And the tasting was a real eye-opener. I was amazed by how the cheese and wine interact on the tongue to form new flavors. A really informative and fun experience!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was a blast! I’m so glad my friend heard about this because it was one of my favorite things we did on our girls trip to Paris. Definitely recommend
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our host was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Good to see inside his cheese cave. We had 6 types of cheese that we would not have been likely to try anywhere else, including the stinky orange cheese....wirh matching wine. A fun experience
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
The cheese and wine tasting was one of the highlights of our stay in Paris. Our host spoke very fluent English. He was very personable and very knowledgeable about the different kinds of cheeses throughout France. I would highly recommend this tour. John E.
• Submitted 23 Feb 2018
Delicious and fun experience. Learned a lot about cheese!
• Submitted 19 Feb 2018
The wine and cheeses were EXCELLENT, and the young lady guide was so nice, we thanked her for such a wonderful afternoon in our first day in Paris!
• Submitted 17 Feb 2018
This was a great experience! Learned a lot and really enjoyed it.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2018
Our guide, Caroline, was wonderful. Her knowledge of the cheese making and aging process was a great learning experience. She took the time to teach us how to taste the cheese on its own, and then how to really enjoy the cheese with the wine. Coming from the United States where everything is pasteurized, even the cheese, we really enjoyed tasting the different layer of flavors in the cheese, and wine. We came away with a great appreciation of the cheese making process. Enjoyed every minute of it.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2018
Our tour guide was wonderful!! I tried writing a review just after our tour in September but the link did not work! We have been to Paris 8 times and had other cheese tours but there is something special about being in a cheese cellar that added to the experience. The shop was excellent along with the cheeses!! We learned so much!! J and L
• Submitted 04 Dec 2017
We arrived on a Thursday morning and did this tour that afternoon. Even as jet-lagged as we were, the Metro was easy to navigate, and Paroles de Fromagers the language of cheese, I think shop was easy to find. Our guide was Caroline, an utterly charming young woman with an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese and wine, who proceeded to introduce us to an entirely unknown world of cheese, what it is and how to appreciate it. This tour was terrific! I brought back about a pound of cantel cheese a new discovery to me and I'll be really sorry when it's gone! At the end of our tour, we actually got treated to an impromptu butter tasting. Nearly a dozen different artisanal butters, fresh churned with different spice mixes. The maple pepper was my favorite. Merci beaucoup, Caroline!
• Submitted 19 Nov 2017
Very good workshop where we could learn how to properly try various cheese pairing with wines. Pierre is fantastic and told us all we needed to know about French cheeses and wines. We learned a lot about this typical French food. Definitely a must!
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017
Great cheese tutorial and fantastic guide who truly loved her work. Very educational and a fun excursion like none I'd done before. Much more about the cheese than the wine.
• Submitted 19 Sep 2017
Pierre was amazingly informed about how cheese is made, prepared and eaten with wine of course. Lots of practical ideas about tasting that were quite new to me. He had good pictures to go with his talk. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 31 Aug 2017
I don't know if this is truly 5 stars, but i felt that giving it 4 stars would be a bigger transgression. Our guide was energetic and knowledgeable. The couples with us were all fun to be around. It met my expectations which were only moderate. I can honestly say when I'm eating cheese outside of Kraft singles, I often think back of how to properly admire and taste cheese. LOL. Really good experience. I would recommend it to people who are curious.
• Submitted 06 Aug 2017
Was an incredible experience. Pierre was incredibly kind and knowledgeable. I 100 recommend this to any and everybody that loves cheese and wine.
• Submitted 31 Jul 2017
Awesome cheese tasting from a knowledgeable guide. Would highly recommend to learn about the different types of cheeses made in France. We sampled 7 different cheeses and then had some wine paired with them, along with some fruit and bread. I did this in the afternoon and it was a great snack before heading out to dinner later.
• Submitted 28 Jun 2017
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and the tour was small just myself and my husband. The cheese was wonderful and as I am expecting and unable to partake in certain cheeses as well as the wine, they accommodated accordingly. I would take this tour with our guide again and again!
• Submitted 14 Apr 2017
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Paris. Located in a nice neighborhood with lots of shops and cafes, the cheese shop was easy to find and the cellar is just beneath the shop. Pierre, who leads the tasting, was very knowledgable, generous and made the experience worthwhile. It was educational and fun and we left appreciating cheese in a whole new way. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves cheese and wine. Merci beaucoup Pierre!
• Submitted 04 Feb 2017
First time cheese tasting. Even though I'm not a big cheese fan, our tour guide Pierre who has a keen gift for describing cheeses did an excellent job of making this an enjoyable experience. Since this takes place in the cheese store, it is more oriented towards cheeses than wines. However, Pierre did a good job of incorporating the wine into the cheese. I swear, I tried the same cheese three times using different methods, and it tasted different every time! This tour is definitely worth the price.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2017
This experience was all it promised and more. Pierre, who leads the event, is passionate and knowledgeable and that makes the tour and tasting worthwhile. We were gad to have a proper introduction not only to seven of the hundreds of French cheeses but also, how to approach the rest of them. We enjoyed the individual cheeses and the pairings. Highly recommended for foodies!
• Submitted 08 Jan 2017
Very enthusiast guide, Pierre, perfect to explore for the first time the world of french cheese!
• Submitted 03 Jan 2017

In Brief

Location:
Paris, France
Country:
France
Duration:
1 hour 30 minutes
Operates:
From Tuesday to Saturday
Highlights:
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour

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