Wine Buying Trip to Northern France

Arundel Wine Society trip to Northern France


How to choose inexpensive but good wine in French Supermarkets

Date :  Friday 29th November 2013 to Saturday 30th November 2013

Destination: St Omer, North France.


Buying French wine in French supermarkets can sometimes be a little daunting. The smaller ones have a limited selection and in the larger Hypermarkets, you are faced with a massively confusing range of row after row of bottles. How do you choose? Buying expensive wine is easy – you just pay the price and are reasonable assured of a decent wine – or you just go for what you already know. But there are a great number of excellent wines at very reasonable prices for ‘everyday’ drinking, and it is how to choose these wines that this educational trip is all about.

The trip starts from the Ashford Eurostar Terminal (nearby secure overnight car park) where a Luxury 16 seater minibus will collect the passengers.

Travel through the tunnel to overnight accommodation at Chateau Tilques.

There will then be a wine tasting in the early evening, followed by an aperitif and then a 3 course dinner with wine and coffee/tea.

After a relaxing breakfast on the Saturday morning, the minibus will take the group to the Auchan Hypermarket in St Omer, where there will be tuition on how to choose good value French wines.

There will then be the opportunity to purchase up to 30 bottles per head to bring back home.

After free-time to do more shopping and have lunch, the minibus will return the group via the Tunnel back to Ashford Eurostar terminal.

The trip includes:

Accommodation in a deluxe double or twin room in Chateau Tilques. Click here to take you to the hotel’s website

Wine Tasting on Friday evening

Aperitif and 3 course dinner including wine and coffee/tea

Buffet breakfast

Travel in Luxury Minibus

Tuition and advice from accompanying Wine Expert

Price:  £225 per person (based on 2 persons sharing) Single supplement of £35.

Please note that availability is limited to 7 rooms, on which we have a limited time option. Book now to avoid disappointment. First come first served.

This trip is for members of the Arundel Wine Society and their friends


Car Parking:  Ashford International Car Park (D or E)

Friday 29th Nov

11.00 Minibus leaves Ashford International Eurostar Terminal 

13.00 Crossing with Eurotunnel

15.45  Arrive Chateau Tilques , Rue du Chateau 62500 St Omer

18.00 Exclusive Wine Tasting

20.00 Dinner in exclusive dining room with ‘commented’ accompanying wines.

Saturday 30th Nov

08.00 – 09.30 Breakfast

10.00 Minibus Departs Château Tilques

10.15 Arrive at Auchan Hypermarket , St Omer

14.30 Leave Auchan, St Omer

15.30 Arrive Calais

16.30 Crossing with Eurotunnel

16.35 Arrive Ashford International Car Park


All Times at local time.


To book, please email . Payment must be received before places are confirmed. In the event that insufficient bookings are received for the trip to be viable, the trip will be cancelled and full refunds made to any person having booked.

Payment will be in two parts, due to the fact that Arundel Wine Society is not a Tour Operator. Part directly to the Transport company and part to Arundel Wine Society. Payment methods will be explained on booking.

Please book at the latest by Wednesday 25th September