Luxury barge operator Belmond Afloat in France is launching a Wine Academy for its guests travelling in Burgundy.

The Wine Academy will include an immersive programme of talks about Burgundy and its wines, and can be tailored to guests accordingly, from introductory level to those who are budding wine collectors.

Wine master Pascal Wagner has over 30 years’ experience and will lead the Wine Academy.

The Wine Academy will be available for charter groups of four people or more, booking any cruise on-board Belmond Amaryllis, Belmond Hirondelle or Belmond Fleur de Lys. The wine-focused activities offered as part of the Academy take place on three days throughout a six-night cruise.

Belmond Afloat in France offers tailor-made itineraries around the Cote D’Or, France Comte, Saone, Provence, Valle du Rhone, Canal du Midi and Burgundy. The barges can accommodate between four and 12 passengers and cruises are offered on an all-inclusive basis, complete with a crew including a chef, hostess, captain and tour guide.

A week’s private charter starts from £26,400 on an all-inclusive basis including private transfer – based on 4 people travelling on board Belmond Fleur de Lys. Prices for the Wine Academy start from an additional £700 per person based on four people in a group.