During our short October break, a group of 11 Global MBA participants took a trip to the beautiful city of Bordeaux. We chose this city because of its easy access from Paris (just over two hours by train) and because there are beautiful cultural attractions both in the city and within an hour’s drive.
Coming from a hospitality background and having a personal passion for wine, I took the initiative of organizing a winery tour in Saint-Emilion. With a majority of our MBA cohort coming from outside of France, having the possibility of discovering the beauty of France, including its culture, cuisine, and savoir-faire is part of what had drawn participants to joining ESSEC Business School. This prestigious appellation sits on the right bank of the Dordogne river, and I chose to bring our group to Saint-Emilion because we could visit a winery as well as explore the charming medieval town, which has the same name as the appellation.