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From Monforte de Lemos we continued our voyage of Galician discovery by briefly nipping into Castilla y León and the ever exciting Bierzo region. I first toured here in 2014 and was impressed then by the local Mencía grape. Wine commentators around the world have become very excited by this area and our…(Read More)

We set off on Friday for the second leg of our Galician wine adventure as we waved goodbye to Cambados and headed inland towards Monforte de Lemos. On the way we took in two wineries: Casal de Armán in the Ribeiro region near Ourense and Regina Viarum in the Ribeira Sacra region just outside…(Read More)

Cambados is a very pretty town situated right on the Atlantic coast and is in the heart of the Salnes sub zone of Rías Baixas.  Albariño is the most important grape variety.  Our first visit was a mere 650 metres from the Parador so made for a very leisurely start to the day…(Read More)

Our first of three Galicia tours has started and what a start! Bright sunshine greeted our arrival at Porto airport and a seamless journey enabled us to have plenty of time to relax before dinner. After a quick glass of fizz in the delightful enclosed courtyard of the Parador in Cambados we headed for dinner…(Read More)

Our final day and still one more visit as we headed off for the arduous 3km drive to Villa Angarano on the outskirts of Bassano del Grappa. This Villa is a splendid, classic Palladian structure that is owned by the five Bianchi Michiel sisters and whose history dates back to the Doges of Venice. It…(Read More)

After the long day on Friday, we opted for a relaxing start on Saturday. The sun shone brightly, the views of the mountains were crystal clear and the open market in Bassano was in full flow. The town is very pretty with fascinating little side streets, a wonderful open square and many elements of history…(Read More)

A very full day was in store given our 8am start but well worth it. With the weather forecast proving to be wrong, and far less rain than expected, we arrived at the historic Abbazia Rosazzo close to the Slovenian border in the Colli Orientali. This was to be the setting for our tasting of…(Read More)

Our prosecco day


Similar to grappa on Wednesday, Prosecco is, perhaps, somewhat misunderstood and given that the huge majority of what is available in the UK is entry level it is no surprise. From Bassano del Grappa it was a 45 minute drive to the historic estate of Loredan Gasparini. The original owners can trace descendants back to…(Read More)

The 2019 tour season has started and our first group of intrepid explorers landed in Venice for the start of our North East Italy tour. We decided to get stuck in straight off the plane and headed north to the town of Schiavon where the family owned Grappa producer Poli is based. We don’t…(Read More)

Deal or No Deal?


As I am sure you can imagine, I am taking an acute interest in the current debate about Brexit, and keeping myself informed on what the travel industry expects the impact on tours like mine would be in the event of No Deal.   In summary, if we ‘crash out’ there is no reason why…(Read More)