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I have just returned from a quick recce of the Douro Valley in preparation for our September tours and I am once again staggered by the extraordinary natural beauty of the steep terraced vineyards and the amazing Douro river. Staying in the very pleasant town of Vila Real, we are ideally positioned to explore the…(Read More)

Click here to read what my clients said about this tour Over three weeks in November 2019 I ran three tours in Australia. A number of people came on two or even three tours, and all of us had a fantastic experience – enjoying great Aussie hospitality, superb food and of course some amazing wines.…(Read More)

Our final day in Victoria and the last excursions of our three week tour took us to the wonderful Yarra Valley. Situated just 50km east of Melbourne it was an easy hour’s drive. Our first stop was at the historic Yarra Yering. This is a very famous estate where Dr Bailey Carrodus worked his…(Read More)

Mornington Peninsula


The highly acclaimed Mornington Peninsula was our focus for Thursday. Situated just 70km south-south east from Melbourne, this area has received a lot of press coverage for its highly acclaimed cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The topography is markedly different to that of the Bellarine Peninsula – with greater elevation and a lusher verdancy…(Read More)

Our second day of our Victoria tour took us diametrically opposite to the Macedon Ranges of yesterday as we headed south west of Melbourne to Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. This is another very small wine production zone comprising a mere 300 hectares under vine.  Our first stop was at Provenance wines – just a…(Read More)

The relatively unknown Macedon Ranges was our destination for our first full day in Victoria and we headed north west out of Melbourne for a pleasant hour’s scenic drive. We certainly felt the start of some elevation as we rose to 500 metres. This area of Victoria is the coolest wine zone in mainland…(Read More)

Victoria Tour kicks off


The third and final leg of our Australia tour has begun and we kicked off with a fabulous Spanish dinner at Movida Aqui – just a stone’s throw from our hotel in central Melbourne. I was just expecting some straightforward tapas but no…..a fabulous Spanish celebratory feast was delivered with great style and aplomb…(Read More)

Our final day of our South Australia tour took us south of Adelaide to the acclaimed Mclaren Vale. This area was South Australia’s first commercially planted wine region made famous by John Reynella and Thomas Hardy who both established famous wine brands. It was a tough decision as to where to visit as the…(Read More)

Clare Valley


Wednesday was destined to be our biggest day with the most distance covered. The famous Clare Valley is 90 minutes north of Adelaide and is home to number of iconic wine names such as Jeffrey Grosset, Mount Horrocks and Kilikanoon – all of whom we happened to be visiting!  It turned out to be a…(Read More)

The historic Barossa


The legendary Barossa Valley was the destination of our first full day in South Australia. Famed for its big Shiraz, old vines and history of winemaking dating back to 1843. Our first stop was to Vino Lokal, a small restaurant/tasting room that is home to the Artisans of Barossa – a group of small producers…(Read More)