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With people arriving from a variety of destinations, we convened in the hotel bar on Thursday evening for a celebratory glass of Tio Pepe Fino and part one of the sherry story. A short walk took us to La Cruz Blanca restaurant. A riotous evening ensued with the restaurant delivering a superb selection of starters…(Read More)

Our final full day in Jerez was destined to be absolutely full on. Two visits, lunch and dinner kept us occupied! We walked from the hotel to Bodegas Tradición. This was a new concept as the Rivero family purchased a number of old, high quality barrels from various producers in order to produce a…(Read More)

I’m delighted to report on our first ever Sherry tour! I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that after nearly 30 years in the wine trade it took me until January 2018 to actually visit the beautiful town of Jerez. Steeped in history, Jerez lives and breathes sherry and has seen at first hand the…(Read More)

Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In September 2018 I ran a tour to three wine regions in northern France: Champagne, Chablis and Sancerre, the ‘Golden Triangle’.  With people flying in from Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Southampton and Luton our first day happily started bang on schedule as we drove east…(Read More)

Bordeaux Wine Tour Ch Beychevelle

I have had a phenomenal response to my 2019 programme of tours, which I launched just two weeks ago. Five tours are already fully booked (Friuli-Venezia in April, Galicia in June, Bordeaux in September and two of the four Australian modules), and there are limited places available for Galicia, Ribera del Duero and Western…(Read More)

We have a fabulous programme of tours for 2019.  Two new European destinations: Galicia and Friuli-Venezia, two ‘repeats’, of my hugely successful tours to Ribera del Duero and Bordeaux, and in November, my first ever tour to Australia. Bookings are already coming in so do get in touch if you are interested…(Read More)

Slovenia wine tour

Click here to read what my clients said about these tours In 2017 I ran two tours to Slovenia, a wonderful wine region that truly deserves to be properly discovered.  Word spread, and in 2018 I took a further 33 people on a further voyage of discovery! Goriska Brda This beautifully picturesque region to the…(Read More)

Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In June 2018 we based ourselves in the historic city of Valladolid, and visited some great winemakers in the surrounding area.  Our tours in 2012 had been a huge success, and I had very high hopes, which were more than exceeded. Rueda Our first…(Read More)

Ribera del Duero


More glorious sunshine greeted us on Friday as we set off east of Valladolid to the acclaimed area of Ribera del Duero This is the best known and most highly regarded wine producing areas around the city and is home to arguably Spain’s most famous estate – Vega Sicilia. Tempranillo is King in this area…(Read More)

Rueda and Toro


Glorious sunshine welcomed in our first full day on tour in Valladolid. Today we focus on Rueda and Toro so we headed south of the city to Bodegas Menade. Set up in 2005 by Ricardo, Marco and Alejandra Sanz, these three siblings of a famous wine making family have a created an extraordinary ecological estate…(Read More)