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Chile Wine Tour Report

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In November 2015 I ran two wine tours to Chile (and one to Argentina – read that tour report here). I had last visited Chile in 1998 when the infrastructure (particularly roads) was in urgent need of improvement and the cuisine left a lot to be desired – having lived on what felt like a…(Read More)

Tim Syrad Chile & Argentina wine tours

Having run two tours in 2011, it was great to visit Mendoza again and update ourselves on the wines produced around Mendoza and in the Uco Valley. The political and financial situation has created a few issues in Argentina to say the least and despite a sound wine economy, inflation has made exports less competitive…(Read More)

In Spring 2015 I ran seven tours to Umbria and Southern Tuscany. We last visited Tuscany in 2005, but rather than repeat that tour I was keen to go over the regional border into Umbria to discover more about the wines of Montefalco and Torgiano. Umbria is half way between Rome and Florence. Its most…(Read More)

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Puglia Wine Tour Report

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In Spring 2016 I took four groups of wine lovers on tour to Puglia. We were based in Lecce, a gloriously beautiful Greco Roman town, from which we ventured each day to explore different areas. Both tours commenced on Wednesday evening, with a dinner the stylish Osteria degli Spiriti, and ended with a truly amazing…(Read More)

portugal wine tour

In May 2016 my Portugal Wine Tour, based in Oporto, took us up the Douro Valley, south to the Dāo region and north to the Minho. Up the Douro Valley by train Following a welcome dinner at the Aurora restaurant in Porto on the previous night, on Thursday we took the train east and…(Read More)

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Germany Wine Tour Report

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In June and July 2016 I took two groups on tour to some of the wine regions of Germany. We were based in Wiesbaden, a picturesque spa city and an ideal base to explore a good number of different areas in a short time. Both tours commenced on Wednesday evening, with a dinner in Wiesbaden…(Read More)

Burgundy wine tour

In September a group of 20 of us enjoyed four days exploring the wines of Burgundy. For the most part we stayed close to Beaune, but we were still able to experience a range of wines, and enjoy the hospitality of diverse vignerons, making this altogether a fabulous tour. Our first visit, shortly after our…(Read More)

Oregon wine tour

In October 2016 I ran two tours to Oregon.  Each tour consisted of two days of visits, we were based in Salem which is a lovely town, and enjoyed a great first night dinner at Bentleys Grill where we tried a variety of wines, including some less common West Coast varieties such as Grüner…(Read More)

California wine tour

In October 2016 I escorted two wine tours to California.  If I say so myself, both were a great success – a revelation in many ways. The breadth and diversity of producers that we visited was possibly the greatest of any tour I have run – from the lofty heights of Chateau Montelena through to…(Read More)

Alsace wine tour

This small, but extremely high quality wine producing region is one of my favourites – for a combination of wine, culture and cuisine. Over three days of visits in November we achieved some great insights into the variety of terroirs this wonderful region celebrates. On Thursday morning we drove straight from Basel airport to Kientzheim…(Read More)