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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)

It is great to be back in Valladolid for the start of our Ribera, Rueda and Toro tour! The weather forecast is warm and sunny for the whole week and we have a terrific tour ahead of us.  We convened in the hotel bar for a swift glass of Verdejo before heading out to an…(Read More)

From Pink to Red


A glorious day of non stop sunshine was forecast for our trip to Bandol, and it was spot on. Bandol is regarded as being one of the best red wine producing areas in the whole of Provence, characterised by the use of the Mourvèdre grape which thrives on the particular terrain of both rich…(Read More)

More than Pink


The sun started to shine a little bit on Friday as we devoted the day to the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence AOP. Our first visit was to the stunning Villa Baulieu – just a twenty drive north west of Aix. Situated in an extinct volcano crater, this beautiful property has been completely renovated and the…(Read More)

Our final full day was an epic journey of different wines and a never ending flow of food.  The sun was shining early this morning as we headed out to the north of Marsala to Cantine Fina. This winery has the most amazing outlook onto the sea and the various islands just off the coast…(Read More)

Friday was our Planeta day. Without any doubt, Planeta are one of the most influential wineries in Sicily and have pioneered a range of international grape varieties and shown the wine world the potential the island has to offer. Situated around Lake Ulmo, the Planeta winery is situated near to Sambuca, about 90 minutes south…(Read More)

Sicily is a hugely important wine region – not only in the context of the Italian Wine industry but also as a significant contributor to worldwide production. Few people realise that Sicily makes almost as much wine as Australia in some years and yet receives far less coverage. Also integral to the Sicilian wine scene…(Read More)