Tim's Wine Tour Blog

The final leg of my Australia reconnaissance trip took me from Melbourne to Perth – a four hour flight which puts into perspective just how big this country is. From Perth it is a leisurely three hour drive south to Margaret River – particularly if you take in the ocean view roads. Once again, this…(Read More)

My second day in Victoria was busy! The task in hand was to visit both the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. These are the two iconic wine regions of Victoria that have been getting a lot of coverage for the past few years particularly because of their cooler climate styles and high quality. About an…(Read More)

Victoria recce commences

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Having arrived in Melbourne, I see the enormous contrast between genteel Adelaide and the massive urban sprawl of the capital of Victoria. My first day of reconnaissance took me south west of Melbourne to the Geelong area. Not so well known as the Yarra Valley and fashionable Mornington Peninsula, but very much a part of…(Read More)

My final day around Adelaide took me to the closest wine region to the city – the Adelaide Hills. It is not until you are visit a region that you truly understand the significance of certain features and the contrasts with other areas. The Adelaide Hills were very different to Clare, Barossa and Mclaren Vale.…(Read More)

McLaren Vale recce

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On Sunday I took a trip south of Adelaide to the acclaimed Mclaren Vale. My body clock is still adjusting so after the 40 minute drive, I was in situ – albeit at 7.30am! Having found a coffee, admired the sea and the beach and driven around the whole area at least twice I managed…(Read More)

The first full day of my reconnaissance trip to Australia has been action packed as I endeavoured to cover the famous Barossa Valley as well as the slightly less well known Clare Valley. With my body clock still on UK time I was wide awake a good four hours before conventional breakfast time so set…(Read More)

I am in Adelaide for the beginning of a hectic reconnaissance trip which will cover all the wine regions we will be visiting in November 2019. For the next three days I will be scouring the famous valleys – Barossa, Clare and Eden; heading south towards McLaren Vale and the lesser known Fleurieu Peninsula, Currency…(Read More)

Saturday in Piemonte was an immense day. After a relatively relaxed 9.45 start we arrived in Barbaresco a mere 15 minutes later from our hotel in Alba. This wonderful DOCG wine region is made up of many different parcels and many varied soils and microclimates. At Bruno Rocca, you get the most amazing perspective…(Read More)

Jerez Wine Tour Report

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Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In October 2018 I led two tours to this wonderful region.   Steeped in history, Jerez lives and breathes sherry and has seen at first hand the ever changing fortunes of this famous drink.  We heard from the people who are driving the change that…(Read More)

Our Piemonte gastronomy tour has commenced and a fabulous weekend of top class wines and Michelin starred cuisine is unfolding. Despite the appalling weather that has been assaulting Northern Italy this week, flights were early and we arrived at our lunch destination as they were still turning the lights on and folding the napkins! I…(Read More)