Tim's Wine Tour Blog

Brda is Slovenian for hill, and on Thursday we headed west to the Goriska Brda region, which borders the Collio and Colli Orientale regions of Italy. The history of this region is of conquest and shifting borders, though I imagine for the majority of the local peasantry whether their feudal overlords were (among others) the…(Read More)

We spent the day within a stone’s throw of the Austrian border, in the spectacularly pretty region of Podravska, north of Maribor, a couple of hours’ drive from Ljubljana. My group (which we will only call the Grand Cru group among ourselves) visited the Gaube family winery in the morning.  Here Patric, son of…(Read More)

This is Fliss, Tim’s wife, writing the blog. 33 of us have assembled in lovely Ljubljana, where the weather was kind to us on the first night.  We enjoyed the stroll beside the river from our hotel to Manna restaurant where Dado introduced us to our wines: a pink fizz, our first ‘orange wine…(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)

Back in Sicily


It is a delight being back in Marsala for another Sicily tour. Our trip kicked off on Wednesday night with a terrific dinner at Casamia restaurant – literally a stone’s throw from the hotel door. Owner Giorgio Laudicio put on am amazing array of starters: salamis, chickpea and chestnut fritters, caponata made from a 300…(Read More)

Our day in Bandol


The town of Bandol is on the coast, but the appellation name derives from its role as the exporting point, rather than where the vineyards are.  The vineyards are slightly inland and we learnt the fascinating story of the setting up of the appellation from Richard, who Domaines Bunan had asked to present to our…(Read More)

An hour or so’s coach ride towards the coast between Cannes and St Tropez brought us to Chateau d’Esclans.  Sacha Lichine, a scion of the family who own (among other properties) Chateau Prieure Lichine in Bordeaux, identified in 2006 that there was a role for Provence in the growing interest in the USA…(Read More)

Our first full day of visits and tastings gave us a wonderful view of the region.  The sun shone in an azure blue sky, and our drive north west of Aix took us through increasingly lovely scenery. We arrived at Chateau Beaulieu at 10am, and were greeted by Emmanuel, the manager of the hotel which…(Read More)