Tim's Wine Tour Blog

A very full day was in store given our 8am start but well worth it. With the weather forecast proving to be wrong, and far less rain than expected, we arrived at the historic Abbazia Rosazzo close to the Slovenian border in the Colli Orientali. This was to be the setting for our tasting of…(Read More)

Our prosecco day

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Similar to grappa on Wednesday, Prosecco is, perhaps, somewhat misunderstood and given that the huge majority of what is available in the UK is entry level it is no surprise. From Bassano del Grappa it was a 45 minute drive to the historic estate of Loredan Gasparini. The original owners can trace descendants back to…(Read More)

The 2019 tour season has started and our first group of intrepid explorers landed in Venice for the start of our North East Italy tour. We decided to get stuck in straight off the plane and headed north to the town of Schiavon where the family owned Grappa producer Poli is based. We don’t…(Read More)

I am just recently back from my final recce trip to North East Italy and am really looking forward to the first tour in April. The main purpose of this trip was to hone in on some key aspects of the tour and finalise the routes and lunches. Prosecco will feature strongly on one day…(Read More)

Deal or No Deal?

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As I am sure you can imagine, I am taking an acute interest in the current debate about Brexit, and keeping myself informed on what the travel industry expects the impact on tours like mine would be in the event of No Deal.   In summary, if we ‘crash out’ there is no reason why…(Read More)

Taking a break from working out what Brexit, deal or no deal, means for us in 2019, I thought I would indulge myself in some happy memories of our 2018 tours (and puddings). Our tour season started in Provence in April, and we enjoyed superb weather as we explored the amazing diversity of wines this…(Read More)

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)