Tim's Wine Tour Blog

Clare Valley

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Wednesday was destined to be our biggest day with the most distance covered. The famous Clare Valley is 90 minutes north of Adelaide and is home to number of iconic wine names such as Jeffrey Grosset, Mount Horrocks and Kilikanoon – all of whom we happened to be visiting!  It turned out to be a…(Read More)

The historic Barossa

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The legendary Barossa Valley was the destination of our first full day in South Australia. Famed for its big Shiraz, old vines and history of winemaking dating back to 1843. Our first stop was to Vino Lokal, a small restaurant/tasting room that is home to the Artisans of Barossa – a group of small producers…(Read More)

The second leg of our Australian tour has started and we are based in Adelaide, ideally placed for easy access to iconic wine regions such as Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Mclaren Vale and Clare Valley. Eight of the Margaret River contingent are joining up with a further thirteen thirsty souls in what is destined to…(Read More)

Our final day in Margaret River was spent in the vicinity of the town so it was a twenty minute drive north to Stormflower vineyard where owner David Martin hosted the tasting outside in their beautiful vineyard garden. It was an idyllic spot, the sun was shining and David gave us a great insight into…(Read More)

Wednesday was destined to be our longest day as we headed even further east and south than Tuesday towards the Pemberton area.  With vines only being commercially planted in 1982, this is one of Australia’s youngest wine production areas. After a ninety minute drive through beautiful forests we arrived at Mountford Wines.  Set up…(Read More)

Nannup & Bridgetown

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On Tuesday we headed east out of Margaret River towards the town of Nannup. It is  name and place that will be unfamiliar to most but the area is an important source of fruit for many wine producers. Just 14km out of Nannup we arrived at the tiny boutique winery called Whimwood Hill. The owners…(Read More)

Our epic Australia tour has started with the opening leg beginning in Margaret River – three hours south of Perth in Western Australia. We kicked off with a casual Italian dinner in La Scarpetta restaurant – a very convivial evening was had by all as we began our research into this acclaimed region with some…(Read More)

Click here to read what my clients said about this tour In 2017 I ran a very successful tour to Bordeaux, at harvest time.  At popular request I ran two further, sell out, tours in 2019.  All the tours allowed us to gain an understanding of a region that is so famous it is almost…(Read More)

Our final morning in Bordeaux took us to Graves.  This was a great opportunity to consider  two more ingredients that are fundamental to this region – the grapes and the people. Obviously I’ve been mentioning grapes throughout the previous posts, but this was a nice opportunity to understand properly the four principle grape varieties that…(Read More)

D’Yquemistry de rot

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Clever title, no?  A group decision on the coach, though I’m not sure many people were hoping for a detailed chemistry lesson, and luckily Tim wasn’t planning on delivering one. We drove south along the toll road through Graves, spotting the odd vineyard among patches of woodland and maize fields.  Our overview of…(Read More)