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In June 2017 we returned to Tuscany, which continues to deserve its wonderful reputation for wine and gastronomy. It’s so hard to believe that just thirty years ago, this region was one of the poorest in Europe, with patchy tourism and a wicker basket reputation for its wines.  How things have changed…. Our tour…(Read More)

Slovenia wine tour

Goriska Brda This beautifully picturesque region to the far west of Ljubljana, right on the border with Italy, was reminiscent of Tuscany with rolling hills and natural amphitheatres of vineyards. At the Brda Cooperative, we were treated to an unexpected guided tour of the pretty villages and spectacular countryside before heading into the tasting room…(Read More)

Sicily wine tour 2017

Over three tours during Spring 2017, we enjoyed wonderful hospitality, a lot of laughter, the abundance and flavour of Sicilian food, and best of all discovered the range and quality of Sicilian wine. The tours commenced on Wednesday afternoon. Those of us meeting at Palermo airport boarded our coach, met our driver David, and were…(Read More)

Rioja Tour Report


In June 2017, I took a group to Rioja, for my first tour to the famous region since 2005.  In that time a great deal has happened.  New producers have set up, and there has been a greater focus on single varietals, and indeed new grape varieties.  While the largest bodegas continue to dominate the…(Read More)

wine tours Italy

In May 2016, and in September 2017, we based ourselves in the beautiful town of Alba for our Piedmont wine tour. Over three days of visits we explored this amazing wine region, and discovered some of the fascinating differences between its sub regions.  We learnt that the Savoyard history of the region has resulted in…(Read More)

Our visit to Bordeaux in September was a revelation! This might seem a surprising statement about such a famous region but the level of access we enjoyed to the very hearts of top estates was extraordinary, giving us a depth of insight into the beginning of the life of a wine that I think none…(Read More)

In October 2017 I ran an eclectic tour that encompassed a wonderfully diverse mix of estates focussing on organic, biodynamic and natural winemakers. Our base was the beautiful walled city of Carcassanne, a great place from which to explore this region.  We visited the Cabardes region – about 30 minutes north of Carcassonne, and the…(Read More)

South Africa Wine Tour Hemel-en-Aarde

I first visited South Africa in 2008, and our two tours in November 2017 revealed a wine scene that has developed massively.  Particularly notable was the greater elegance and complexity of the wines we tasted, with considerably greater ‘old world’ influence.  What had not changed was the immense generosity of our hosts – we met…(Read More)

South Africa Wine Tour Keermont vineyard

Our final day on tour took us back to where we started in 2008, Stellenbosch.  Our two visits provided a fantastic summary of the contrasting ways winemaking has developed in South Africa, and both delivered great wine. At Le Riche Wines we met Yvonne Le Riche, a Cape Wine Master, and daughter of Etienne, the…(Read More)

South Africa Wine Tour Newton Johnson vineyards

Another drive through the Franschhoek Pass, this time turning left at the end and heading towards Hermanus.  Our day in the Hemel-en-Aarde area started at Restless River, where we met Craig and Anne Wessels.  In a very ‘Grand Designs’ adventure they designed and built a beautiful homestead amid some vineyards already planted with…(Read More)