Tim Syrad Wine Tours has run tours to almost all of the major wine regions in Europe, and many in the New World. My tours are fun and informative, and we really get to know the people who make the wine and tend the vines. Every year we visit new wine regions, and return to some old favourites. All the wine regions we have visited and currently plan to visit are listed below, click on the highlighted name to read about an upcoming tour, or the report of a previous one.
In 2020 I am running three tours to Southern Burgundy, focusing on the Cote Châlonnaise, the Mâconnais and Beaujolais. I have run tours to Bordeaux in 2019, 2017 and 2003. In 2018 we visited Provence and explored the famous Golden Triangle (Champagne, Chablis and Sancerre). In2017 I ran a tour of organic and biodynamic wine makers in the Languedoc, a region we also visited in 2011. We visited Alsace in 2016 (and 2009), Burgundy in 2016 (and 2002), the Rhone Valley (2013) and Champagne (2001).
In 2019 I ran two tours to Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a true ‘jewel in the crown’ of Italy. Piedmont is one of the most popular destinations I visit, and is home to one of my favourite wine families, Marenco – do look at the video. In 2018 I ran a long weekend of wine and gastronomy to Piedmont in the Autumn and a tour to Sicily in the Spring, following the success of my 2017 tours. In 2017 we also visited Tuscany, which we had visited in 2004 and 2005, and Piedmont which we also visited in 2016 and 2006. In 2016 we visited Puglia, in the heel of Italy, and in 2015 we visited Umbria. In 2010 we visited Verona, from where we explored the Veneto and Valpolicella.
In 2019 we visited a new destination: Galicia, and returned to Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro and Cigales – following the success of my tour in 2018. In Autumn 2018 I ran two very succesful tours to Jerez. In 2017 we visited Rioja, where we first toured in 2005. In 2014 we visited Catalonia (including Penedes and Priorat) – find out what people thought – and get a sense of where we stayed – by watching the video.
In September 2020 I am running two tours at harvest time to the Douro Valley, home to the vineyards where Port grapes grow. On our tour in May 2016 we stayed in the historic city of Porto and from there we explored the white wines of the Minho, the unsung heroes of Dao and Bairrada and the fabulous wines of all types to be found in the Douro Valley. I first ran tours to Portugal in 2007.
I am running two tours to Greece in 2020, in April and May. We will be based in Napflio in the Peloponese and focus on key wine growing areas such as Nemea, Mantinia and Patras.
In May 2020 I am running my first ever tour to Austria. Based in Vienna we will explore famous areas such as Wachau, Kamptal and Kremstal along the Danube, discover the sweet wines from Neusiedlersee and find how close to Vienna you can find fabulous vineyards!
On my tours in July 2016 we explored the diversity, quality and versatility of wines from the Mosel, Nahe, Pfalz and Rheingau. We also discovered some fabulous German cuisine, and that there is a lot more to Germany than just Riesling.
In Spring 2018 we revisited Slovenia following the success of my 2017 tour, exploring the Šentilj hills in the East, the Primorje region on the Italian border in the West and visiting fantastic producers such as Doppler, Ducal, Simčič, Sutor, Jamsek and Istenic – one of the top sparkling producers in Europe.
In November 2019 we visited Australia for the first time – a long awaited destination, with specific modules to Western Australia, based in Margaret River; South Australia, based in Adelaide; and Victoria, based in Melbourne.
In November 2017 I ran two tours to South Africa, the destination of my first long haul tour in 2008.
In 2016 I ran tours to California and Oregon. Our California tour took us off the tourist track, visiting predominantly small, boutique, family owned estates and contrasting them with larger producers. In Oregon we tasted the same grape varieties in California, plus some surprising others, and explored the impact of the cooler climate, maritime influence and soil type.
I ran tours to New Zealand in 2014. Please read my blog to find out about our adventures down under.