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The Raw Beauty of Santorini

Santorini  7-day Wine-tour holiday. July  21st to July 28th 2014 £897, not including flights, but tell us you’re interested and we’ll keep you posted with flight deals we find.   I went to Santorini for a week to explore the potential for a wine tour and stayed there for two. I had become totally enchanted […]

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His hands spoke enthusiastically about the Winery’s processes for obtaining quality wines.

I was reminded of once in my childhood when I was sitting between my English Grandmother and my Greek Grandmother, translating between the two. English Gran said “It’s funny when you turn and talk in Greek to Yaya (Granny in Greek), you move your hands a lot. When you turn and speak in English to […]

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October or November 2012 – Golf and Wine holiday in Cyprus. Four different Golf courses, 3 wineries, some sightseeing. Estimated cost less than a £2000 including flights, hotels, meals, winery and other visits. Prices and details to be advised. Golf and Wine holiday in Cyprus. Four different Golf courses, 3 wineries, some site-seeing. Estimated cost less […]

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Our program for 2012

September 2012 – September 2012 – 22nd -23rd Visit to England’s Sharpham vineyard in Devon. Overnight stay at Durant Arms Hotel Ashprington. Wine and Food Pairing Dinner in the evening. Visit to Cheese maker during following morning followed by visit to Yearlstone Vineyard, Bickleigh. Cost £250 per person based on two people sharing.

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Our program for 2012

September 2012 – Monday 7th September to 14th September: Luxury Douro Valley Tour, staying at splendid 5 star Yeatman Hotel on first night with dinner on the river. Inclusive of the Yeatman Hotel, rooms at the Quinta da Pacheca and the Quinta San Antonio are currently held unconfirmed pending firm bookings. Due to the wine […]

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Our program for 2012

September 2012 – Friday 31st August to 3rd September: Budget Tour to Douro Valley including picturesque train journey to the heart of the Douro Valley. 3 nights £590.00 per person based on two people sharing. It does not include travel to/from Portugal but does include all travel within Portugal, all hotels, meals and organised visits […]

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English Wine Tour

Mid October’s mini-southwest vineyard visits Our jaunt to the southwest of England to see vineyards on Saturday 15th October – a late summer day was fine and seemingly warm & sunny – luckily for us, especially for the 320 miles round trip! Having spent part of my childhood in south Devon, memories of many postcards […]

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Steam Trains and Wine

While spending a few days in the Alsace wine region, famous for its Cremants d’Alsace, its Rieslings, its Gewurztraminers and its Pinot Gris. I couldn’t help thinking how different the latter is in Alsace from its Italian counterpart of the same Grape varietal. Much sweeter and fruitier. As a whole, wines produced around Colmar and […]

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Wine Harvest in the Douro Valley

Blue sky. Perfect temperature. The occasional tweets of birds talking to each other, the buzzing of a fly. The near-total silence of the vine-carpeted mountainside interrupted as the truck’s engine spluttered into life. Victor plunged our truck down the rocky dirt track and the tyres spewed clouds of dust in our wake. Then round a […]

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Tasting Vinhos Norte Wines

The other day I had occasion, at a Portuguese Wine Tasting, to re-taste the range of Vinho Verde Wines produced by Vinhos Norte, one of the producers partnering with us on our Portuguese Wine Tours. In the whites, the Alvarinho grape predominates; a number of their wines are blended with Loureiro. The overall result is […]

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