– Contact –

Start Date:  Saturday, 22nd October 2016 for 7 Nights with the option to extend into Venice.

THIS TOUR IS FULLY BOOKED

Focus

There are not many companies in the world that do what we do, but when it comes to Friuli, we know we are on our own.

Why? Well, firstly wine wise we have so many enthralling places in Italy and Friuli just seems to get forgotten. This is brilliant news, of course. There are no tour buses outside wineries, as they do not want that and they are very individualistic people. History and location means they have had empire after empire rolling across them: this little piece of Italy is like no other. The pioneering and spirited people are Friulian first and Italian second. So what do we have in store for you? Anyone who knows us knows you are going to get the whole picture and a lot of that swirling it around your tongues. If Piedmont is Italy’s Black King, Friuli is the White King. Personally, we drink more white wine than red, but perhaps that is because Robertson Wine Tours is based in South Italy where our fish is stupidly good and the fish here is brilliant too.

We are showing 7 Nights in Fruilian & Slovenian wine. We will even give you an overview of Croatia’s Istrian wines in a tasting. We would like a group of 8 to 12 guests ideally, as this is the size that has proven to work. It is wine, food, history, expert guides, cooking experiences, always with an eye on authenticity, working with good people who have a passion for what we are there to learn about. The province of Gorizia is located in the South East of Friuli Venezia-Giulia. It is the heart of Friulian winemaking, spit in half by borders (now totally open). This is why we will be in Italy for breakfast, Slovenia for lunch and having wines with dinner in Croatia, if we so wished. If you have not had the pleasure to know what wine from Friuli is, you will soon get to understand how important these wines are and this is the centre of it all. We have not even ushered in that holy word yet: orange wine. In New York or London, these wines are going for silly money. Thankfully, here things are more approachable, but they are the most deservedly expensive.

It is not all white. Taste Merlot, Refosco and Pinot Noir from vines that have not been bathed in sun for 8 months of the year.

Food … well, it is Italy. Most people here make their own salami, hams and much more besides. We have fish, fresh water and sea, coast and mountain food all rolled into one. No public relations or linguistic hosts, this is as real as it gets and let’s do this before the rest.

Let’s Talk About Trieste

Kicking off in Trieste, once centre of the Hausberg Empire’s grip on the current North Eastern Italy, Trieste is a very easy small city and far too easy to like. Miramare Castle tops the bay. Located between the Adriatic and Slovenia, Trieste is Italy yet not. They call it MittelEurope or Central Europe. Trieste’s culture has been profoundly influenced by Eastern and German cultures, as well as Italian. Trieste’s history is all about this geography and what has made it a cultural bridge between the German and Slavic peoples. The most romantic of places, Hausburg squares and Austrian coffee houses (Illy is here) rub shoulders with pizzas and Italian effortless style: this a place like no other.

Travel writers like Jan Morris left their hearts here and Joyce wrote his masterpiece, Ulysses. Trieste has not yet become massively popular as a tourist destination. All the places and people you are going to encounter are  genuine. Trieste is a visual treat with Neoclassical and New Liberty buildings. Ports always have a special character, but Trieste has none of the down at heal, working dock feel.  The port of Trieste, a free port since 1719, means luxury yachts and charters are big business here. The Carso, in the hills behind Trieste, is fascinating and we will be tasting wines and seeing this magic landscape of white limestone, underground world of caves carved by rivers like the underground Timavo.

Accommodations

Please see hotels description below.

We propose 3 Nights in the Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste and then 4 Nights in Gorizia in the vineyards of Paraschos Winery.

Paraschos Vineyard Stay

For those who can give up the softest and fluffiest of white towels and grandeur of the Savioa Excelsior Palace, then we have settled for the sweetest little place close to Gorizia. The Parachos Family are intruders, not recent, but they came from Greece and they make great wine. They have a lovely agrotourism, which is really a vineyard stay. Alexis, the older son, is so proud of his soil, vines and wines. His neighbours adopted his father wine wise years back and all the great names helped them establish and grow. This is an agrotoursim and a very good one at that, but there is a disconnect between the level of the two stays, however. There is no other lodge anywhere apart from Parachos, who we trust with you. As this is going to be an activity based tour, we see no problem with this.

The Tour

You will see the tour outline below. We will naturally go into more details once you express interest in the tour. We choose and work with the best people, lovely restaurants, the humbly world famous and the interesting. Come and join us on this unique wine and food magical mystery tour.

Trip Extension

We have mapped out what we know to be the three perfect nights in Venice. If you have the time and the compulsion, come to Venice with us. We have Venitian friends, artists, wine experts, food and wine, as well as a day out into the real hills of Prosecco. You will never have tasted bubbles like these. We realize that is such an overused the word “insiders”, but we really are. For instance, Tim Robertson sold some of Tosso’s massive exuberant glass designs directly from Murano to London in the 90’s. We have also investigated Prosecco and discovered of the 420 million bottles of Prosecco produced per annum, only 120,000 are the real thing.

If you have been to Venice, you may think you do not need to go back. Have you stayed in the Dorsoduro District? Made a Giro delle Ombre in the Bacari of Venice? Tasted the food of Le Calandre? There are so many Venices to see. For those who do expect something delightful.

These small fixed departures dates get booked quickly and this particular extension falls on a holiday in Italy so if Venice is of interest, then better to move quickly before the prices start creeping up.

Table of contents

Trieste – Savoia Excelsior Palace

Simply put, this is the best hotel in Trieste. Built for the Emperor of the Austro Hausburg Empire, the project was overseen by the Emperor himself. With the most privileged position in front of the sea and the most regal of ballrooms, libraries and communal areas, you will find yourself soaking up all this royal history and grandeur. Liberty style meets belle époque. The hotel had a complete refit less than 5 years ago and they increased the room size. Now, the hotel has 144 rooms and suites and you can feel that no corners were cut in the refurbishment. We know and trust the management and cannot think of a better way to start your tour in Trieste. Trieste can really get under your skin quickly and many locals as well as foreigners have been caught in a romance with this magical place. Trieste is so manageable with everything spreading out from the Piazza Unità d’Italia, which is 20 meters from the foyer of this grand dame of hotels. Breakfast is a grand buffet with all one could need. You will note from the Trip Advisor comments, this is the number one hotel in the region and deservingly so.

Website Savoia Excelsior Palace

Trip Advisor Comments Savoia Excelsior Palace

FRIULI – Hotels – Paraschos Winery Stay

This zone of Friuli has none of the five star places one would expect. Alexis and his brother invite us to their winery to enjoy a perfect location for our days out in wine. These guys are orange wine experts, in with the elite winemakers of Oslavia, but with their feet firmly on the ground. We love the wine, the rooms and the context. We know you will appreciate the views and the authenticity. The property cannot be compared to the Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste, but that does not concern us. We are 10 minutes away from the delightful town of Gorizia and 10 minutes away from the most famous of three top winemakers of Friuli. Expect relaxed ambiance, good sleep quality and plenty of wine.

Paraschos Winery Stay

Trip Advisor Comments Paraschos

Ca’ Pisani, Venice

Far from the maddening crowd. Venice, in many ways, a victim of her global fame and unique place in the world, Ca’ Pisani counters all of that and is an oasis of calm. Genuine hospitality, caring staff from Francesco (the GM) to the housemaids. This is what initially sets this hotel apart, but there is more. Ca’ Pisani was the first hotel in Venice to meld real art and historically important furniture from the Art Deco period. Think of gorgeous swirling walnut, elegant black and golds with plenty of deco mirrors and glistening metal. Set in a 12th century palace and with just 29 rooms, you are never going to feel anything but home. Our cultured travelers will love the position: in 5 minutes you are at the Accademia & Peggy Gugenheim Museums. Apart from de rigueur Wi-fi, the hotel features a little sun deck on the roof and some small spa features. The breakfast is a delight and we are confident that you will fall for this little gem. Currently lying very high on TripAdvisor, we are apparently not alone in realizing that this is a super choice for Venice.

Website Ca’ Pasani

TripAdvisor Comments

Tour Outline & Guiding – FRIULI – Small Group Tour October 2016 – 7 Nights


Tour Outline


DAY 01: Arrival IN / Trieste / Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner / Savoia Excelsior Palace

DAY 02: Sightseeing Trieste: Cultural & Culinary Experience

DAY 03: Sightseeing Trieste & Carso: Cultural, Wine & Food Experience

DAY 04: Sightseeing Collio: Cultural, Wine & Food Experience / San Floriano / Paraschos Wine Lodge

DAY 05: Sightseeing Collio: Wine & Food Experience

DAY 06: Sightseeing Collio: Wine & Food Experience

DAY 07: Sightseeing Colli Orientali: Wine & Culinary Experience

DAY 08: Trieste / Departure OUT 


Guiding


Tim Robertson (Friuli Venezia-Giulia)


Your tour leader will be Tim Robertson. Tim was born in UK and is of Scottish descent. Tim was introduced to fine wines in 1988 when he worked for the Sakagura Wine & Liquor, part of Intercontinental Group in Hong Kong. He was responsible for selling their collection of Bordeaux Wines and other top quality new world wines, probably the best collection in Asia at that time. He never quite recovered from tasting the very best at the age of 18. However, he went on to complete his studies in Economics and Business. He was unable to find a suitably well-paid job in wine in London and so embarked on a career in finance. He decided to leave finance in 1998 to refocus on finding a project involving his love: the wine. He inaugurated Robertson Wine Tours in 2003. The business has grown organically over the years and despite efforts to get involved in exporting he has stuck to the tried and tested formula of offering his clients the best the wine countries have to offer. Client base of Robertson Wine Tours is rightly demanding of the best, extremely well-travelled and generally with knowledge of wine.

Tour Day by Day – FRIULI – Small Group Tour October 2016 – 7 Nights

Tour Day by Day


 DAY 01 – Saturday, 22nd October 2016
Arrival IN / Trieste / Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner / Savoia Excelsior Palace


Flight IN at Trieste Airport (TRS)

Reception & Departure from Trieste Airport with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Arrival & Check IN at Savoia Excelsior Palace

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Trieste On Your Own

Welcome Wine Tasting & Tour Orientation at Savoia Excelsior Palace with Tim Robertson

Dinner with Wines at Savoy Restaurant / Savoia Excelsior Palace

Sleep at Savoia Excelsior Palace / Room Category: Deluxe


(D)


DAY 02 – Sunday, 23rd October 2016
Sightseeing Trieste: Cultural & Culinary Experience


Departure from Savoia Excelsior Palace with Tim Robertson

Guided City Tour of Trieste with Local Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Lunch with Wines at Antica Trattoria Menarosti Restaurant OR Similar

Arrival at Savoia Excelsior Palace

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Trieste On Your Own

Departure from Savoia Excelsior Palace with Tim Robertson

Cooking Experience at Aquae d’8 Cooking Club OR Similar

Dinner with Wines Based On Your Creation at Aquae d’8 Cooking Club OR Similar

Arrival at Savoia Excelsior Palace

Sleep at Savoia Excelsior Palace / Room Category: Deluxe


(B) (L) (D)


DAY 03 – Monday, 24th October 2016
Sightseeing Trieste & Carso: Cultural, Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Savoia Excelsior Palace with Tim Robertson

Guided Visit at Castle of Miramare with Local Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Duino-Aurisina

Visit & Wine Tasting at Edi Kante Winery

Private Transfer to Komen (Slovenia)

Lunch with Wines at Cotar Winery

Private Transfer to Cullodrozza

Visit & Wine Tasting at Paolo Vodopivec Winery

Arrival at Savoia Excelsior Palace

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant of Your Choice in Trieste

Sleep at Savoia Excelsior Palace / Room Category: Deluxe


(B) (L)


DAY 04 – Tuesday, 25th October 2016
Sightseeing Collio: Cultural, Wine & Food Experience / San Floriano / Paraschos 


Check OUT from Savoia Excelsior Palace

Departure from Savoia Excelsior Palace with Tim Robertson

Visit & Wine Tasting at Abbey of Rosazzo
Please Note: Focusing on the Wines of Livio Felluga Winery.

Private Transfer to Brazzano di Cormons

Lunch with Wines at Osteria Terra & Vini Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Borgo del Tiglio Winery

Private Transfer to San Floriano del Collio

Arrival & Check IN at Paraschos Wine Lodge

Dinner with Wines at Paraschos Wine Lodge

Sleep at Paraschos Wine Lodge / Room Category: Standard


(B) (L) (D)


DAY 05 – Wednesday, 26th October 2016
Sightseeing Collio: Wine & Food Experience


Visit & Wine Tasting at Paraschos Winery

Departure from Paraschos Wine Lodge with Tim Robertson

Visit & Wine Tasting at Dario Princic Winery

Private Transfer to Farra d’Isonzo

Lunch with Wines at Osteria Borgo Colmello Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Fulvio Bressan Winery

Private Transfer to San Floriano del Collio

Arrival at Paraschos Wine Lodge

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Ai Tre Amici OR Alla Luna Restaurant in Gorizia
Please Note: Round-Trip Transfer Included / 10-Minute Drive.

Sleep at Paraschos Wine Lodge / Room Category: Standard


(B) (L)


DAY 06 – Thursday, 27th October 2016
Sightseeing Collio: Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Paraschos Wine Lodge with Tim Robertson

Visit & Wine Tasting at Gravner Winery

Lunch with Wines at Il Carpino Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Renato Keber Winery

Private Transfer to Dobrovo (Slovenia)

Visit & Wine Tasting at Simcic Winery

Private Transfer to San Floriano del Collio

Arrival at Paraschos Wine Lodge

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at La Subida Restaurant in Cormons
Please Note: Round-Trip Transfer Included / 15-Minute Drive.

Sleep at Paraschos Wine Lodge / Room Category: Standard


(B) (L)


DAY 07 – Friday, 28th October 2016
Sightseeing Colli Orientali: Wine & Culinary Experience


Departure from Paraschos Wine Lodge with Tim Robertson

Visit & Wine Tasting at Rodaro Winery

Cooking Experience at KAsa Cooking School / Agli Amici Restaurant
Please Note: 2-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Lunch with Wines Based On Your Creations at KAsa Cooking School / Agli Amici Restaurant

Private Transfer to Cividale del Friuli

Guided City Tour of Cividale del Friuli with Local Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to San Floriano del Collio

Arrival at Paraschos Wine Lodge

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Rosenbar Restaurant in Gorizia
Please Note: Round-Trip Transfer Included / 10-Minute Drive.

Sleep at Paraschos Wine Lodge / Room Category: Standard


(B) (L)


DAY 08 – Saturday, 29th October 2016
Trieste / Departure OUT


Check OUT from Paraschos Wine Lodge

Departure from Paraschos Wine Lodge with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Trieste Airport

Arrival at Trieste Airport

Flight OUT from Trieste Airport (TRS)


(B)


END of SERVICES
OR

CONTINUE WITH US TO VENICE


Inclusions, Exclusions and Prices – FRIULI – Small Group Tour October 2016 7 Nights


Inclusions, Exclusions and Prices


Inclusions


Airport Transfers
7 Nights of Accommodation in the Hotels Included in the Itinerary
Overnight Tourist Taxes
Private Transport with Driver & Air Conditioning
Expert Bilingual Guiding
Daily Breakfast
6 Lunches & 3 Dinner with Wines
Entrance Fee & Wine Tasting at 13 Wineries
2 Cooking Experiences
Other Activities Included in the Itinerary
Please Note:
 This itinerary is subject to small adjustments due to possible changes in the availability of wineries or restaurants and you can expect a final itinerary to be received two weeks prior to travel.


Exclusions


International & Domestic Flights
Lunches & Dinners Not Included in the Itinerary
Gratuities for Restaurants
Gratuities for Drivers & Guides
Personal Expenses & Others Costs Not Included in the Itinerary
Entrance Fee to Museums & Sites
Activities Not Included in the Itinerary


Final Prices


Based On Single Occupancy
Final Price PER PERSON: 3,880.00 EUR

Based On Double Occupancy
Final Price PER PERSON: 3,480.00 EUR

Tour Outline Venice Trip Extension for Friuli Tour


Tour Outline


DAY 01:  Villa Vicentina & Grado: Wine, Food & Cultural Experience

DAY 02:  Sightseeing Venice: Cultural Experience

DAY 03:  Treviso & Surroundings: Cultural, Wine & Food Experience

DAY 04:  Venice / Departure Out


Venice Trip Extension

Tour Day by Day


DAY 01 – Saturday, 29th October
Villa Vicentina & Grado: Wine, Food & Cultural Experience 


Check OUT from Paraschos Wine Lodge

Departure from Paraschos Wine Lodge with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Villa Vicentina

Visit & Wine Tasting at Denis Montanar Winery

Private Transfer to Grado

Lunch with Wines at Alto Gradimento Restaurant

Guided City Tour of Grado with Local Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Venice

Arrival & Check IN at Ca’ Pisani

Welcome Wine Tasting at Estro Wine Bar with Local Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant of Your Choice in Venice

Sleep at Ca’ Pisani Venice


(L)


DAY 02 – Sunday, 30th October
Sightseeing Venice: Cultural Experience


Departure from Ca’ Pisani with Local Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Guided City Tour of Venice

Arrival at Ca’ Pisani

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant of Your Choice in Venice

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Venice On Your Own

OR

Visit & Glass Experience at Glass Workshop of Andrea Penzo in Murano

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant of Your Choice in Venice

Sleep at Ca’ Pisani


(B)


DAY 03 – Monday, 31st October
Sightseeing Treviso & Surroundings: Cultural, Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Ca’ Pisani with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Treviso

Short Guided City Tour of Treviso

Lunch with Wines at Undicesimo Vineria Restaurant

Private Transfer to Susegana

Visit & Wine Tasting at Malibran Winery

Private Transfer to Tarzo

Visit & Wine Tasting at Costadilà Winery

Private Transfer to Venice

Arrival at Ca’ Pisani

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant of Your Choice in Venice

Sleep at Ca’ Pisani


(B) (L)


DAY 04 – Tuesday, 01st November
Venice / Departure Out


Check OUT from Ca’ Pisani

Departure from Ca’ Pisani with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Venice Airport

Arrival at Venice Airport

Flight OUT from Venice Airport


(B)


END of SERVICES


PRICE of TRIP EXTENSION

Please NOTE: We will be pricing the trip extension’s costs depending on clients’ interest or by request.

 

– Contact –

If you are interested in our services please email us at contact@robertsonwinetours.com
or feel free to call us on
U.S.A + 1 707 927 4167 or our Head Office + 39 0835 197 1596

Schermafbeelding 2016-05-25 om 15.57.44https://www.facebook.com/RobertsonWineTours/timeline