Tim Robertson is the founder of this company and lets just focus a little on the history and how Robertson Wine Tours came about:
Tim was introduced to fine wines in 1988 when he worked for Sakagura Wine and Liquor, part of the Intercontinental Group in Hong Kong. Tim 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 early 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 kept his love of wine throughout his City Career working for Fidelity Investments, Schroder’s and Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) predominantly focusing on Emerging Markets and Latin America in risk management and fixed income sales. He left finance in 1998 to refocus on finding a project involving his love – Wine.
Traveling extensively his first attempt was to import French wines into Mexico with little success, as the Mexican palate and food are not quiet ready for fine wines in any meaningful numbers. However, when he arrived in Argentina in 2002 and began working alongside a number of boutique wines into the U.K. On looking at the wafer thin margins he rejected wine exporting and inaugurated Robertson Wine Tours (RWT) in 2003. He thoroughly investigated Chile and Argentina, Uruguay and has led trips into Bolivia and Brazil. RWT opted for the luxury end of wine touring appealing to people who have or would like to improve their knowledge of wines while taking in the best of the regions.
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 these countries have to offer. RWT client base is rightly demanding of the best, extremely well travelled and generally with a knowledge of wine. RWT has successfully created and run over 100’s wine tours which are all encompassing; ranging from brief overviews of Chilean Wines to in-depth two week investigative research with a professors from Davis, California. RWT had the pleasure of hosting the International Wine and Food Society (Chicago Branch) in February 2011 to South America and have grown in strength working with wine clubs and restaurants. We continue to provide our services to groups of food and wine lovers from all over the World.
Winemakers and winery owners know us well. We are totally unmarried to any winery or chain of hotels, we just want the best for you, thats what Robertson Wine Tours. South America still has a long way to go in developing its wines, with a constant battle to increase customers awareness of available varieties and the fact there are terroir based wines.
Over the Years we have been recommended by Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, TimeOut, Bradt guides, Condé Nast Travel, LAN inflight magazine, amongst others. Apart from our small website our business in generally conducted on referrals, and by our reputation. We have had the pleasure to work with Lufthansa, Jetsetter, Secret Escapes.
2 New Yorkers come to taste and eat their way through Mendoza and Buenos Aires and UruguayWe offered Tim a challenge of coming up with a tour that not only included wineries and gourmet food but also included some adventure and shopping! He set up a tour that exceeded our expectations. Tim was very flexible, listened to what we were saying and kept changing the itinerary... Valentina Litichevsky & Patricia Fitzgerald
English WSET wine lover comes to Buenos Aires to taste our wines.“I contacted Tim Robertson to organize some tastings of Argentine wines while in Buenos Aires. They have seriously knowledgeable tour guides for sightseeing and the three tastings they arranged for me at different venues were superb. Great service, totally reliable and extremely knowledgeable. I cannot recommend their service enough!” ...CHARLES SMITHSON
Family holiday into the central wine valleys of Chile“Yes, overall we were very impressed and would certainly recommend you to anyone. Good pace, the choice of wineries was very good and everything flowed very well. If any of your prospective clients would like to talk to us, we would be more than willing to answer any questions they...NATE REMLEY AND FAMILY
A wine importer and family friends come to Argentina and Chile for serious wine explorationOur group had an amazing experience in South America, with exclusive visits to top wineries and beautiful tasting lunches every day. Our local guides did a great job, and all our hotel and dinner reservations were attended to with great care. It was truly an experience we could never have...C.Barrette.
Wine savvy couple travel to Chile and Argentina for the wines.We were very favorably impressed with the travel arrangements, the winery selections and appointments, the hotel accommodations, and your professionalism. Your continuous engagement was important to the pleasure of our experience. We would recommend you most highly to any other travellers to Chile and Argentina. Thank you very much for...Hugh Bell & Eileen Crowley