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.
Texas comes to Argentina - horseback riding, wine and food in Mendoza“Tim helped us with so much more than just the wonderful tours of Mendoza Bodegas. As our interests are wide ranging, he was also able to line us up with a tour of artists’ homes and workshops that was the best ever, and horseback riding in the Uco Valley foothills...MR CONRAD AND ELLEN MASTERSON
Chile / Mendoza / Iguazu Falls / Buenos AiresCHILE / MENDOZA / IGUAZU FALLS / BUENOS AIRES "The itinerary for our South American vacation as put together by Robertson Wine Tours was superb. The food, wine, accommodations and sightseeing exceeded our expectations. Best of all was the personal attention given by our local guides and drivers who were all...John Sobojinski
Tokyo based Banker takes his gardening leave in Argentina and Chile Superb! All I can think of are superlatives to use to describe my Robertson Wine Tour experience in Argentina/Chile. Thank you so much! The tour was organised with military-level precision and nothing was left to chance. The tour guides you arranged for me were top class with not only excellent...Carl Margetts
Two Biodynamic winemakers from Australia come to Argentina “We had the most wonderful time so it is all-good!! We are probably going to Italy next year so would appreciate your advice on where to go in relation to vineyards - so will be in touch re this. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2009.” ...SUZANNE & ROD WINDRIM
Sparking wine club and winemakers from Slovenia come to Argentina and UruguayDear Tim & Cristian. Thank you for organizing the wine tour for the 19 members of the Slovenian Club KLP (of Wine Enthusiasts of Sparkling Wine 2013) in Argentina and Uruguay. Great choice of wineries, restaurants, hotels and local guides. Clients were impressed by the quality of wine in the wineries...Borut Sraj