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.
Italian investor looks to Argentina and her wine industryMr. Robertson prepared an all-inclusive itinerary of Chile and Argentina, which was both thorough and professional. I would recommend Mr. Robertson and his company’s services without hesitation and wish you a very pleasant trip. ... MR STEPHANE HEPBURN
Exceptional wine experience for two world travellers. Chile, Mendoza and Buenos Aires.“Robertson Wine Tours provides an experience that is as close to perfect as any human can get. Attention to every detail, timing and selection of sites to visit, all done with care and kindness. We have travelled in many parts of this planet during the past several decades, and never,...ALEX and JOAN DEPAOLI.
Chile. World class accommodations in Santiago and Colchagua Valley "Tim, Over all I feel that you listened to what we were interested in and provided a great service. The Ritz and the Lapostolle were fabulous accommodations. I certainly would recommend you highly and were very pleased with the tour. I would be happy to give a testimonial." ...Dr Richard & Trisha Anderson
4 old friends come to the southern cone for a total overview of the wines of Chile and Argentina. “I wholeheartedly recommend Robertson Wine Tours for any touring you might consider or recommend to other friends and clients for getting first rate visits and introductions to the wines of Chile & Argentina. Thank you so much for all your kindness and efforts to assure us a wonderful and unforgettable...DR J. AITA
Single male Passenger gets passionate about wine in Mendoza Tim The Tour was great—better than expected. You may use whatever I've said about my Mendoza wine tour Park Hyatt was good. Leticia was fantastic—10.5 on a scale of 1-10! Don't lose her! Best wine: Achaval Ferrer—I ordered some, Most enthusiastic & interesting: Mendel. All lunches excellent—best, a toss up between Domino...John E Murray