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.
Australian Wine professionals come to Chile and Mendoza.As feedback/ a testimonial, feel free to use anything i've already written and also, that Mum and I had the most fantastic time in Chile with Karen and Hugo, both of whom were beyond helpful and both fountains of knowledge. Every whim really was catered for and the experiences we...JANE and ANN GORDON
40th Anniversary tour of Uruguay and her wineries. My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in Uruguay. The Robertson wines tours portion were the highlight of the trip. We especially enjoyed the private meals with the wine makers and their families at the various wineries. We saw a part of Uruguay that few visitors are privileged...GERRY AND ROSE REIDY
Two week wine tour of Argentina and Chile including Torres del Paine national parkTim put together a two week wine tour of Argentina and Chile for us and three friends who joined us in Chile. The result was fantastic. We had the opportunity for private visits, including tours and tastings, of nearly thirty wineries and had a number of great wine-oriented lunches and... Phil & Linda Becker
Luxury wine Touring in Mendoza So we finally get to it. Many reasons regarding both our occupations impeded me as the designated registrar of the experiences to get back to you with the feedback. Not least of those being arriving at consensus that we would share with you, ranged from very good, to more than...N.Móseres Dieppa
5 star tour of Chile, Mendoza and Buenos Aires, the most exclusive accommodations in Latin AmericaHi Tim Thank you for organising our trip for us. All in all, the holiday was fantastic, every need was met, the vineyards were fantastic as was PlayaVIK. You guys did an amazing job with the accommodation and the transfers. I will definitely recommend you to friends. Chile . what an amazing part...Mark Woodcock