Basilicata and Puglia Food and Wine Experience. 10th Wedding Anniversary.
Tim and Cristian, We made it back safe and sound to our three lovely little girls. They were all so excited to see us that it made leaving Italy much easier to bear. Shelley and I had the greatest trip we could have imagined. Your planning and attention to detail simply astounded us. I can honestly say that the trip was nothing short of perfect. It is so hard to pick any particular day that was the standout as every day was so different and so wonderful. We truly appreciate all of your efforts in planning the trip and making it come together so wonderfully. Looking back on our trip and thinking of all of the arrangements you made I decided that you two aren't at all in the travel business. I wouldn't categorize either of you as travel agents or vacation planners. I think that the clearest way to describe what you do is that you are in the business of making memories. You've created beautiful and magical memories that will last our lifetime. We absolutely loved so many things that we did on our trip and will be able to look back on them with a gracious smile. Thank you for sharing your home, your stories and your friendship. We had so much fun drinking wine and eating dinner with both of you. I’m very glad we were able to make such great friends in such a short time. We wish you both years of health, wealth and happiness. Thank you.
John and Shelly MossmanVinton Iowa USA
TESTIMONIAL 7 Nights wine Touring Piedmont Italy
As I said earlier the whole trip and experience was great.Our guide and driver excellent. Guide very knowledgeable about the area , as well as other areas and countries production. And pleasant company. Informative about culture and history etc,,, Great hotels (Villas) and choice of restaurants. And great food and service. Seemed to be a perfect pace. Excellent communication with you from beginning to end. (And after) also nice to speak to you directly on the phone. We were very well taken care of. The folks at every winery were friendly, informative, and great to spend time with. It was a beautiful area. Everything perfectly planned and carried out - A fantastic trip in every way. Even the weather cooperated. Now on to Chile.
Lyle & Anne MicheliBrookline MA / USA
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 could have been expected—which was finally what we agreed on. So having said that, and for full disclosure, we had never before retained specialized tour services, we did not have any reference on which to compare the quality of those services. So on absolute terms we must acknowledge that starting from the selection of the vineyards that at first seemed a little odd, after the experience it became abundantly clear that the range and scope of the selection was a result of a very well thought off process not a random selection of convenience. Then getting to the capabilities of your staff I must state that the professionalism of Lucille being knowledgeable courteous polite and with a wonderful sense of humor, assisted by the assuredness of Emmanuel driving, set the bar very high as to what to expect on the next experience.
Having said that, we are looking forward to an experience in Tuscany summer of 15, in which the challenge for you will be outdoing yourselves with the standards that you have set.
N.Móseres Dieppa Medellin, Colombia
3 friends from San Francisco enjoy Puglia and Basilicata
“We had an incredible trip planned by Robertson Wine Tours. Tim and Cristian created a tour that fit us perfectly – which is no easy feat! The attention to detail and personalization was what stood out for us. Tim kept in contact from the moment our feet touched the Italian soil, to the day we landed back in San Francisco. Along the way he was willing and able to make changes and accommodate our needs. The local guides we worked with were special. They really knew the area, and we felt like we were able to experience the Puglia region like a local. Every guide was exceptionally helpful and gracious – they truly wanted us to have the best experience possible. The wineries we visited were great, and we had intimate and unique experiences at each location. The food and lodging were high quality, as with the transportation. The trip ended with meeting Tim in Matera, which really made our trip. It was fabulous meeting the guy behind our adventure. We had a great experience, and I would recommend them to anyone.”
Kara Maiko & Friends. San Francisco CA / USA.
Robertson’s Wine Tours did it yet again for us on our most recent wine pilgrimage. Having toured with them several times including Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Sicily and Piedmonte, we knew we were in safe hands when we decided to let them plan our tour of the Sardinian Cantinas. Once we contacted them, we had a prompt return with information on restaurants hotels, sites to tour and of course the cantinas. We poured over it all. We were given a tour that included everything from major cantina such as Argiolas to family run such as the Guiseppe's: Sedilesu and Gabbas, to the more cultish as Leda d'Ittiri: the perfect spread for getting the bigger picture not only on the industry, but on the great tastes as well. Thanks to Robertson’s!
Penelope and James ShackelfordUC Davis CA USA
TESTIMONIAL TUSCANY AND ROME HONEYMOON
Yes, we have been crazy busy since coming home. The trip was wonderful. The scenery, the food and the accommodations - all were terrific. To call out a few notables: We liked the range of restaurants, from La Pergola to small pizzerias we found on our own in Rome. We really liked the dinner at La Cantinetta de Rignana - great food, casual atmosphere with spectacular views. Similarly, the wine-tasting lunch that you pre-arranged for us in Montalcino was lovely too, with amazing views. We can't think of one sub-par meal we had for the entire time! Dan and I took home names of some of the wines we particularly enjoyed and will ask our local wine store to investigate for us. The wine tours / tasting were great. We particularly enjoyed Castello di Ama - perhaps it was the leisurely pace, the picturesque setting … and we loved the modern art woven into the workings of the winery. Lunch was lovely and delicious too. We really appreciate having some flexibility in the tour - which was easy given that it was just us. Katherine was great about helping us evaluate the planned schedule of each day to make sure it wasn't too much. Speaking of Katherine - she was terrific in every way. She was professional, smart, accommodating, interesting and informative. We would recommend her without hesitation to anyone. We spent a lot of time with her and she really made the trip so enjoyable. I don't think we would have enjoyed Tuscany nearly as much if we were driving ourselves. And we certainly wouldn't have learned as much about the region. Katherine's tour of Florence, off the beaten path, where we saw parts of Florence that we wouldn't have known about. Just what we like. The hotels were terrific. We loved the location of Donna Camilla Savelli - what a great area the Trastevere Section is. We loved roaming around the streets at nights. Castello del Nero is a spectacular location and the room was huge and lovely. The Villa Cora Grand Hotel in Florence was amazing in terms of level of service and amenities. All in all, we had a fabulous honeymoon, and would highly recommend your services! We will certainly do so on your website. Next time, perhaps the Amalfi coast for us. Best, Susan and Dan
Dan and SusanBoston MT USA
Peter & Suzanne Grinnell Morris
Peter & Suzanne Grinnell MorrisGovernors Club Chapel Hill North Carolina
Friuli, Slovenia and Croatia
Who ever thought that die-hard, full-bodied red wine lovers would find happiness in Friuli? Who knew of the Malvasia, Ribolla Gialla or Friuliano grapes? Who ever heard of macerating white wine?
Thank goodness for us that RWT knew us, our tastes, and how to introduce us to this new tasting experience.
Our third RWT trip - this time to Friuili, Slovenia and the Istrian peninsula in Croatia - was another exceptional delight for our most important senses. We have written before of how exceptional a RWT holiday is - from the selection of the perfect hotel/B&B, to the booking of wine tastings at small, family owned and run, wineries that would not ordinarily be accessible to those planning their own trips, to the attention to detail in selecting menu items and matching wines ahead of time - this trip exceeded our expectations.
In 8 short days we visited 14 wineries, had 7 lunches with wines, and enjoyed a cooking and tasting experience at Agli Amici, a 2 Michelin star restaurant in Udine. Accompanied by Tim Robertson, we met the masters of wine-making in this area, including Dario Princic and Damijan, who are striving to perfect the art of fermenting white grapes with their skins (macerating), yielding an orangey colored wine hardly recognizable in North America. We stayed at the charming Victoria Hotel Letterario in Trieste, a perfect location from which to walk the charming town and enjoy breakfast in Italy and lunch in Slovenia and/or the Croatian Istrian peninsula, and at the Paraschos Winery in San Floriano del Collio, where the family hospitality and delicious breakfasts are matched only by the superb wine-making. It has become our mission to try to get Tim to expose more people to his knowledge of wine, expertise in teaching others about all things wine, and his years of building relationships with wine masters and tour guides throughout South America and all regions of Italy.
It is no wonder that Tim and his team have a very loyal clientele. Even if you are not inclined to make a whole trip out of discovering fabulous wine regions, you should contact RWT about putting together a day (or more) experience for you in the midst of another trip. We guarantee that you will have a unique and exceptional experience, and seek out Tim and his people for your next trip. We can’t wait to come back for another go around with RWT. Thanks for a great trip Tim!Fondly, Margo and Bruce Brymer
Margo Newman and Bruce BrymerToronto. CANADA
Rome and Campania, October, 2019.
Thank you, Tim! Our 8 day visit to Rome and Campania was simply incredible. The wines were excellent, of course. Your extensive knowledge of wine was continually on display; Sheila and I learned more about Italian wines from our daily tastings and visits to local wineries than we ever thought possible. But, our trip was more than about wine; much more. Roman ruins-the Vatican-Greek ruins in Paestum- the archaeology of Pompeii and Herculaneum; with expert (and personal) guides at each location. The hotel selections were fantastic; all five star; highlighted by the gorgeous sunrises and moonrises over the Tyrrhenian Sea viewed from our balcony on the Amalfi coast. And the food! Pasta in Rome-pizza in Naples- seafood in Agropoli. Favoloso! Tim organized the perfect trip for us. The right pace. Attention to every detail. The perfect blend of wine, food, history, archaeology and FUN. Can’t wait to go back.
Rome and Campania, October, 2019. Sheila and Kevin Kirk. Alabama, USA.
Mr and Mrs Kirk Rome and CampaniaUSA