TESTIMONIAL – PIEDMONT Wine touring: Turin Langhe, Roero, Monferrato and the Northern Lakes
I was in an Italian restaurant here at home the other night, and as I picked up the wine list I KNEW that I could knowledgeably make a selection -- at least from the Piedmont wines on the list! Thank you Tim Robertson for teaching me so much about Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera wines! I highly recommend arranging a tour through Robertson Wine Tours Tours. In the fall of 2013 three of us enjoyed a ten day custom tour with Tim and his local wine expert, Paul Balke, in the Piedmont region of Italy. Although two of us speak halting Italian, none had ever been to Piedmont. We chose Robertson because we did not want a large "tour;" we wanted a specialized itinerary. We wanted to do wine tasting, have cooking classes and also explore some of the beauty of Piedmont. Tim helped us arrange for all these things. First, the wines. We focussed on the Langhe region, and with Paul's assistance, were able to visit many small wineries that we would never have been able to see on our own. Between Paul, Tim and the hosts at the wineries, we were in good hands and gained extensive knowledge about local winemaking. From small, family owned wineries where our guides were the owners themselves, to larger well-established vintners, we got a broad range of wine experiences. Second, the cooking classes Robertson arranged for us were a lot more fun than we had expected, and were taught by well-known, experienced working chefs. The focus of course was food from the region and we learned not just how to cook these dishes, but about the history and origins of the food in Piedmont and in other regions of Italy. On Lake Orta, Robertson arranged for a charming local guide for us, who was very flexible about what we wanted to see and do. We said good-bye to Tim when we arrived there, but had a lovely last two days with our new guide. Through it all, Robertson made the planning easy by reserving for us the best hotels, and guiding us toward the best restaurants. Robertson provides the personal touch that big tour operators simply can't do. I highly recommend designing a tour in Italy with Tim, especially if learning something about wine and food is also on the agenda!!
Kathryn Vizas San Francisco. CA USA
Piedmont wine touring. Getting to grips with Nebbiolo in all its forms
Hey Tim I was meaning to write earlier but you piped me to the post. Yes I did get back safe and sound. The tour was great, absolutely perfect and what I wanted. Sandro did a excellent job of educating me and my palate. Both you and him picked some great wineries. It is a pretty amazing place with some real genuine producers. I had such a good trip you'll probably see me next year or I imagine a few of my teammates would be interested. Thanks again Tim for everything and say Hi to Sandro from me. Do I speak to you or him about sending wine to me here?
Jay Jaspers Germany
Slovenia Winemakers tour of South America, Argentina, Salta and Jujuy with Uruguay
Dear 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 visited. Travel to Hacienda de Molinos and Colomé Winery was not easy but great journey and with the good weather we had to top it with good food and wine experience. I must say that all clients liked Salta a lot. I am sure that the local guide Yaco added a lot to the pleasant experience. Uruguay was also very interesting regarding such a different climate and their wine cannot be compared with high altitude wines of Argentina. Good and interesting Tannat. I hope that we will have the chance soon to organize another tour like this. Best Regards.
Borut Sraj and the Wine Enthusiasts and makers of Slovenia Ljubljana Slovenia
Outstanding tour of Peru, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco and Lima
"Don't make a travel decision without RWT, my second trip with them in six months to Peru, is proof positive of their excellence".
Prue La RoccaGreenwich CT USA
Superb Wine and Cooking experience in Puglia and Matera, Basilicata.
Serendipitously I stumbled upon Roberson Wine Tours -- had never heard of you, but after a few emails back and forth, it felt so right to jump in and chance celebrating one of the big milestones of my life and travel to Puglia with you. You say 'discerning' and its true -- impeccable, yet warm and intimate -- an experience where every detail was thought through and seamlessly taken care of. To be spoiled by someone who, in a short time, understands what are the sweet spots for you is an impeccable skill. Tim, you spoiled me in so many ways. The special touches whether it was greeting me at the airport; checking in on me throughout the week to see how I was doing, and helping me celebrate my birthday with roses and the beautiful cake -- you so warmed my heart. And of course, my stay in the Trulli -- after all, not everyone gets to sleep in one! You've given me an experience and memories that far exceeded my expectations and, at a time of my life, when it was so needed. And with the perfect combination of wine, culinary and richness of great history came new friendships; a new appreciation of wine and the longing for my next trip -- Grazie mille il mio amico . . . Fino a Sicilia
Carolina Migliaccio Chicago IL USA
8 nights. Puglia and Basilicata Food and Wine Experience tour.
It is difficult to describe our impressions of the Puglia and Basilicata Food and Wine Experience tour in only a couple of lines! First of all, we want you to know that the trip exceeded our expectations on many levels. The area of Southern Italy that we toured was captivating; the cities and the countryside were unique and fun to explore. We learned the culture of the area through it's food and wine-both excellent. We were treated like VIP's at our wine tastings and the olive oil tasting. While all the cities and hotels were beautiful, the city of Matera and our accommodations there were a highlight of the trip and we didn't want to leave! Thank you for planning such a unique experience and we would never hesitate to book a tour with Robertson Wine Tours again. We are looking forward to receiving the cooking lesson recipes and news of future tours.
Mike and Sandy Ruesewald Minnesota MN USA
Northern Puglia wine and cooking experience
Hi Tim We are home again and had a wonderful holiday. Thank you so much for all that you and your staff did to make our visit to Puglia so very special. The people who we met were terrific and will be remembered with a smile. I hope to meet you sometime soon and until then, happy travels. Cheers Elaine
Elaine Rigalosi New Jersey USA
4 Clients in the Chilean and Argentine wine valleys.
Tim 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 dinners. Tim and his associates obviously have established great relationships with many of the top wineries in the region, as we were treated royally and given the opportunity to taste some of their best wines. This was a truly private tour and during each segment we were accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide who assured that things ran smoothly. Moreover, the guides were all delightful, listened to our comments and occasionally adjusted the tour to meet our desires. We would happily use Tim to arrange a future tour for us and would strongly recommend him to anyone else who wants a high-end wine tour.
Phil & Linda Becker with Mr & Mrs A Frank Los Angeles CA, USA
All inclusive wine and sightseeing tour for Venezuealen clients all over the Soutern Cone.
Quiero agradecer la realizacion de este maravilloso viaje a Tim J B Robertson y a Cristian y a todo el equipo que nos recibió en cada lugar visitado, pasando por Iguazú, La Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Mendoza y Chile...quienes añadieron valor a los lugares visitados con la experiencia, la buena atención y cuidado de detalles¡¡¡ ALTAMENTE RECOMENDADO para su próximo tour de viñedos y lugares fantásticos de Suramérica...
Tamara Kassab & Luna Pinto. Caracas, Venezuela
Chilean and Argentine wine and food experience for 4 women traveling together.
I stumbled across Robertson Wine Tours on the internet and I’m so glad I did! Tim organized a trip for four of us in Chile and Argentina that was truly magical. He arranged everything from the moment we arrived and provided access to experiences we would have never have had otherwise. The result was one of the most amazing vacations we’ve ever had (and we’ve traveled all over the world). Tim was easy to work with, always responsive and we felt extremely well cared for. If you’re into food and wine and want a very special trip that you’ll always remember, Robertson Wine Tours is for you!
Lorri Jean with three friends. Los Angeles CA USA