Sparking wine club and winemakers from Slovenia come to Argentina and 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 Ljubljana Slovenia
Two week wine tour of Argentina and Chile including Torres del Paine national park
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 Los Angeles CA, USA
2 Venezuelan Sophisticates come to Argentina and Chile for a life changing adventure
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
Awestruck by Robertson Wine Tours in Puglia and Basilicata
Their Passion--Our Fortune! The dilemma: How to do justice to the experience provided by Robertson Wine Tours while not sounding awestruck. The experienced traveler may be tempted to discount superlatives. There are plenty of glowing reviews about RWTs online. I won't try to outdo them. Instead I'll try to focus on what made our experience unique and superior to other high end well known international travel experiences. Almost a year ago, some friends invited us on a wine and cooking tour. Little did we know that It would end up being a life travel highlight. Tim Robertson and Cristian Brisacani's passion for what they're doing allows you to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you're considering a RWT then you're probably familiar with the upscale tours provided by the companies whose appealing brochures grace your reading space at home. Take all the positive attributes of these travel experience providers and add tour organizers afflicted with an innate compulsion to 'get it right'. 'To be correct' as Mr. Robertson, an amalgam of the ultimate British man abroad and the warmest human being you can imagine, would say. Robertson Wine Tours is driven by a sincere desire to show a culture; to present a lifestyle, to share a life experience with others. If you've ever been in a foreign land and seeing something special thought: 'I wish my roommate Nate could be here', then you'll understand the business plan behind RWTs. It's just a brilliant group of people doing their best to make you say-Wow, wasn't that amazing!? I can unequivocally attest to the fact that their motivation is as pure an intellectual/emotional pursuit as one could possibly hope to achieve. Our tour: Robertson Wine Tours focuses in Italy and South American wine experiences. Our trip focused on the Italian regions of Puglia and Basilicata. The towns of Lecce and Matera served as local hubs for each region respectively. Our tailored trip, as are all RWT trips, included local cuisine, wine and cultural explorations of these regions. We learned as much about olives, their history, the culture that surrounds them, even how to taste them and gauge the antioxidant properties and appropriate uses for each type of olive oil as we learned about wine. We cooked communally. From morning trips to the local markets to cooking and the enjoying the fruit of our labor with our travel-mates and all those who had participated in the production. We visited Masserias, (the local term for farmhouses, haciendas), olive oil producing groves, historic towns such as Gallipoli and Otranto on the Ionian and Adriatic seas respectively. The masserias in Puglia replaced the vineyard in "A Good Life" as my wife's new fantasy retirement setting. From the Greek-influenced experience of Southwestern Salento, the unusual dwellings (trulli) in Alberobello and millennially-inhabited Matera, the relatively compact area of Southwestern Italy we visited delightfully surprised. The wines: Nero Amaro (varied spellings) and Primitivo are the two defining autoctonous varieties of the Salento. Aglianico is predominantly representative of the regions of Basilicata and Campania. Mr. Robertson also introduced us to a version from L'Astore which some referred to as Aglianico ellenico (because it comes from the 'Italia grica' area of the Salento). Mr. Robertson emphasizes organic wines with no added sulfites. My wife and I are now converts. Concepts such as bio dynamicity are best learned on the ground with an unassuming expert such as Mr. Robertson rather than studies on wine magazines. Tim (Robertson) emphasized typicity: 'What makes an Aglianico from Basilicata an Aglianico from Basilicata'. We also sampled wines from other regions of Italy such as Nebbiolo based Barolos and Barbarescos and personal favorite Etna Rosso wines from Sicily. There were informal wine themes: Volcano slope wines, pure varietals v. blends, etc. An experience that is hard to match because of RWT principals personal passion and their absence of 'conflict of interest'. I won't spoil the surprise of how the wines are presented and explored. The value case: I've been a travel aficionado for 4 decades and have tried everything from 100% self-planning (which I enjoy because of the cultural learning challenge) to pampered tours. Although this isn't what makes me recommend Robertson Wine Tours, even a travel junkie like myself can't come close to matching the value provided by RWTs. The intangibles: The following is but one example of the flexibility; the 'we care' attitude that made this trip special. One day in Matera we had unseasonably bad weather. On the spot, Tim and Cristian rearranged the schedule, instead of our planned museum tour, we met a local couple, Ann DeMay and Donato Ricci. They're experts in history and he's a world class artist. As I returned home, I found myself unexpectedly reading an article on Smithsonian magazine, February 2014, on their paradigm-shifting discoveries in archeology. They received us in their home with warmth usually only received from family. Their generosity was impressive. They shared knowledge of art, history and their sense of community. Nothing expected in return. They just want to let the world know what they've learned. No museum visit could have matched this experience. Later that evening, as the bad weather continued, we were hosted at the company principals' home. Mr. Tim Robertson is blessed with a fast creative mind and an innately wired capacity to connect deeply with others. He puts this to use to your benefit. My wife and I can't say enough good things about him. The team: Simple, The RWT principals have very high standards for themselves and uphold the same standards for everyone that comes in contact with their guests. They accept nothing but stars. Everything else is coda. The purpose drive: Reasons for travel are plentiful and complex. Travel can be about service, cultural connection, aesthetic fulfillment or meeting other needs. After traveling with Robertson Wine Tours I felt that their company supports local proponents of global initiatives. If you believe in the best of globalization, the best of local (Km Zero), pancultural acceptance, bringing local service to world class (and I mean world class) standards by sheer force of leading by example, then a RWT is for you. Tim and Cristian, principles at RWT, have the natural gift for making all those around them want to give their best. Even as a tour participant I felt a part of something special. This may be the ultimate reason to select Robertson Wine Tours for your next travel experience. Perfect for the individual or group traveler. Already planning my next RWT,
Carlos A. Rivera, M.D. Savannah, GA. USA
Chile / Mendoza / Iguazu Falls / Buenos Aires
USA March 2014
CHILE / 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 very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. Looking forward to our next opportunity to work with Tim and Cristian, perhaps an Italian wine tour". Thanks for everything, a very enjoyable vacation.
John Sobojinski Duluth, MN
SALTA & JUJUY ARGENTINA for family of four from NYC
Both Yacco and Hassan were great, we all laughed constantly. The experience of the country was really deepened by Yaco's stories, it would not have been as much fun without him. We really liked the Inca Museum in Salta, and the cooking class at Piatelli, and the hike in the high altitude valley near Cachi, in particular. Also, I was very impressed by the wine- Wow, they have such great potential, when it comes to fabulous and affordable wines. Unfortunately, we can't obtain some of our favorites, like the Etchart (Arnold B) wines, Yacochuya and Humanao wines. We should be able to get at least some of the Domingo Molina and Colome wines via distributor. I am interested to see what Piattelli has to offer over the next decade, as their own vines mature. As it is now, they had a very good malbec rose, cabernet blend, and Torrontes, obtained from other growers.
The messed up Argentine government needs to get out of the way of small business and allow them to export--but that is not a uniquely Argentinian problem, I know. Anyway, we had a really great time! The girls had a great time, too--we all liked the highlights that I mentioned, and it was so enjoyable for us to be together as a family without having to worry about the details of how to get around, where to go, what to eat (or not eat), etc. The girls loved the food, they ate llama, rabbit, the local trout, pumpkin stew, and lots of empanadas, plus, of course, lots of beef. But the alfajores ( were the biggest hit, and they returned with several boxes.
Seeing the underground tango clubs in BA was a unique experience, also--they take their tango verrry seriously.
I like your input on the wines, will try to see if Yacochuya is available--we did not get to see the winery, so I will check online.
We will consider an Italian trip next time.
Caitlin Papastamelos Egg Harbor City
A wine importer and family friends come to Argentina and Chile for serious wine exploration
Our group had an amazing experience in South America, with exclusive visits to top wineries and beautiful tasting lunches every day. Our local guides did a great job, and all our hotel and dinner reservations were attended to with great care. It was truly an experience we could never have had if we had not worked with Robertson wine tours.
Thank you so much. We hope to do it again in Italy someday.
C.Barrette. Hanover. New Hampshire / USA
5 days premium wine touring in Chile after spending 14 days on a cruise around the southern cone.
Tim and Cristian: Our wine tour was excellent. It absolutely exceeded our expectations. Manuel was a wonderful guide - experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and just nice to be with. Thank you for putting together a great itinerary.
Phil and Dell Walton. Toronto/ Canada.
Argentine luxury tour that American couple wanted more than just wine and food.
When my husband and I decided that we wanted to take a trip to Argentina, a friend recommended Robertson Wine Tours. We could not be more pleased with the trip that Tim and his team planned for us. We travelled to Buenos Aires and Mendoza. Everything about the trip was well planned and well executed. The guides were excellent - very professional, accommodating, knowledgeable and reliable. The hotel accommodations met all of our needs and were beautiful. And the wine tours were perfect. We will happily use Tim's services again on our next trip to South America!
Pam and Bruce Johnson Bethesda, MD USA
Piedmont. 3 ladies travel to see the best of Piedmont in every way.
At the end of a long trying day in the office, a stroll through my local wine shop here in non-descript american town USA, I scream out in joy spotting on the shelf a bottle of Forteto de Luja's 2009 La Grive… the sales clerk looks up at me in … I guess fear - "I've been here!" I yell. I've been here! I start to tell her all about Marco, his farm, his designation from the world wildlife federation because of the orchids and the truffles and the butterflies and the….. she thinks i'm crazy….
But here again, I know I am so overdue in sending my testimonial and note of sincere thanks & gratitude to Robertson Wine Tours for the best - vacation, experience, week - of my life to date.
I spent 10 days last October traveling in the Piedmont region of Italy under an itinerary designed for my party by RWT. I was skeptical at first, as I'd never done such a thing… was our trip too scheduled? Would there be enough down time? What if there was something specific I wanted to do that wasn't planned for - would i be able to do it? Would it be too much wine?? (While in principle I don't believe there is such a thing as too much wine - I recognize i'm not a wine connoisseur and a tour like this might be above my wine sophistication - particularly with the focus in Piedmont where a more sophisticated palate may be necessary to truly appreciate the rich and complex varietals….)
But the time spent by Tim & his team getting to know us, understand our interests and wishes in a vacation proved invaluable to give us exactly the perfect mix of what we were looking for - history, culture, sightseeing, food, food, food, wine, wine, wine, wine and wine.
For the sophisticated wine connoisseur undoubtedly the expertise, as well as the connections with the vineyards, that we witnessed from Tim and his colleagues in Italy delivered a wine experience second to none. From the selection of vineyards to the quality of interactions with Tim & team & the winemakers- the trip was fit for the most expert among us and allowed access to experiences we would not have had were we traveling on our own. My step mother spends parts of her year in the Napa Valley and has a comprehensive and sophisticated knowledge of wine - she was looking to see, taste and purchase new and interesting things and the trip far exceeded her expectations with the interesting variety of wineries we visited - each unique from each other and from experiences you'd find elsewhere.
But what I was most impressed by is that somehow the tour met the needs of everyone in my party from my step mom the expert, to me - an avid wine enjoyer and lover of all things Italy (but who'd never spent time in the Piedmont region and doesn't know a ton about wine), seeking to learn and understand more about it all. To my younger cousin, who grew up in a small town and had never left the states. For her first trip abroad to be on a tour of this nature rather than your more commonly traveled Rome, Venice, Florence etc. was somewhat of a risk to take. From our first night meeting Tim he - and his team - somehow were able to connect with each of us, and make us each feel like we were experiencing a tour molded to our own needs and own perspective. Tim and his colleague - a wine expert in Piedmont who literally wrote the book on Piedmont wines - were neither condescending and dismissive to those of us who were less knowledgeable in wine, nor did they dumb-down our tour to solve to the lowest common denominator. They treated us all as if we had the same expertise and worth in the journey and through this we were all able to get the most out of the experience. The wineries we visited, mostly small and family owned - were each gems in their own right and after days of wine tasting still stand out separate and unique from each other rather than the blur i often have when recalling a trip to Napa.
And finally, the non-wine attributes of the trip - the cooking classes, city tours, exquisite restaurants we never would have found on our own - were clearly planned with care and attention specific to our own unique needs and not routine accommodations made for all visitors to the region…. this was a truly remarkable experience in which I was made to feel like dear friends who knew me well had designed a dream vacation specific to my interests where i drank the best possible drink, ate the best possible food, met and engaged with fantastic, warm, engaging locals and learned history and toured towns with remarkable guides (matteo in Torino; elena around the lakes), who let me in to pieces of italian history and culture that i would not have otherwise seen.
Contrary to my initial reservations about being scheduled and having too much wine- I left for home feeling as if I had seen and done everything - our days were packed with experiences - but also rested, relaxed and happy at the same time. I wanted many more days of wine and of course that piemontese food. We simply couldn't have done this on our own. Would hire Tim & team to take me anywhere in the world, on a trip of their design.
Katie Visas Atlanta USA