5 star tour of Chile, Mendoza and Buenos Aires, the most exclusive accommodations in Latin America
Hi 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 of South America. Lapostolle - sunning and beautiful, the private tour was great, the facility they have there to produce wine is out of this world . The entrance to this was very James Bond with a levitating glass lid as the entrance -very cool! Food was amazing as were the wine pairings with each course for lunch and dinner. The amount of time spent here was just right, lots to do. Hilary went cycling around the vineyard each morning, the pool was stunning and the rooms huge with lots of outside space Vina VIK - Again a very warm welcome The size of the vineyard is huge. I went horse riding twice on 2 different days, Hilary came with me on the second day and he was also taken out on the bikes round the vineyard too. Argentina. Home hotel in Buenos Aires we do like this hotel for some reason , Hotel staff were great as usual, getting taxis, booking restaurants. Uruguay - Playa VIK OMG WOW!!! This place is out of this world, pool was stunning,James Bond style windows and door, and crazy arty furniture. The staff here were amazing as well. Couldn't do enough for you. Breakfast was great. thank god they did more than VIKs red, lots of wines to choose from. We went to the 3 (the only 3, local restaurants in town for a mixture of lunches and dinners - fantastic food and local( even better!!) We spent our time here relaxing, reading, walking on the beach. I really want to come back here again. I loved this place. So the last 2 days we did have a storm come through, but the night before it hit you could see it coming across the sea - which was a fantastic natural show. Facilities here are good too and we were invited to go visit the other VIK hotel in the area for a BBQ. All in all an amazing holiday. Really enjoyed it. Just need to shift the 6kgs I put on whilst I was there lol
Mark Woodcock London. UK
Piedmont. 5 wine lovers from London come for a deep understanding of ‘Nebbiolo’
Just back into the office and not too chuffed about that, but thats another story. Me and the boys just want to thank you for brilliant tour in Barolo and Barbaresco. Just the right pace of wineries, all in depth visits where we learnt alot and not just about the wine, We understand a lot more now about the zone, the politics of wine, the old and new fashions in winemaking style. All in all you listened to what we wanted and delivered. Stand out meal without a shadow was La Ciau del Tornavento. Truly world class dining and the cellar, well you know. Thanks for everything and give us a year or two and we will look at Sicily with you, until then. Seb
Sebastian Gawkins and friendsLondon UK
Tokyo based Banker takes his gardening leave in Argentina and Chile
Superb! All I can think of are superlatives to use to describe my Robertson Wine Tour experience in Argentina/Chile. Thank you so much! The tour was organised with military-level precision and nothing was left to chance. The tour guides you arranged for me were top class with not only excellent knowledge of the local wines and wineries but also the cultures and people which made for some fascinating conversations and discoveries. The restaurants you selected really opened my eyes to just how delicious and fresh the food in South America is and the wineries you picked for me shocked me with just how superb wine from Argentina/Chile can be and how little of the good stuff gets out!! I cannot recommend you highly enough and will definitely be using you again - next Italy! Best regards,
Carl Margetts Tokyo Japan
Single male Passenger gets passionate about wine in Mendoza
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 del Plata & Melipal. Forgot to mention that your cars & drivers were excellent.Thanks for a great adventure in Mendoza.
John E MurrayFoxboro MA / USA
Italian Wine touring with plenty of running activities
Italian Wine touring with plenty of running activities Italian Wine touring with plenty of running activities Tim, Cris,
Thank you for a wonderful Italy experience! We can't say enough good things about the people, wine, food and sights. It was very nice to meet you both. We truly enjoyed wine tasting, at your home. Kyle is perusing the internet, in hope to buy some of the wines! Consider us references. We had a great time.We are slowly settling back into routines (with kids)! Best regards,
Winnie & Kyle Fukuda.Granite Bay, CA. USA
Basilicata and Puglia with Jetsetter
'After a decadent trip to Piemonte in the fall of 2013, I spent day after day wondering why I am only Italian by a little bit of blood and not actually Italian, by virtue of living in Italy. Life, indeed, seems better there. Flipping through my photos constantly, day dreaming of each wine, each meal, each landscape - each moment meticulously planned by Robertson Wine Tours - like no vacation I'd ever experienced…. how can I make this happen again, I'd think - how can I get back there…but no - that was certainly once in a lifetime. And then one day out of the blue a text from Tim Robertson: I have a trip for you in May, you must come. I'd only met Tim once - on my trip that fall - but that was enough to understand that one should just do what he says when it comes to travel. I pretended for a few days that like rational people, I would look at the itinerary, consider the cost, look at my schedule - but once you know RWT - you trust RWT - and unless you have an exaggerated sense of know-it-all-ish-ness…. you understand you should show up and it will be worth your while. As soon as I received Tim's text I put in for vacation at work and blocked my calendar. At RWT, they are perfectionists and their business - whether you think of it as tourism, as wine fanaticism, as relationship building, as smile making - is their passion - they leave no detail to chance... (in so far as one can be a perfectionist and avoid chance in travel in italy). Thus begun my trip to Puglia/Apulia (and Basilicata) - regions of Italy I'd heard of enough to understand they were south - but knew nothing about. The trip started in Lecce… I had never heard of Lecce…. now I'd like to move to Lecce. After my first experience with RWT - I knew that every last moment would be tended to such that all I would need to do was show up. And that I did. I got on a flight at JFK knowing I'd ultimately land in Brindisi - relatively certain there would be someone there to pick me up (maybe they'd have a sign or something?), and somewhere in my email there was a meticulously planned itinerary in case anything went wrong - hopefully i'd be able to get into my email….maybe i should have printed it?…... That is how profoundly I trust Robertson wines - I flew across the world with only the vaguest clue where I was going and nothing in writing because I knew everything would not only be fine - but perfect. That is not to say they hadn't put blood, sweat and tears into ensuring I had every piece of information I'd need for my stay - day by day schedules, addresses, restaurant recommendations, etc. But I knew I didn't need to think about it until I got there - that's how relaxing of a vacation Robertson provides - literally not a detail to worry about. For me, nothing could be better than that. While knowing the trip itself would be amazing - I did feel a bit uneasy about traveling with a group….I actually love strangers - but it can be stressful enough going with people you do know - what if these people were crazy? I got myself around it by realizing that I was going to be there with Italy - and just like anything else I may do in Italy with other people around - the other people were just other tourists and I only had to spend as much time with them as I chose…..as it turned out, this group of 10 had what has to be the perfect chemistry for a group to travel with. Enough different complementary personalities to keep things fun and interesting - all warm, kind, generous and fun - I now have 9 new friends who I miss and look forward to seeing again. Whether that's Robertson being discerning about their clients - or me having exceptionally good luck - I can not know until the next time. Puglia herself was interesting - a different kind of Italy than I'd seen. Less touristed, fewer familiar american voices. Same feeling of warmth and kindness emanating from her people. Same fresh quality ingredients in food. Quality in wine. But still reflecting uniqueness of a region and culture not yet exported to the States and commercialized. Making it interesting and special. I think Robertson could take me to any region of Italy and make me feel that way of it, though. If I challenged them to take me to a Tuscany no one had ever seen before they would deliver in spades. Reflecting the difference in the more affluent, travelled north - while cooking experiences in Piemonte (all exquisite) - were with famous chefs (with tv shows, professional kitchens or michelin stars); cooking experiences in Puglia were with women who were chefs in their own homes, going into this business for themselves to teach us to cook. The best meals I ate all week were the meals we made with these women in their kitchens. The wines - Negroamaro, Primitivo, were wines I knew very little of before the trip - and some (Malvasia, and my personal favorite Susumaniello which loosely may translate to something like giddy up donkey)…. The people I came into contact with at each winery, at each cooking experience, on each guided tour, each taxi driver!! - were people so genuine and engaging I'd take them in my own family… A great highlight of the trip - that puts into perspective the adaptability of RWT despite all I just said about leaving non moment unplanned…. we got caught in a huge rainstorm at the end of our trip in the town of Matera. The afternoon was scheduled to be a walking tour of the town with a guide to explain its history… as soon as we started out the sky opened and the downpour was to intense to walk around in. Even RWT can't control the weather, but right away Tim had us under cover at a cafe with cabs on their way - taking us back and forth in groups to the art studio/home of our tour guide and her husband. What could have been an afternoon ruined - turned quickly into an intimate gathering of now good friends - drinking wine, admiring art, chatting with these locals about this town, it's history - as well as their own. One of the most special afternoons there was out of a rainstorm. I could obviously write a novel on this topic. Thank you Tim, thank you Cris, thank you Robertson Wine Tours for what have now been the best 2 1/2 weeks of my life - many more to come.'
Katie VisasAtlanta. USA
Wine and food Experience Basilicata and Puglia
Trip through Puglia and BasilicataI have and will continue to recommend this trip to anyone who is interested in seeing Puglia and the surrounding areas of Italy in a most unique way. Tim and Cris arranged not only a tour but a true experience that could never be duplicated travelling on your own or with a traditional tour company. You become totally immersed in the local life. While the focus of the tour is on the wine and food, it is all in a most relaxed way where you are free to go at your own pace and actually enjoy being a part of the beautiful surroundings. No knowledge of wine or food necessary – believe me, just a love for delicious, fresh, ingredients, and a willingness to try innumerable wonderful wines, with great company in some of the most beautiful settings in the world! Tim and Cris gave us all the unique opportunity to get to know and spend time with local wine-makers, wonderful cooks, artisans, and guides who welcomed us like family and shared their amazing talents and intimate knowledge of the wines, ingredients, and local history. From the time you arrive at the airport until you are escorted back for your flight home, every detail has been thoughtfully arranged for your comfort and pleasure. I enjoyed every minute, from the organized cooking classes, to spontaneously riding bikes to the sea during free time. It was an amazing trip that brought a lifetime of memories and friends I will cherish.
Laura TrueFarmington, CT USA
Honeymoon – Rome and Tuscany 9 nights
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
Susan Rosen and Dan RorabaughBoston MT. USA
UC Davis comes to discover Sardinia
July / 2010
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, but in the end we asked Robertson’s to choose the cantinas. 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!
Prof James F and Penelope Shackelford.UC Davis CA. USA
Basilicata and Puglia Food and Wine Experience with Jetsetter
Dear Tim, Lynn and I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how very much we have enjoyed recounting with friends and colleagues just how wonderful your wine and food tour of Puglia was for us. As you know, much of my motivation was professional since I import wines from the region. My goal was to acquire a greater knowledge of Puglian wines ;meet producers who might be interested in doing business and generally enjoy the region's many attributes. You delivered on all counts. Thanks to visits included in your tour, I was able to acquire import rights to two of the region's finest producers. Ivan of Tenute Rubino will be joining me in Seattle this coming September to introduce his wines to my customers. On the social side, we found the small group to be absolutely perfect. As a result we now have 8 new friends who we are sharing experiences with on a near weekly basis. I hope you are well. We look forward to scheduling another Robertson Wine Tour in the coming year.Best wishes, Bob Stevens Penn Cove Wine Company
Bob and Lynn StevensSeattle, Washington USA