Wine connoisseurs and collectors have long adored red Burgundy and its legendary vineyards, the wines of Chambertin, Corton and Musigny often selling for crown jewel prices. For many, Pinot Noir grown in the Cote de Nuits represents the very pinnacle of fine wine – complex, velvety and elegant. Indeed, the accepted wisdom for decades was […]
To most people Bordeaux is probably the most well-known and celebrated of France’s great wine regions. This fame has chiefly spread because of Bordeaux’s red wines – few connoisseurs aren’t familiar with the names Lafite, Latour and Petrus. And with good reason, some of the world’s finest and noblest red wines are made in Bordeaux, […]
The revolution that has taken place in South African winemaking is one of the most dramatic changes to have occurred in recent times. Once derided as a nation of “sunshine in a bottle wines,” South Africa is now proving its ability to make characterful, terroir-driven wines at competitive price points. Indeed, today’s oenophile who […]
Were to Dine when Touring in Provence. “The French think mainly about two things – their two main meals,” a Parisian was once heard to say, and nowhere is this more true than in Provence. The undisputed European capital of summer tourism and arguably France’s most celebrated region, Provencal cuisine is now among the country’s […]
If anyone wants an example of how a wine producing nation can completely reinvent itself, they should look to Spain. Once renowned for Rioja, Sherry and indeed, little else, Spain now boasts a plethora of fashionable regions and modern wineries, sustained by continuing investment from both local entrepreneurs and global visionaries. Moreover, massive investment in […]
In the space of just over fifteen years, a remarkable resurgence in the quality and quantity of luxury wine hotels has left the discerning oenophile seriously spoilt for choice. Pioneers like Rioja’s Marques de Riscal and Jean-Michel Cages, owner of Cordeillan Bages in Bordeaux, have given the industry a much needed boost with their natural […]
There can be few grape varieties more famous and world-renowned that Malbec. Essentially another of Bordeaux’s rejects, the peppery, black-fruited Malbec has found favour in all corners of the globe and is today one of the most popular wine styles. The world it seems has fallen in love with Malbec’s density, its considerable flesh and […]
Madrid, despite being the Capital that never sleeps is surprisingly difficult when it comes to finding top eateries on Sundays and even Mondays. Some quite careful planning is required to avoid being disappointed. As our guests naturally need to dine 7 days a week and are always seeking excellence, we have drawn up this list […]
For many years, connoisseurs have been arguing over who makes the perfect macaron. For what is ‘merely’ a moreish concoction of egg whites, sugar, ground almonds and icing sugar has become something of a massive cult food item among patisserie lovers in recent times. Some would argue that this exquisitely formed, bite-size ‘meringue sandwich’ finds […]
Why visit the Douro? There can be few more awe-inspiring sights than a visitor’s first glimpse of the steep, terraced vineyards of the Douro. Ancient vines cover the hills, which roll down to the magnificent Douro River creating a timeless scene of small villages and white washed houses perched high above the valley. It is […]
Port wine traditionally comes from the Douro Valley in beautiful Northern Portugal. The wineries are called Quintas” and they line the terraced hills rising up from the Douro river, east of Oporto nearly reaching the border of Spain. The name “Port Wine” is protected by the Appellation system (Denomination of Origin), just as “Champagne” can […]
There can be few wine connoisseurs who are totally immune to the considerable charms of Sherry – a unique wine style that has been produced for centuries. Indeed, it remains one of the best value fine wines available in the world today – a superlative bottle of Fino will often cost less than a hum-drum […]
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Cellar Tours is a Luxury Travel Specialist, operating since 2003 and offering exclusive Mercedes chauffeured Gourmet Vacations in Chile, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. We specialize in luxurious custom designed vacations, events and incentives related to food and wine. We are proud members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).