French Sancerre White Wine If one change has dominated the last 40 years, it is undoubtedly shifting emphasis from place to grape. In Europe, the name of a wine, with few exceptions, was its place of origin. The New World saw things very differently; in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa, and the US, grape […]
Madrid, Spain’s exciting and beautiful capital city, offers a smörgåsbord of world-famous art museums and historical landmarks, but for us, the biggest attraction is the food and wine. Located at the country’s exact center, Madrid has always been a crossroads attracting Spaniards from all the other regions to live and work, meaning you have restaurants […]
Porto is one of Europe’s most vibrant and fascinating cities. While very much “on the radar” for food and wine lovers and culture vultures, Porto is thankfully not saturated with mass tourism, and it remains an absolute gem and a pleasure to visit. The problem? So much to see and do!! This fascinating 2,000-year-old city […]
After more than 45 years of reinvention and revolution, it is tempting to conclude that Tuscany’s wine renaissance has ended. Spearheaded by pioneering winemakers such as Piero Antinori, the Tuscan movement has wholly transformed the region’s viticultural landscape. A surfeit of new ideas, backed up with considerable talent and investment, managed to achieve more dramatic […]
“Super Tuscan” is a wine term that you may have come across before but not known what it means, are we right? So what is the definition of “Super Tuscan” exactly? Super Tuscan wines are super high quality – and generally super high priced – red wines from Tuscany, intentionally made with non-indigenous and non […]
Spain’s cuisine is fascinating, varied, and influenced by many diverse cultures, from the Moors, Sephardic Jews, and Latin America. Dishes so ubiquitous in Spanish cooking now (Spanish tortilla, “pan con tomate,” “gazpacho,” and roast peppers, to name a few) did not exist in Spain before colonization. Ingredients such as tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes were brought […]
For any visitor touring the Champagne region, the sight is instantly recognizable; row upon row of bottles being stored horizontally in the ancient and majestic chalk cellars of Champagne. Hidden underground, the cellars’ depth ensures the perfect ambient temperature for storing Champagne cuvées destined for long aging – the most prestigious bottles can be stored […]
Where to stay in Barolo wine country Piedmont’s wine country in Northwest Italy is spectacularly beautiful and varied from the dramatic valleys overshadowed by the Alps to the sparkling lakes, and of course to the fairytale wine roads of Langhe, Roero, Monferrato, and Alto Piemonte. Yet until only the last few years, luxury hotels in […]
Which Champagne houses to visit? Champagne is perhaps the most famous and simultaneously misunderstood of all the great wine regions of France. These hallowed vineyards – found east of Paris – have been making wine since early Roman times, however, throughout the majority of Champagne’s history, nothing sparkled. By the early 16th century, still wines […]
Seville is considered by many to be the “Tapas Capital of Spain,” and hence of the world! There are thought to be more than 3000 tapas bars, the highest concentration anywhere. What is on offer is a fantastic range of food. There’s something to suit all tastes, and it would be impossible to try to […]
The Microbrewery Revolution Ireland has enjoyed a prosperous brewing culture for over 200 years. In the late 18th century, there was an explosion in the brewing industry – by the beginning of the 19th century, over two hundred breweries were registered across Ireland. Government legislation in the 18th century reduced the taxation on brewing against […]
What are the best vineyard hotels in Tuscany? Wine lovers in Tuscany are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful vineyards, charming restaurants, and quaint family-run wine estates; however, luxurious and stylish accommodation has in years past, not been one of the highlights of the rural Tuscan wine country. Not any longer! Wine hotels […]
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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).