In the space of just over twenty years, a remarkable resurgence in the quality and quantity of luxury Spanish wine hotels has ensured that Spain is now at the forefront of global wine tourism. Pioneers like Marques de Riscal, Abadia Retuerta, and Castilla Termal have given the industry a much-needed boost with their natural talent […]
There can be no finer way to explore the incredibly diverse and captivating Iberian Peninsula than by train. Relax in comfort, take in the scenery, sip Rioja and wait for the next adventure. For it must be said that Spain’s much-improved rail network is now one of the most efficient and modern in the world […]
[Updated August 2017] Campania is one of our favorite regions in Italy, so diverse and with such stunning countryside, coast and towns. In this area of southern Italy, you’ll find the Amalfi Coast , the fascinating city of Naples, volcanic Pompeii, Capri, lesser known islands like Ischia and countless seaside hamlets. Enjoy these short travel […]
People always ask us “when is the best time to come to the wine country?” and the answer we always give is May or June for good weather and fewer crowds and of course September and October during the harvest time. Often, however, those months might not correspond to the vacation time available to you! […]
Spain’s turbulent history has resulted in the country being home to over 2500 castles, ranging from Moorish castles to military fortresses built in the “Reconquista”, medieval castles, castles overlooking the sea…. Many of these beautiful castles are perfectly preserved, others in romantic ruins on atmospheric hilltops. Here is a perhaps controversial selection of our personal […]
Off the beaten track in Sicily: Strada del Vino dei Castelli Nisseni By Simona Piccinelli, Italy Wine Tours Specialist I was invited this autumn to visit the “wine roads” (Strada del Vino) of Castelli Nisseni recently in southeastern Sicily, and couldn’t refuse. Sicily is one of my favorite places in Italy, if not in Europe. […]
Notes and photos from this year´s outstanding wine fair at Merano By Ivano Martignetti Merano, or Meran as it is known in German (this is a border town in northern Italy), is a quaint little town off the beaten track in Alto Adige, where there are two words for everything and many things to experience, […]
Kinsale, located in County Cork in the far south of Ireland, is without a doubt one of the most charming villages in the country. It´s got it all: dramatic natural scenery, a thriving yacht scene, colorful cottages and art studios, a fascinating history complete with pirates and Spanish Armadas, terrific seafood restaurants and lively pubs. […]
Portugal is one of Europe’s genuine hidden gems, known more to Port wine lovers then to general tourists-at-large. But there is so much to see and do in this beautiful country! Let us share some tips on ten things you must not miss on your trip to Portugal: 1. Port Wine Lodges of Vila Nova […]
Spain is packed full of beautiful towns and villages, ranging from the Arab white washed hamlets of the south to slate “pizarra” villages of the north to sandstone pueblos in the Balearic islands and tropical architecture of the Canary Islands. It is near impossible to pick ten, but here is a good start: our selection […]
Simona Piccinelli, our Italian food and wine specialist has put together a fabulous suggested week-long itinerary for gourmets wanting to eat their way through Northern Italy’s best restaurants. Pour a glass of Italian wine, grab a notebook and read on…. DAY 1- Fly into Milan, pick up car and drive east to the Franciacorta wine […]
Any time of the year is a good time to visit the wine country when it comes to drinking nice wines! But winter can be the most challenging season to visit as vineyards are dormant and bare (not lush and verdant, as in other times of the year), and many of Europe´s wine regions are […]
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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).