At BKWine we firmly believe that wine and food are intimately linked, and we have made this part of our wine travel philosophy. Thus a wine tour with us will always be a gastronomic experience, and the meals included on your trip are of gourmet level.
Sometimes we will enjoy a meal with a winemaker, in the cellar or elsewhere at the winery, or even in their home. This is a unique experience that is generally not available to other visitors. On this special occasion we will experience thought-provoking food and wine pairings, and discuss them with the very people who made the wine.
On other occasions our group may dine in luxurious surroundings at a gourmet restaurant. Alternatively, we might have a meal in a comfortable restaurant chosen for its presentation of top-quality local produce and its authentic atmosphere, the kind of place that is recommended by locals.
On another day we might sample a buffet lunch prepared by the winemaker and his wife, or a harvest-style meal under a shady tree in the grounds, or in the winery, maybe with harvesting staff.
No matter how or where we dine, our aim is always to showcase local gastronomic specialities, and regional food and wine pairings.
We follow local customs and traditions. This means, for example, that when we are in Spain, lunch starts at 2pm at the very earliest, and dinner will not happen before 9.30pm. This is part of the joy of travelling: you learn to live like the locals.
The type of meals can vary greatly. Here are some examples:
- A six-course lunch in the private dining room of a luxury château
- A casual barbecue in the garden with the winemakers, with cake baked by the grand-mother
- Sauternes all the way, with your starter, dessert and all points in between. Wines by one of the top producers of the appellation, painstakingly paired with no less than 14 (small) courses, so you can see which matches work best
- A hearty meal in a village restaurant run by friends of the winemaker, with extra truffles to go with the cheese course, because that’s what the producer likes…
- A lunch cooked by… you (yes, really) on one of our Tuscan wine and food events
In short, we always eat—and drink—very well, and we eat rather a lot.
A typical trip includes all lunches but no dinners, and this is for a good reason. After the gastronomic lunches we have on the tours, many of our guests prefer a simple salad or steak-frites for dinner. Of course, if you wish to try a fancier dining destination, you’re free to do so. We give you the freedom to go out and explore the town where we are staying, on your own, at your leisure. And you can always ask us for advise.
At BKWine we never cut corners: you will never be served food from a supermarket or wine in plastic cups. (Well, to tell you the truth, it did happen once, wine from plastic cups. But that is a very long story on the Italian country-side that had to do with a broken-down bus and Italian time-keeping, with a very happy ending, that we’ll be happy to tell you when we meet.)
We want you to have the best possible experience, at every meal, so come prepared for three- or four-course dining with delicious wines… and of course, plenty of good company.
A wine tour with BKWine is always a rich culinary experience for wine lovers and gourmets alike.