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Our long-distance wine tours in early 2021 will take us to South America, New Zealand and South Africa. This will be three memorable trips with wine and food, incredible nature and inspiring meetings with winemakers. Provided things return a little bit to normal.

The South America tour takes us to Buenos Aires, Argentina and from there we continue to Mendoza wine region. Our bus then takes us on a spectacular trip across the Andes to Chile where we will explore Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca, Santa Cruz, Colchagua, Apalta and some more places. We end the wine tour in Chile’s capital Santiago.

Our tour to New Zealand will be an awesome road trip that takes us by bus from Auckland on the North Island down to Queenstown in beautiful Central Otago on the South Island. We will visit several of the New Zealand wine regions, Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay, not least. A magnificent country with some very special wines.

In South Africa, in March we visit the well-known wine regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, but also interesting Walker Bay on the south coast and trendy Swartland up north. South Africa’s wines are getting better and better and it is an incredibly energizing country to visit.

Vineyards and one of the Andes peaks in Mendoza, Argentina
Vineyards and one of the Andes peaks in Mendoza, Argentina, copyright BKWine Photography
Geysers and sulphur springs in Rotorua
Geysers and sulphur springs in Rotorua, copyright BKWine Photography
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Veneto: Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave Wine Tour https://www.bkwinetours.com/wine-food-travel/popular-tour-destinations/wine-tour-veneto-amarone-valpolicella-soave/ https://www.bkwinetours.com/wine-food-travel/popular-tour-destinations/wine-tour-veneto-amarone-valpolicella-soave/#respond Sun, 28 Jun 2020 11:27:03 +0000 https://www.bkwinetours.com/?p=5783 A wine tour to Veneto: Enjoy Valpolicella and Amarone and rediscover Soave — The focus of this wine tour is Amarone, Valpolicella, and Soave, the famous wines of Veneto. The Amarone of Valpolicella has attained cult status. Both amarone and “classic” valpolicella are very popular with wine enthusiasts around the world. The best of Soave […]

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A wine tour to Veneto: Enjoy Valpolicella and Amarone and rediscover Soave

— The focus of this wine tour is Amarone, Valpolicella, and Soave, the famous wines of Veneto. The Amarone of Valpolicella has attained cult status. Both amarone and “classic” valpolicella are very popular with wine enthusiasts around the world. The best of Soave is one of Italy’s most interesting white wines, not to forget the lesser-known neighbour Gambellara. With the beautiful and elegant city of Verona, with its famous Roman arena, as our base, we will visit the different wine regions in Veneto and go in-depth into all these wines and the Italian gastronomy. 

Tour Highlights

  • 4 nights
  • Private tastings, approx. 10
  • Beautiful Verona
  • Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave
  • Price: [sample programme]
  • Innovative winemakers
  • The appassimento method
  • Local gastronomy
  • Organic wineries

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Veneto in north-eastern Italy is one of the biggest and most active wine regions in the country. Today it is a very exciting and dynamic region not least thanks to the great success of amarone della valpolicella in recent years. It has brought new fame to this region.

We will take a closer look at the very special production process of amarone, the appassimento method of dried grapes, and taste several amarone. It is an opportunity to learn more about the different styles of amarone wines that the wineries produce today.

Equally interesting is the quality renaissance of the “classic” wines of the Veneto region. Today, both Soave, Valpolicella, and the other regions can boast top quality wines (Gambellara, Prosecco, Lugana and others). We will showcase a representative selection of the wines and producers found in Veneto.

Valpolicella landscape with vineyards and mountains
Valpolicella landscape with vineyards and mountains, copyright BKWine Photography
Valpolicella landscape with vineyards and mountains
Valpolicella landscape with vineyards and mountains, copyright BKWine Photography

Further east in Veneto we have the large prosecco denomination. Make sure that you try these wines at the wine bars in the evenings. It is too far from Verona to manage a visit there too.

We will have Verona as our base during the tour. Verona is a magnificent city with its well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, the many Renaissance palaces and narrow, winding streets. The old town centre is a gem to be discovered. If you want to go shopping, there are plenty of luxury fashion stores. And, of course, also a plethora of restaurants.

We will have three gastronomic lunches together, mainly at the wineries. The evenings are free to explore Verona and the many restaurants. We have some favourites that we’d be happy to recommend.

The tour is led by one of BKWine’s expert wine guides.

The old Roman arena on the Piazza Bra in Verona
The old Roman arena on the Piazza Bra in Verona, copyright BKWine Photography
In the evening Verona is a bustling and lively city
In the evening Verona is a bustling and lively city, copyright BKWine Photography

Programme — Veneto: Amarone, Valpolicella, Soave Wine Tour wine tour

Preliminary programme.

Contact BKWine for more details.

Sample programme

This is a sample programme, an example. You can find the wine tours currently on the schedule here, or you can explore a custom designed wine tour by contacting us.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

Programme overview

  • Day 1, Wednesday — Arrival in Verona
  • Day 2, Thursday — Valpolicella and amarone
  • Day 3, Friday — Soave and Gambellara
  • Day 4, Saturday — More of Valpolicella and Amarone
  • Day 5, Sunday — Heading back home

Wednesday, day 1 — Arrival in Verona

Arrival in Verona and check-in at our centrally located hotel.

Our hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the Roman Arena and Piazza Bra. There is also a nice wine bar just around the corner from the hotel.

Verona is an elegant and typical northern Italian town. It is brimming with history and sights: the Roman arena and the theatre, the castle on the river, the two main squares which are the city’s two hubs, Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe, and much more. You can stroll around for hours on the small streets and discover new things all the time.

There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants. We recommend that after finishing your aperitif, you walk a few blocks away from the rather touristy Piazza delle Erbe to find a more genuine Italian atmosphere. It is not difficult to find a trattoria.

Free evening for a first stroll in the old city centre.

Landscape in Valpolicella, Veneto, with vineyards and a church
Landscape in Valpolicella, Veneto, with vineyards and a church, copyright BKWine Photography
Landscape in Valpolicella, Veneto, with vineyards and a church
Landscape in Valpolicella, Veneto, with vineyards and a church, copyright BKWine Photography

Thursday, day 2 — Valpolicella and Amarone

We spend the day in Valpolicella. We will taste both the “regular”, classic valpolicella and amarone. The entire region is within easy reach from Verona.

The grapes for these wines, corvina veronese, rondinella, molinara and corvinone, are grown near Verona, on slopes that are sometimes terraced. The vineyards are spread over five valleys in a beautiful and slightly hilly landscape. The five fingers of Valpolicella. The climate is favourable, not only to obtain ripe grapes but also to dry them in the autumn and winter, the so-called appassimento method, to make the dry amarone and the sweet recioto.

We will visit, among others, Musella which is one of the best known and most appreciated producers in Valpolicella. They converted to biodynamic farming a few years ago. Another visit will be at Massimago in the slightly wild and hidden Mezzane Valley. Here we will also have a fantastic lunch with several different local specialities. During lunch, we will taste the superb wines of the estate. The afternoon visit will be at Stefano Accordini in the heart of Valpolicella Classico. Today, the fourth generation of the family manages the 25-hectare estate.

Late afternoon we will be back at the hotel. The evening is free. Maybe time to try an Aperol spritz, the orange-coloured aperitif everyone seems to be drinking here. Or even better, ask for a “durello spumante“, a sparkling wine made from the very local grape durello and the insider’s alternative to the more mass-market prosecco. And then dinner down by the river

Corvina veronese grape bunches drying on trays, appassimento, for amarone in Valpolicella
Corvina veronese grape bunches drying on trays, appassimento, for amarone in Valpolicella, copyright BKWine Photography
Corvina veronese grape bunches drying on trays, appassimento, for amarone in Valpolicella
Corvina veronese grape bunches drying on trays, appassimento, for amarone in Valpolicella, copyright BKWine Photography

Friday, day 3 — Soave and Gambellara

In Soave, the famous white wine region, the quality has increased dramatically. Soave’s image has changed completely as producers focus on having character and personality in their wines.

We will visit some of the leading properties in Soave, such as the dynamic Coffele, situated in the middle of the old town of Soave, Pieropan on the mains street in Soave, or the young and very organic Giovanni Menti in the mountainous region of Gambellara, located just east of Soave (a region that only the truly well-informed have discovered so far). Or another one of those who today make high-quality Soave.

We will have an exciting menu degustazione for lunch at the family-owned La Cappuccina in Costalunga di Monteforte, where one brother is the winemaker, the sister is doing the marketing and another brother is in the kitchen of the restaurant. The lovely Tessari family produces aromatic and elegant Soave. During lunch, we will explore the pairing of their wines with the food.

Late afternoon we are back in Verona. Free evening. Maybe it’s time to try a favourite restaurant or try the best pizzeria in town?

The impressive old castle in Soave
The impressive old castle in Soave, copyright BKWine Photography
The impressive old castle in Soave
The impressive old castle in Soave, copyright BKWine Photography

Saturday, day 4 — More of Valpolicella and Amarone

Today we are back in Valpolicella and we will spend time with some passionate producers of both valpolicella and of amarone.

The program today includes a visit to Azienda Agricola Trabucchi in the small wine village of Illasi. This charming family estate was founded in 1920 by Marco Trabucchi. The family has around 20 hectares of vineyards and also makes its own olive oil. The estate was one of the first in Valpolicella to be organically certified.

The lunch will be at the Squarano Estate owned by Marchesi Fumanelli. This is a stunningly beautiful winery in the middle of the Valpolicella Classico area, a palace overlooking the countryside, certainly worthy of a marquis. The Fumanelli family has made wine here since 1470. We will do a visit to the vines and the cellar before we sit down for lunch. Weather permitting, it will be in the shade in the courtyard. We will enjoy a luxurious multi-course meal with the estate’s wines.

The program also includes a visit to a small producer called Antolini in Valpolicella. The winery is very ambitiously run by two brothers, Pier Paolo and Stefano Antolini. The focus is on the work in the vineyard which is done as far as possible without any pesticides. The brothers make valpolicella, amarone, recioto and also grappa.

Late afternoon it is time to say goodbye to the Valpolicella slopes and head back to Verona for one last night in this beautiful city. Free evening.

Valpolicella landscape with vineyards and an elegant villa
Valpolicella landscape with vineyards and an elegant villa, copyright BKWine Photography
Valpolicella landscape with vineyards and an elegant villa
Valpolicella landscape with vineyards and an elegant villa, copyright BKWine Photography

Sunday, day 5 — Heading back home

The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

Go For It!

We’d love to have you with us.

Welcome to share a glass of soave in a street-side café
Welcome to share a glass of soave in a street-side café in the town of Soave, copyright BKWine Photography
Welcome to share a glass of soave in a street-side café
Welcome to share a glass of soave in a street-side café in the town of Soave, copyright BKWine Photography

More travel information

Here are some useful pages and guides about this travel destination:

Even more info

We have written a lot about Veneto and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.

More wine books

We have written more than ten wine books. They have won both national and international wine writing awards.

No other wine tour organiser has a comparable knowledge, competence and experience.

A collection of wine books written by BKWine

Tour Details — Veneto Wine Tour

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Price per person: [this is a sample programme]

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Sample programme

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Included in the price:

  • 4 hotel nights, double occupancy, including breakfast in good quality hotel
    • Three-star Hotel Verona in central Verona
  • Meals as described in the programme above (*):
    • 3 gastronomic multi-course lunches tasting of different wines; at wine estate or local restaurant
  • Start and end point: Verona
  • Bus transport during the whole trip
  • All vineyard and winery visits
  • Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
  • Interpretation from Italian to English if needed, most of the visits will be in English
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide

(*) See below for more important information on our meals.

Not included:

  • Travel (flights etc) to the destination and back to your home location.

You are responsible for organising your travel to and from Verona yourself.

If you would like assistance organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.

We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time. It is a very interesting place and well worth some regular, non-wine related tourism too. We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights as needed.

For this tour to take place we must have a minimum of 4 participants registered by the “book before” date. Maximum number of tour participants: 8.

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Booking is confirmed by paying the booking fee of [sample programme, this varies by trip]. Full payment should be received at the latest [sample programme, usually one month or 60 days, depending on the trip] before the departure date (see our terms and conditions). Details on how to pay will be sent to you when you register.

It is important that your read our travel booking terms and conditions.

We also invite you to read more on why you should travel with BKWine, about customer protection, and about what you can expect from our wine tours in the section below “More on our wine tours”.

You book by contacting Britt Karlsson, BKWine:

  • phone: +33 1 58 88 04 66 or +33 6 80 45 35 70 (+33 is the country code for France)
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Why travel with BKWine?

We are Britt and Per Karlsson. We are specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also experts in wine in general. We are internationally published wine writers and have written ten award-winning wine books.

No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tourism and gourmet travel.

We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours, and this is what we love to do. We take it very seriously – it is not a sideline or a hobby – and what we want more than anything is to share all these wonderful experiences with you.

All our tours are led and managed by guides who have in-depth wine knowledge, and in many cases we lead the tours ourselves.

Read more on why you should choose BKWine for your wine and food tour.

Thousands of happy customers

Over the years, thousands of wine lovers have travelled with us. Many come back to tour again and again with BKWine to new wine regions. Our record-breaking client has been on more than ten BKWine tours. We are happy and proud to have such faithful customers.

Read more on what travellers have said about our tours.

Awards and Mentions

We’re pleased and proud to have received many accolades, including:

  • “World’s Top Wine Tours”, Travel+Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
  • “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
  • “Recommended Wine Tours”, Munskänkarna, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
  • “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year”, Gourmand International awards, and many other book prizes
  • Three OIV book awards, International Organisation of Vine and Wine
  • “Wine Personality of the Year”, an honour bestowed on Britt Karlsson by Munskänkarna in 2011, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
  • Inclusion on the Wine Media Power List, by Wine Business International magazine

About the wine producers and wineries we visit

Our aim is for you to experience some of the very best and most interesting aspects of the wine world, in terms of wine and food.

We put great effort into creating outstanding winery visits, and in this way we are quite different to many wine tour organisers. It is not always the most renowned, internationally known estates that offer the best experiences. Organising a wine tour featuring famous names of the wine world is relatively easy: it is merely a question of making lists and ticking boxes. On those kind of “bucket list” wine tours, you rarely meet the winemaker or the owner. You will simply be one of thousands of visitors they receive each year.

We do things differently. With BKWine Tours, you will meet the people behind the label, often the winemakers and/or the owners. Thanks to them, you will have a unique, truly personal experience and an insight into the wine world that no one else can offer. When you travel with BKWine, you are more like a special guest than a tourist.

We have personal connections and unparalleled knowledge thanks to more than 20 years as wine journalists, with 10 wine books published, and as wine tour organisers with more than 30 years’ experience. You can be sure of getting the best wine travel experiences with BKWine Tours.

Read more on the wine producers and wineries we visit.

A true gourmet experience: food and gastronomy

For us, wine and food are intimately linked, and this is a fundamental part of our wine travel philosophy. For this reason, a wine tour with BKWine is always an outstanding culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A BKWine tour is a gastronomic voyage that explores the deep relationship between food and wine.

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Customer Protection,  Financial Travel Guarantee, and Terms and Conditions

You can always feel safe when you book your tour with BKWine. BKWine has a bonded bank guarantee that gives full protection according to EU and Swedish law. BKWine is a Swedish limited company and as such is regulated by strict rules.

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Health, vaccination and allergies

Our tours have no particular health requirements although inevitably we will be walking a certain amount in wine cellars and vineyards. Sensible footwear is a must.

Most of our travel destinations have no particular health guidelines or requirements for vaccinations or medical certificates, but if in doubt, you should always consult a medical professional, vaccination centre or relevant embassy in your country of origin.

We can always accommodate food allergies. However, in order for us to manage such requests you must let us know about any allergies before the tour starts.

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BKWine does not sell travel insurance. If you want travel insurance, check if your regular home insurance policy includes some kind of travel insurance, or contact your regular insurance company or a travel insurance specialist.

Custom Tours

We also offer custom wine and food tours if you want to travel on different dates, or if you want something different to what we currently offer on our scheduled tours. This tailor-made service can be offered for individuals, companies, professionals, wine tastings clubs etc.

Important information

Our groups are always small. The number of people in the group may vary. The maximum can range from 8 to around 20; check the details in each programme. But our groups are always modest in size. This is important because it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.

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You are expected to organise your travel independently to the destination for most of our tours, but once you are at the location, we take care of everything.

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Meeting a legendary winemaker in Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, Jenny Dobson https://www.bkwinetours.com/travelog/meeting-a-legendary-winemaker-in-hawkes-bay-in-new-zealand-jenny-dobson/ https://www.bkwinetours.com/travelog/meeting-a-legendary-winemaker-in-hawkes-bay-in-new-zealand-jenny-dobson/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:12:53 +0000 https://www.bkwinetours.com/?p=5285 “After having worked for 16 years in France, winemaker Jenny Dobson returned to New Zealand in 1996. Her home country was at the time slowly changing from being only a country of sheep and rugby to being also a country of wine. “The region she chose to settle in was Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s […]

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“After having worked for 16 years in France, winemaker Jenny Dobson returned to New Zealand in 1996. Her home country was at the time slowly changing from being only a country of sheep and rugby to being also a country of wine.

“The region she chose to settle in was Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island. Maybe because this is a region well suited to Bordeaux grapes. She had worked for 12 years in Médoc in Bordeaux so she was well acquainted with these grapes.”

Read more on Britt’s article on BKWine Magazine, originally published on Forbes, and watch our video interview with Jenny: Jenny Dobson, legendary Kiwi winemaker, talks about changes and challenges in New Zealand | Britt on Forbes.

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You can see plenty of pictures and videos (including the above) on our New Zealand wine tour Facebook group.

Watch our video interview with Jenny Dobson below.

Fiano, Hawke's Bay, by Jenny Dobson, New Zealand
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Rioja in Spain — exciting wines, breath-taking scenery and amazing architecture

— Come with us on this exciting tour to Rioja, a wine region that is both classic and modern in a way that you find only in Spain. Wineries market themselves not only with excellent wines but also with the breath-taking and extraordinary architecture. The landscape is mountainous and scenic. We start in the elegant city of Bilbao, famous for the Guggenheim Museum, and we stay two nights in the capital of Rioja, the city of Logroño, famous for its many tapas bars.

Tour Highlights

  • 4 nights
  • Private tastings, approx. 10
  • Bilbao with Guggenheim
  • Logroño
  • Price: [sample programme]
  • Both modern and traditional Rioja
  • Magnificent landscapes
  • Spanish gastronomy
  • Organic wineries

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Next Wine Tour To Rioja With Bilbao

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The Rioja wines are better than ever today. Rioja has undergone several transformations over the last few decades. It was one of the most popular wines in many countries for a long time in the 1980s and 1990s. But then Rioja was over-taken by the New World and they have struggled to come back. But now they are back, with a vengeance. Join us on this trip and discover The New Rioja. And as an added benefit, enjoy the Spanish gastronomy, today one of the world’s most respected.

We meet in Bilbao where we will stay the first and the last night. It is easy to fly to Bilbao and maybe you will spend an extra day here so you get the chance to visit the fantastic Guggenheim Museum and the beautiful city.

The dramatic Cantabrian Mountains and vineyards in Rioja
The dramatic Cantabrian Mountains and vineyards in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography
The dramatic Cantabrian Mountains and vineyards in Rioja
The dramatic Cantabrian Mountains and vineyards in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography

On Thursday morning, our bus will pick us up at the hotel and we will drive to the Rioja region, just under two hours from Bilbao, over the Cantabrian Mountains. During our days in Rioja, we will visit both large, well-known wine producers and smaller family bodegas. We will see examples of different styles of Rioja.

Rioja today is by no means a predictable wine. You can safely say that the excessively soft and vanilla-oaked wines of the 1980s belong to a bygone era. The new generation of winemakers has arrived.

As usual, on our wine tours, we will also devote a great deal of attention to the local gastronomy. Spanish cuisine is today renowned all over the world and the talent of Spanish chefs to innovate is famous. We will eat three lovely lunches at the wineries we visit. The evenings are free to explore Bilbao and Logroño.

The tour is led by one of BKWine’s wine and travel expert guides.

The Guggenheim museum in the evening sunshine and Bilbao's tallest building
The Guggenheim museum in the evening sunshine and Bilbao's tallest building, copyright BKWine Photography
The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao on the in the Nerviòn river flowing out in the Bay of Biscay
The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao on the in the Nerviòn river flowing out in the Bay of Biscay, copyright BKWine Photography

Programme — Rioja wine tour

Preliminary programme.

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Sample programme

This is a sample programme, an example. You can find the wine tours currently on the schedule here, or you can explore a custom designed wine tour by contacting us.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

Programme overview

  • Day 1, Wednesday — Arrival in Bilbao
  • Day 2, Thursday — To Rioja and its capital Logroño
  • Day 3, Friday —Haro, Rioja’s second city
  • Day 4, Saturday — Impressive cellars and back to Bilbao
  • Day 5, Sunday — Heading back home

Wednesday, day 1 — Arrival in Bilbao

You arrive in Bilbao and check-in at our elegant centrally located 4-star hotel.

Bilbao is a fascinating city. It is a mix of old and modern with a few hundred thousand inhabitants in the central parts of town. The construction of the Guggenheim museum has given a big boost to Bilbao. Today it is a prosperous and dynamic city with plenty of shopping, art and restaurants. Very elegant.

You can find world-class gourmet restaurants as well as more humble ones with excellent Basque specialities that include fine seafood, excellent pork and meat products like the famous Spanish charcuteries.

The Old Town has narrow winding streets between medieval houses. You can buy a genuine Basque beret in a hat shop in the historic centre, a few blocks from the Plaza Nueva. In the “modern” part of town (from the 19th century) there are many streets filled with outdoor cafés and tapas bars. Everything is within convenient walking distance, even the Guggenheim Museum. If you have time you can hop on the metro and in a few stops you’re at the coast, the Bay of Biscay.

Free evening in Bilbao. A walk along the river when the sun is setting is a must.

A winding road through the autumn colours in a vineyard in Rioja
A winding road through the autumn colours in a vineyard in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography
A winding road through the autumn colours in a vineyard in Rioja
A winding road through the autumn colours in a vineyard in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography

Thursday, day 2 — To Rioja and its capital Logroño

In the morning our bus picks us up at the hotel and we start our journey to Rioja which takes approximately 2 hours.

The road trip is actually a bit of an experience in itself. On the seaside, in the Basque Country, the landscape is green and lush. The wind from the sea brings with it a lot of humidity. To get to the Rioja wine region we go over the Cantabrian Mountain range.

When we pass over the summit the landscape changes dramatically. It changes colour, it is not nearly as green. Instead, in the distance, you can see the imposing mountain range. Old villages are dotting the landscape and we will see more and more vineyards. On today’s program, we have for instance the spectacular Bodega Baigorri in Samaniego. The winery has a truly eye-catching position in Rioja Alavesa. They also have an excellent restaurant (open only to private guests). From there we can enjoy views of the vineyards on one side and the view over the oak barrel cellar on the other.

The afternoon visit will be at the well-known Bodegas Franco Españolas, located on the outskirts of Logroño. It was founded in the late 19th century when French wine growers fled a Bordeaux that was ravaged by the phylloxera. An interesting visit from both a historical perspective and from a wine perspective. Late afternoon we arrive at our hotel in Logroño. Logroño is the undisputed capital of Rioja and the biggest city in the region. Our hotel is centrally located, just at the edge of the old city centre.

The evening is free for your own gastronomic adventures. A stone’s throw from our hotel you have the old food market and just next to it the famous “tapas street”, Calle Laurel and also Calle San Juan. Every bar has its speciality: ham, grilled prawns, foie gras, omelettes, etc.

Pumping over a wooden vats in a wine cellar in Rioja
Pumping over a wooden vats in a wine cellar in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography
Pumping over a wooden vats in a wine cellar in Rioja
Pumping over a wooden vats in a wine cellar in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography

Friday, day 3 — Bodegas in Haro, Rioja’s second city

Our bus picks us up in the morning at our hotel. We head west to Haro. Haro is much smaller than Logrono but it is no less important from a wine point of view in Rioja.

Almost all the bodegas in Haro are clustered around the old railway station. It is strange with such a concentration of wineries in a very small area. This is where we will spend the day. In El Barrio de la Estación. In Rioja, it is not only the grape varieties that give their character to the wines but also the barrel ageing. The tempranillo grape needs some time in oak to bring out many of the typical aromas, or so it is thought.

We will talk about ageing in oak and many other things during the day. We may for example visit Muga. This is one of the old well-known names in Haro, a family winery that successful combines tradition with modernity. They also have their own cooperage.

On today’s program, we also have one of the smaller wineries in Haro, the excellent Gomez Cruzado. They have a very talented winemaker, brimming with ideas. At one of the wineries, we will enjoy a lovely lunch with classic Rioja specialities paired with several delicious wines.

Late afternoon we are back in Logroño. The evening is free to stroll around in town and to discover some new tapas bars. Kick off with fino sherry as an aperitif (although people here tend mostly to drink red rioja, of course) and the rest will go smoothly.

A village, a church, the Cantabrian Mountains and vineyards in Rioja
A village, a church, the Cantabrian Mountains and vineyards in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography
A village, a church and vineyards in Rioja
A village, a church and vineyards in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography

Saturday, day 4 — Impressive cellars and back to Bilbao

After breakfast, we check out from our hotel and load our luggage on the bus. We don’t have far to go as our first bodega is just outside of Logroño.

We start the day with a visit to Bodegas Campo Viejo, a large and well-known bodega with a magnificent wine cellar that was inaugurated in 2011. We will visit the winery and the cellars and we’ll have an interesting tasting of some of their best wines. Campo Viejo is one of the largest producers in Rioja, perhaps the largest. Their winery is huge and filled with modern technology. Both their bottle cellars and barrels cellars have impressive dimensions. They are said to have more than 60,000 barrels filled with wine.

We then move on to a smaller family bodega in Fuenmayor. The family did not start bottling their wines themselves until 1984. They now have 60 hectares of vineyards. After a short visit, we will sit down for an extraordinary tapas lunch. Not far from Fuenmayor is Bodegas Marques de Arviza where we will have our afternoon. This is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja. The underground cellars are deep and impressive.

We then move on to Bilbao and we expect to arrive at our hotel around 7 pm. In other words, plenty of time for an aperitif before dinner; dinner time in Spain is late (read our country FAQ on Spain!). We are happy to recommend restaurants and wine bars. Free evening.

Harvesting tempranillo grapes in the vineyard in Rioja
Harvesting tempranillo grapes in the vineyard in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography
Harvesting tempranillo grapes in the vineyard in Rioja
Harvesting tempranillo grapes in the vineyard in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography

Sunday, day 5 — Heading back home

The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

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Taking a pause at a café in an old village in Rioja
Taking a pause at a café in an old village in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography
Taking a pause at a café in an old village in Rioja
Taking a pause at a café in an old village in Rioja, copyright BKWine Photography

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We have written a lot about Rioja and Spain and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.

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Tour Details — Rioja with Bilbao Wine Tour

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Included in the price:

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation, double occupancy, including breakfast in Bilbao and Logroño
    • 2 nights in Bilbao at 5-star Hotel Lopez de Haro
    • 2 nätter in Logroño at 4-star Hotel Gran Via
  • Meals as described in the programme above (*):
    • 3 gastronomic multi-course lunches including a tasting of different wines; at wine estate or local restaurant
  • Start and end point: Bilbao
  • Bus transport during the whole trip
  • All vineyard and winery visits
  • Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
  • Interpretation from Spanish as needed, although most visits will be in English
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide

(*) See below for more important information on our meals.

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  • Travel (flights etc) to the destination and back to your home location.

You are responsible for organising your travel to and from Bilbao yourself.

If you would like assistance organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.

We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time. It is a very interesting place and well worth some regular, non-wine related tourism too. We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights as needed.

For this tour to take place we must have a minimum of 4 participants registered by the “book before” date. Maximum number of tour participants: 10.

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We are Britt and Per Karlsson. We are specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also experts in wine in general. We are internationally published wine writers and have written ten award-winning wine books.

No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tourism and gourmet travel.

We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours, and this is what we love to do. We take it very seriously – it is not a sideline or a hobby – and what we want more than anything is to share all these wonderful experiences with you.

All our tours are led and managed by guides who have in-depth wine knowledge, and in many cases we lead the tours ourselves.

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  • “Recommended Wine Tours”, Munskänkarna, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
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About the wine producers and wineries we visit

Our aim is for you to experience some of the very best and most interesting aspects of the wine world, in terms of wine and food.

We put great effort into creating outstanding winery visits, and in this way we are quite different to many wine tour organisers. It is not always the most renowned, internationally known estates that offer the best experiences. Organising a wine tour featuring famous names of the wine world is relatively easy: it is merely a question of making lists and ticking boxes. On those kind of “bucket list” wine tours, you rarely meet the winemaker or the owner. You will simply be one of thousands of visitors they receive each year.

We do things differently. With BKWine Tours, you will meet the people behind the label, often the winemakers and/or the owners. Thanks to them, you will have a unique, truly personal experience and an insight into the wine world that no one else can offer. When you travel with BKWine, you are more like a special guest than a tourist.

We have personal connections and unparalleled knowledge thanks to more than 20 years as wine journalists, with 10 wine books published, and as wine tour organisers with more than 30 years’ experience. You can be sure of getting the best wine travel experiences with BKWine Tours.

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For us, wine and food are intimately linked, and this is a fundamental part of our wine travel philosophy. For this reason, a wine tour with BKWine is always an outstanding culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A BKWine tour is a gastronomic voyage that explores the deep relationship between food and wine.

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Our tours have no particular health requirements although inevitably we will be walking a certain amount in wine cellars and vineyards. Sensible footwear is a must.

Most of our travel destinations have no particular health guidelines or requirements for vaccinations or medical certificates, but if in doubt, you should always consult a medical professional, vaccination centre or relevant embassy in your country of origin.

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Our groups are always small. The number of people in the group may vary. The maximum can range from 8 to around 20; check the details in each programme. But our groups are always modest in size. This is important because it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.

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Our long-distance wine tours in early 2021 will take us to Chile and Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa. We can promise you three spectacular tours that you will long remember. Provided things return a little bit to normal.

Today, it is too early to say if these tours will be possible to do or not, considering the world situation, but if all goes well we will go ahead with them.

Chile and Argentina

Our very popular South American tour will take you to Buenos Aires, the wine region of Mendoza, across the border to Chile’s various wine regions and finish in the Chilean capital Santiago. Our bus will take us across the Andes, a breathtaking journey across the world’s longest mountain range. We will meet young and ambitious wine growers, enjoy wonderfully grilled meat and freshly baked empanadas, Chile’s beautiful coast at Viña del Mar, the famous seaport city of Valparaiso and much more.

New Zealand

This fantastic 2-week trip showcases all of New Zealand, from Auckland on the North Island down to Queenstown on the South Island. An experience that includes a 3-hour boat trip between the two islands, natural phenomena such as geysers and bubbling mud pools, Maori culture, meetings with winemakers and many wine tastings in famous wine regions such as Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago.

South Africa

It is an experience today to visit the South African wine regions. The wines have never been as good and exciting as they are now. The ambition of the producers is high and they are very eager to show what they are capable of. We will visit the classic regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, but also exciting Walker Bay down on the cool south coast as well at hot and trendy Swartland.

A vineyard being irrigated in Mendoza, Argentina
A vineyard being irrigated in Mendoza, Argentina, copyright BKWine Photography
A beautiful modern barrel cellar in Colchagua, Chile
A beautiful modern barrel cellar in Colchagua, Chile, copyright BKWine Photography
A view of Mount Cook over Lake Pukaki
A view of Mount Cook over Lake Pukaki, copyright BKWine Photography 1920
An old house in Stellenbosch in Cape Dutch style, South Africa
An old house in Stellenbosch in Cape Dutch style, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography

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Catalonia and Priorat Wine Tour https://www.bkwinetours.com/wine-food-travel/popular-tour-destinations/wine-tour-catalonia-spain/ https://www.bkwinetours.com/wine-food-travel/popular-tour-destinations/wine-tour-catalonia-spain/#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2020 17:02:43 +0000 https://www.bkwinetours.com/?p=5687 Wine tour to one of Spain’s most dynamic and interesting wine regions — The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a lively city with a huge variety of interesting culture, architecture and gastronomy. The wines from the wine regions around Barcelona are not far behind in notoriety. Here you find the famous cava, the Spanish bubbly. […]

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Wine tour to one of Spain’s most dynamic and interesting wine regions

— The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a lively city with a huge variety of interesting culture, architecture and gastronomy. The wines from the wine regions around Barcelona are not far behind in notoriety. Here you find the famous cava, the Spanish bubbly. There is also Priorat, remote and rough country but with wines that have reached cult status. And much more. On this tour you will get to know a new generation of ambitious Spanish winemakers in one of Spain’s most original regions.

Tour Highlights

  • 4 nights
  • Private tastings, approx. 10
  • Charming Sitges
  • Priorat and Penedès
  • Price: [sample programme]
  • New generation of winemakers
  • Cava
  • New Spanish cuisine
  • Organic wines

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Please Note: This Is A Sample Programme

This is a sample programme, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the programme, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

Next Wine Tour To Catalonia-Priorato-Penedes

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Catalonia is in north-eastern Spain. During this exciting tour to the vineyards of Catalonia we will be staying in Sitges, near Barcelona, a charming town by the sea, within easy reach from the airport. Sitges is a real gem of a town with its fine sandy beaches, picturesque houses and narrow streets. Here you will enjoy an interesting mix of people and many tapas bars and restaurants. (It is best to avoid starting in Barcelona itself when exploring the wine regions, because of traffic. In addition, Sitges is an absolutely charming seaside town.)

Sitges has always had a big art colony, since the Modernists, modernistas, the Catalan equivalent of the French Art Nouveau, came here in the late 1800s. Even Salvador Dali lived here for some time.

Enjoying the afternoon sunshine at a café in Sitges, Catalonia
Enjoying the afternoon sunshine at a café in Sitges, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography
Enjoying the afternoon sunshine at a café in Sitges, Catalonia
Enjoying the afternoon sunshine at a café in Sitges, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

Catalonia has today a big number of DO-regions (denominación de origen). Penedès, near Barcelona, is the biggest. The area went through something of a revolution in the 1980s. The winemakers discovered the quality potential of the region for many different types of wines, reds as well as whites. We will spend two days in the Penedès region and will discover some very interesting producers. Of course, we will also visit a cava producer, the world-famous Spanish sparkling wine.

One day we will go further south to the remote but very scenic mountain area of Priorato, Priorat in Catalan, known for its powerful red wines. Priorat is an ancient wine region. It experienced, just like Penedès, a rebirth in the 1980s and rapidly reached cult status. Today the wines from here are sold sometimes at very high prices, a sign of its reputation and quality.

We enjoy three lunches together. We will see examples of the new Spanish cuisine, and we will learn more about the art of pairing food and wine. In Catalonia there are of course a lot of seafood but also fine charcuterie, dry-cured ham, many specialities based on rice, tomatoes, olive oil and olives, onions, everything related to the Mediterranean cuisine.

It’s easy and fast to get to Sitges by train or bus or taxi from Barcelona’s airport or from central Barcelona. We can also recommend combining this trip with a few extra days to explore the wonderful city of Barcelona.

The tour is led by one of BKWine’s wine and travel expert guides.

Mountain vineyards and cypresses in Priorato, Catalonia
Mountain vineyards and cypresses in Priorato, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography
Mountain vineyards and cypresses in Priorato, Catalonia
Mountain vineyards and cypresses in Priorato, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

Programme — Catalonia and Priorat Wine Tour

Preliminary programme.

Contact BKWine for more details.

Sample programme

This is a sample programme, an example. You can find the wine tours currently on the schedule here, or you can explore a custom designed wine tour by contacting us.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

Programme overview

  • Day 1, Wednesday — Arrival in Sitges
  • Day 2, Thursday — Penedès
  • Day 3, Friday — Priorat
  • Day 4, Saturday — Penedès
  • Day 5, Sunday — Heading back home

Wednesday, day 1 — Arrival in Sitges

Arrival in Barcelona / Sitges at your leisure and check in at our centrally located hotel in Sitges. Sitges is located on the coast just south of Barcelona.

The city has a beautiful beach promenade lined by palm trees and cafés. The Cathedral perches on a cliff high above the beach. The old city centre has plenty of restaurants and tapas bars. Our hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from all this. At this time of the year the temperature in the water is often very pleasant.

Free evening to explore the tapas bars and restaurants. Do not forget that you are in Spain and dinner time is late. It gives you all the more time to explore all the cafés.

The beautiful beach and the famous church in Sitges
The beautiful beach and the famous church in Sitges, copyright BKWine Photography
The beautiful beach and the famous church in Sitges
The beautiful beach and the famous church in Sitges, copyright BKWine Photography

Thursday, day 2 — Penedès

After breakfast, our bus will be waiting for us. Today we will visit wineries in Penedès, the area closest to Barcelona.

You can find many different styles of wine in Penedes, from sparkling and aromatic white wines, to really powerful red. The secret is that different grape varieties are planted at very different altitudes depending on the temperatures they thrive in. Famous international grape varieties are planted here as well as the local grapes of excellent quality, such as for instance the cava grapes parellada, macabeo and xarel-lo. We begin with a visit to Mas Comtal, a superb organic winery in the village of Avinyonet del Penedès. This is an innovative estate of 40 hectares divided into many different plots. This gives them a great variety of soil types. The closeness to the sea and the mountains nearby influences the wines and gives complexity.

We then continue to Mas Rodo Vitivinicola in San Joan de Medior. Mas Rodo is a small wine producer (a so-called “boutique winery”) that in recent years has been hailed by many wine critics. We start with a tasting of their excellent wines and then we will be treated to a lunch with local specialities.

The afternoon visit will be with Caves Castell Roig in the village of Subirats. They make a superb 100% xarel-lo that shows the potential of the grape. The owner puts a lot of emphasis on the work in the vineyard so we will start by taking a walk in one of their beautiful vineyards. Maybe we’ll even get to see their almost 100-year-old xarel-lo vines.

Late afternoon we are back in Sitges. Free evening for your own discoveries.

Vineyards on a steep hill in Priorato, Catalonia
Vineyards on a steep hill in Priorato, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography
Vineyards on a steep hill in Priorat, Catalonia
Vineyards on a steep hill in Priorato, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

Friday, day 3 — Priorat

Today we head to Priorato, or Pirorat as it is called in Catalan. This wine region is situated in the mountains a fair bit south.

Priorat is a bit hidden away in the mountains in the region of Tarragona, some 80 kilometres from Barcelona. The Priorat wines were long known as heavy and strong in alcohol, dark and rough, made from Garnacha and Cariñena. The name comes from the monastery Priorat de Scala Dei (God’s Ladder). The monastery was built in the 12th century after a shepherd boy said that he had seen an angel descend from heaven on a ladder. The monks are not there any longer but the little village of Scala Dei and a wine of the same name still exist.

Since more than 20 years modern viticulture and technology is applied together with traditional methods. The main grapes are still cariñena and garnacha (grenache) but you can also find cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah, and to a lesser extent tempranillo. The fruit is intense and often very ripe. Priorat is today synonymous with high-quality wines. Some of the world’s most expensive wines now come from these hard-to-work schist slopes. The typical soil is called llicorella. There is a cool sea breeze that moderate the temperature in the vineyards.

We will visit some of the top producers: Mas Igneus, Clos Figuera, Mas Martinet, Mas d’en Gil… We will enjoy lunch in the main town Gratallops, a little village surrounded by vineyards. Clos Figuera has a nice restaurant where we combine the excellent Catalan cuisine with the winery’s own wines.

Early evening, we are back in Sitges. Free evening. If you are not so hungry after our quite substantial lunch, we some of the city’s tapas bars will be the perfect destination.

A winery with palm trees and cypresses in Catalonia
A winery with palm trees and cypresses in Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography
A village on the mountain slope in Priorato, Catalonia
A village on the mountain slope in Priorato, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

Saturday, day 4 — Penedès

Today we will again visit the Penedès region. We will get to know some of the best wines and cavas of the region.

We start the day with an interesting visit to Parés Baltà in Pacs del Penedès. It is an old winery, founded already in 1790. The wines are organic and the vines grow at several different altitudes, from 170 meters up to 750 meters. They produce red and white wine as well as high-quality cava. The vineyard has two female winemakers, Maria Elena and Marta, both oenologists and wives of the two owners, the brothers Joan and Josep Cusiné. We will take a walk in the vineyards before it is time for the cellar visit and an interesting wine tasting. We will also have an exciting “cava workshop”. We will stay and have lunch at Parés Baltà. Maybe it will be a variety of tapas, maybe a lovely homemade paëlla. And we should not miss the opportunity to taste their excellent olive oil.

We will spend the afternoon with Gerard Jané Úbeda at his estate Jané Ventura in the town of El Vendrell. This is a family estate in Baix Penedès dating back to 1914. Gerard is an oenologist and fourth generation winemaker. His makes great wines.

Late afternoon we are back in Sitges. Free evening to enjoy the town. Maybe time to take a walk past the beautiful church to the “other” beach, which is a little quieter than the most famous promenade.

Bottles of sparkling cava in a wine cellar tunnel in Catalonia
Bottles of sparkling cava in a wine cellar tunnel in Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography
Bottles of sparkling cava in a wine cellar tunnel in Catalonia
Bottles of sparkling cava in a wine cellar tunnel in Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

Sunday, day 5 — Heading back home

The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

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Terraced vineyards in Priorato, Catalonia
Terraced vineyards in Priorato, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography
Terraced vineyards in Priorato, Catalonia
Terraced vineyards in Priorato, Catalonia, copyright BKWine Photography

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Tour Details — Catalonia-Priorat Wine Tour

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Included in the price:

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation, double occupancy, including breakfast at four-star hotel in Sitges
  • Meals as described in the programme above (*):
    • 3 gastronomic multi-course lunches including tasting of different wines at wine estate or local restaurant
  • Start and end point: Sitges
  • Bus transport during the whole trip
  • All vineyard and winery visits
  • Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
  • Most winery visits will be in English, but if needed translation will be done from Spanish to English
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide

(*) See below for more important information on our meals.

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  • Travel (flights etc) to the destination and back to your home location.

You are responsible for organising your travel to and from Sitges yourself.

If you would like assistance organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.

From the railway station Barcelona Sants in central Barcelona, or from the airport Barcelona El Prat, you get to Sitges easily either by suburban train, bus or taxi. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time. It is a very interesting place and well worth some regular, non-wine related tourism too. We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights as needed.

For this tour to take place we must have a minimum of 4 participants registered by the “book before” date. Maximum number of tour participants: 10.

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Why travel with BKWine?

We are Britt and Per Karlsson. We are specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also experts in wine in general. We are internationally published wine writers and have written ten award-winning wine books.

No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tourism and gourmet travel.

We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours, and this is what we love to do. We take it very seriously – it is not a sideline or a hobby – and what we want more than anything is to share all these wonderful experiences with you.

All our tours are led and managed by guides who have in-depth wine knowledge, and in many cases we lead the tours ourselves.

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Thousands of happy customers

Over the years, thousands of wine lovers have travelled with us. Many come back to tour again and again with BKWine to new wine regions. Our record-breaking client has been on more than ten BKWine tours. We are happy and proud to have such faithful customers.

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We’re pleased and proud to have received many accolades, including:

  • “World’s Top Wine Tours”, Travel+Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
  • “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
  • “Recommended Wine Tours”, Munskänkarna, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
  • “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year”, Gourmand International awards, and many other book prizes
  • Three OIV book awards, International Organisation of Vine and Wine
  • “Wine Personality of the Year”, an honour bestowed on Britt Karlsson by Munskänkarna in 2011, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
  • Inclusion on the Wine Media Power List, by Wine Business International magazine

About the wine producers and wineries we visit

Our aim is for you to experience some of the very best and most interesting aspects of the wine world, in terms of wine and food.

We put great effort into creating outstanding winery visits, and in this way we are quite different to many wine tour organisers. It is not always the most renowned, internationally known estates that offer the best experiences. Organising a wine tour featuring famous names of the wine world is relatively easy: it is merely a question of making lists and ticking boxes. On those kind of “bucket list” wine tours, you rarely meet the winemaker or the owner. You will simply be one of thousands of visitors they receive each year.

We do things differently. With BKWine Tours, you will meet the people behind the label, often the winemakers and/or the owners. Thanks to them, you will have a unique, truly personal experience and an insight into the wine world that no one else can offer. When you travel with BKWine, you are more like a special guest than a tourist.

We have personal connections and unparalleled knowledge thanks to more than 20 years as wine journalists, with 10 wine books published, and as wine tour organisers with more than 30 years’ experience. You can be sure of getting the best wine travel experiences with BKWine Tours.

Read more on the wine producers and wineries we visit.

A true gourmet experience: food and gastronomy

For us, wine and food are intimately linked, and this is a fundamental part of our wine travel philosophy. For this reason, a wine tour with BKWine is always an outstanding culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A BKWine tour is a gastronomic voyage that explores the deep relationship between food and wine.

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Health, vaccination and allergies

Our tours have no particular health requirements although inevitably we will be walking a certain amount in wine cellars and vineyards. Sensible footwear is a must.

Most of our travel destinations have no particular health guidelines or requirements for vaccinations or medical certificates, but if in doubt, you should always consult a medical professional, vaccination centre or relevant embassy in your country of origin.

We can always accommodate food allergies. However, in order for us to manage such requests you must let us know about any allergies before the tour starts.

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BKWine does not sell travel insurance. If you want travel insurance, check if your regular home insurance policy includes some kind of travel insurance, or contact your regular insurance company or a travel insurance specialist.

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We also offer custom wine and food tours if you want to travel on different dates, or if you want something different to what we currently offer on our scheduled tours. This tailor-made service can be offered for individuals, companies, professionals, wine tastings clubs etc.

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Our groups are always small. The number of people in the group may vary. The maximum can range from 8 to around 20; check the details in each programme. But our groups are always modest in size. This is important because it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.

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The Douro Valley Wine Tour: an exclusive tour along a magnificent wine river

— A luxurious wine tour with spectacular views. The wine world has many well-known rivers. The Douro River in Portugal is the most magnificent of them all. The scenery is dramatically beautiful and the grapes grow on neck-breaking steep slopes. We enjoy two nights in the pleasant city of Porto and two nights inland, in the heart of the Douro wine region. During the tour, you will get to know both the classic port wines and the modern table wines of very high quality.

Tour Highlights

  • 4 nights
  • Private tastings, approx. 10
  • Luxurious hotel
  • Magnificent landscape
  • Price: [this is a sample programme]
  • Traditional and modern winemaking
  • Outstanding port wine tastings
  • Portuguese gastronomy
  • Porto and Pinhão

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Next Wine Tour To the Douro Valley in Portugal

  • This tour is currently not on our tour schedule. Contact us for information about future dates or to discuss a custom tour.

In the stunning landscape along the Douro River in northern Portugal, the vines grip the steep slopes with their fingernails, often with the help of narrow terraces. In summer it is very hot and dry, autumn is often lovely. The grapes will be transformed into the famous port wine but more and more also into “table” wine. The new generation of winegrowers in the Douro valley has in a few decades gained a reputation for making excellent, world-class non-fortified “table” wines.

The tour starts in Porto, the second biggest city in Portugal. The city centre is a gem, very old and with winding streets climbing the hills. There are many architectural sights as well as a wealth of restaurant, bars and cafes.

Our bus will pick us up at the hotel in Porto and we will start our journey into the Douro Valley, up the river. We will drive up from Porto on winding roads, over the mountains with breath-taking views and into the wine region. We will spend the following two nights in the Alto Douro, the heart of the valley, in the small town of Pinhão. The last evening, we are back in Porto where we will spend our final night.

A white village in the vineyards in the Douro
A white village in the vineyards in the Douro, copyright BKWine Photography
A white village in the vineyards in the Douro
A white village in the vineyards in the Douro, copyright BKWine Photography

We will get to know both the port wines and the red table wines of the region, and even a few whites. But calling these wines “table” wines may give the wrong impression. They are very serious wines with high ambitions. The vineyards are very difficult to work and making wine here is a tough task. Making simple wines would hardly be worthwhile. The winemakers focus on top-quality blends in order to gain an international reputation. Which they have done successfully. We will get to know wines made from genuine Portuguese grape varieties, such as touriga nacional, tinta roriz, touriga franca, souzão and many others.

We will have ample opportunities to get to know the traditional Portuguese food, a gastronomy of its own. Cooking is often traditionally rustic but high-class cuisine has also arrived in the Douro Valley. We will enjoy three lunches together, at least two of them as guests at a vineyard. On Thursday and Friday evenings, we will also have two gastronomic dinners together.

The tour is led by one of BKWine’s wine and travel expert guides.

The harbour in the small town of Pinhao, Douro
The harbour in the small town of Pinhao, Douro, copyright BKWine Photography
The harbour in the small town of Pinhao, Douro
The harbour in the small town of Pinhao, Douro, copyright BKWine Photography

Programme — Douro Valley wine tour

Preliminary programme.

Contact BKWine for more details.

Sample programme

This is a sample programme, an example. You can find the wine tours currently on the schedule here, or you can explore a custom designed wine tour by contacting us.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

Programme overview

  • Day 1, Wednesday — Arrival in Porto
  • Day 2, Thursday — Between Pinhão and Regua
  • Day 3, Friday — Far into the Douro Valley
  • Day 4, Saturday — Traditional and modern winemaking
  • Day 5, Sunday — Heading back home

Wednesday, day 1 — Arrival in Porto

Arrival in Porto at your leisure and check-in at our centrally located hotel.

Our hotel is in the old town, just next to the old harbour with plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance. Go down to the river and look across to the town of Vila Nova de Gaia. This is where all the traditional port lodges of the big “houses” are located: Taylor’s, Sandeman, Dow’s, Ferreira, Croft, Ramos Pinto etc. Along the river, you can also see a few well-preserved examples of the traditional boats, the barcos rabelos, used for transporting wines on the river. These days they are mainly for show.

There are plenty of restaurants and bars along the quay-side and if you want to stroll over to Vila Nova it is just a short walk across the Eiffel-inspired bridge. Which will give you an amazing view of Porto.

The evening is free to discover the city. One of the very best restaurants in the region is just around the corner from our hotel. Perhaps a good way to begin the tour?

The Douro River and the Dom Luis I bridge between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia
The Douro River and the Dom Luis I bridge between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, copyright BKWine Photography
The Douro River and the Dom Luis I bridge between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia
The Douro River and the Dom Luis I bridge between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, copyright BKWine Photography

Thursday, day 2 — Between Pinhão and Regua

Our comfortable bus picks us up in the morning and our journey across the mountain and along the river valley begins.

The road along the Douro River is slow and winding and to get a good start we take the motorway to Vila Real and Peso da Regua. From there we will go along the river more slowly, into the Alto Douro, the heart of the district. When we arrive there and you see it you will understand why this is on the UNESCO list of Cultural World Heritage.

This day we will visit some top-quality wine producers who have invested heavily in recent years to gain world reputation not only for the port wines but also for the table wines, what is now called simply Douro wines as opposed to port. We start with a visit to Quinta da Gaivosa, located just north of Peso da Regua. The owner, Domingos Alves de Sousa, is one of the pioneers of high-quality Douro wines. The estate is modern and Domingos and his son make wines of very high quality. This is one of the most famous estates in the valley. We get an interesting tasting of both white and red Douro wines as well as port wines.

Steep slopes with vineyard terraces along the Douro River
Steep slopes with vineyard terraces along the Douro River, copyright BKWine Photography
Steep slopes with vineyard terraces along the Douro River
Steep slopes with vineyard terraces along the Douro River, copyright BKWine Photography

For lunch, we will go to Quinta de Tedo, owned by the Frenchman Vincent Bouchard (with family ties to Bouchard Pere & Fils in Burgundy) and his American wife Kay. They bought this 250-year-old estate, including 14 hectares of vineyards, in 1992. After a quick visit to the cellar, we sit down for a traditional lunch. We will, of course, taste the range of wines from the winery along with the food, including some delicious ports, and we will taste their very exclusive olive oil. After lunch, we will visit a quinta owned by one of the major port wine companies. It will be a big contrast to the small Quinta do Tedo. The dimension is very different, but the landscape and the vineyards around this quinta are just as incredibly spectacular.

Late afternoon we check-in at our hotel, the beautiful five-star hotel Vintage House, located in the small town of Pinhão, which is one of the main towns in the wine region of Douro. The hotel is in an old-fashioned English country style and one of the most luxurious in the Valley.

You can take a walk along the river, relax in the garden or in the comfortable bar. Perhaps the weather even allows for a swim in the pool. Later in the evening, we all gather for aperitif and dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Pinhao, a small town in a bend in the Douro river
Pinhao, a small town in a bend in the Douro river, copyright BKWine Photography
Pinhao, a small town in a bend in the Douro river
Pinhao, a small town in a bend in the Douro river, copyright BKWine Photography

Friday, day 3 — Up, far into the Douro valley

After breakfast, we continue our journey along the beautiful wine river. Today we will go far into the valley, along very winding roads. The view will be breath-taking.

We head upstream towards São João da Pesqueira where we will visit Quinta da Senhora do Rosário, perhaps better known as Quevedo Wines. Oscar Quevedo and his family have some 100 ha of vineyards in Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. The road up to São João da Pesqueira is a never-ending series of curves and bends so one tends to grip the bus seat firmly. The views are spectacular. Quevedo Wines makes both table wine and port, including some very exclusive tawny (barrel-aged) ports. We will taste a series of older and older tawnies. Oscar started his career working in finance in Madrid and Geneva but has come back to the Douro some years back and is now working with his sister, who is the winemaker, to develop the family winery.

We will have a delicious lunch in the nearby town of Ervedosa. This is a family-owned restaurant, very ambitious. We will be served different Portuguese specialities, everything delicious. The wine list is superb and we will try several different Douro wines with lunch.

In the afternoon we will visit the Quinta do Panascal, which is owned by the port wine house Fonseca. Panascal has a very beautiful location on the river Távora. We will take a walk in the vineyard and we’ll have an interesting tasting of some fabulous ports.

Late afternoon we are back at the hotel with time for a relaxing break before it’s time for our dinner together. We recommend a walk in the village of Pinhão to look at the beautiful azulejos, the painted tiles, at the small train station, a must to see. Just two minutes’ walk from the hotel

A winery on a hilltop above the steep vineyards and the Douro River
A winery on a hilltop above the steep vineyards and the Douro River, copyright BKWine Photography
A winery on a hilltop above the steep vineyards and the Douro River
A winery on a hilltop above the steep vineyards and the Douro River, copyright BKWine Photography

Saturday, day 4 — Tradition and modernity in the Douro Valley

We will leave our hotel in the morning and slowly begin our journey back to Porto. You must never be in a hurry in the Douro Valley. It is simply impossible.

We will start the day by going to the small village of Vale de Mendiz. Mendiz is a tributary that joins the Douro near Pinhão. Here we will visit a family estate called Wine & Soul, specialized in Douro table wines, that has received much attention in recent years. Here the grapes are still trodden in traditional lagars. The wines are world-class and today much sought after, especially the wine Pintas.

Then we head back towards Regua. Our last visit on this tour will be at Quinta Senhora da Graça. This is a small family estate outside the village of Lobrigos, near Regua. Here we have a beautiful view of the river and some very old vineyards, over 80 years old. We will meet Vasco, the owner and the winemaker, probably both his father and his mother will be there too. After a short visit and a wine tasting, Vasco’s mother will serve us a typical Portuguese lunch that she has prepared herself for us. We always enjoy our lunch here very much and are often reluctant to leave. But after cheese and dessert, it will be time to start going back to Porto.

On our way back we pass once again the mountain range that protects the upper Douro from the maritime breezes and that gives the Douro Valley its very special climate, with sometimes stunningly hot summer days.

Early evening, we arrive back in Porto for our last night. The evening is free to discover the restaurants and nightlife of Porto. We are happy to share with you our best restaurant addresses! Perhaps a stroll along the quayside, or a walk across the “Eiffel Bridge” to Vila Nova an all the water-front restaurants? Or a short trip to the coast and a visit to one of the fish restaurants? There is plenty to do in Porto.

A small house surrounded by steep vineyards in the Douro Valley
A small house surrounded by steep vineyards in the Douro Valley, copyright BKWine Photography
A small house surrounded by steep vineyards in the Douro Valley
A small house surrounded by steep vineyards in the Douro Valley, copyright BKWine Photography

Sunday, day 5 — Heading back home

The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

Go For It!

We’d love to have you with us.

Colourful houses in the old part of Porto along the Douro River
Colourful houses in the old part of Porto along the Douro River, copyright BKWine Photography
Porto along the Douro River with rooftops
Porto along the Douro River with rooftops, copyright BKWine Photography

Wine books

We have written more than ten wine books. They have won both national and international wine writing awards.

No other wine tour organiser has a comparable knowledge, competence and experience.

A collection of wine books written by BKWine

Tour Details — Douro Valley Wine Tour

Dates: [this is a sample programme]

Price per person: [this is a sample programme]

Single room supplement: [this is a sample programme]

Sample programme

This is a sample programme, an example. You can find the wine tours currently on the schedule here, or you can explore a custom designed wine tour by contacting us.

ADJUST TOUR DETAILS AS NEEDED, LUNCHES DINNERS ETC ETC ETC

Included in the price:

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation, double occupancy, including breakfast
    • 2 nights in 4-star hotel in Porto
    • 2 nights in 5-star hotel in Pinhão
  • Meals as described in the programme above (*):
    • 3 gastronomic multi-course lunches including tasting of different wines and port; at wine estate or local restaurant
    • 2 gastronomic multi-course dinner with local specialities, including different wines and port
  • Start and end point: Porto
  • Bus transport during the whole trip
  • All vineyard and winery visits
  • Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
  • Interpretation from French as needed, though some visits may be in English
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide

(*) See below for more important information on our meals.

Not included:

  • Travel (flights etc) to the destination and back to your home location.

You are responsible for organising your travel to and from Douro yourself.

If you would like assistance organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.

We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time. It is a very interesting place and well worth some regular, non-wine related tourism too. We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights as needed.

For this tour to take place we must have a minimum of 4 participants registered by the “book before” date. Maximum number of tour participants: 8.

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Book before: [this is a sample programme]

Booking is confirmed by paying the booking fee of [sample programme, this varies by trip]. Full payment should be received at the latest [sample programme, usually one month or 60 days, depending on the trip] before the departure date (see our terms and conditions). Details on how to pay will be sent to you when you register.

It is important that your read our travel booking terms and conditions.

We also invite you to read more on why you should travel with BKWine, about customer protection, and about what you can expect from our wine tours in the section below “More on our wine tours”.

You book by contacting Britt Karlsson, BKWine:

  • phone: +33 1 58 88 04 66 or +33 6 80 45 35 70 (+33 is the country code for France)
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Why travel with BKWine?

We are Britt and Per Karlsson. We are specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also experts in wine in general. We are internationally published wine writers and have written ten award-winning wine books.

No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tourism and gourmet travel.

We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours, and this is what we love to do. We take it very seriously – it is not a sideline or a hobby – and what we want more than anything is to share all these wonderful experiences with you.

All our tours are led and managed by guides who have in-depth wine knowledge, and in many cases we lead the tours ourselves.

Read more on why you should choose BKWine for your wine and food tour.

Thousands of happy customers

Over the years, thousands of wine lovers have travelled with us. Many come back to tour again and again with BKWine to new wine regions. Our record-breaking client has been on more than ten BKWine tours. We are happy and proud to have such faithful customers.

Read more on what travellers have said about our tours.

Awards and Mentions

We’re pleased and proud to have received many accolades, including:

  • “World’s Top Wine Tours”, Travel+Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
  • “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
  • “Recommended Wine Tours”, Munskänkarna, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
  • “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year”, Gourmand International awards, and many other book prizes
  • Three OIV book awards, International Organisation of Vine and Wine
  • “Wine Personality of the Year”, an honour bestowed on Britt Karlsson by Munskänkarna in 2011, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
  • Inclusion on the Wine Media Power List, by Wine Business International magazine

About the wine producers and wineries we visit

Our aim is for you to experience some of the very best and most interesting aspects of the wine world, in terms of wine and food.

We put great effort into creating outstanding winery visits, and in this way we are quite different to many wine tour organisers. It is not always the most renowned, internationally known estates that offer the best experiences. Organising a wine tour featuring famous names of the wine world is relatively easy: it is merely a question of making lists and ticking boxes. On those kind of “bucket list” wine tours, you rarely meet the winemaker or the owner. You will simply be one of thousands of visitors they receive each year.

We do things differently. With BKWine Tours, you will meet the people behind the label, often the winemakers and/or the owners. Thanks to them, you will have a unique, truly personal experience and an insight into the wine world that no one else can offer. When you travel with BKWine, you are more like a special guest than a tourist.

We have personal connections and unparalleled knowledge thanks to more than 20 years as wine journalists, with 10 wine books published, and as wine tour organisers with more than 30 years’ experience. You can be sure of getting the best wine travel experiences with BKWine Tours.

Read more on the wine producers and wineries we visit.

A true gourmet experience: food and gastronomy

For us, wine and food are intimately linked, and this is a fundamental part of our wine travel philosophy. For this reason, a wine tour with BKWine is always an outstanding culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A BKWine tour is a gastronomic voyage that explores the deep relationship between food and wine.

Read more On Meals: Food and Gastronomy on Our Tours.

Customer Protection,  Financial Travel Guarantee, and Terms and Conditions

You can always feel safe when you book your tour with BKWine. BKWine has a bonded bank guarantee that gives full protection according to EU and Swedish law. BKWine is a Swedish limited company and as such is regulated by strict rules.

Read more on Customer Protection, Financial Travel Guarantee. and our Terms and Conditions.

When you book a tour it is important that you read the terms and conditions. BKWine’s booking terms and conditions follow the guidelines developed by the Consumer Protection Agency.

Health, vaccination and allergies

Our tours have no particular health requirements although inevitably we will be walking a certain amount in wine cellars and vineyards. Sensible footwear is a must.

Most of our travel destinations have no particular health guidelines or requirements for vaccinations or medical certificates, but if in doubt, you should always consult a medical professional, vaccination centre or relevant embassy in your country of origin.

We can always accommodate food allergies. However, in order for us to manage such requests you must let us know about any allergies before the tour starts.

Read more in our FAQ and in our Terms and Conditions.

Travel insurance

BKWine does not sell travel insurance. If you want travel insurance, check if your regular home insurance policy includes some kind of travel insurance, or contact your regular insurance company or a travel insurance specialist.

Custom Tours

We also offer custom wine and food tours if you want to travel on different dates, or if you want something different to what we currently offer on our scheduled tours. This tailor-made service can be offered for individuals, companies, professionals, wine tastings clubs etc.

Important information

Our groups are always small. The number of people in the group may vary. The maximum can range from 8 to around 20; check the details in each programme. But our groups are always modest in size. This is important because it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.

Read the BKWine Booking Terms and Conditions here. They are important to you!

You are expected to organise your travel independently to the destination for most of our tours, but once you are at the location, we take care of everything.

For more inspiration

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The Gimblett Gravels unique terroir is expressed in Unison Vineyards wines https://www.bkwinetours.com/travelog/the-gimblett-gravels-unique-terroir-is-expressed-in-unison-vineyards-wines/ https://www.bkwinetours.com/travelog/the-gimblett-gravels-unique-terroir-is-expressed-in-unison-vineyards-wines/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 18:12:41 +0000 https://www.bkwinetours.com/?p=5287 Gimblett Gravels has become a hot spot of New Zealand’s famous Hawke’s Bay wine region. And yet the soil here was considered worthless as late as the mid-1980s. There was nothing here except (this being New Zealand) some sheep. Around that time, however, somebody took a closer look at that deep, well-drained gravelly soil. And […]

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Gimblett Gravels has become a hot spot of New Zealand’s famous Hawke’s Bay wine region. And yet the soil here was considered worthless as late as the mid-1980s. There was nothing here except (this being New Zealand) some sheep. Around that time, however, somebody took a closer look at that deep, well-drained gravelly soil. And before long the sheep were gone. The sheep were replaced by neat rows of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. In 30 years, 2000 acres (800 hectares) were planted. Union Vineyard was among the first to realize the potential of Gimblett Gravels.

Read more on Britt’s article on BKWine Magazine, originally published on Forbes: New Zealand pioneer Unison Vineyard interprets Gimblett Gravels terroir | Britt on Forbes.

Join us on the wine tour to New Zealand in February 2021.

You can see plenty of pictures and videos (including the above) on our New Zealand wine tour Facebook group.

Pinot noir ready for harvest in Hawke's Bay
Pinot noir ready for harvest in Hawke's Bay, copyright BKWine Photography

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Burgundy Wine Tour https://www.bkwinetours.com/wine-food-travel/popular-tour-destinations/wine-tour-burgundy/ https://www.bkwinetours.com/wine-food-travel/popular-tour-destinations/wine-tour-burgundy/#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 16:41:15 +0000 https://www.bkwinetours.com/?p=5594 The wine tour to the Côte d’Or, the heart of Burgundy, exclusive wines, family owned wine estates, world famous villages — This wine tour takes you to the Côte d’Or, the heart of Burgundy. It is a magic place. It can make anyone dream. It is a special feeling to travel through these famous villages […]

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The wine tour to the Côte d’Or, the heart of Burgundy, exclusive wines, family owned wine estates, world famous villages

— This wine tour takes you to the Côte d’Or, the heart of Burgundy. It is a magic place. It can make anyone dream. It is a special feeling to travel through these famous villages that produce some of the world’s most expensive wines. And some of the most outstanding ones. And at the same time, making wine in Burgundy is not easy. It takes a skilful winemaker to bring out the best in the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. This is a wine tour with fabulous wines and wonderful French gastronomy.

Tour Highlights

  • 4 nights
  • Private tastings, approx. 10
  • Focus on the wines of Côte d’Or
  • Beaune
  • Price: [sample programme]
  • Magnificent tastings with grand cru wines
  • Meeting the winemakers
  • Organics and biodynamics
  • Outstanding Burgundian gastronomy

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Please Note: This Is A Sample Programme

This is a sample programme, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the programme, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

Next Wine Tour To Burgundy

  • This tour is currently not on our tour schedule. Contact us for information about future dates or to discuss a custom tour.

When it comes to Burgundy wines, especially the red pinot noir, you really have to know where to go to find the best. A mention of “grand cru” on the label is not always a proof of quality in the wine. You also have to know who was the producer. Nowhere else is the family name on the bottle as important. If you focus on finding “grand cru” on the label then you will miss many of the most exciting wines. The best way to discover the very best of Burgundy is to go there and to go there with someone who knows where to find the gems.

La Côte d’Or, “the golden slope”, is full of exciting vineyards. The classification system can sometimes seem complicated but when you come here you will see that it is actually quite straight forward. The producers that we will visit are a mix of famous, well-known wineries and rising stars.

Harvest time in Côte de Beaune in Burgundy
Harvest time in Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
Harvesting pinot noir in Burgundy
Harvesting pinot noir in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to taste a large number and a wide range of wines, from “simple” AOC/AOP Bourgogne up to the finest and most exclusive grand crus. Seldom do you get as extravagant wine tastings as on our tour to Burgundy. Our visits will be focused on the Côte d’Or, the heart of Burgundy. We stay centrally in Beaune, France’s most charming wine village with around 20,000 inhabitants. There are some superb restaurants to choose from.

This is a wonderful wine tour with extraordinary wines, gastronomic meals with regional specialities, personal winery visits and beautiful landscapes.

The tour is led by one of BKWine’s wine and travel expert guides.

Enjoying the sunshine in a café in Beaune, Burgundy
Enjoying the sunshine in a café in Beaune, Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
Enjoying the cafés in Beaune, Burgundy
Enjoying the cafés in Beaune, Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Programme — Burgundy wine tour

Preliminary programme.

Contact BKWine for more details.

Sample programme

This is a sample programme, an example. You can find the wine tours currently on the schedule here, or you can explore a custom designed wine tour by contacting us.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

Programme overview

  • Day 1, Wednesday — Arrival in Beaune
  • Day 2, Thursday — Côte de Nuits
  • Day 3, Friday — Côte de Nuits
  • Day 4, Saturday —Côte de Beaune
  • Day 5, Sunday — Heading back home

Wednesday, day 1 — Arrival in Beaune

Arrival in Beaune and check-in at our centrally located hotel, just a short walk from the Hôtel Dieu.

Beaune is a town with a lot of personality. It has a very old town centre. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés to explore. You can find both traditional French bistros, luxurious gourmet restaurants, even excellent Japanese food if you feel the need for something different. Plenty to keep you busy in the evenings.

Close to Place Carnot, the main square, you will find the Hôtel Dieu (Hospices de Beaune) that you should definitely try and visit. It is one of Burgundy’s and France’s great tourist attractions. It is, or was, a hospital dating back to the 15th century, it was finished in 1451. In the courtyard, you can see the extraordinary roof with coloured roof tiles, typical for Burgundy.

The evening is free to stroll around Burgundy.

Wine ageing in barrels in a cellar in Burgundy
Wine ageing in barrels in a cellar in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
Tasting wine in the cellar in Burgundy
Tasting wine in the cellar in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Thursday, day 2 — Côte de Nuits

After breakfast, our bus will pick us up and we leave Beaune and head north. We pass the famous Corton hill and continue towards Côte de Nuits.

We will visit a very interesting biodynamic estate in Morey-Saint-Denis, Domaine Michel Magnien. We will visit the wine cellar which is quite untraditional because many of the wines are fermented and aged in terracotta amphorae. The estate has some excellent vineyard locations and we will discover this during our magnificent tasting of premier and grand cru wines.

We then continue a little further north, past Gevrey-Chambertin, to the village of Fixin, where we will visit Philippe and Martine Bernard at Clos Saint Louis. First, we’ll go for a short walk and look at the vines together with Philippe, the owner and the winemaker. He will explain the importance of the work in the vineyard. Then our charming host and his wife invites us to a delicious lunch buffet. But not just any buffet. Everything is homemade by Martine herself. Philippe’s wines will go very well with the food.

On our way south again we stop in Vosne-Romanée and look at the most expensive and famous grand cru vineyards, La Romanée Conti, La Tâche and Richebourg, mythical wines that today cost several thousand euros. Per bottle. We end the day with a visit to a family winery in Prémeaux Prissey near Nuits-Saint-Georges. The family has more than 20 hectares of vineyards spread over as many appellations, both in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. They make wines in a structured, tannin-rich style.

The evening is free for taking a walk to explore Beaune. Stroll through the narrow streets, discover the old houses and perhaps the Town Hall.

A vineyard hut in Chambertin grand cru, Burgundy
A vineyard hut in Chambertin grand cru, Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
A vineyard hut in grand cru Chambertin in Burgundy
A vineyard hut in grand cru Chambertin in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Friday, day 3 — Côte de Nuits

Today our first visit will be up in the northern part of the Côte de Nuits. The entire Côte de Nuits is a narrow strip of land extending 23 kilometres from north to south. Here some of the world’s most sought-after red wines are made.

The last village in Côte de Nuits, before we reach Dijon, is Marsannay. Here we will visit the Guyot family, making wine in Marsannay for a long time. The current owner Olivier has been involved in the work on the estate since early childhood. He has some superb vineyards in Marsannay, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny and other villages in the Côte de Nuits.

The lunch today will be at a very high-quality estate with 11.5 hectares of excellent vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin and the neighbouring villages. The owner has prepared a true Burgundian four course lunch for us and we will drink some of their superb wines, including some premier and grand crus.

We then hop on the bus and head south again. We will stop and look at the beautiful Château du Clos de Vougeot, located in the middle of the grand cru vineyard of Clos de Vougeot. We will have an afternoon visit near Nuits-Saint-Georges before it is time to return to the hotel.

Late afternoon we are back in Beaune. Free evening. Maybe an aperitif at a wine bar to whet your appetite?

Time to rack the barrels in the cellar in Burgundy
Time to rack the barrels in the cellar in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
Wine ageing in barrels in Burgundy
Wine ageing in barrels in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Saturday, day 4 — Côte de Beaune

Today, the early riser can enjoy the Saturday morning market in Beaune. It is above all a wonderful food market but there is a little bit of everything.

Our first visit today is in Beaune. We will visit the well-known wine négociant Joseph Drouhin, which has its cellar in the middle of the oldest part of Beaune. Their beautiful cellars are the oldest in Beaune. Of course, we get to visit these and we end with a delicious tasting of some of Drouhin’s many wines.

The bus then picks us up and we head for the Corton hill. We will have lunch at Domaine Comte Senard in Aloxe-Corton. The estate was founded in 1857 when Jules Senard bought a 2 hectare vineyard called Clos des Meix. The estate now has 9 hectares, many of which are great locations on the Grand Cru Corton hill. Corton Grand Cru, red and white, will also be the theme of our excellent Burgundian lunch. We will compare different locations on the Corton hill.

For our afternoon visit, we head south, towards one of the last villages in the Côte de Beaune, Santenay. We will visit a wine estate here which is actually in a real château, which is quite unusual in Burgundy. The château dates back to the 15th century. The wines are splendid, both the whites and the reds.

Late afternoon we are back in Beaune. Free evening. Maybe it’s time to find those Burgundian specialities that you haven’t tried yet?

A villa in a vineyard in Burgundy
A villa in a vineyard in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
A house among the vineyard with a Burgundy roof
A house among the vineyard with a Burgundy roof, copyright BKWine Photography

Sunday, day 5 — Heading back home

The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.

There may be changes to some details of the programme, e.g. which wineries we visit. We put great effort into making your visits both exceptional and memorable. For this reason we often visit other than the most obvious, big-name producers (where there are often a number of guides employed). Instead we chose to give you a more unique, personal experience at our carefully selected estates, often (but not always) meeting the owner or the winemaker.

Go For It!

We’d love to have you with us.

Old bottles of Batard Montrachet grand cru 1964 in Burgundy
Old bottles of Batard Montrachet grand cru 1964 in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
Old bottles in the cellar in Burgundy
Old bottles in the cellar in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Even more info

We have written a lot about Burgundy and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.

The Burgundy Wine Book

One of the many internationally award winning wine books we, the BKWine Tours founders, have written is on Burgundy, but unfortunately it is not currently available in English.

As far as we know, no other wine tour operator has a track record of authoring ten or more wine books, so you can feel confident that you will get the most competent and high-quality wine tour with BKWine.

Burgundy, the wines, regions and producers, book by BKWine, Britt & Per Karlsson

More wine books

We have written more than ten wine books. They have won both national and international wine writing awards.

No other wine tour organiser has a comparable knowledge, competence and experience.

A collection of wine books written by BKWine

Tour Details — Burgundy Wine Tour

Dates: [this is a sample programme]

Price per person: [this is a sample programme]

Single room supplement: [this is a sample programme]

Sample programme

This is a sample programme, an example. You can find the wine tours currently on the schedule here, or you can explore a custom designed wine tour by contacting us.

ADJUST TOUR DETAILS AS NEEDED, LUNCHES DINNERS ETC ETC ETC

Included in the price:

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation, double occupancy, including breakfast in a good quality hotel in Beaune
  • Meals as described in the programme above (*):
    • 3 gastronomic multi-course lunches including tasting of different wines; at wine estate or local restaurant
  • Start and end point: Beaune
  • Bus transport during the whole trip
  • All vineyard and winery visits
  • Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
  • Interpretation from French as needed, though some visits may be in English
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide

(*) See below for more important information on our meals.

Not included:

  • Travel (flights etc) to the destination and back to your home location.

You are responsible for organising your travel to and from Beaune yourself.

If you would like assistance organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.

It is easy to get to Beaune from Paris with the TGV high-speed train from the Gare de Lyon train station. It takes around two hours. There are also some direct trains from the Charles de Gaulle Airport. Other possibilities is to fly in to the Lyons airport or Geneva.

We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time. It is a very interesting place and well worth some regular, non-wine related tourism too. We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights as needed.

For this tour to take place we must have a minimum of 4 participants registered by the “book before” date. Maximum number of tour participants: 10.

Book This Tour

Book before: [this is a sample programme]

Booking is confirmed by paying the booking fee of [sample programme, this varies by trip]. Full payment should be received at the latest [sample programme, usually one month or 60 days, depending on the trip] before the departure date (see our terms and conditions). Details on how to pay will be sent to you when you register.

It is important that your read our travel booking terms and conditions.

We also invite you to read more on why you should travel with BKWine, about customer protection, and about what you can expect from our wine tours in the section below “More on our wine tours”.

You book by contacting Britt Karlsson, BKWine:

  • phone: +33 1 58 88 04 66 or +33 6 80 45 35 70 (+33 is the country code for France)
  • Skype: “bkwine”. Call us on skype.
  • email: info@bkwine.com, or use the contact form below

“I want to book this tour” or “I want more info.”

(*) = required

Important: We automatically send you a copy of this email when you submit it. If you have not received it within a few minutes: 1) check your spam folder, 2) consider resending it, you might have misspelled your email address. Or simply send us a normal email using our address noted just above.

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More on our wine tours

Why travel with BKWine?

We are Britt and Per Karlsson. We are specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also experts in wine in general. We are internationally published wine writers and have written ten award-winning wine books.

No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tourism and gourmet travel.

We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours, and this is what we love to do. We take it very seriously – it is not a sideline or a hobby – and what we want more than anything is to share all these wonderful experiences with you.

All our tours are led and managed by guides who have in-depth wine knowledge, and in many cases we lead the tours ourselves.

Read more on why you should choose BKWine for your wine and food tour.

Thousands of happy customers

Over the years, thousands of wine lovers have travelled with us. Many come back to tour again and again with BKWine to new wine regions. Our record-breaking client has been on more than ten BKWine tours. We are happy and proud to have such faithful customers.

Read more on what travellers have said about our tours.

Awards and Mentions

We’re pleased and proud to have received many accolades, including:

  • “World’s Top Wine Tours”, Travel+Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
  • “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
  • “Recommended Wine Tours”, Munskänkarna, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
  • “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year”, Gourmand International awards, and many other book prizes
  • Three OIV book awards, International Organisation of Vine and Wine
  • “Wine Personality of the Year”, an honour bestowed on Britt Karlsson by Munskänkarna in 2011, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association
  • Inclusion on the Wine Media Power List, by Wine Business International magazine

About the wine producers and wineries we visit

Our aim is for you to experience some of the very best and most interesting aspects of the wine world, in terms of wine and food.

We put great effort into creating outstanding winery visits, and in this way we are quite different to many wine tour organisers. It is not always the most renowned, internationally known estates that offer the best experiences. Organising a wine tour featuring famous names of the wine world is relatively easy: it is merely a question of making lists and ticking boxes. On those kind of “bucket list” wine tours, you rarely meet the winemaker or the owner. You will simply be one of thousands of visitors they receive each year.

We do things differently. With BKWine Tours, you will meet the people behind the label, often the winemakers and/or the owners. Thanks to them, you will have a unique, truly personal experience and an insight into the wine world that no one else can offer. When you travel with BKWine, you are more like a special guest than a tourist.

We have personal connections and unparalleled knowledge thanks to more than 20 years as wine journalists, with 10 wine books published, and as wine tour organisers with more than 30 years’ experience. You can be sure of getting the best wine travel experiences with BKWine Tours.

Read more on the wine producers and wineries we visit.

A true gourmet experience: food and gastronomy

For us, wine and food are intimately linked, and this is a fundamental part of our wine travel philosophy. For this reason, a wine tour with BKWine is always an outstanding culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A BKWine tour is a gastronomic voyage that explores the deep relationship between food and wine.

Read more On Meals: Food and Gastronomy on Our Tours.

Customer Protection,  Financial Travel Guarantee, and Terms and Conditions

You can always feel safe when you book your tour with BKWine. BKWine has a bonded bank guarantee that gives full protection according to EU and Swedish law. BKWine is a Swedish limited company and as such is regulated by strict rules.

Read more on Customer Protection, Financial Travel Guarantee. and our Terms and Conditions.

When you book a tour it is important that you read the terms and conditions. BKWine’s booking terms and conditions follow the guidelines developed by the Consumer Protection Agency.

Health, vaccination and allergies

Our tours have no particular health requirements although inevitably we will be walking a certain amount in wine cellars and vineyards. Sensible footwear is a must.

Most of our travel destinations have no particular health guidelines or requirements for vaccinations or medical certificates, but if in doubt, you should always consult a medical professional, vaccination centre or relevant embassy in your country of origin.

We can always accommodate food allergies. However, in order for us to manage such requests you must let us know about any allergies before the tour starts.

Read more in our FAQ and in our Terms and Conditions.

Travel insurance

BKWine does not sell travel insurance. If you want travel insurance, check if your regular home insurance policy includes some kind of travel insurance, or contact your regular insurance company or a travel insurance specialist.

Custom Tours

We also offer custom wine and food tours if you want to travel on different dates, or if you want something different to what we currently offer on our scheduled tours. This tailor-made service can be offered for individuals, companies, professionals, wine tastings clubs etc.

Important information

Our groups are always small. The number of people in the group may vary. The maximum can range from 8 to around 20; check the details in each programme. But our groups are always modest in size. This is important because it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.

Read the BKWine Booking Terms and Conditions here. They are important to you!

You are expected to organise your travel independently to the destination for most of our tours, but once you are at the location, we take care of everything.

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Useful tips on tipping, eating, money, taxis and other things when travelling in Argentina in South America.

Take the advice here as an indication. Things change over time, they will be different in different places, and they don’t always follow the rules – which are not so much rules as customs which can vary. With this word of caution, here are some pointers on practical points that can be challenging for visitors.

UPDATE: The Argentine currency has in recent times been quite volatile, so the exchange rates mentioned here, and the approximate sums in local currency given, are no longer correct. For guidance, use the euro or dollar figures.

The flag of Argentina
The flag of Argentina, copyright BKWine Photography

Tipping in Argentina

Tipping is not mandatory in Argentina, but it is often done. Service staff are often poorly paid and tips are an important additional source of income.

Tipping is best done in the local currency of Argentinian pesos. 1 euro (EUR) is ~67 peso (ARS). 1 US dollar (USD) is ~60 peso (ARS). Or to put it another way: 1 peso is worth a bit less than 1.5 euro cents and a bit more than 1.7 USD cents. (As per early 2020.) IMPORTANT: The Argentine peso is very unstable so this exchange rate will not last long. In the following, we’ll use USD or euro. Sometimes we indicate the ARS amount with [XX].

You can also tip in major foreign currencies (USD, EUR) provided it is bills (bank notes). Never tip with foreign coins, as they cannot be exchanged and are thus worthless. Tipping small amounts in euros/USD is problematic since euro/USD-coins are worthless here. It is better to tip with local currency.

Note: tipping in Argentina is fairly similar to tipping in Chile.

European euros
European euros, copyright BKWine Photography

Tipping in restaurants

Although it is not compulsory, one would normally tip in a restaurant. If the service and food have been awful then you can of course leave without tipping; in other circumstances, a tip of around 10% is normal, and if service and food have been very good, a more generous tip will be appreciated.

Usually, the tip (propinas) is not included on the bill (and not charged to your card) so remember to have cash in your pocket for tips. If you try and pay a tip with your credit card it most likely will not go to the waiter.

Some restaurants also have a cover charge (servicio de mesa, cubierto). This is a tip but a fee for the table, similar to the bread charge sometimes encountered in Italy.

The rule for cafés with table service by a waiter are the same thing: it is better to give the money directly to the person you’re tipping rather than leaving it on the table, to avoid the risk of it “disappearing”.

Lunching at the Zuccardi winery in Mendoza
Lunching at the Zuccardi winery in Mendoza, copyright BKWine Photography

Tipping in hotels

Porter: it is good to tip the porter at a hotel. Tip a reasonable amount per bag if he carries it for you, both on arrival and departure.

Room cleaning staff: can be tipped. A reasonable amount per day, especially if you have required something extra.

Concierge: not always tipped.

Tipping in taxis (and transfers)

It is not necessary to tip a taxi driver but it is normal (and expected) to round up to a convenient amount, i.e. at least to leave the change. If some extra service has been given (carrying bags,…) an additional tip might be in order. (However, some people say that you should never tip a taxi so practice varies…) If service has been poor you can try and insist on getting your change.

Tipping for a private transfer for a long ride (eg Buenos Aires international airport) could be [XX] pesos / $5 USD, or US$2 per person or similar.

Don’t expect to pay with a credit/debit card in a taxi, as yypically they only take cash.

A Radio Taxi on the Avenida de 9 Julio in Buenos Aires
A Radio Taxi on the Avenida de 9 Julio in Buenos Aires, copyright BKWine Photography

Tipping tour guides

If you go on a one-day tourist excursion or something similar, it is normal to tip the guide, especially if he/she has been good and/or extra helpful.

A tip of (5-)10-20% of the tour price or something like [XX] peso is fine.

Shopping hours in Argentina

Typically, shops open at 9 or 10 am and close around 8pm. On Saturdays they are often closed in the afternoon (closing at around 1 or 2pm), and on Sundays they are closed all day. Larger shopping centres may have longer hours and may even be open on Sundays.

Banks, telecom shops and similar “non-commercial” entities may have much shorter opening hours. Make sure you check the opening hours if you need to visit this kind of business.

There are lots of antique shops in the San Telmo District in Buenos Aires
There are lots of antique shops in the San Telmo District in Buenos Aires, copyright BKWine Photography

Currency and money in Argentina

In previous times, the Argentine peso was not convertible. There was an officially controlled exchange rate that did not reflect the real value of the peso. If you wanted to get a better deal for your dollars/euros you could go to a black market currency exchange (known as the blue currency market).

The Macri government changed all this and today, you can even order paper money from a currency exchange office before you go to Argentina (something that was previously very difficult or even impossible). What will happen now with the new (Kirchner) government remains to be seen.

The currency in Argentina is pesos (the same name as in Chile but with a different value) and the symbol used is $, so be careful how you interpret some sums. The international currency code is ARS. A peso is divided into 100 centavos.

Bills /bank notes exist in the following denominations: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 pesos, and more recently some higher denominations.

Centavos and smaller denominations of pesos are in coin form.

At the time of writing (early 2018):

  • EUR 1 is about [XX] ARS – 100 peso is around [XX] euro
  • USD 1 is around [XX] peso – 100 peso is around US$ [XX]

As mentioned, the ARS is so unstable that it does not make sense to put an exchange rate here; we suggest that you look it up on the internet instead.

Here is a good currency converter from Oanda and you can also create your own pocket-sized cheat-sheet (print one and cut it out, in both directions).

Argentinian pesos
Argentinian pesos, copyright BKWine Photography

The Argentine peso is now convertible. The ARS has lost a lot of value in recent times. (Early 2016, 1 euro was 14.5 peso and early 2018 it is around 23 peso. This is probably to a large extent due to the opening up of the economy and the exchange rate is moving to a truer value than the previously inflated illusory official rate. Argentina was previously a very closed economy with strict currency controls. This is changing, which in the long run will be very good for the country although a weakening currency can be hard on the people in the short term.) This is now history. We will have to wait and see what happens with the new government. (as of early 2020)

Credit cards and cash machines (ATM)

Credit cards are widely accepted in Argentina, Visa, Master Card, and American Express.

ATMs (cash machines) to withdraw Argentinean Pesos can be found in many places and accept foreign cards.

A word of warning: There has been (and still is, I believe) an upper limit on how much you can withdraw from an ATM at each transaction. This is for security and fraud reasons. This limit is relatively low. If you need more you will have to make multiple withdrawals, with the risk of running up more bank charges. Update: In 2019 this upper limit seems to have been removed. In some cases, cash machines also run out of money (or for some reason don’t accept a foreign card) so you might need to go ATM hunting. In Buenos Aires, there are plenty of ATMs, in other cities much fewer.

It is a good idea to make sure you always have some small(ish) denomination ARS bills which will make it easier to tip.

Enjoying lunch in Mendoza in the garden under the rosé-pepper tree
Enjoying lunch in Mendoza in the garden under the rosé-pepper tree, copyright BKWine Photography

Restaurants, meal times

Meal times vary, but lunch in Argentina is generally between midday and 3pm. Peak time is after 1pm. Restaurants open for dinner around 8pm but can sometimes open earlier and sometimes later, and usually don’t start filling up until around 9pm.

The bill (check) will not be brought to your table when you have finished, as that would be considered rude, so you have to ask for it. For tipping, see above.

Tap water

It is safe to drink tap water in Argentina’s big cities (e.g. Buenos Aires) and in most of the rest of the country (Mendoza etc). In smaller, isolated towns it is most likely safe too, but the smaller the place, the less certain you can be.

The bigger issue is more likely to be taste: the tap water may have a taste is unfamiliar/unpleasant, in which case we suggest you switch to bottled water instead.

Restaurants rarely serve tap water. Bottled water is available as either agua sin gas (still mineral water) or agua con gas (sparkling mineral water).

Electricity

Argentina uses the same electricity standard as in most of Europe ie. 220 volts and 50 Hz (which is different to the US), but keep in mind that today, many electronic devices adapt automatically to different voltages and frequencies.

The plug is a “Type I” with two diagonal prongs. If it is with earth (ground) there is a third straight prong. Sometimes you also find the “European” plug called “Type C”.

More on electricity plugs on www.iec.ch/worldplugs/.

Electricity plug Type I, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand...
Electricity plug Type I, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand..., copyright BKWine Photography
Electricity plug Type C, Europe, Chile...
Electricity plug Type C, Europe, Chile..., copyright BKWine Photography

Telecommunications

You can get a local SIM card for calling or for data at different telecoms companies, e.g.:

  • Claro (by América Móvil)
  • Movistar (by Telefónica Spain)
  • Personal (by Telecom Argentina)
  • (Nextel – 4G/LTE only, not yet available)

You need to buy a SIM card, called chip, and then separately buy a “cargo” for the subscription or the pre-paid amount you want to put on the SIM. There are no particular requirements for registration, but it is advisable to have your passport with you all the same, just in case.

When you have the SIM card and the cargo you need to send a specific SMS to the operator to launch the service.

We have a detailed explanation here:

https://www.bkwinetours.com/travelog/internet-argentina-sim/

A view from a Mendoza winery over vineyards and the Andes
A view from a Mendoza winery over vineyards and the Andes, copyright BKWine Photography

Dress code when visiting wineries and restaurants

There is no particular dress code when visiting wineries, and there is certainly no pressure to dress formally, so we encourage you to simply wear comfortable clothes. It is likely that there will be quite a lot of walking and standing in the vineyard and winery, so choose comfortable footwear. It is fine to wear shorts on warm days, but we’d suggest keeping your shoulders and upper arms covered as the sun can be fierce. For this reason, always bring some kind of sun hat, and sun lotion, and perhaps a long-sleeved shirt if you want to be sure of avoiding sun burn as we will certainly be spending time outside in the vineyards.

A light sweater could be useful if you’re apprehensive about the slightly cooler temperatures of the wine cellars, but you’re unlikely to feel chilly.

There is no particular dress code in restaurants either: we suggest a smart/casual approach.

On border control

At the time of writing, foreign visitors must fill in an entry form that is then stamped by the customs officer on entry. You should keep the part that is given back to you in your passport as it will be requested when you leave the country.

Update: As of 2020, this seems to have been discontinued.

A note on safety

Argentina is not a particularly dangerous country, but there is a lot of poverty. In Buenos Aires in particular you should be mindful of your safety and take extra care:

  • The biggest concern is pickpockets. Handbags, cameras, loose jewellery can also be snatched. Keep a close eye on your (hand)bag when in a restaurant, and avoid loosely hanging cameras, showy jewellery, open bags, phone/wallet left lying on the table etc.
  • In Buenos Aires in particular there is a tradition of demonstrations (particularly in front of the president’s Casa Rosada). Keep clear.
  • Be aware of your environment and take care when going into poorer or rougher areas (e.g. around La Boca in Buenos Aires).
  • Prefer “radio taxi” when hailing a taxi, with a company logo on the passenger door.
  • Be careful when crossing the street, even at traffic lights, and even if the light is green for you.

So now you have a solid grounding in the practical details relating to travel in Argentina.

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The colourful La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina
The colourful La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina, copyright BKWine Photography

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