Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours
SUPERB WINE TOURS with SPECIAL VISITS & TASTINGS
Arblaster & Clarke’s Wine Tours are enjoyable holidays with great wine experiences. You’ll have special visits to the cellars and be treated to private wine tastings often with the winemakers themselves. You’ll taste and learn about superb, rare and undiscovered wines.
You’ll enjoy gourmet and regional food, deliciously matched to the wines. Dining as a private guest at a bodega, winery or renowned Bordeaux chateau is one of the ultimate experiences that you can have on a wine tour. Being taken by one of the world’s great experts to the ‘unvisitable’ domaines in Burgundy is another. Arblaster & Clarke make these kind of remarkable events happen.
Our famous & original escorted Champagne Weekends, are offered many times a year, as they have been every year since 1987. You’ll taste at least 25 Champagnes, visit the caves, have great comparative tastings, enjoy a meal at one of the cellars and Champagne breakfasts every day! See also our luxury Ultimate Champagne Tour and our Champagne festivals.
NEW WORLD WINE TOURS
Join us in California, November 2013.
NEW 2014 Tours: Chile, Argentina & Uruguay & South Africa, 15-23 Feb. New World wine tours for February 2013 were the Vineyards of Chile and South Africa. Future tours include Australia and New Zealand.
OPERA & WINE TOURS & OPERA BREAKS
Our Opera programme for 2013 features Wine & Opera tours to Italy; to the Verona festival and Provence, Aix en Provence. Plus Private Opera trips to ‘La Scala’, Milan, ‘La Fenice’, Venice, ‘Staatsoper’, Vienna and the Verona Festival. There is also date for the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, Tuscany.
EXPERT LED WINE TOURS
Arblaster & Clarke’s wine tours are led by knowledgeable, approachable wine experts. They include “Masters of Wine’ (MWs), Wine Writers, merchants and consultants, including some of the top names in the wine-world.
With our Wine Guides, many of whom are good friends with the wine-makers and chateaux owners, you’ll get the most out of your visits to the cellars and wine regions. They will comment on wines and explain the terroir and history, normally with ‘insider’ stories and humour. They also often host their own tastings, so you learn about (and enjoy!) further wines.
THE PIONEERS OF WINE TOURISM
See our latest pioneering tour: Georgia.
Great wine tourism also involves an element of exploring. A&C’s tours take you to the wine regions of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and many other countries. In France this means visiting the beautiful vineyards of Alsace as well as say Champagne, Rhone or Burgundy; In Italy, it means visiting top growers in Trentino and Sicily as well as Tuscany. It can also mean going to Chile, looking at the origin of wine in Georgia or exploring Barolo on a Piemonte vineyard walk.
A&C pioneered the concept of wine tourism in many parts of France, as well as Spain, Italy, Portugal and took the first international consumer wine tours to many countries including Australia & Argentina. A&C wine holidays are designed with deep knowledge of the wine regions and with the benefit of many years of experience.
Thank you again. RM, Burgundy”
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- Telegraph - Arblaster & Clarke lead the way with by far the best selection of wine tours
- Arblaster & Clarke Walking Holidays top for 2013 by Lonely Planet & The Sunday Times
- Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours Gift Vouchers - Great presents!
- STOP PRESS: Wine Tour programme for 2013 is now available!
25 YEARS OF GREAT WINE TOURS
“the operator is the best of its kind“ The Daily Telegraph
Best Destination Specialist Tour Operator (winner)
Best Coach Holidays Tour Operator (winner)
Best Short Break Tour Operator (runner-up)
Or explore by date or theme
Last Minute for departures in the next couple of months.
Dates & Prices full list of winetours scheduled for next year and tours that have gone ahead in the past.
Destinations The wine regions we visit: from Bordeaux & Tuscany to South Africa, Australia & Chile.
Types of Holidays Winetours, Walking in the vineyards, Wine Weekends, Private Groups, Opera breaks, Small ship Wine Cruises….
A&C IN THE PRESS in 2013
50 Great Cultural Tours, The Daily Telegraph, 8 February
52 Best Weekends, The Sunday Times, 6 January
25 Top Holidays (France), The Sunday Times, 3 February
25 Top Holidays (Spain & Portugal), Sunday Times, 10 Feb
25 Top Holidays (Italy), The Sunday Times, 17 February
52 Best Weekends Away, Lonely Planet, February 2013
English Wine Walk as in Lonely Planet Traveller’s 52 Best Weekends Away, February 2013.
Alsace Vineyard Walk as featured in Top 25 Holidays in France for 2013, The Sunday Times.
Cognac Wine Breaks as featured in February Cognac Uncorked, The Sunday Times.
THE BLOG – Go to the blog
See Tim Clarke’s postings from Georgia in the Caucasus. Tim was asked to write a strategy for wine tourism in Georgia. Also see reports on the economic impact of Wine Tourism in Oporto, our research trips and comments on wine related issues.
VIDEO of our Port Harvest Wine Tour!
MORE ABOUT A&C’s ORIGINAL WINE TOURS
Arblaster & Clarke is run by founders Lynette Arblaster & Tim Clarke. Our team offers the most imaginative and widest selection of winetours available anywhere in the world.
We do all our own research to create our wonderful wine tours and visits to the wineries, chateaux or Champagne cellars are chosen by our experienced in-house team of wine experts from among the world-famous chateaux and the up and coming stars, the “ones to watch”. The visits we arrange will be in depth and beyond the standard tasting room experience.
We make all the arrangements ourselves. More than this, you may find that the person you speak to on the phone or correspond with is the person who travels with you on your tour. In this world of ever larger corporations such personal service from the market leader is rare.
NO SURCHARGE GUARANTEE & 100% FINANCIAL PROTECTION
Once we’ve confirmed your booking, there will be no currency, fuel or other surcharges. You never pay more for booking early with A&C. Arblaster & Clarke is the only specialist wine tour operator offering 100%, externally regulated financial protection whether you choose to fly, travel by train, coach or car, and no matter where in the world you are travelling from.
Any Questions, Please Call Us!
from U.K: 01730 263111 (Monday-Friday, 9am to 5.30pm)
U.S.A: Local San Francisco line 415 906 5165 (Mon-Fri, 3.30am-12pm EST)
or International: 00 44 1730 263 111
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We are very happy to talk to you about our wonderful holidays; the escorted wine tours, opera tours and vineyard walks. We love our tours and are sure you will too!
Click here to read wine notes by Tim Clarke and other guest writers on the wine regions visited.
- Burgundy Vintages - *Tim Clarke's Burgundy Vintages...
- Champagne Wine Notes - Champagne the wine comes from the north east region of France of the same name. It is the most...