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
Escape the colder months of the Northern hemisphere and discover the vibrant wine scenes “down south” with the leading wine tours specialists. For 2014 the New World Tours are Chile, Argentina & Uruguay, South Africa and California
For 2015 our extensive world-wide programme will again include Australia and New Zealand (both of which we have been arranging tours to since the early 1990’s) and will also include Brazil for the first time.
OPERA & WINE TOURS & OPERA BREAKS
Our escorted Opera & Wine programme for 2014 includes a very special trip to two of the greatest Opera venues in the world: La Scala & La Fenice with leading opera tenors AND some superb wine estate visits. Or for the independent traveller, choose our Private Opera trips to ‘La Scala’, Milan, ‘La Fenice’, Venice or the great opera houses of Vienna, Madrid, Paris or Naples plus the Opera summer seasons in Verona and for the Puccini festival. We have personally experienced them all!
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 one of our many pioneering tours: 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.
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All 2014 Wine Tours are AVAILABLE to BOOK now!
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)
A&C received the stunning accolade of winning 3 awards from ATOUT FRANCE out of the 8 awards made. A massive achievement for a micro-specialist and given to us on the 25th anniversary of our first Champagne Tours.
A&C WINE FESTIVAL 2014. Vintners’ Hall.
Friday 14th March 2014
Including wines from Champagne Philipponnat; chateaux Pichon Longueville, Suduiraut & Petit-Village; Benanti; Feudi di San Gregorio; Contino; Liberty Wines; Stone, Vine & Sun; Champagne Taittinger; Wines of Chile; Wine Treasury; Alejandro Fernandez (Pesquera, Condado de Haza, EL Viniculo & Dehesa la Granja); Dveri Pax; Quinta Vale D. Maria and Nyetimber.
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A&C IN THE PRESS in 2013
50 Great Cultural Tours, The Daily Telegraph
25 Top Holidays (France), The Sunday Times
25 Top Holidays (Spain & Portugal), Sunday Times
25 Top Holidays (Italy), The Sunday Times
52 Best Weekends Away, Lonely Planet
Spain Booking Guide, The Daily Telegraph
Liquid Inspiration (Ribera del Duero Walk), FT
Taking a Turn on Portugal’s wild side, Sunday Telegraph
English Wine Walk as in Lonely Planet Traveller’s 52 Best Weekends Away
Alsace Vineyard Walk as featured in Top 25 Holidays in France for 2013, The Sunday Times.
Cognac Wine Breaks Cognac Uncorked, The Sunday Times.
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.
See Tim Clarke’s postings from Georgia in the Caucasus when Tim was asked to write a strategy for wine tourism in Georgia. Also our reports on research trips and comments on wine related issues. Go to the blog
Any Questions, Please Call Us!
from U.K: 01730 263111 (Monday-Friday, 9am to 5.30pm)
or International: 00 44 1730 263 111
Or Email us
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!
VIDEO of our Port Harvest Wine Tour!
Click here to read wine notes by Tim Clarke and other guest writers on the wine regions visited.
- Burgundy Vintages - p=. 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...