Douro Wine Experience

Fine Wine is a subject pretty close to our hearts. Not surprising when you consider Jason used to be CD & part owner of a specialty wine business. Unfortunately perhaps things did not really go entirely to plan and he eventually gave it up. However, Jason remains on good terms with Bill (his former business partner) who has now also turned his attentions to Wines & Tours, launched in 2011.

Wines & Tours business partners Bill Warry & Nicholas Collis share the attitude that their wine tours should be ‘fun’. They always try to ensure a good balance between winery visits and relaxation! On one of their tours in Portugal, someone once remarked ‘We were a little worried that there might be too many people on the tour. This tour is just great. It is like visiting wineries with a group of friends’.

W&T offer an unusually large variety of wine-tour options, ranging from two-day tours to 12 day ones. In some countries there are even single-day excursions. Apart from dinner on an occasional free half day (that may be programmed into a tour), all their wine-tours include the cost of 3 meals per day, all hotel accommodation, excursions, winery visits, wine tastings and all transport from the tour start to the tour finish points. Prices start from just under 800 euros.

Sometimes Experience Counts

The founding team have a combined wine-trade experience of well over 50 years within the UK, handling many old and new world wine brands, made by both small independent wine producers and large well-established international wine producer groups:

– through a personal connection, Nicholas Collis joined the coveted wine-trade in 1972 at Gonzalez Byass, the famous sherry shipper in London and quickly adapted his sales and marketing skills, gained from previous years with other blue-chip organisations.

– a modern language graduate from King’s College London, Bill Warry spent most of his career in Marketing. He started selling wine more as a hobby than a business. Having spent many afternoons visiting vineyards in the South of France, he decided to try importing a pallet, saying to himself ‘I can always drink it with my friends if I can’t sell it.’ As it turns out, he did sell it and brought another two pallets that year.

If you would like more information about Wines & Tours, get in touch with Jason on 020 3869 4623. Who will put you in touch.