About Tim CLARKE

Tim Clarke is one of the pioneers of wine tours around the world.  With his wife Lynette Arblaster, he co-founded Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours, which they ran together for nearly 30 years. At A&C Tim designed the programme and personally led hundreds of tours to wine regions around the world. Under their ownership it became the world’s leading wine tours company. 

Tim and Lynette invented the concept of the ‘Champagne Weekend’ and pioneered Wine Tours in many regions around the world. Tim led the first international consumer wine tours to places as diverse as Australia, Sicily, Ribera del Duero, Georgia and Greece. 

Having sold Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours some years ago, Tim has been busy with other projects, including starting a wine project in Greece.

This year Tim was able to return to winetours again and has taken on the role at Kirker Holidays, developing a programme of superb up to the minute tours and wine holidays. Tim also consults and talks on Wine Tourism strategy.

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Tim Clarke is a wine consultant and an authority on Wine Travel & Tourism having been one of the pioneers in this field worldwide.

Tim co-founded Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours with his wife Lynette Arblaster in 1986. Starting with their original ‘Champagne Weekends’, A&C went on to pioneer wine tours around the world. Tim developed the tour concepts, designed almost all of the itineraries and chose most of the wineries visited. He created and expanded wine tourism ideas such as Wine & Opera Tours, Wine Cruises and Vineyard Walks. He has led parties of wine consumers on over 250 wine tours to 25 countries over the past 30 years.

In 2011, he took time out to write a ‘Wine Tourism Strategy’ for the Republic of Georgia’s Economic Prosperity Initiative.

In 2015, Tim and Lynette sold Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours as a profitable going concern and have had no involvement whatsoever with the firm since.

In autumn 2017 and again in 2018 and 2019, working with with friends on the Greek island of Samos, he made a Muscat Liastos (passito) wine, harvesting and sun drying the grapes and making the wine following millennia-honoured traditions.

Tim consults on aspects of wine tourism and wine identity. He has spoken at conferences in Spain, Portugal, Republic of Georgia and England, where he presented a paper on Wine Tourism strategy at the 9th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium in 2016. Tim is a member of the UK Wine Tourism Committee and Head of Wine Tours at Kirker Holidays.

Tim is a lover of authentic, terroir-driven wines. He was described in the Sunday Times as “one of the most entertaining and authoritative wine guides in the business” and by Wine Magazine as “the Jeremy Clarkson of Wine”. (He is not sure that this was an altogether good thing). In addition to his wine knowledge. His many interests include opera, cooking and wild food foraging. In addition to his wine knowledge, Tim is a keen historian and always gives historical context to his comment on wine.