A NEW
WINE TOURS PROGRAMME

After a hiatus for several years from designing and leading wine tours, I’m really pleased to present this programme of great tours which are operated by Kirker Holidays.

Covid19 Crisis

We have cancelled the Rioja & Northern Spain and Sicily tours and rescheduled these to Autumn 2021. Autumn 2020. Regretably, in the end the Champagne Tour had to be cancelled too and is now resheduled for November 2021. 

Kirker is a fully bonded travel firm and is backed by the Kouni group. It is a member of ABTA and AITO and is licensed by the CAA holding an ATOL. All payments made are secure and full refunds are made immediately in the event that we have to withdraw tours.

CHAMPAGNE, RIOJA, GEORGIA, SICILY & SOUTH AFRICA

The first tour was a fabulous Champagne Tour in November 2019 and we’re repeating this in 2021 with superb visits lined up to the great Champagne Houses Taittinger, Bollinger and Philipponnat. There will be the rare chance to dine at the cellars and comparative tastings too. The tour also features a couple of leading small growers, Vilmart and Andre Jacquart.

For 2020/winter 2021, Kirker Holidays offered a programme including Rioja & Northern Spain, Georgia & Armenia, Sicily, Champagne and South Africa. However this programme had to be withdrawn due to the Pandemic

We are already planning the tours for 2021. So far we have a great tou and we’ll definitely be repeating Champagne on 22 – 25 November.

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Champagne

*NEW DATE* November 2021 Please Call

This great tour gives an insider’s view of Champagne in the company of Champagne expert Tim Clarke.

Rioja & N Spain

* NEW DATE * October 2021 Please Call

This new tour starts in Bilbao tasting some of the greatest wines in Spain finishing in Madrid.

Georgia & Armenia

14 - 28 September 2020 Postponed - Please call.

Our new tour to this spectacular region discovers ancient wine traditions and innovative producers who are shaking up the wine world.

Chateau de la Marquetterie – (hover over image)

Lopez de Heredia – (hover over image)

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On the tour you’ll have special visits to the ‘caves’ of some of the most prestigious Champagne marques Bollinger and Taittinger. You will also be introduced to the excellent smaller house Philipponnat and top grower-producers Vilmart and Andre Jacquart. 

Highlights will include the lunch with Bollinger and a tasting and dinner at Taittinger’s chateau outside Epernay, Château de la Marquetterie. Also, Tim will give a couple of master classes giving his insight and showing more top cuvees and some fascinating facets of Champagne. 

This tour has been featured by The Sunday Times as one of  ‘50 Great breaks in France‘ Jan 12 2020.

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There are visits to some of Spain’s greatest bodegas including CVNE group, first their state of the art Viña Real winery and lunch at their single estate Contino. Other Rioja bodegas include traditionalist Lopez de Heredia and up and coming Castillo de Cuzcurrita.

After this in Ribera del Duero we taste at great bodegas including with Alejandro Fernandez ‘Pesquera’ and  a stunning dinner at ‘Condado de Haza’. I’m excited that we’ll visit fast rising star Dominio de Cair and one of the oldest Ribera bodegas, Torremilanos (who are now biodynamic). Our last visit is in Rueda with the ‘natural’ radicals, Bodegas Micro Bio.

A superb wine tour through Rioja and Old Castille discovering the legendary hospitality of the bodegas.

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Georgia, a small, hospitable country on the far eastern edge of Europe, between the Lesser and Greater Caucasus Mountains, has at least 520 native grape varieties. Armenia, its southern neighbour, is where the oldest winery in the world has been found. This captivating region is where the vine originated and wines are still made here in pots sunk in the ground as they have been since Neolithic man first made wine here. There is a thriving wine culture that stretches back deep into the past and is strange and uplifting.

Although I’ve lead wine tours to Georgia before, this is I believe the first serious international consumer Wine Tour to Georgia and Armenia.

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Sicily Wine Tour

12 -21 October 2020 Postponed Please call

This great tour designed by Tim (who lead the first ever consumer wine tour of Sicily, is right up to the minute visiting the cutting edge producers.  

South Africa Wine Tour

18 - 29 February 2021 Postponed

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The tour starts with 2 nights in Taormina, visits Etna then Syracuse where we stay for 3 nights. This fabulous tour explores the gastronomy of the island and visits the most important historical and cultural sites.

Wine producers visited include: Enza La Fauci, Benanti, Barone de Villegrande, Cos and Planeta. 

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A brand new wine tour visiting Constantia, Swartland, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Elgin, Bot River and Hemel-en Aarde regions.

 The itinerary will include classic and rising star wineries including Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia, Meerlust, AA Badenhorst, Reyneke, Jordan, Thelema Mountain, Kannonkop, Rupert, GlenWood, Le Lude, Vergelegen, Paul Cluver, Hamilton-Russell and Creation. 

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Whether you are an expert oenophile or an enthusiastic amateur, Kirker offers a wide range of holidays to explore independently on a tailor-made holiday with car hire, private transfers and guided tours – the Kirker Concierge is also at your disposal to arrange visits and tastings at key vineyards.

Bespoke wine, opera & walking tours for private groups

Tim can also arrange  Wine Tours, Wine and Opera tours and Vineyards Walks for groups using his experience in tour design and network of contacts.

Porto from Vila Nova de Guia

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Tours to France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece & Georgia

La Fenice Venice

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Verona, Milan, Vienna, Rome, Naples

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Burgundy, Champagne and Rhone

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