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About Us

Dear fellow wine lover,


My name is Annette and I would like to share my life’s passion with you: Wine!

My fascination with wine dates back to my student days at the University of Mainz. Mainz is one of the 10 Wine Capitals of the World and I quickly realized that in this city, wine is ubiquitous. The most affordable drink in student hangouts was a wine spritzer, the university offered general education classes in wine with accompanying tastings, and every other week there was a wine festival downtown. My husband, Christian, and I met during our freshman year; our shared passion for wine soon became a keystone of our life together.

We were curious about all aspects of wine and wine-making. We took evening wine classes, worked in the vineyards during harvest season, and spent our weekends exploring the hundreds of wineries in the surrounding countryside, tasting great wines right at the source. Wine is so multifaceted: the sip you are taking, and the smells and flavors you taste and describe, are an outcome of a combination of pure nature, production techniques in the cellar, and the philosophy of the winemaker. The different grape varietals, terroir, soils, the ever changing rhythm of nature, the culture the wine is imbedded in – not to mention the role wine has played in history and politics, and, of course, its inherent links to good food – we were hooked!

After thirtyfive years of exploring and tasting wine all over the world, and striving to combine the perfect wine with the perfect dish, friends from our student wine club days, the Hochheimer Wine Brotherhood, asked us to organize a tour of Bordeaux. Since we lived in France for an extended period of time, we got deep into French wines and friendships with wine estate owners had developed. Our fellow Wine Brotherhood members wanted to take advantage of this. To organize this tour in 2011 was so much fun for Christian and I that we decided to share our passion, our network within the wine community, and our in-depth knowledge of wine regions with you. Since then we put together tours of the wine regions we know best, and where we are at home: France and Germany.
Following his career at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, Christian returned to his passion of student days: wine. His daily blog, has taken off, and he is now a globally connected wine writer. Being a professional organizer of high-level international conferences - the majority of those were for the World Bank - as well as a people person, planning, implementing, and leading top level wine tours is a very enjoyable home-run for me. Christian's and my close personal ties with many players in the wine scene make every tour a very personal journey for each traveler in our small group.

With our special and complementary skill sets, Christian and I make an excellent team uniquely positioned to deliver a very personal, authentic, and unforgettable experience. Since we have no commercial interest anywhere in the wine and food business, we are completely free in choosing the wine estates and restaurants for our tours.

Come along: in a nutshell: our wine tours are "learning by doing". They are essentially hands-on wine classes on the ground - and also lots of fun!!

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All Previous Wine Tours At A Glance


Wine Tours GERMANY

Wine Tours FRANCE

<<<   Save the date for our wine tours in 2022   >>>


Rhône: Monday, June 13 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022 / 10 days - 9 nights

Germany South - Alsace: Saturday, July 02 - Monday, July 11, 2022 / 10 days - 9 nights

Germany North: Monday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 26, 2022 / 9 days - 8 nights

FALL 2022

NEW Austria: Thursday, September 01 - Saturday, September 10, 2022 / 10 days - 9 nights

Bordeaux: Tuesday, September 20 - Thursday, September 29, 2022 / 10 days - 9 nights

  <<< Participants are required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 >>>
Wine Tour

Bordeaux 2020

Taste first-class wines, enjoy exquisite wine pairing lunches and dinners at world-famous Châteaux, witness the art of making a barrique, visit an oyster farmer, get the full Bordeaux experience.

10 day immersion: September 01 – 10, 2020

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Wine Tour

Burgundy & Champagne 2021

Travel from Lyon to Paris, visit 15+ Wine Domaines, 3 Champagne Houses, discover historical gems such as Fontenay Abbey, Hospice de Beaune, experience French hospitality and genuine Burgundian cuisine.

11 day immersion: June 03 – June 13, 2021

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Wine Tour

Rhône 2020

Follow the Rhône river from Lyon to Arles exploring Côte Rôtie, Hermitage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Visit beautiful Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Séguret. Delve into Roman and medieval history, understand the impressionist painters love of the gorgeous Provence.

10 day immersion: June 08 – June 17, 2020

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Wine Tour

Germany South & Alsace 2020

Discover Germany's stunning Pinot-Noirs, compare the different wine styles of Germany and Alsace, indulge in beautiful, medieval wine villages, enjoy culinary highlights in both Germany and Alsace.

9 day immersion: May 15 – 24, 2020

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Wine Tour

Germany North 2021

Spend 9 days in the Rhein, Ahr, Mosel, and Nahe valleys, taste world-class Rieslings, delve deep into German history and culture.

9 day immersion: April 26 – May 04, 2021

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Wine Tour

Germany East 2020

Expect gorgeous Pinot-Blancs, Silvaner, Lemberger, attend performances at world-renowned theater houses, discover Germany's Christmas markets.

End November, early December, 2020

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Wine Blog

Schiller Wine Blog

I live in the greater Washington DC (US) and Frankfurt am Main (Germany) areas and write about wine.

A Daily, International Wine Blog

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