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Wine Safari
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Owner description: WINE SAFARI/SIMPLE-EDUCATIONAL-FUN-SENSATIONAL.IT IS THE SERVICE FOR TOURISTS WANTING TO VISIT AND UNDERSTAND THE VINEYARDS OF THE RHONEVALLEY.
Reviewed August 31, 2013

A usual wine tour includes a few sips of complimentary (or sometimes not) wine, often served by a person with little knowledge of the product. Mike of Wine Safari surpassed our typical wine tour expectations with flying couleurs. He is a former chef, hotel beverage manager, and a current educator at hotel schools in Switzerland, Germany, and Holland. His knowledge of wines and viticulture extends to an understanding of the associated geography, history, gastronomy, and climatology. He picked us up at 8:30 a.m and we spent until 5 p.m. learning everything we ever wanted to know about the winemaking industry in the Rhone Valley. We visited a winery in Chateauneuf du Pape (as well as the ruins of the Pope's chateau), which included sampling almost a dozen wines. We ate lunch at a lovely outdoor restaurant before moving on to another winery in Gigondas. Mike's explanations were interesting and accessible, and he answered our questions with grace and good humor. Having him handle all the driving was a bonus - those narrow French roads can be hair-raising for us Canadians, but Mike chauffeured us with ease to places we never would have discovered ourselves. Recommend the tour without hesitation.

2  Thank Pamela Y
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We visited Châteauneuf-du-Pape with Mike and enjoyed it so much that we booked a second tour a few days later, this time to Gigondas. We were a group of 4 for the first and 6 for the second.

This tour is much more than a typical "sit down, sample a few wines" tasting. Mike picked us up near St. Remy and took us along a scenic route to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, stopping first at the ruins of the chateau, describing local history, geography, climate, AOC designations and standards, and so much more. Our next stop included a stroll through vineyards for a hands-on introduction to grape varieties, soil types, cultivation methods, grafting, pests, and disease.

The wine tasting included a broad range of whites and reds and a delicious dessert wine at the end, all enjoyed with ample time to savour and describe each one.

Our 2nd outing with Mike, this time to Gigondas, was similarly structured and equally satisfying.

Mike is clearly an expert in all things wine-related, but is very approachable and friendly. Heartily recommended!

4  Thank Lori C
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

I had a wine tour with Mike in late June. Wine Safari is not only wine tasting but also knowledge. He introduced the history, culture, weather and soil. I enjoyed the vineyard section very much. It’s a nice experience. Wine Safari is definitely better than other win tours.

2  Thank katelee0210
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

In late May, my wife and another couple spent a day touring the countryside of Provence with Mike of Wine Safari. I found his name and tour company listed in Rick Steve's guidebook for Mediterranean cruises. Mike picked us up dockside in Marseille and drove us through the countryside of Provence in his very comfortable van. We visited several ancient hill top villages and enjoyed a tour and tasting at a small family-run vineyard. Mike is delightful and his obvious enthusiasm for his job and this beautiful region of France make for a very enjoyable day. His knowledge of the area and its wine is broad and deep. We hope to return to the region someday for a longer stay and we will again call upon Mike to assist us in making the most of our visit.

1  Thank CLEtraveler
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Mike's background in the hotel industry and as chef certainly adds to his expertise and passion for the wine safari. The four of us were picked up at the ship and driven through the French countryside and made a stop in a small village before heading to the wine tasting at Domaine de Tara near Roussillon. We learned about the various grapes and wine making process before the actual tasting of eight wines--three reds, three whites and two dessert wines. We next were taken to Restaurant Chez Niño where we ate a delicious lunch overlooking the countryside and then made a stop to shop before returning to the ship. Mike's knowledge and personality made this tour memorable and we heartily recommend him and this tour!

1  Thank mcmuffy
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