With new times come new challenges, and also solutions. Luckily by the summer of 2021, the borders into Europe opened to a row of countries including the US where most of our guests come from. We were so thankful to be able to confirm 4 of our fall Grapetrotters trips with small groups of resilient travellers.

Tests had to be done for the travel-part, and we had to wear masks whenever inside the wineries or restaurants and use a lot of hand sanitiser. But at the end of the day, we had the wineries and wine regions to ourselves which was a great luxury, and the welcome had never been warmer, bringing tears to the eyes of many!

Travel is a necessary spice of life that you should stockpile! The moment may never seem "right" but you may find that life has a way of giving back to those who are courageous!

So, all our trips for 2020 have sadly been postponed to 2021. It was a big bummer for us as we were so looking forward to some of our first trips and to meeting other wine-loving travelers. But, alas, destiny set a different course for...well, the whole world.

So, we're sitting tight and getting the most out of this tragic situation, pursuing a lot of reading and a little bit of "research" travel - as much as we believe we can allow ourselves to at this moment.

Our two boys are now finally back in school. Proud parents of 3rd and 4th graders (proud because like most others we homeschooled them last year), we're now getting a bit of free time back and are planning the future trips in further detail for 2021 but also for 2022. We've decided to postpone Champagne and Sardegna to 2022 in favor of pushing Piemonte up to the beginning of September and doing an extra Umbria, Abruzzo, and Le Marche trip in May of 2021 - as the June one is already fully booked. Hope you'll take a look at the trips and start planning for the great come-back after the storm. The greatest revenge will be to travel better than ever before!

Here's a sort of preview of the Rhone trip that we did whilst traveling through checking out the sites, hotels, and restaurants. It's truly stunning and the wines are to die for!

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Bandol's deep red wine from the coast in southern France protagonist grape is Mourvedre.

Bandol is the name of a village and a small AOC on the coast of Provence. Here the Mourvedre grapes sunbathe eagerly in the reflection of the Mediterranean Sea. The region is particularly famous for its red wine, a bit of an exception in Provence.

Learn more about Bandol in the video with Pierre right underneath.

Check out our daily wine tours in Provence.