2022 is a wrap for the trips and it's been amazing to be back exploring wine country all over with you guys!

I wanted to give a little update on the 2023 trips that you can still book. Pierre and I will be really busy in the spring & early summer because of the farmhouse renovation project Camposasso in Chianti Classico, so we have opted to not do all the tours (you will see them marked as unavailable, partly also because we need you guys to be early birds and book your trips well in advance in order for us to reserve the necessary hotels.)

So yes, you (and should) look ahead and book for 2024 as well. There's a 500 euro registration fee, but it is fully refundable up to 12 months before the tour start (and after it is still flexible up to 4 months before a trip, so should something come up you can use the deposit towards any other Grapetrotters trip).

The tours that we confirm that we can run in 2023 are:

June - Umbria, Le Marche & Abruzzo

September - Piemonte

October - Bordeaux

October - Sicily

Join us - spots are limited!

Piemonte - October 2022

Sicily - October 2022

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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