The Tour Master: Peter SmithPeter Smith is one of if not the world's most experienced wine tour specialist. Not only has he been operating tours to the world's finest wineries since1993, but he has developed a profound knowledge of winemaking that has earned him the respect and friendship of many of the top winemakers around the globe. He is a member of the Jurade of St. Emilion and the Chablisiens of Chablis - the winemakers brotherhood. He's also a member of the Wine Educators Society. He is an acclaimed wine and travel journalist and currently writes for the Sommelier Journal (www.sommelierjournal.com) as well his freelance work. Regarded as a leading expert in the wine tourism industry, Peter has been a keen speaker at wine tourism seminars and has consulted for wineries in developing their wine tourism programs.
A tour led by Peter is an experience in deluxe VIP travel combined with an education in winemaking. Without realizing how much they are "working" during the tour, his guests come home with wealth of knowledge about the region and its wines that is simply not possible without being there with him.
With a background in food, wine and hospitality management, Peter is well qualified to cater to the most demanding needs of our clients - in past lives he has managed hotels and restaurants, and for several years he and his wife Holly catered to the world's elite on private yachts as a captain/cook team.
His attention to detail and customer care extends from the minute he starts planning an itinerary for his clients through every aspect of their tour, from special dietary needs to arranging visits to personal favorite wineries, with a genuine concern for the comfort, well-being and enjoyment of each one of his guests. When he is unable to personally host a tour, his hand-picked guides share his commitment to top-quality service.
His list of past clients extends from wine consumers to celebrities, to international business and community organizations to wine professionals who have used him for study tours, and he treats each and every one of his clients as the most important he's ever had!