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SIP - Small Independent Producers

SIP - Small Independent Producers

Join wine expert Nicolle Croft to visit the fabulous wine region of Bordeaux and gain a deep understanding of the region's famous appellations from the soils, to the making of wine, the different vintages and the often confusing classification systems.

Private Bordeaux Wine Tours "Over twenty years of experience, enables me to open doors and organise visits that truly go behind the scenes. I generally would advise visiting three châteaux per day of course the well-known impressive classified ones known throughout the world but also smaller family run châteaux, to meet face-to-face the passionate people who grow the grapes and make the wine -  "Real wine producers with wine-stained hands and soil on their shoes."

A hands-on connection with wine (having a property in St Emilion) keeps me informed 'from the inside' of the fascinating world of wine as it evolves through the year. Being an anglophone enables me to better communicate and understand your needs and build an individual itinerary that suits you. As a wine writer I am continually discovering new and interesting wines, people and places to show you.

Tramp round a vineyard, blend your own wine, taste wine direct from the barrel, or a range of old vintages, learn about food and wine matching with produce direct from the local market, or visit a barrel-makers. The choice is yours. I can put together an itinerary that perfectly suits your interests and schedule.

After a morning of visiting châteaux and tasting, it is important to take time to rejuvenate over lunch. I know of some wonderful simple wine connected restaurants off the beaten track.

I can also organise a short tour of Bordeaux's key monuments linked to its wine history ending with a Bordeaux orientation tasting in the Maison du Vin wine bar in central Bordeaux (can take place in the evening and is a good introduction to a wine tour).

Enjoying wine is above all a personal experience. Learn about the way you appreciate wine in a fun, innovative way that will perhaps change the way you think about this fascinating subject forever!

I look forward to hearing from you soon, Nicolle Croft



“Enjoyed every minute of this very good learning experience. Nicolle knows how to explain things clearly”
Carmen J.
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