Into the Vineyard Inc., Vancouver
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Just return from a two week visit to Portugal arranged by Colin from Into the Vineyard. It was an incredible experience from the moment we landed until we departed. Our driver/guide through the trip, ... read more »
In October 2015 my friend and I booked a trip to Papua New Guinea with Colin Simpson of "Into the Vineyard". We both were very happy to have found Colin because he was very helpful and efficient. In M... read more »
In March 2016 my travel companion had to cancel a trip we were to take in August 2016 on the advice of her physician. She put Colin Simpson of Into the Vineyard on notice and requested a refund of $87... read more »
My husband and I booked Into the vineyards after I convinced him we would not be trying to wine taste in Tuscany without a guide because as I expected it would be hard to fine wineries. After much protest on his end I contacted Paolo at In to the vineyards and he exceeded every expectation. I told him we wanted a luxury experience and also a very local one. We travel to Napa often and we do love good wine, cheeses, and great company. I was a bit worried about doing two days all centered around wine so I asked him if he could add in some site seeing, village touring, and some history of where we would be going. Paolo got straight to work. He was the best at planning our trip down to every detail. He and I chatted numerous time over the phone and he worked so hard to make our experience one to remember. When I mean every detail, we even received itineraries with breakdowns, photos, and much more. This is what sets Into the vineyards apart and makes them a luxury service. Paolo paired us with a man name Gorigio in Tuscany. Gorgio was AMAZING!!! He was like having a private sommelier the whole two days. He was a charming man with lots of knowledge on wine, history, and local culture. In Italy people make you feel so welcome, they take you to their homes, meet their families, and invite you to learn and love their fabulous culture. Gorgio was no different, from the minute we met he took us under his wing. We feel like we have made a new friend for life after our two days with him. He took us to wineries that were very reputable in Tuscany but also more boutique wineries which my husband and I love more than anything. Wineries are so different in Italy vs the States ,from the wine making process to the way wineries are acknowledged of their success. We would have never known any of this without an amazing guide like Gorgio. They lunch spot reserved for us was so charming with views to die for in Italy and it had the most amazing food. Usually with a tour guide we like to do lunch ourselves but Gorgio was so fun and amazing we couldn't not have lunch without him. The two days with him where exactly as predicted, Paolo did such an amazing job pairing us with the best guide for our personalities that we where devastated to leave at the end of our trip in Tuscany. Gorgio did everything that I discussed with Paolo , he took us to have mazing wine, food, cheeses and even all the history we wanted all while changing up the schedule when we felt we wanted something different. We will always use Into the Vineyards for our future trips around the world. Weather its just for wine tours or for more this full service company has two new customers for life. Thank you Paolo and Gorgio for making our trip to Tuscany a trip we will want to relive over and over!
We wanted to share what a great experience we had on our trip to Argentina and Chile thanks to the great trip plan and coordination done by Into the Vineyard. Their network in Argentina and Chile is very good and the message of the type of tour my husband and I wanted to experience was well received. We experienced more than we could have dreamed up! Our guide in Mendoza read our tour profile and took the tour himself even though it had been assigned to his partner. Eduardo Soler is a wine maker himself and recently obtained his Sommelier certificate! Eduardo knew just the boutique wineries and vineyards to show us so that we obtained a great education on various techniques of wine making that my husband will be able to apply! Eduardo shared with us his knowledge of soil and temperature conditions in and around Mendoza and the effects on the wine produced. He has a wealth of knowledge of the history of the region and is well connected to the group of wine makers in the region. We learned a great deal about evaluating wines especially during the blending sessions. We have some good stories to share with family and friends and look forward to trying a blending session during our family vacation this summer! Our accommodations at Finca Adalgisa were great. We did not have to move out of the suite which was very spacious and comfortable. The personnel associated with the finca were all very accommodating and friendly. We appreciated the small size of the finca -- this gave us an opportunity to meet the other people staying there in a very relaxed atmosphere. We enjoyed the cooking lesson and were even able to enjoy the small town we were in as well as the pool on Sunday -- our day off from touring -- which turned out to be the best weather day! After four days in Argentina, it was off to Chile and Casa Marin. What an experience! Learning of the history of Maria Luz Marin, the owner of the vineyard, and the quality of wines that are produced was really impressive. I always love to hear of the perseverance of women in a male-dominated industry and their success beyond anyone's expectation! We harvested a couple of boxes of grapes and then worked at the sorting table -- it was great for the short time we did the work. We got an appreciation for those who harvest and process the grapes as a full time job during harvest season. Our vertical tasting was done of the Pinor Noirs they have produced. They were all wonderful. We purchased a bottle to take to New York in April to celebrate our daughter's birthday with her and our son-in-law! We can't wait to open it and taste again the quality of that wine! The chef at Casa Marin is FABULOUS! He has co-authored several cookbooks and one in particular "Patagonia Cuisine" which won the best cookbook in a world competition in recent years! It was just the two if us for lunch and dinner! Imagine, each course prepared and served just for the two of us! There was special attention paid to my diet restrictions -- everything was wonderful. It was definitely the trip of a lifetime. The pace was perfect for us and gave us time to absorb all that we were learning. I hope that we will have the opportunity again to try another tour of vineyards in another part of the world and will definitely contact Into the Vineyard for help in the planning.
Into the Vineyard Yard Review Let's begin before we began. Working with Paolo to plan our trip of a lifetime was itself a pleasure and a learning. I learned much about Italy and Paolo made the usual fatguing experience of planning out an ambitious trip to a foreign land enjoyable and increasingly exciting as we began sketching and eventually drawing out a bellissimo viaggio. Right from our pick up at the Rome airport to every destination we went to, every hotel we stayed at, every meal we ate and each and every driver, guide and service person we were helped by, all was perfect and perfectly planned. We began in Rome and stayed at the exceptional Hotel d'Inghliterra, where the service was exceptional, the room, food and location equal to it. We had guided tours of Rome before traveling onto Florence where we stayed at the Gallery Art Hotel which was a modern European chic hotel in the midst of Italian history. We loved Florence even more than Rome highlighted by a very knowledgable art historian who explained in depth the roots between the Church, Commerce and Art at the beginning of the Rennaisance. We then drove through Tuscany to paradise! Castello La Leccia in the heart of Tuscany was as relaxing as it is beautiful and again the service was superb. Our days were spent touring Tuscany, our evenings dining back at the Castello La Leccia visiting with other travelers who were staying there and who we were equally charmed by our hotel and Tuscany itself. After a few days of paradise back to earth we came and down to the Amalfi Coast we drove. It is as breathtakingly beautiful as its reputation says with Capri being very worth the visit. From the Amalfi Coast we drove down to Naples which we found more beuautiful and much more welcoming than its reputation had reached us as being. I forgot to mention our wonderful hotel in Sorrento, the Maison Tofani which was a unique place hidden in the streets of Sorrento. Loving our food as we do, and did all through Italy, their breakfast buffet was by far the best of the many great buffets we had! A most memorable journey it was, perfect in every way, in every detail. As my wife has told friends had we spent much more than we did nothing could have been improved upon.
We had a very good experience working with Into the Vineyard in planning our 10 day trip to France for wine and historical tours (and fun!) and would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone considering the same. I found them in an online search. Their website indicates that they request a minimal deposit (that is applied to your purchase) in order to work in depth on your requested itinerary. While I was at first a little concerned about having to pay a deposit, Colin at I.T.V. was happy to give me plenty of information about their company and how they could help us, until I was comfortable going to the next step in planning the trip and therefore pay the deposit. Thereafter we worked with Christina who did an outstanding job: listening to what we wanted to do, making a multitude of suggestions and recommendations for where we might want to go, things we might want to do, hotels, wine and historical guides and tours, and then, planning and executing all of the details so that our trip went exactly as we wanted it to go. The itinerary they created for us was first class (check out some of their samples on their website) and helped make the planning process fun and heightened our anticipation of our trip of a lifetime. We visited Paris, Normandy, Provence (Avignon, Cassis, Aix en Provence), and the Bordeaux regions. We had a nice mixture of wine tours and visits to other historical and regional sites. We had an AMAZING trip! I.T.V. gave us a great quality experience and worked very closely with us to help keep us in the budget we established. They were wonderful to work with, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone planning a vacation such as ours. We can't wait to plan our next trip!! Cheers to the folks at Into the Vineyard!!
My favourite wine is Malbec so when my wife went to Europe for a month I quickly made contact with "Into the Vineyard" From the 1st phone call to the end of my adventures I never experienced a problem.The itinerary was perfect and met my wishes. The Lodge I stayed at was small and quiet, just right, the wine tours have to be experienced to be believed. My favourite was Vistalba and Paolo had arranged for the tour I was on to have lunch there. so good I skipped supper both days on the wine tour. One small issue was a delay on a connecting flight home and I received emails from Paolo as well as the local guide offering assistance. Great memories and it will not be long before I let Paolo plan my next trip, Thanks to everyone involved.
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