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This group is for anyone who has a passion for wine and gastronomy and who wants to visit the wine regions of the world.

Join us for some fabulous wine tours to Europe including France, Italy, Spain and Greece, and further afield to South Africa, South America, The U.S. and even New Zealand. This group gives you the opportunity to discover beautiful wine regions while meeting new friends and enjoying the fine local cuisine and wine.

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Wine Tour to Madeira led by a Master of Wine 25th - 29th June

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£1,250.00

Come and explore one of the most unusual and exotic wine growing regions in the world in the expert company of a Master of Wine! Taste the different styles of Madeira’s famous fortified wines, including some matured in cellars for decades. Discover the gastronomy, history and architecture of the beautiful city of Funchal. Enjoy the spectacular mountainous scenery and rugged terrain of this volcanic island situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean Here is the draft daily itinerary: Day 1: Tuesday 25th June 18.30 Meet your fellow passengers in the arrivals hall at Funchal airport. A coach will take us to our hotel for the next 4 nights, Quintinha Sao Joao https://www.quintinhasaojoao.com/en/quintinha-de-sao-joao-en Around 8pm meet for welcome drinks followed by a 4-course food and wine matching dinner. Master of Wine Nancy Gilchrist, who will be our wine guide during the tour, will give a short briefing about the itinerary for the next 4 days Nancy Gilchrist became a Master of Wine in 1995 making her one of the early female MWs. She is a Judge at Decanter World Wine Awards, a member of the Association of Wine Educators and was UK Champagne Ambassador in 2012. Nancy has taught at Christies and Leith’s Food & Wine School. You can read more about Nancy here: http://www.mattersoftaste.co.uk/ Day 2: Wednesday 26th June This morning after breakfast visit the Institute of Madeira Wine to learn about the history and current practices of the Madeira wine industry and taste a couple of wines. Then walk the short distance to Borges Wine Company for a tasting. We will have a group lunch at a local restaurant in the old town, and then this afternoon visit another producer Pereira D’Oliveira. Late afternoon return to our hotel and the evening is free to explore the town or relax at the hotel Day 3: Thursday 27th June After breakfast we drive north-east to the village of Camara de Lobos to visit the family producer Vinhos Barbeito for a tour and tasting. Our group lunch today is at a restaurant in the village with views over the ocean. This afternoon visit one of the best-known Madeira producers Henriques & Henriques. Late afternoon return to our hotel and the evening is free Day 4: Friday 28th June After breakfast drive the short distance to Madeira Wine Company, whose brands include Blandy’s and Cossart Gordon. We will have a tour of the winery and exhibition and a tasting of ‘table’ and fortified wines. Our group lunch will be at Blandy’s Bistro 1811 The afternoon is free to visit the Botanical Gardens, have tea at the famous Reids Hotel, or explore the town of Funchal. The evening is free to try one of the many restaurants in the town Note Nancy returns to the UK this evening due to a long standing commitment at home tomorrow Day 5: Saturday 29th June After breakfast check out of our hotel and drive the short distance to the main town when there will be a couple of hours to explore the covered market and the cathedral before we transfer to the airport, arriving by 12.30 for the BA flight to Gatwick END OF TOUR PRICE INCLUDES £1250 per person sharing a double or twin room Group transport to/from Funchal Airport and our hotel All ground transportation mentioned in the itinerary Four nights with breakfast in the 5-star Quintinha Sao Jao in a standard en-suite double or twin room Welcome dinner and three lunches all with wine Tours and tastings at 5 Madeira producers Services of Master of Wine Nancy Gilchrist as Wine Guide Services of Christos Ioannou of as tour leader SUPPLEMENTS Single occupancy of a double/twin room £200 Upgrade to Junior Suite (only for 2 people sharing) £75 per person TRAVEL to/from Madeira is NOT included. See the 'Travel' tab in the Criterion Wine website for the suggested BA flights HOW TO BOOK: https://criterionwinetours.com/product/madeira-wine-tour/ Complete the booking form and pay the non-refundable deposit of £312.50 per person, the balance is due eight weeks before the start of the tour

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