2016 Magellan Award: Tour Operator – Overall
Travel Weekly Magazine | Oct 2016
Wine Lovers Tours, is proud to have been awarded a Magellan Award (Tour Operator – Overall category), one of the leading and most prestigious awards in the travel industry.
The annual Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the very best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all. Being selected a Magellan Award Winner is a tremendous achievement and proves the recipient represents a high standard of excellence within the travel industry. Winners were announced on Sept 12, 2016 and appeared in a special Magellan Award issue of Travel Weekly in October.
Best Themed Cruises for All Types
FoxNews.com | Nov. 16, 2015 | By Adrienne Berard | Travel
For Wine Enthusiasts: Wine Lovers Cruise
“Whether you’re sipping a rosé in the lavender fields of Provence, France, or enjoying the rich taste of Casavecchia in the spray of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Wine Lovers Tours pairs each wine with the beauty of its region.”
Teacher Operates Wine Tours Around the World
NEA Today Magazine / Spring 2014 | By Edward Graham | pg 37
“As a foreign language teacher, Vin Marottoli took his high school students on trips to Europe as a component to classes. He enjoyed the trips so much that he began taking himself on European wine…”Read More
Vincent Marottoli un buccinese doc
La Voce di Buccino | Spring 2014 | pg 24
Italy loves Wine Lovers Tours as well. We made the cover of an Italian Magazine. Well…ok…actually the Pope made the front cover…we were on the back cover. The full article is available here in PDF.Read More
France 3 Interview in Alsace
France 3 TV | Fall 2013
During one of our tours to Alsace in Sept 2013, France3 met Vin Marottoli at the starred Michelin restaurant La Table du Gourmet and interviewed him about Wine Lovers Tours and our group of wine lovers.
Connecticut Wines: Drinking It In…The Experts’ Top Picks…
Connecticut Magazine | October 2012
As a wine educator and long time resident of Connecticut, Vin Marottoli Sr. from Wine Lovers Tours was happy to serve as one of the wine judges in Connecticut Magazine’s quest for the best wines in Connecticut. Judges tasted over 80 wines and the results of the winners in each category are in the October issue. The judges also selected the top 10 wines overall which can be viewed here.
2012 Tours to Bordeaux and Cognac with Wine Lovers Tours
Travel World News | November 2011 | pg 12
Our Bordeaux tours were mentioned in the November 2011 issue of Travel World News Magazine.Read More
We may be poor, but wine’s still fine with us
The Miami Herald | by Fred Tasker | Feb. 18, 2009
“In hard times, people give up nonessentials like wine, right?
Au contraire. Maybe we’re just drowning our sorrows, but Americans drank more wine in 2008 than in 2007. Cheaper wine, perhaps, but our thirst endures.”
The above article doesn’t mention Wine Lovers Tour but it was a fun, interesting article and Vin Sr was quoted.Read More
A Romantic Draw
The Hartford Courant | Tribune Publishing | By Bob Chaplin | Feb 11, 2001
“…I’d always yearned to visit the great chateaux in that part of France. Chateaux such as Lafite, Latour and Margaux are legendary and, for people seduced by great wine, a tremendous romantic draw. To organize visits to these chateaux, you have to book well in advance. Bordeaux is a large area and you can waste valuable time driving aimlessly around finding places to stay. If you don’t speak the language very well, forget about it!
On a recommendation from a friend, I contacted Vin Marottoli of New Haven. During my sojourn in France last summer, I joined his 10-day tour of Bordeaux. His first tour was sold out but luckily I was able to join the second tour in July.
In those 10 days we visited 26 chateaux, including the first growths of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild and Margaux. We visited the extraordinary town of St.-Emilion on Bordeaux’s right bank and spent a delightful afternoon quaffing white Bordeaux and sliding down oysters on an oyster boat in the nearby port of Archenon. We stayed in a first-class hotel and were wined and dined at several excellent two- and three-star restaurants. Several of the chateaux gave us exclusive dining experiences with their wines, including tastings of older wines from their cellars.
There are other organizations doing similar tours…Price and quality wise, I think you’ll get a unique and memorable experience on Vin’s tours. He wants to expose this experience to more people, so he tries to keep the price reasonable… “Read More