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Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in the regional wines, food, sights, culture and magic of Greece. Take advantage of your AIWF membership and join the award-winning experts of Wine Lovers Tours for two great Greek wine vacations in 2018.

Don't just taste the wines of Greece.

Experience them!


Two Great Ways for AIWF Members to
the Wines and Food of Greece


Greek Wines 101 - The Classics

 April 29 - May 6, 2018

“The Classics” Wine Tour of Mainland Greece: Greece has everything a wine lover could ask for: wine, cuisine and culture. 

According to Ray Isle of Food & Wine Magazine, “Greek wines may be the most underrated on the planet.” We tend to agree. Greek wines keep drawing attention and the country is quickly earning its way as one of the top wine destinations in the world. 

As one of the birthplaces of western civilization, we know about the cultural dimensions of a visit. Greek cuisine is unique in the world and many need no introduction. But when it comes to wine, you will benefit from some guidance

Our focus will be on the very best Greece has to offer, starting in Thessaloniki in northern Greece on May 13 (Thesalia). This area has many of the cutting edge wineries as well as fabulous World Heritage sites such as the Roman Agora.

As we work our way down to Athens, we’ll visit more of Greece’s top wineries experiencing many of the newer wineries that are making world class wines. Our tour ends in Athens where we’ll have the opportunity to visit the best winery there as well as the world famous Parthenon.

NOTE: Space is limited. 


  • 3 nights Thessaloniki
  • 1 night Metsovo
  • 2 nights Athens
  • Airport transfers
  • Breakfast daily plus 7 gourmet lunches or dinners
  • VIP winery visits and tastings at some of Greece's best wineries
  • Sightseeing/activities such as Athens city tour, Acropolis and other world heritage sites 





Early Bird Incentive (Hurry Time Running Out! Book by Dec 15 for Discount)

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Regular Price per person

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Greek Wines 201 – Santorini & Crete

  May 7 - May 12, 2018

Greece' Islands of Wine: A visit to Greece is not complete without a visit to its islands. Both islands of Crete and Santorini are ideal honeymoon destinations but they are also paradise for wine lovers. Join us as we take you to the two islands known for their stunning beauty and outstanding wines.

We’ll fly to Crete where our home will be the  capital city of Heraklion. Crete has the legacy of the Minoan civilization and is the mythical birthplace of Zeus. Its unique cuisine and remarkably wonderful wines are things that simply need to experience.

Crete is a huge island, in fact, it is the largest of the Greek Islands and 5th largest of the Mediterranean. Luckily, many of the best Cretan wineries are relatively close our base in Heraklion so travel is minimized. We’ll also be sure to visit the Archeological Museum and venture to the other side to see the charming “old town” of Chania and visit 2 nearby wineries. After 3 days in Crete, we’ll board a high speed hydrofoil which whisks us to the volcanic island of Santorini.

As for Santorini, words alone can not do justice to the breathtaking views. No matter your age, Santorini makes you feel young again. And its wines especially the Assyrtico will make you swoon. You’ll also be impressed by the unique trellis system used on the island. NOTE: Space is limited. 


  • 3 nights Heraklion, Crete
  • 3 nights Santorini
  • Breakfast daily plus 7 gourmet lunches or dinners
  • VIP winery visits and tastings
  • Includes transfers: Athens to Heraklion and return to Athens from Santorini
  • Hydrofoil to Santorini included
  • Various sightseeing/activities such as visits to Chania, sunset cruise, cooking class, Archeological Museum and more





Early Bird Incentive (Hurry Time Running Out! Book by Dec 15 for Discount)

with $100 AIWF Voucher (in ValuePack)

Regular Price per person

Wine Lovers WOW =


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Following Your Passion for Wine, Food and Travel also benefits AIWF

You’ll not only save $100 as a member, but when you book a Wine Lovers Tour by referencing this offer, a portion of your booking will go towards helping to support The American Institute for Wine & Food and its programs. 

These aren't your ordinary tours

Cooking lessons at Acadamia Barilla with Italian TV celebrity chef Sergio Maria Teutonico

A heavenly tasting above the clouds in the island of Ischia 

overlooking the Bay of Naples

In Greece, walking back from the volcanic crater of  Santorini's caldera

 A cooking class with Italian TV celebrity chef
Sergio Maria Teutonico

An alfresco lunch & tasting in Tuscany with the 

owner of Castello di Volpaia

Dessert at a Michelin-starred lunch

On a truffle hunt in France

Why Wine Lovers Tours?

These are hand-crafted experiential vacations — not some “run of the mill, see a new city every day & spend half your trip on a bus” type of tour. We balance just the right amount of activity with a relaxed pace and ample free time. Our award-winning tours are also not just for wine lovers or experts since we craft them to pair closely with slow food experiences
and cultural, "off the beaten path" immersion.  

Here's some examples from past tours

In addition to Wine Lovers Tours, highlights of Vin's professional resume include:

  • professor of wine at the University of New Haven School of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • host of the a weekly radio show “The Wine Expert” for over 10 years on WELI 960AM
  • wine columnist for the New Haven Register
  • owner of the Wine Merchant, a specialty wine store in New Haven, CT
  • founder of the CT Chapter of the internationally recognized wine society: Les Amis Du Vin and a founding board member of Tasters Guild International
  • a periodic television guest on Southern Connecticut news and morning show programs as a wine expert
  • Ph.D in French, followed by post-graduate research in Rouen, France
  • Fluent in and a certified former language teacher of French, Italian and Spanish
  • Certified from various tourism boards as a specialist in multiple destinations 

Vin Marottoli 

Vin, our founder is probably the biggest reason why so many return for another tour. Since 1982, he has a style all his own. Vin’s philosophy in one sentence: “To learn about a culture through its food and wine and to have FUN doing it.” Vin, an avid wine lover and educator has been actively involved in the wine community since the 1970s.

You don't have to worry about planning hassles. So many wineries, restaurants, and details to coordinate - it's your vacation, let the experts handle it. 

Exclusive VIP access - some wineries don't accept walk-ins or offer only a basic experience. With Wine Lovers, you gain exclusive, behind the scenes access or special events reserved only for VIP groups and industry organizations like ours. 

No need to worry about drunk driving or getting lost driving in foreign wine country.  

Inclusive benefits - (no hidden costs) our tours include:

 • tastings and winery tours 

 • regional sightseeing or city tours

 • educational & unique experiences

 • transfers 

 • deluxe or luxury hotels 

 • breakfast and lunch or dinner daily

The Wine Tour Experts Since 1982. Before everyone and their mother jumped on the wine tour bandwagon, there was Wine Lovers Tours. We've been doing this for so long, we practically invented the concept.

Vin being interviewed by France3 at the one star Michelin La Table du Gourmet

Our Wine & Food Lovers Value Pack has something that is sure to please just about every wine, food or travel lover. No purchase necessary. Simply sign up for our newsletter, and you'll receive: 

  1. "La Ricette di Nonna Felice" Italian Cookbook by chef, restaurant owner and cookbook author Rolando Ramscelli. With US measurement conversions and translated just for Wine Lovers Tours, this awesome cookbook includes over 250 traditional recipes from the Marche and other regions of Italy. The cookbook, dedicated to his mother Felice, conjurs nostalgic memories of grandma's cooking, covering everything from simple fare, famous classics and even homemade liquors and home remedies
  2. The exclusive Wine Lovers Tours "Top 20 Wines under $20" wine recommendations
  3. A $100 Wine Lovers Tour AIWF Member Voucher redeemable (per person) toward the booking of any future Wine Lovers Tour 
  4. And of course, our acclaimed, periodic Wine Lovers Newsletter with great wine recommendations, recipes from our travels, travel advice, industry news and more - PLUS occasional special savings offers on our tours

Special Offer: Receive our FREE 

Wine & Food Lovers Value Pack with your AIWF voucher.

People love us, but don't just take our word for it.
See what others have to say:

"This tour has changed my life"

"...not only did I fall in love with the beautiful places I visited, but I made great friends along the way...definitely an experience everyone should consider."

Caro Gutierrez

Miami, FL

(on our tour to Lombardy, Italy)

Wine Maker at Elk Run Vineyards - Virginia

"The Bordeaux tours this past May were

the best ever: best wine, best food, best company and best visits. Thank you for this experience."

Neill Bassford

(traveled on over 15 tours with WLT)

Mark Battista

"Thank you for a wonderful trip. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. Besides the great cuisine, wonderful museums and activities, I also want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to experience Italy in a special way ...traveling to areas that are not well known destinations to most tourists."


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