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

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Don't just taste the wines of Italy.

Experience them!


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


Southern Coastal: Puglia and Calabria

 April 29 - May 6, 2018

Southern Italy does not get the attention it deserves. We hope to change that by focusing on Puglia and Calabria - the heel and toe of Italy respectively. With so much culture, wine and a cuisine that reflects their ancient history and long scenic coastlines, there’s a reason the travel magazines taking notice. In fact, Calabria was recently highlighted - #37 in the New York Times 52 Places to Visit

We’ll start in Puglia: from Lecce with its rococo splendor to Bari with its casbah labyrinth of allies, it is an area waiting for exploration. One of the architectural highlights are the towers constructed along the coast hundreds of years ago to warn of impending attackers. And award winning wine is produced throughout Puglia although the areas near Bari and Lecce are the two principal wine regions. 

On our way to Calabria, we’ll pass through the nearby province of Basilicata with a stop at Matera. The cave dwelling ‘sassi’ are breathtaking and recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like any other region in Italy, Calabria produces wine but the best wine area is centered near Crotone and that’s where we will focus our wine visits.


  • 3 nights Bari
  • 3 nights Crotone
  • 1 night Lamezia Terme
  • Airport transfers
  • VIP winery visits and tastings
  • 14 meals including 7 gourmet lunches or dinners
  • Sightseeing & activities such as city tour of Bari and a visit to see the “sassi” of Matera





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Tuscany with a Twist - Villa Stay

  May 7 - May 12, 2018

Many dream of “la Dolce Vita” and staying at an authentic villa in Tuscany. Wine Lovers can make that dream come true in 2018 as we stay in one of the finest villas in the heart of Chianti. It is an ideal base to visit the Chianti area and the towns along the Chianti wine route: Greve, Panzano, Castellina, Radda and Gaiole. 

Chianti is arguably the most famous of all the Italian wine regions. Although there is some white wine production, Chianti is a red wine lovers’ paradise. Chianti has different levels of quality, from the basic to an aged Riserva. 

We’ll be privileged to tour many of the top wineries along the route. In fact, you be staying in villa that produces its own Chianti Classico from 70 hectars of vineyards on the estate and D.O.P. extra virgin olive oil from 5000 olive trees. We will also branch out of the Chianti area to visit Montalcino famous for its Brunello.

On this tour, all meals are included - lunches while about on our wine/site visits and dinner every night at the Villa. NOTE: This tour is limited to 20 participants. 


  • 5 nights at a Tuscan villa – featuring 2 pools, onsite spa, wine and olive oil production and complimentary wifi
  • VIP winery visits and tastings 
  • 15 meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Includes visits to historic Montalcino, Siena, area sights and more 
  • Airport Transfers





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

with $100 AIWF Voucher (in ValuePack)

Regular Price per person

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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. The $100 Wine Lovers Tour AIWF Member Voucher redeemable (per person) toward the booking of a 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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