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M08242 is the leading specialist in Italian wine tours. We believe the best way to enjoy and learn about wine is on location, close to the land and the people who produced it. Our Italian wine tours provide full immersion in Italy's wine culture, offering an enjoyable learning experience for wine enthusiasts of all types, from the casual imbiber to the serious connoisseur.

Our trips to the wine regions of Italy and Spain provide an enjoyable learning experience for wine enthusiasts of all types, from the casual imbiber to the serious connoisseur. We talk to the wine producers and see how their wines are made, learn their history. But M08242 signifies much more. Our tours also weave in art, culture, and history.
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Boutique wine tours in Italy, Spain and Portugal.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

Founded in 1999 by the husband-and-wife team of Claudio Bisio, a native of Piedmont, and Patricia Thomson, an American wine writer.

2. What is your company's mission?

We believe the best way to enjoy and learn about wine is on location, close to the land and the people who produced it. Our Italian wine tours provide full immersion in Italy's wine culture, offering an enjoyable learning experience for wine enthusiasts of all types, from the casual imbiber to the serious connoisseur.

3. What does your company specialize in?

We offer boutique wine tours that present la dolce vita—good wine, good food, good company. Our focus is Italy, where we offer tours in seven regions (Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily, the Italian Alps, the Veneto, Cinque Terre, Amalfi). We also have wine tours in Spain (Rioja) and Portugal (the Douro Valley). We offer 3 types of tours: gourmet wine tours, wine-intensive tours, and wine + walking tours.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

M08242 was founded by the husband-and-wife team of Claudio Bisio, a native of Piedmont, and Patricia Thomson, an American wine writer. Growing up, Claudio worked in his family's tiny vineyard and accompanied his uncle, a trattoria owner, on wine-buying excursions. He subsequently worked in tourism, creating and guiding tours for various Italian and American companies before creating M08242. Trained in Renaissance art history, Patricia Thomson now writes about wine. She has a wine column in Tastes of Italia magazine and writes the blog about M08242. She is a member of the Wine Media Guild, the Society of Wine Educators, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Claudio and Pat typically guide the tours.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

TUSCAN WINE TREASURES. Tuscany’s wine country is situated in some of the most gorgeous, pastoral, and carefully preserved countryside on earth. Here you’ll find wines of equal splendor. Gone are the days of the straw fiasco. Today’s Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Super Tuscans are powerful, modern expressions that will surprise and delight even the most discerning wine drinkers. This 6-day tour offers private wine tastings, a cooking lesson in a Tuscan farmhouse, a pecorino cheese tasting, monks chanting in a medieval abbey, and the Gothic splendor of Siena.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

"I really did not know what to expect. I’d never been to Italy, knew very little about Italian wines, and never had been on an 'organized' tour. I kept saying 'tomorrow just can’t top this', and then it did. This truly was an awesome experience."

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M08242
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Land of Barolo, Gourmet Wine Tour Land of Barolo, Gourmet Wine Tour 10% off.

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This 6-day gourmet wine tour features Piedmont's legendary Barolo and Barbaresco. Enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson and private, in-depth tastings at top wineries. Dates: October 5–10

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Food & Wine
Festival Tours
USD 3095 Italy

Tuscan Trek - Wine & Walking tour Tuscan Trek - Wine & Walking tour 10% off.

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A 7-day walking and wine tour in Tuscany heartland. Daily hikes of 3-4 hours in the morning; afternoon winery visits and wine tastings. Dates: June 22–28 / September 28–October 4

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Walking Tours
Food & Wine
USD 3395 Italy

Chianti Classico by Bike Chianti Classico by Bike

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A custom bike tour for wine lovers. Bike in the hills of Chianti Classico and San Gimignano. Late afternoon features a daily winery tour and private tasting.

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Bicycle Touring
Food & Wine
USD 3395 Italy

Tuscan Wine Treasures: gourmet wine tour Tuscan Wine Treasures: gourmet wine tour 10% off.

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Visit the ancient heartland of Tuscany and its three historic wine zones: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, and Montepulciano.

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Food & Wine
Cultural Journey
USD 3095 Italy

Venice to Amarone: gourmet wine tour Venice to Amarone: gourmet wine tour 10% off.

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A 5-day wine tour in Italy's Veneto region, home to luscious Amarone and lovely Soave wine. Also visit the cities of Padua & Verona. Dates: June 30–July 5 / October 13–17

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Food & Wine
Archeology/History
USD 2895 Italy

Discover Sicily: gourmet wine tour Discover Sicily: gourmet wine tour 10% off.

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See why this ancient land is Italy’s hottest new wine zone. Visit Greek temples and Byzantine cathedrals, lunch at an olive farm, feast on Sicily’s multicultural cuisine.

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Food & Wine
Archeology/History
USD 3095 Italy

Piedmont & Cinque Terre Trails - Wine and Walking Tour Piedmont & Cinque Terre Trails - Wine and Walking Tour

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7 day hiking and wine tour in Piedmont, the Cinque Terre and Portofino. Daily hikes of 3-4 hours, followed by winery visits and private tastings. Dates: June 1–7 // August 31–September 6

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Hiking & Trekking
Food & Wine
USD 3495 Italy

Truffle Mania: Wine & Truffle Tour Truffle Mania: Wine & Truffle Tour 10% off.

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This 3-day tour delves into the mystique and business of Piedmont's coveted white truffles. Also featured are truffle's best friends: Barolo and Barbaresco.

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Food & Wine
USD 1645 Italy

The Amalfi Coast The Amalfi Coast 10% off.

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Visit Positano, Capri, and Pompeii. Walk in the Greco-Roman archaeological city of Paestum. Enjoy a mix of winery tours, sightseeing, and wine dinners. Dates: May 18–24

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Food & Wine
USD 3595 Italy

Xtreme Piedmont Xtreme Piedmont 10% off.

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A 6-day wine-intensive tour in Italy's Piedmont region, featuring marquee names in Barolo and Barbaresco. Get to know Piedmont wine like a pro. Departure dates:June 16–21

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Food & Wine
USD 3195 Italy

Xtreme Tuscany Xtreme Tuscany 10% off.

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A 6-day wine-intensive tour in Tuscany. Spotlights Brunello di Montalcino and the Super Tuscans of Bolgheri. Departure dates: June 9–14

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Food & Wine
Cultural Journey
USD 3195 Italy

Rioja Roundup Rioja Roundup 10% off.

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A 6-day wine tour spotlighting Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Also includes the Gothic cathedral of Burgos and the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Departure dates: June 23-28 / September 15-20

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Food & Wine
USD 3095 Spain

Sicilian Saunter Sicilian Saunter 10% off.

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A 7-day wine and hiking adventure in Sicily. Morning hikes, afternoon tastings, and cultural highlights, such as Greek temples and Byzantine cathedrals. Dates: September 14-20

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Food & Wine
Hiking & Trekking
USD 3395 Italy

The Italian Alps & Dolomites The Italian Alps & Dolomites 10% off.

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It's The Sound of Music meets Sideways! Morning hikes in the lower Alps and Dolomites. Afternoon wine tastings. Dates: June 15-21

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Food & Wine
Hiking & Trekking
USD 3395 Italy

Passion for Port Passion for Port 10% off.

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Follow Port wine's life journey, from upstream vineyards in the Douro Valley to aging lodges in Oporto. Dates: May 26-31

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Food & Wine
Cultural Journey
USD 3195 Portugal

Slow Food Festa Slow Food Festa 10% off.

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Visit Parma, cradle of comfort food, and Piedmont, where Slow Food was born. See Slow Food’s biannual festival in Turin; Barolo wine country & Parma's parmesan and balsamic makers. October 20-25

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Food & Wine
Cultural Journey
USD 3095 Italy
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