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Supplier: M08242


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Base of operations: USA
Founded in 1999 our company is a leading pioneer in Italian wine tours. We’re a boutique tour operator, whose owners—a native Italian and an American wine journalist—personally lead most of the tours. These are small in size—minimum 2, maximum 12—so you’ll feel like you’re traveling with friends.

Our tours emphasize user-friendly wine education. And fun. (This is a vacation, after all.) Each tour offers a nice balance of wine, history, art, and culinary adventures—plus hiking, on our wine + walking tours.

Join us for a taste of la dolce vita!
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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?

To provide small group tours offering user-friendly wine education, warm and welcoming hosts at the wineries, stellar wine and gourmet food to match, and a personal touch, all the way through.

3. What does your company specialize in?

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). But 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 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?

Nowadays, our Piedmont tours are most popular. Many folks have "been there, done that" in Tuscany...and are attracted to less touristic areas. Plus, seeing how Claudio is a native of Piedmont, we know it like the back of our hand.

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
Land of Barolo wine tour 10% off.
Explore Piedmont's legendary Barolo and Barbaresco wine, plus the white-wine region of Gavi di Gavi. Enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson, truffle hunt, and mountain cheese farm.

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USD 3195 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Festival Tours
Duration: 6 days
Season: October
Italy

Tuscany Wine Tour: 3 Classic Wine Zones, Italy 10% off.
Explore the ancient heartland of Tuscan wine: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, and Montepulciano. Feast your eyes on the Gothic splendor of Siena, your stomach on the pecorino of Pienza.

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USD 3295 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Cultural Journey
Duration: 6 days
Season: October
Italy

Sicily Wine Tour, Italy 10% off.
See why ancient Sicily is Italy’s hottest new wine zone. Visit Greek temples, Byzantine cathedrals, an olive mill, sea-salt production and top wineries.

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USD 3195 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Duration: 6 days
Season: May
Italy

Piedmont and the Cinque Terre Hiking and Wine Tour, Italy 10% off.
An Italian-style surf ’n’ turf combo: Piedmont and the Cinque Terre. It’s also a wine and hiking tour combo. From the Barolo hills to the Italian Riviera, enjoy the best of both worlds.

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USD 3695 / Per person
Tour Package
Hiking & Trekking
Food & Wine
Duration: 7 days
Season: May
Italy

Trufflemania: Wine and Truffles in Piedmont, Italy 10% off.
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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USD 1895 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Duration: 3 days
Season: October
Italy

Xtreme Piedmont, a wine tour 10% off.
For dedicated enthusiasts of Barolo and Barbaresco. Meet top winemakers. Get user-friendly info on cru, terroir, and all things nebbiolo in a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage landscape.

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USD 3395 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Duration: 6 days
Season: June
Italy

Xtreme Tuscany 10% off.
Explore Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast, birthplace of Super Tuscans, and Montalcino's Brunello wine, the pinnacle of sangiovese.

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USD 3595 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Cultural Journey
Duration: 6 days
Season: June
Italy

Spain Wine Tour (6 Days) 10% off.
Explore Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine, from classic to modern. Along the way, visit Spain's 3rd largest cathedral in Burgos, the Guggenheim Bilbao & the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago.

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USD 3295 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Duration: 6 days
Season: September
Spain

Wine and Hiking Tour in Sicily, Italy 10% off.
Experience the rugged beauty of Sicily's coastal nature preserves and mountainous interior. Greek temples, Byzantine cathedrals and winery visits are your daily reward.

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USD 3495 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Hiking & Trekking
Duration: 7 days
Season: September
Italy

Wine and Hiking Tour in the Italian Alps and Dolomites 10% off.
It’s “Sideways” meets “The Sound of Music” in the alpine region of Alto Adige/Südtirol. Hike both the Alps and Dolomites, with daily wine tastings as your reward.

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USD 3695 / Per person
Tour Package
Hiking & Trekking
Food & Wine
Duration: 7 days
Season: June
Italy

Utterly Umbria, a wine tour 10% off.
Land of mystic saints, Umbria is also home to divine wines. Tour the wineries of Montefalco while also paying homage to Assisi, Deruta, Cortona, Spello and Orvieto.

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USD 3195 / Per person
Tour Package
Food & Wine
Duration: 6 days
Season: September
Italy


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