Sunday, April 4, 2010
Fine Wine Tours Auckland New Zealand - 10 years old this year
Phil Parker runs food and wine tours around Auckland New Zealand.
Phil Parker of Auckland Fine Wine Tours celebrates ten years in operation this year.
Inspired by a cramped and tedious 40-seater bus tour of Melbourne’s Yarra Valley back in 1997, he had the idea of setting up a wine tour of Auckland’s regional wine country, particularly Kumeu and Matakana.
"The idea was to make it a personal experience for my guests, treat them as intelligent wine fans and include extra things like: detailed tasting notes, a hearty country style lunch, a cheese board to go with the wines, and mineral water. Also to supply some stunning local rural and coastal scenery and give guests a run down on wine history in New Zealand," says Phil
Ten years on, he's still a one-man business and continues to enjoy giving a personalised experience to his tour clients.
"I get to meet wine fans from all over the world, and to keep updating my knowledge of wines and winemaking," adds Phil.
Phil's tours are recommended by a number of international travel writers, plus Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer's and Fodors. Fine Wine Tours are rated #12 out of the top 100 Auckland attractions by TripAdvisor
Posted by Phil at 3:58 AM