Passionate Travel Organiser Seeks Passionate Vintners on Portuguese Grape Escape

Harold D. Partain of Epicopia Culinary Journeys has worked an impressive forty-years in the travel industry. Harold is senior partner with McCabe Travel Group based in Rockwall, Texas, which is just outside of Dallas. Harold currently serves as the Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors of the International Culinary Tourism Association (ICTA) and is Chair of the Educational Work-group that created the Certified Culinary Travel Professional (CCTP) program offered by ICTA. After many years of working with cultural groups, museums, and alumni organization, Harold founded the company Epicopia Culinary Journeys in 2006, becoming Executive Director. Harold also consults on developing and growing culinary tourism companies and markets through the ICTA Speakers Bureau. 

As one of the attendees at the 2011 International Wine Tourism Workshop , we had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Partain.  Below are Mr. Partain’s answers: 

1) As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, how do you view Porto as a wine destination? 

An excellent choice and one I have been interested in visiting for some years now. We have a small group scheduled to visit the Douro River valley area in the fall of 2011 and this conference gives me an opportunity to explore and learn more. River cruising has been a great way for us to introduce our clients to food and wine tourism. Porto and northern Portugal are recognized as a potential wine destination but unfortunately not so many clients have actually been to the region. This conference will vastly help to raise the awareness of the area and I expect to see interest in the area growing. …

Workshop + Wine Tourism Grow Wine Sales for J.Miquel Jané

Bernadette Miquel of the  J. Miquel Jane family winery, located in the heart of the Penedes countryside benefits from four generations of knowledge in order to produce the highest quality of exclusive wines. As well as being well versed in wine tourism for the surrounding area and beyond, Mrs. Miquel also knows a thing or two about exporting her wines. As an attendee of the upcoming Workshop ‘Buyer meets Catalonian Cellar’, which will taking place 10-12 Nov 2010, we had the opportunity to speak with her further about exporting her wines:1) How is the harvest going so far in Catalunya? Does 2010 look set to be a good vintage?

This year we have a problem that is the rain during the harvest, so it is not the very best year, but we solve it very well. We have already tasted and smelt some of the vintage in the cellar and it tastes very good.

2) What types of wine do you make and how would you describe them? What makes them special? …

Portugal. “Perhaps the #1 emerging wine destination in Europe, bar none”

Jayme H. Simoes, President of Louis Karno & Company Communicatons, has received the Advertising and Public Relations Award from New Hampshire council and in 2003 was named one of the state’s young leaders in the New Hampshire Union Leader’s (40 under forty) recognition. He is also fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and well versed in how to build a brand that will reach U.S wine consumers. 

As one of the speakers at the 2011 International Wine Tourism Conference, we had the chance to talk to Mr. Simoes about the holes in the U.S consumer market when it comes to wine tourism. Here are Mr. Simoes responses to our questions: 

1. As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, how do you view Porto as a wine destination?

Perhaps the #1 emerging wine destination in Europe, bar none.

2) How do you think social media and networking sites can be used to promote wine tourism? What are the best ways to utilize them in order to connect wineries with consumers? …

Organic Wine Served With Laughter at Domaine De Soulié

The organic winery of Domaine De Soulié is named after winemaker Remy Soulie, sounding loosely like soleil, which of course means sun in French. Aptly named as Remy, who, despite not speaking a scrap of English or Spanish, had us all in fits of laughter from the moment he welcomed our Norwegian wine lovers. We stood at the entrance to his property looking over the luscious land that basks under the Saint Chinian appellation. The appellation is one of the best known in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, which is blessed by a benevolent sun that produces prevalent vineyards and wines with a fruity palette.  …

Wine is a Social Product. Tweet this if you agree.

Marcy Gordon, travel marketing guru and founder of Come For The Wine (a blog “all about Wine, Food, Travel and everything else in the Universe”), believes the key to a successful wine experience is to make it personal. A strong advocate of Twitter, she specializes in concise and direct communication with her audience, and works to engage her audience rather than purely inform. Ms. Gordon will share her experiences with us both in her own work and what she has seen more broadly in the wine industry.

As one of the speakers at the 2011 International Wine Tourism Conference, we had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Gordon about marketing and wine tourism.  Below are Ms. Gordon’s responses to our questions:

1) As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, how do you view Porto as a wine destination?

I think Porto is a great destination offering true character and the historic center of Port wine along the Douro Valley as well as many other distinct regions such as Vinho Verde, Dao, and Alentejo. As more more attention is focused on Spanish and Portuguese wines I think the wine travel segment will grow dramatically and people will be eager to discover the Porto area first hand….

Gastronomía y Enoturismo: Nuevas perspectivas de Turismo Cultural

Del 27 al 28 de septiembre tuvo lugar en el Edifici Serradell-Trabal, Recinte LLars Mundet, Barcelona un curso de 15 horas lectivas para personal (unas 20 personas) de la Diputació de Barcelona, Area de Desenvolupment Economic, Delegació de Turisme con la finalidad de fomentar la creación de nuevas propuestas turísticas locals (provincia de Barcelona) basándose en conocer más y mejor los productos de la tierra y la gastronmía típica de la comarca.

La Empresa responsable para los contenidos del programa fue la UOC i Àrea de Desenvolupament Econòmic de la Diputació de Barcelona y con la colaboración de empresas y personas externas. El programa contó con ponencias y mesas redondas muy útiles e interesantes para los casos concretos de cada asistente. Entre ellos, caba desatacar la mesa redonda Gastronomía y Enoturismo: Nuevas perspectivas de Turismo Cultural en la cual participó Carles Mera de la empresa Vinexus, Oriol Miralbell de la Universitat de Barcelona y Anthony Swift de Wine Pleausures 🙂 En nuestra exposición hicimos hincapié en un estudio realizado por la Oficina Económica y Comercial de la Embajada de España en Los Angeles: El Enoturismo en California. A continuación ofrecemos la presentación que hicimos:…

Latvian Wine Tourists Soon to Discover Portugal Via Cetressezonas

Signe Meirane, creator of food and wine collaboration platform Cetrassezonas, finds the combination of local Latvian food and wine an excellent mix. In creating Cetrassezonas Meirane has discovered how to transform a beloved hobby into a business, while at the same time remaining independent in her work. As this online venture has provided Meirane with a torrent of tips and lessons on food and wine, Meirane hopes to share this information to other passionate followers of food and wine. 

As one of the speakers at the 2011 International Wine Tourism Conference, we had the opportunity to speak with Meirane about wine information exchange and wine tourism.  Below are Meirane’s responses to our questions:

1) As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, how do you view Porto, Portugal as a wine destination?

I think Porto is still an unappreciated wine, which is sad because there are some great examples of it and I think it has good potential to grow even bigger. Of course everybody knows Porto. And Portugal is still like an untouched country in terms of wines and also tourism which make it even more attractive for a wine loving tourist to go there….

Wine Tourists to Czech – in to a Hotel Near You!

Eva Klejmova of Prague based J&T Concierge offers high profile concierge services for VIP private bank clients as well as acting as an agent for wine tourism and the hospitality industry. She feels passionately about creating the perfect cultural visit, and strives to gain feedback from every client. She feels satisfied when her clients’ return telling her they didn’t want the holiday to end. 

As one of the agents attending the 2011 International Wine Tourism Conference, we had the opportunity to speak with Eva Klejmova. Below are her responses to our questions: 

1) As a travel agent based in Czech Republic, what could you tell us of your typical clients tastes in wine? Which destinations do you currently offer to your clients?

Our branches are also based in Slovakia, Russia and Switzerland. We offer (apart from Czech and Slovakia) also France and Italy. In France Champagne region and Provence, in Italy Tuscony mostly. Spain is also popular, we do Andalusia and we also did tasting in South Africa and other destinations but not as often….

In Search of the Perfect Balance for German Wine Lovers

Thomas Schilde, Managing director of long-running Sport+Reisen understands the perfect balance of food, wine and hospitality when it comes to wine tours and festivals. Not just a travel agency, Thomas Schilde is expanding into new markets, particularly events, exhibitions and conventions in wine tourism for Austria, Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland.

As one of the attendees at the 2011 International Wine Tourism Workshop , we had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Schilde about German tastes’ and the travel market.  Below are Mr. Schilde’s responses to our questions: 

1) As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, how do you view Porto as a wine destination?

It will be very interesting for me to discover the other side of a region, which is well known for the “Port” with normal high developed wines. …

Wine Therapy Spa Tours Anyone?

Jochen Erler, a freelance foreign correspondent, hopes to pair his strong background in the spa industry with the wine tourism industry.  In attending this conference, Mr. Erler hopes to learn more about wine tourism and the role it plays on the travel market at large.

As one of the journalists at the conference and part of the Fam Blogger-Media Trip, Mr. Erler hopes to both discover the wide world of wine tourism and discuss how it can be paired with other unique travel activities.  Please see Mr. Erler’s responses to our questions below:

1) As the 2011 Wine Conference takes place in Porto, Portugal this year, how do you view Porto, Portugal as a wine destination?

Porto is certainly a destination for wine tourists, thanks to the Duero valley with its steep vineyards and its famous wineries, subject to wine tourism requirements (wineries and vinothèques open for visitors, good infrastructure i.e. hotels, roads etc.). There are not only fortified wines, but also excellent red wines made from indigenous grapes. Another attraction is the nearby white wine growing area to the North….