Belmond Afloat in France launches Wine Academy

Lunch onboard The Amaryllis, photography JP Masclet

Lunch onboard The Amaryllis, photography JP Masclet

Who? Belmond

What? For guests travelling aboard the Belmond Afloat in France barges in Burgundy this year, Blemond has launched a new Wine Academy program. The new offering gives guests the opportunity to explore the Burgundy wine region on tailor-made itineraries while enjoying a luxury canal cruise. A week’s private charter starts from £26,400 on an all-inclusive basis. Wine Academy is available for an additional £700 per person.

When? 29th March to 18th October 2015

Where? Departure varies according to itinerary

How? For more information, see www.belmond.com

Wine Festival Tour from Monteverdi Tuscany

Monteverdi Tuscany

Who? Monteverdi

What? Embrace Tuscany living at Monteverdi through their six day luxury Wine Festival Tour. Taking place over Benvenuto Brunello di Montalcino, where there will be over 1,000 wines to taste, the tour will include wine tasting, vineyard tours, cooking lessons and six nights accommodation. Priced at €7,000 per person or €10,000 per couple.

When? 20th – 26th February 2015

Where? Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Provincia di Siena (SI), Toscana, Italy

How? For more information, see www.monteverdituscany.com

Summer reading: Shadows in the Vineyard by Maximillian Potter

Shadows in the Vineyard by Maximillian Potter

Who? Maximillian Potter

What? Fine wine enthusiasts will certainly be familiar with Domaine de la Romanée Conti, one of the best known Burgundy estates in the world. Maximillian Potter’s new book, Shadows in the Vineyard, focuses on the crime that took place in 2010 when DRC’s proprietor was threatened with the destruction of his vineyards. The book captures “the true story of a plot to poison the world’s greatest wine” and is perhaps one of the most anticipated wine books of the year.

When? Available now

Where? Available online and in store

How? Buy now from Amazon

Summer reading: The Vineyard at the End of the World by Ian Mount

The Vineyard at the End of the World by Ian Mount

Who? Ian Mount

What? Malbec-lovers must read The Vineyard at the End of the World by Ian Mount. A bit of an instant classic, the book charts the transformation of Argentinian wine from something unpalatable to a drink respected in its own right. It’s the book where you’ll find the leading figures of Argentinian wine, the innovations that made Malbec a success and everything else that goes with the terrority.

When? Available now

Where? Available online and in store

How? Buy now from Amazon

Summer reading: Saving Our Skins by Caro Feely

Saving our skins by Caro Feely

Who? Caro Feely

What? Owning a vineyard might be the dream of many but few make it financially viable. Saving Our Skin is the story of Sean and Caro Feely trying to create an organic vineyard in the South of France. As well as building the vineyard of their dreams, the book is about finding a new life in a new country and all the struggles that come with it.

When? Available now

Where? Available online and in store

How? Buy now from Amazon