Hinsdale Cellars Introduces Inspired Travel to Tuscany in 2008

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Inspired Travel's inaugural destination is Tuscany in central Italy, where the nation's winemaking heritage is sustained by an emerging generation of visionary vintners. Recent vintages produced across Tuscany are the talk of wine and culinary connoisseurs. Tuscany is the ideal showcase for Inspired Travel, which specializes in small group experiences, private tours and custom dining.

No one will come away from one of our https://www.hinsdalecellars.com/cms/?pid=1000164 [wine travel] experiences without immediately asking, 'Where are you taking us next?'

The era of cookie-cutter wine travel is over.

Hinsdale Cellars, the essential online lifestyle destination for the wine inspired, is unveiling Inspired Travel, the premium concierge program dedicated to connoisseurs who cherish private immersion into the beauty and splendor of the world's yet unspoiled wine destinations. One such destination: Tuscany.

Inspired Travel leaves nary a detail unattended, delivering seamless experiences for exacting individuals. Inspired Travel shares their pursuit of the ultimate "luxury trinity" -- great wine, great food, great places.

"In August we completed a one-week site visit through Tuscany, staying in a lovely villa amid the vineyards of Montalcino," said HinsdaleCellars.com managing director Steve Woodward. "We found a largely unspoiled, unhurried environment. We met friendly vintners and restaurant staff. Indeed, there may be no better setting in which to savor premium red wine and authentic food."

The region is not only attracting connoisseurs. It is captivating young winemakers such as Giacomo Neri, who has elevated the family owned Casanova di Neri in recent years, and Switzerland native Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer, who is leading the rise of La Brancaia, a top producer of Super Tuscan red wine blends.

While blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese produce complex and elegant releases, the wines made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, known to generations of Italians as Brunellos, are still king.

Wine Spectator senior editor James Suckling not only respects Tuscany and its Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, he lives in the region.

"If you want to understand what great Italian wine is all about, buy a bottle of Brunello," Suckling writes in the magazine's July 31 edition that showcases Brunello. "And over the past decade, no other Italian region (with the possible exception of Barolo) has enjoyed so many outstanding vintages and made so many beautiful wines."

Specific details about Inspired Travel: Tuscany 2008 are posted at HinsdaleCellars.com.

The mission in formulating Inspired Travel's exclusive packages will be to deliver exclusive access to people and places, and seamless organization to protect our clients from typical inconveniences of travel. The nine-day Tuscany 2008 tour, which will be scheduled in mid-May of next year, features continuous luxury ground transportation, private winery tours, winemaker consultations, sightseeing diversions in nearby Florence and Siena, and rejuvenating accommodations within the five-star walls of Relais La Suvera.

A dining highlight of the tour is the scheduled cooking demonstration and private dinner in the Tuscan villa of esteemed Chef Seamus de Pentheny O'Kelly, who has been perfecting his culinary skills in Tuscany for more than 25 years.

Inspired Travel is committed to travel experiences emphasizing small groups (8-12 clients); pre-arranged, total-access tours; connoisseur-level wine tasting; gourmet dining; accommodations offering relaxed elegance; and the freedom to add activities or build personal itineraries to nearby points of interest beforehand or afterward.

To be certain of a precisely executed experience in Tuscany, Inspired Travel partnered with World Group Travel, Inc., to combine our vision for inspired travel -- no crowds, no excuses, no compromises -- with WGT's 34-year reputation for providing five-star concierge service for discerning globetrotters.

"Our promise to our clients is clearly stated," Woodward said. "No one will come away from one of our wine travel experiences without immediately asking, 'Where are you taking us next?'"


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