WINE TOURS FAQ
Fine Vintage Wine Tours
Overview of Fine Vintage Wine Tours
Who is Fine Vintage?
Why take a Wine Tour with Fine Vintage?
Are these tours only for people in the industry?
Do I need to take a wine course before joining a wine tour?
Before the tour
Who participates in a Fine Vintage wine tour?
How often are tours held?
What does the cost of the tour include?
I am having problems registering. What should I do?
How will I know if a tour I wish to register for is full?
I only wish to register for a couple of days of the tour (e.g. the first two days). Is that possible?
My travel companion is booking and paying separately than me but we are sharing a room. How do we register without paying the single supplement?
I am traveling solo at this time, but a friend may join me later. How do I register?
I am traveling solo but want to share a room with someone. Does Fine Vintage arrange this?
We are a group of 2 to 4 looking to organize a private wine tour to one of your destinations. Does Fine Vintage organize private tours of this nature?
When will I be charged for the tour?
Are payment plans available?
Payment plans are not available. Fine Vintage charges $500 per person upon registration, a second deposit at 120-days prior to the start date of the tour, and the remaining balance at 90-days prior to the start date of the tour. If the tour is less than 90 days away, the full balance per person is due.
I would like to cancel or change my registration. Can I get back all or part of my money?
All tour deposits of $500 are non-refundable from the time of registration. Remaining balances are refundable depending on the timing of the cancellation. The Fine Vintage Cancellation policy for each of our destinations is as follows:
- 90 or more days before departure: Loss of non-refundable deposit
- 43-90 days before departure: -50% of tour price
- 29-42 days before departure: -75% of tour price
- 15-28 days before departure: -90% of tour price
- 1-14 days before departure: -100% of tour price
I have booked for a tour with Fine Vintage. When will I know the tour is confirmed?
In our 10 year history of running tours it is very rare that we have ever had to cancel one. Fine Vintage will confirm a tour 90-days prior to the start date of a tour, if not sooner. Fine Vintage reserves the right to cancel a tour due to extenuating circumstances such as minimum numbers are not met, political instability, natural disaster or government-imposed travel restrictions. In the event Fine Vintage cancels a tour, you will receive a full refund (including the $500 deposit) to the credit card you used to register for the tour.
Do I need to purchase medical and trip cancellation insurance from an insurance agent?
We strongly recommend that you investigate and purchase extended medical and trip cancellation insurance for all wine tours.
Can I transfer from one tour to another?
How old do I have to be to join in a Fine Vintage tour?
Do I need a visa to participate in the tour?
Travel to the Destination
Do I require travel insurance for my tour?
Do I need to book a flight for the tour?
What hotels are included in the tour?
What hotels do you recommend?
What To Expect On The Tour
What is the dress code?
For gentlemen, collared shirts and pants is recommended. Jackets are not necessary but are often worn by some owners, and you will want one for the smart dinners, even if it’s just to walk in with it on. Ties are definitely not required.
For ladies, designer jeans are fine. Generally, dresses, long pants, skirts, and a variety of shoes and boots. Flatter shoes are recommended as you will go from a vineyard to a cellar to a lovely meal in succession.
What to Bring?
What do I need to bring on my tour?
What language(s) are your tours offered in?
How many people are on a tour?
Where do most people come from?
Who will host my tour?
Tasting of Wines
How many wines will I taste?
Can I participate in the tours without tasting the wine?
Will perfume/cologne affect my wine tasting experience?
Can I purchase wines at any of the wineries we visit?
What arrangements can be made to ship my purchased wine back home?
Visitors Joining the Tour
I have a friend/relative who lives in the region we are visiting. Can they join the tour for a day or two?
I have food allergies. What do I need to do?
Missing Out of Winery Visits
What if I am unable to attend a tour visit for personal reasons?
If I miss a visit to an estate, can I make up for it at another time?
What happens to guests who display disruptive behavior on a bus or winery visit?
After The Tour
Do I need to tip anyone at the end of the tour?
Where does my tour end?
Does Fine Vintage arrange onward travel?
For those who have booked hotel nights in the region after a tour has ended, please communicate to your local host if you need to return to the same hotel. In most cases our bus will drop you off but in some (Champagne-Burgundy, Spain, Tuscany) this is not possible due to distances traveled on the last day of the tour.
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