I organize PRIVATE wine and city tours in Alsace, Burgundy and Tuscany.
As a doctor in Economics I worked for publisher Reeds Elsevier and newspaper organization Cebuco in Amsterdam. I then started my own software company called DiskAd Publish One that focusses on publishing tools and solutions.
In 2003 I moved to France.
As a long time wine passionate, I have tasted and learned a lot about wine and wine & food pairings.
In Amsterdam I did the SVH-vakopleiding (wine course on WSET2 level). I love cooking myself and of course I often visit the wineries and restaurants in the Alsace, Burgundy and Tuscany area.
I do not believe in very technical tastings. Wine invokes emotion. A wine can seem different at different times, depending on the atmosphere and the mood of the person tasting.
I will introduce you to the wine makers and their art, so you can feel and taste the wine makers passion in the wine.
My tours are really private tours. I do not visit the same wineries and restaurants each tour. I select the wineries to be visited in relation to your specific wishes. As an example I have done "old Riesling tours" or focused on just "Pinot Noir in Alsace".
In Burgundy I focus on the Cote d'Or but I also like you to taste the wines more south in the Cote Chalonnais for example. In Tuscany I normally go to the Chianti, Brunello or Montepulciano region but I have also done tours that focus on just the vineyards around Montalcino.
If you want to visit a pottery or a cheese farm, we can and maybe you want to see where Brad Pitt is buying his favorite jams in Alsace or where Sting makes his biodynamic "Il Palagio" olive oil in Tuscany?
Of course we can visit some great names like Trimbach, Deiss, L. Sipp, Weinbach or Zind Humbrecht in Alsace; Bouchard, Magnien and the Chateau de Pommard or Meursault in Burgundy and for example Altesino, Siro Pacenti, Banfi or Biondi Santi in Tuscany.
I will take you to lunch and/or dinner in great restaurants often Michelin starred. I regularly try out new places for quality and taste, before taking our guests there.
I will book your lunch and/or dinner visits in advance, so we are always welcomed and seated promptly.
I enjoy the wonderful conversations that come from fine dining and wine tasting. In this manner I have made many long lasting friendships already.
Your tour with us, either in Alsace, Burgundy or Tuscany, must be an experience of a lifetime. It will be. It is my passion.
A Recent Review of this guide
Pieter was an excellent guide. Early, well prepared and flexible. If you are thinking of going to the region I highly recommend the tour. Thank you Pieter for the memorable adventure. I look forward to seeing you next year.
I am a dr. in Economics.
I did the SVH Slijtersvakopleiding in Amsterdam concerning wines. (WSET 2 level)
I am fully licensed to drive up to 9 people in my car or minibus. (including myself)
I have car insurance for tourists/clients driving with me in my car.
I have a professional liability insurance.
I am not a licensed guide and will not be able to guide you inside of the historical monuments.