About Us

DECANTER TOURS is one of the only full service wine tour operators who have extensive experience working in the wine and tourism industries. We organize customized wine tours for wine enthusiasts in BORDEAUX, BURGUNDY, THE LOIRE VALLEY, CHAMPAGNE and the RHONE VALLEY. Your tour may include any or all of the following services: accommodation, transportation, lunches and dinners in the wineries for small groups and wine tastings in the most prestigious wine regions of France.

We have no pre-set pre-packaged programs, you are free to choose the dates that suit you and your schedule.

Some of our previous clients have included wine clubs and wine guilds from several countries, cooking school groups, sommeliers, future wine professionals, wine enthusiasts and major collectors from all backgrounds. The groups range from 2 to 200 people.
We are specialists in high-end clients, we cater to all your needs when touring the vineyards. Every detail of your program will be carefully planned with your input. Whether it be cultural, historical or purely epicurean, your visit to the wine regions will reflect your own desires and tastes. We offer the most luxurious accommodation, the safest and most comfortable chauffeur-driven cars, the finest restaurants and the most knowledgeable English or American guides. Our close relationships with the growers and owners mean that we can pass on to you experiences that the average wine tourist will never see. We promise that your next wine tour will be unforgettable.

We are an independent operator and are not attached to any particular properties so you can suggest your own itinerary. We will do our best to make it happen. You choose what you want to taste and who you taste it with.

But we are not stopping at Bordeaux! We have incredible contacts all over the world, mostly epicurean, some wine makers, some winery owners, some organizers, all of them active. Already Burgundy and Champagne figure prominently in our tours and we have ever-increasing connections in these areas.

Connect with us via twitter, facebook or simply check back here often to see what our future tours will include. Of course you decide the dates and the destination. We put you in touch with the most exciting upmarket culinary travel professionals available today. We intend to bring you along with us every step of the way on this incredible journey.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

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Mary Dardenne, President
We weren’t the first to this party but we are the best! 

Mary Dardenne, the driving force behind Decanter Tours, is an American who has lived in Bordeaux for nearly twenty years with her two sons, three dogs, assorted cats and her husband. Originally from Texas, she made Bordeaux her home after living in London, Paris and Southern California. 

Recently, Mary Dardenne was elected to serve on the French Superior Council of Wine tourism, a think tank created by the French Ministry of tourism in cooperation with winery owners to promote and develop the sector. This latest accolade proves our competence, commitment and dedication to French Wine tourism. 

Thanks to her expertise in the Bordeaux area, Mary was chosen to coordinate the tour guides and shore excursions for Viking River Cruises. Since March 2014 this has meant an average of 180 passengers per week with 5 – 6 busses and guides in the wine country every day.

At the same time the US representative for the Conseil des Vins du Medoc, Mary is reponsible for educating sommeliers, merchants and restauranteurs on Medoc wines. Wine educator for the CIVB she also has the responsibility of the Bordeaux Accreditation courses for wine educators in the US.
Julie Prune Vedrenne
I grew up in the North of France, in beautiful and green Normandie. The weather there isn’t great, so people internalize sunshine (the high quality dairy might help the mood too). I moved to Bordeaux ‘the Sleeping Beauty’ to study, for about six years. 

Through my father, an oenologist from the Médoc, I started to discover my origins, deeply rooted in the wine industry; he also kept on pushing me forward in my discoveries of the amazing world. My family made me a traveler at heart.

After a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, I studied wine and spirits business and technique, to finally open myself to wine tourism. I speak French and English fluently, know how to get what I want in Spanish and have some notion of Portuguese. I can also break the ice in Russian. When I am not with my fellow wine friends tasting wines or visiting places, I truly love to go back to the countryside, to revisit the green and peace that nature affords.
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