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 over 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.