Grand Tour, The History

Three hundred years ago, wealthy young Englishmen 
began taking a post-Oxbridge trek through France and Italy 
in search of art, culture and the roots of Western civilization. 
With nearly unlimited funds, aristocratic connections and months (or years) to roam, 
they commissioned paintings, perfected their language skills 
and mingled with the upper crust of the Continent….

(from the New York Times)

Grand Tour Today

In 2014, curious and adventurous Houstonians will begin taking a trek 
through Italy ‘s regions in search of the perfect combination of food and wine for their taste buds. 
With a comfortable limo  and few weeks to roam, 
they  will hop from one restaurant to another, 
perfect their command of obscure italian words 
and mingle with like minded souls….

Participants can join the Grand Tour right here in Houston. 
The event will take place each Wednesdays, starting with the 12th of February till the opening of ExhibItalia to the public on the 5th of April.

Every week a limo will bring the fortunate passengers through an itinerant degustation of Italy’s wines and specialties, region by region, three region per evening: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Lazio, Toscana, Sardegna, Campania, Molise, Umbria, Valle d‘Aosta, Calabria, Marche, Puglia, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia, Toscana, Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Piemonte, Sicilia.

You will discover the diversity and variety of Italian wines and specialties well beyond the Pinot Grigio. Some of the participating venue are restaurants such as Arcodoro, Carmelo, Drexel, Quattro, but we are not limited to restaurants only!

With 20 region to cover, there are many trips planned, but very very few spots. Price per person 85$
Two departure time: 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, max 10 people per trip.

  • February; 12th;  19th ; 26th
  • March 5th; 12th; 19th; 26th 
  • April 2nd    

To sign up call 713 626 9303.

First come first serve basis.


Grand Tour at Phoenicia