Swedish wine writer and author Britt Karlsson, a Paris resident since 1990, organizes 20 tours annually to wine regions in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, and Austria. She concentrates on small producers—not always the most famous, but typically high-quality and representative of the region—and her groups are met by the proprietors, not paid guides. Visits often include informal lunches at the estate.
The Caveat: Karlsson only offers English-language tours to France and Portugal; the rest are conducted in Swedish (custom trips are also available in English). Accommodations are comfortable, but don’t expect Michelin-starred meals. “They take too long,” Karlsson says.