- 98 Ratings
South End Wine Tasting Tour in Boston
Discover the culture and wines of Boston's artsy South End neighborhood on a guided tour. Leave the crowds behind as you enjoy full-bodied vintages at local favorites.
What You Will Do
- Stroll around Boston's South End, a neighborhood known for its innovative art scene and cultural diversity
- Nibble on appetizers and sip wines from around the globe to discover the richness of properly paired food and drink
- Come across the famous landmarks and attractions that dot this section of Boston with the guidance of a professional
- Go to where the locals eat and drink, including Gaslight Brasserie du Coin and Cinquecento Roman Trattoria
- 2-hour guided wine tour
- Samples and pairings
Full refunds for cancellations made at least 48 hours in advance.
- 98 Ratings
John Fiola is an Awesome tour guide!! Very knowledgeable and open to our questions. But I felt the tour was slightly overpriced for the quality and quantity of wine and food served.
This tour was great - really informative and the wine we tasted were delicious! The one thing I would change is having the group visit three places vs. just two, but other than that it was wonderful.
The wine selections were good, the wine ambassador was great, the venues were nice, but the food pairings were meager. Expect more for $70.
Our 3pm Saturday 3/19 guide (John?) was very knowledgeable. However, he did seem slightly unprepared and flustered. Perhaps it was just an off day. We were also expecting more content about the wine we were tasting (guiding us on different types of grape, very little was said about the pairings, etc.). The general wine anecdotes he told were interesting, just not what we expected when booking the tour. Overall, we had a good time and good wine, but we were slightly underwhelmed by the actual content of the tour.
The featured 2nd stop was not available and we went on to a different restaurant- Masa which I don’t think was quite as good
John was very knowledgeable and engaging. We learned a great deal about wine and wine culture. A very fun and enjoyable afternoon.
Our group really enjoyed our wine pairings and each others' company. The tour guide (KP) was clearly very knowledgeable about wine, but she was talking about wine way over our heads -- she assumed a baseline level of wine knowledge that we did not have, and we barely understood what she was talking about (in terms of wine regions, varietals, ratings, production etc.). She used a lot of terms we just did not understand. I wish she had surveyed the group at the beginning to find out what we did and did not know about wine, and been able to give us a little bit more basic information about wine. We would have loved to learn more about the wines we were drinking, but starting at a more basic level.
I had an expectation that this was more of a walking tour. I was disappointed when it was more about wine education, and not an actual walking tour. That being said, the wines were good, and the guide was very good.
It was slow starting but became better. Some helpful ideas....water on all tables, written list of wines to be tasted, food should be on tables with first wine and suggestions made to try certain foods with certain wines to enhance the taste. Our guide looked at the floor a lot, not at us and it was off putting.
John was a wonderful host, and we really enjoyed the tasting!
Our guide was nice, very knowledgeable...but we had no opportunity to mix with the others that were participating on the same "tour". I would hardly call 2 locations a "tour". The second restaurant had us in an area where there were others (not in our "tour") talking and socializing right next to where we were trying to listen to our guide. Would have been nicer with 3 locations...add maybe 30 minutes more...and cut the time a little in the 2 places we visited. Our birthday group was 5, and we were 13 total with others. I think the guide was an expert on French and Italian wines...he did have interesting information for us.
With this wine tour it seems we were tasting more food than wine