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About Us

We are a happy team of qualified wine, food and history guides who have made the Languedoc wine region our home. Our passion and knowledge for the region, its wines, food, culture and history are the reasons we are here, and we want to share this with you. We are personable, engaging and fun people to spend time with and we promise you a fascinating and deeply enjoyable wine and food experience that you will remember for a long time.

All our Scheduled Wine & Food tours and tastings are English spoken, and we promise no jargon just fun and laughter as well as an in-depth understanding of the wines and our beautiful region. Our team comprises of English, French, Dutch, Catalan and Spanish speakers so if you prefer one of these languages, we can create a Private Tour just for you. Whichever language you choose we promise you ‘No Wine Snobbery’..!

Wendy

Wendy-Gedney

 

Wendy Gedney started Vin en Vacances in 2009 following her dream to live in the south of France. Over the fifteen years she owned the company Wendy created fabulous Wine Tours that take you off the beaten track to hidden vineyards travelling though beautiful scenery to learn what makes Languedoc so special. Over the years Wendy was joined by a fabulous team of wine professionals and has now handed the business over to Rachel to take it to even greater heights.

Rachel

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Rachel Fox was so delighted to be part of the Vin en Vacances team that when the opportunity came along she decided to step into Wendy’s shoes as the new business owner . She brings the same dynamic approach, that has been the key to success for so many years, to ensure all our tours are a fabulously unforgettable and unique experience.

Rachel was born in Wales but relocated to France in 2022 to be close to her family, having spent 18 years in New Zealand. Rachel’s wine education started at home alongside her dad, who was a chef and sommelier, and has flourished through the years. She holds a WSET level 3 qualification and enjoys nothing more than showing off the glorious Languedoc wine region. Rachel’s tours are always fun and informative. The Canal du Midi tour holds a special place in her heart as she first visited the region in 1995 on a canal barge holiday. Rachel will always make you feel at ease and well taken care as she guides you through your day with plenty of little interesting historical snippets

Kate

Kate

Kate Wardell is a hospitality graduate of HOSTA – the hospitality, food, wine and tourism school based in Leysin, Switzerland and is a dedicated foodie. Kates fun personality, her passion and enthusiasm for Languedoc and its wine plus her love of food make her a deeply knowledgeable and very engaging wine professional to spend the day with. Although English, Kate has lived in this region since 2007 and knows the place like the back of her hand plus she speaks excellent French. This combined with her first-class knowledge of the whole of France and its wine regions makes her the ideal person to run bespoke tours to other regions of France and she is often found in Burgundy, Champagne and the Alsace, some of her favourite wine regions.

Debbie

Debbie

 

Debbie Ault hails from the UK and is the Tour Manager at Vin en Vacances. You will meet Debbie when you make a booking for a tour or tasting and she also runs the Vin en Vacances Events where she loves to share her broad knowledge of wine with people in her own fun and relaxed style.

Leanne

Leanne

Leanne Puy was born in the UK but after meeting her French husband, a Languedoc wine maker, she made her home in the Minervois. Leanne joined our team in 2022 and has the important job of organising all our winery visits and lunches making her a key member of the team. Working alongside her wine maker husband means that Leanne offers a unique and fascinating perspective hard to find anywhere else and as a ‘Vigneron’s wife’ she specialises in running the tastings at her own vineyard, Vignoble Puy..! She also now heads up the Languedoc Vine Guardians program and welcomes vine Guardians to her winery and vineyard and insures everyone receives their wines.

Carlos

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Carlos Lluch lives in the beautiful village of Lagrasse close to Carcassonne, but he was born and raised in Barcelona where he was educated in Catalan, Spanish, French and English. With his natural Latin charm and a gift for languages, he was always destined to be a tour guide and is proud to have attained the prized Official Guide Licence for French National & Historical Monuments & Cities. He also holds a WSET wine qualification and has also worked in the world of wine at well-known châteaux in Languedoc. His wine and history knowledge coupled with his language skills make Carlos the ideal person to run our Barcelona Shuttle Tours and bespoke wine & history tours in Spain. In fact, a tour anywhere with Carlos is always an enriching and fun experience.

Marcel

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Marcel van Baalen is our favourite Dutchman and valued member of our team. He gained his deep understanding of wine whilst working as a sommelier in the Dutch wine business for more than 25 years. He’s been a valuable member of the Vin en Vacances team for several years since he followed his dream to live and work in the Languedoc. Since arriving here he has become a ‘local’ counting many wine makers as close friends. A true wine professional, he has a relaxed and entertaining style that is wrapped in a deep well of wine knowledge that he loves to share with people. As well as running tours and tastings in Languedoc, Marcel and his wife run a fabulous restaurant in the village of Caunes-Minervois so if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a delicious Mediterranean meal take a look at L’Atelier