About Wine in Provence

Wine connects people, and so it is with the story of three Americans in France and Wine In Provence Tours. In 2006, Brian and Hilary founded Wine In Provence Tours to share a passion for French wine with English-speaking travellers. Hilary’s Wine Industry Certificate comes from Cal Poly University in California wine country, while Brian fell in love with wine while working in the fields of a small Virginia winery. In 2014, the team welcomed Michael, a longtime resident of France and a native New Yorker. Michael is WSET-certified and, together with his French wife, Cyrielle, continues to share an wine insider’s view via Wine in Provence Tours with visitors from all over the world.

Michael Ippolito – Owner

One should not overcomplicate wine. It’s just grape juice and a little bit of magic!

As a native New Yorker with a corporate background, Michael Ippolito considers himself fortunate to have traded in the big city commute for the spectacular Provençal countryside and a briefcase for a wine glass. For more than a decade, he’s called France home, which has increased his love for wine. That love was cemented when Michael,  his French wife and son moved from Paris to Provence and acquired Wine in Provence Tours. Michael also lived in Belgium, which heightened his appreciation of Belgium beer. He cannot wait to introduce you to French wines through the eyes and the palate of a Frenchified American.

Michael’s favorite wines are reds from Domaine du Pegau in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, rosé from Domaine Tempier in Bandol and white from Chateau Simone.