Terry and Kathy Sullivan are wine travel writers and authors. We own Wine Trail Traveler LLC, a winery and vineyard virtual visitor center. We travel to wineries throughout the world and write articles about the experiences on the website http://winetrailtraveler.com. The website was developed in 2007. Since late 2006 we have visited and written about over 1,000 wineries in North America, Europe and Oceania.
Our first book, A Wine Journey was published in November 2012. The book explores what interested wine enthusiasts can do to learn about wine, make wine and travel to wine regions. Our second book, A Wine Tourist’s Guide: Visiting Tasting Rooms was published in September 2013. This book is about visiting tasting rooms, expectations, etiquette, common international grapes and more. Our third book, Georgia, Sakartvelo: the Birthplace of Wine was published in March 2014. This book looks at the wonderful wine story of what is now the country Georgia. Wine grapes were cultivated and wine continuously made in Georgia for 8,000 years. This is thousands of years prior to viticulture and winemaking in Western Europe. We are very interested in book signings as well as presentations.
We have been making wine since 2008 deciding that since we were writing about wine we should start making it. Over that time we have made wine at home (where we tend to be more experimental), at a Virginia winery and at a Maryland winery. We currently have a barrel of 2012 Stagecoach (Atlas Peak AVA) Cabernet Sauvignon in barrel at Tin Lizzie Wineworks in Clarksville, Maryland. With the 2013 harvest, we made a qvevri-wine in the country Georgia. We helped to harvest Rkatsiteli, a white grape, in September 2013 and destemmed the grapes and placed them in a small qvevri buried in the ground at Twins Wine Cellar of Napareuli. We opened the qvevri in April 2014 when we returned to Georgia for the International Wine Tourism Conference. We presented at the conference and were a part of a media group covering the conference and visiting wineries in Georgia.
We attend several wine conferences a year. In January 2012 we attended and presented at the International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) in Perugia, Italy. Terry presented at the Eastern Winery Exposition in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in March 2013. A week later we presented in Zagreb, Croatia at the International Wine Tourism Conference. In March 2014 Terry presented in Tiblisi, Georgia at the International Wine Tourism Conference. In April 2014, Terry presented to several members of the New Jersey wine trade including tasting room staff.
We have also written about olive oil, grape seed oil, vinegar and cheese. These articles are featured on our food site at http://food.winetrailtraveler.com. Our winemaking site, http://winemaking.winetrailtraveler.com, explores our efforts of making wines at home and at wineries. Our lodging site reviews some of the lodging facilities on or near wineries/vineyards http://lodging.winetrailtraveler.com.