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Wine History Tours was founded by Ken & Tamara Wytsma with a vision for world-class wine tours through the Willamette Valley, Tuscany, Burgundy, and other storied wine regions

Ken Wytsma is a man of many talents and interests. He has lived overseas and developed a love of history from an early age. After studying philosophy and religion in graduate school, he started several projects in justice and spirituality—including teaching graduate courses on the history of human rights, philosophy, and creativity at various colleges and universities around the world. Wytsma also founded The Justice Conference, which has spread to 11 countries worldwide. He is the author of five books, one of which was named to the top-five religion books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly.

In addition to his work in justice, Wytsma’s love for history has led him into the field of wine education—where he lectures and writes on a wide range of wine history topics. As a Pinot Noir enthusiast, he has long been drawn to the Oregon wine country. He now lives in the Willamette Valley and is proud to say his whole family is involved in the wine business. His passions for history, education, and wine have now come together in Wine History Tours and This Day in Wine History.

Tamara Wytsma is a professional photographer and innovation expert who has traveled the world looking at wine regions through a camera lens and exploring fine wine with a much broader and more inclusive palette than her husband.

As a creative, Tamara brings a flare to cuisine and a unique touch to hospitality. She is also very proud of being the mother of four daughters who share her love of the outdoors and adventure.  

The Wine History Tours team seeks only the best partners and drivers who are rooted in story and place. Your Oregon wine tour through the Willamette Valley will showcase the best of our home and your tour through Tuscan wine country will showcase the best of Montalcino, Montepulciano, and the Tuscany countryside which is our favorite historical place in the world.

We can’t wait to be your wine guides and help usher in memories that last a lifetime!

Stay tuned for more wine regions and history-based tours.

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Mornington Peninsula
Wine History Tours - Napa Valley Grape Cluster
Bottles of wine at an Eola-Amity winery

“Good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people.”

William Shakespeare