About Us

Our Story

Tim Cowley, an ex-professional rugby player from New Zealand made the leap to Europe in 2003. So much for a year abroad. His appetite for travel grew and grew. After retiring from rugby in 2012 he decided to follow his passion for wine, travel, and the French culture. Bordeaux was the perfect place to capture all of this. Boasting a nearby coastline, amazing wine and 1000’s of vineyards to go with it, great food, and a classic french culture full of history, Tim did the first ever tour in an old car he borrowed from a mate and Rustic Vines was born !

Our Mission

Perfect for wine-lovers of any age! We showcase the region and the best Chateaux of Bordeaux from traditional family-run estates to the more prestigious of Saint Emilion & Medoc, tasting plenty of wine along the way. We know a lot about Bordeaux too so you will also find a tour of the city, including wine & food. Whether you like to walk, cycle or ride in the van, the Rustic Vines team are here to maximise your experience !

Our Team

Tim Cowley

The expat from New Zealand who fell in love with France and thought it would be a good idea to show other people exactly what he fell in love with and so he created Rustic Vines Wine Tours.


Tour & Admin Manager
The passionate Normandy girl who has adopted Bordeaux like her own. She ensures the daily running of Rustic Vines and has the longest to-do list of any of us…


The Bordeaux local who at just 28 has an underground cellar of his own. He takes care of almost everything from managing the team to communication and marketing management. One of our best guide too !

Careers With Us

If you want to join our team, look at our job offer below ! We look forward to meeting you.

We’re looking for wine passionate, friendly tour guides that speak English. 6 month-internship from April to September. Send your CV to admin@rusticvinestours.com

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Rustic Partners

We have teamed up with tons of local businesses that we love to work worth and promote to our friends visiting Bordeaux. So if you're looking for some of the best places in town and a sure bet for quality service, check out our partners !