Hey, do you want to learn about new and exciting wines?

Yes? Maybe? You’re at the right place! Exotic Wine Travel wants to be your resource for learning more about lesser-known wine regions and exotic wines. This website is intended for wine lovers who have an open mind, a curious attitude, and an adventurous palate.

For over three years now, we’ve been on the road full-time exploring the world through the vines. So far, we’ve traveled through the wine regions of Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, USA, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Mexico, Cyprus, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, and Slovakia. We share our wine travel experiences and the excellent finds from these unique wine regions in our articles, reports, books, videos, and social media updates.

You can follow our journey and discoveries on the Exotic Wine Travel website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vivino, and YouTube.


Who are we? In short, wine gypsies.

Hi! We are Matthew and Charine. We are authors, writers, speakers, marketers, travelers, and wine geeks.

In 2015, we left Singapore and began our location-independent lifestyle. The transition is summarized in our articles The Start of Something New and Reflection: Long-Term Travel and the Journey to Becoming Location Independent. While traveling through the wine regions in Europe and the Caucasus, we experienced several obstacles during the preparations and actual trips, which compelled us to turn our passion for wine into a creative force for good. The genesis of Exotic Wine Travel is depicted in our article The Story of Exotic Wine Travel after 20 Months on the Road.

Having traveled to more than 50 countries and explored over 50 wine regions, we bring an empathetic and astute ‘prosumer’ lens to the wine tourism industry. We’re also WSET Advanced certified.

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We welcome you to join us as we take an in-depth look at travel and wine in Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Hungary, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Santa Barbara County (California, USA), Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey.


Dr Matthew Horkey Exotic Wine Travel

Dr. Matthew Horkey has authored four books (Travel Learn Earn, Uncorking The Caucasus, Sipping Santa Barbara, and Cracking Croatian Wine). His wine writing has appeared on JancisRobinson.com and Wine Folly. An experienced public speaker in his pre-wine life, he’s been a guest speaker at the American University of Rome, Life University, and various companies including Microsoft, TripAdvisor, Norton Rose, and JP Morgan. Dr. Horkey is passionate about learning and trying traditional and unique wines, sharing information with people, and turning them on to wine. He does that now predominantly via the  Exotic Wine Travel YouTube channel.

His current favorite red wine is a 2002 Jean Louis Chave Red Hermitage, and his current favorite white wine is a 2000 Nikolaihof Riesling Vinothek. He is also currently obsessed with Hungarian Kékfrankos, especially Szekszárdi Bikavér (Bull’s Blood). 


Charine Tan Exotic Wine Travel

Charine Tan took the scenic route to entrepreneurship and racked up eight years of corporate experience across different functions: from branding to corporate performance, marketing, public relations, research, social media, and sales. Today, she brings together those skills and experience as the co-founder of Exotic Wine Travel, working with wineries, importers, distributors, tourism boards, and associations in the promotion of wine and wine tourism. She has a demonstrated history of driving impactful conversations and events for c-suite customers from high-growth, global enterprises including Fortune 100 companies, Moët Hennessy Diageo, Pernod Ricard, and Treasury Wine Estates.


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