About Cathy and Nigel Henton


I fell in love with wine shortly after I left school and spent my career in the UK working for a number of large wine & spirit companies before setting up my own business specialising in wine education.  In 2003 I had the desire to improve my practical skills so returned to study for a further 2 years at Plumpton College (attached to the University of Brighton). I have the WSET Diploma (1986) and a Higher National Diploma in Wine Studies (Viticulture & Oenology 2005).


I spent 15 years working in agriculture and agricultural research but harboured a secret passion for wine.  In 2003 I retrained in viticulture at Plumpton College and went on to run the Breaky Bottom Vineyard in Sussex under the guidance of Peter Hall.  I have the WSET Advanced Certificate and a National Certificate in Farm Management.

Why come on a Loire wine tour with us?

We share a little of our lives with you and love to learn all about yours.  It’s an exchange of cultures, lives, personal stories and a shared love of wine.

You’ll have lots of fun and learn loads too.  As we only work with very small groups our days are highly personal but informal and we can gear the tasting to suit any level.

You come as clients and leave as friends and for us this is the biggest pleasure of all.

Our wine tours are ‘slow’ tours.  We take our time and enjoy the peace and tranquility of living in the Loire valley.