Slowwines is the simplest way to great wine experiences

This winery specialist has grown up over years. Like red wine ageing slowly into wood cask, we have combined forces that is, knowledge of travel and wine, to come up with the most brilliant and exciting venture in the world of iberian wines. There are already a few good wine trips behind us and much more to come ahead with groups from all over the world.
What many friends and professionals have suggested to us for some time is now reality

Here is our Team so far:


Helena Staels

Helena is co-founder of Slowwines. She was born and raised in Aalst, Belgium, she studied at Ghent University. She has lived in Spain for more than two decades and has a good all-round knowledge about the country. She worked as an interpreter and started her own business in Salamanca in the early nineties, teaching Spanish as a foreign language and doing translation work from her native language (Dutch ) and French. She’s been using professionaly many languages which makes her fluent in Spanish, French, Dutch, English, German and Portuguese. Being in contact with the rest of the world has been decisive in her recent move. Since she is enthusiastic about almost everything related to wine, travel and winemakers, she began to study oenology and wine-tasting at the University of Dijon, Burgundy. While doing translation work for several wineries, she felt the impetus to share what she felt was the best of iberia in wine and travel.
Helena has personally visited all the wineries to design routes, holiday packages and expand wine tourism concepts for the company. Her leadership and organisational skills allow her to personally oversee every detail of the Slowwines tours.


Pierre Balsam

Pierre is co-founder of Slowwines. He is a French-Danish binational and aside France he has been living in many countries where he developped skills in varied fields such as lean logistics, export, maritime container shipment, EU policy training, NGO conferences, nature conservation,  wine and food tourism. He has centered on what he believes is the most captivating business : wine! The wine travel agency is no accident, since he's been driven by enormous curiosity towards wines. He has undertaken explorations into wine regions for the last 5 years and has earned a degree in the Université de Dijon, Burgundy.

After a period of leading nature and trekking tours as guide, many guiding trips to Santiago de Compostela, he felt more interest for inner travel, and particularly in the human and cultural aspects of wine making. The last few years have been truly enriching experiences, he has been pushing the slowwines innitative, this started with lots of legwork in the vineyards and wineries of Spain / Portugal. Pierre wears many hats in the organization. This ranges from marketing, sales development, and story telling with innovative communication.

You might run into him in Rioja, Sierra de Salamanca, Bierzo, Priorat, Penedès, Jerez- Sherry around Cadíz and Binissalem in Mallorca.