About Us

We are Philip and Jude Reddaway. We set up La Madelène Rhone Wine Holidays in order to realise our dream to work and live in a place we had come to love.

Philip worked for many years as director of a global media company in London but his passionate interest in wine eventually led to him giving up his media career in order to persue a new vocation in wine tourism and education. After three years studying at the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust he holds a WSET diploma, is qualified as an AIWS (Associate of the Institute of Wine and Spirits) and is a WSET approved wine instructor. He ran a number of successful wine courses in Brighton and London before moving to France.

Jude will devote herself to making your wine course into a memorable holiday. Before setting up La Madelene she taught law at a University as well as taking carpentry and building courses – essential skills for her new life! She worked hard to transform the old priory into a stylish and welcoming home, and is also in charge of preparing your meals… a role she is passionate about!


“Wine appreciation is more than a question of understanding the nuances between grape variety, vintage and producer. If that were all there were to it, wine would be just another agricultural product. For me the true romance of wine lies in discovering the history; the traditions ; the personalities; and above all the fascinating stories that lie behind what we have in our glass. I aim to capture this spirit in my wine courses”

Jude & Philip Reddaway AIWS