Austrian Company Planning More Scilly Tours After Successful Visit

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Angelica Etrl from Oliva Reisen

There could be more German speaking visitors in Scilly soon.

Yesterday, an Austrian tour company brought over their first party to Scilly and organisers say the guests were so impressed that they’ll offer trips again next year.

Oliva Reisen specialise in garden visits and their group of 22 visitors toured Tresco Abbey Gardens. They also enjoyed wine tasting at the Holy Vale Winery on St Mary’s during their brief stay this week.

The group was shown around by Angelica Etrl, the sister of Portsmouth footballer Johnny Ertl.

Angelica thinks she’s the first Austrian tour operator to arrange a Scilly package and says the trip was suggested by Robert Francis’ vineyard consultant, Willi Opitz.

The company hopes to arrange visits in 2015 as part of a longer mainland tour.