Wine Appreciation Cruises
On our dedicated luxury charter cruises you will be taken directly to the vineyards for private tastings where our sommelier will explain the grapes, cultivation methods and history at some of the “off the beaten track” vineyards. You will be tasting fine Burgundies such as Nuits St-Georges, Santenay and Vosne Romanée, often premier or grand cru vintages that your knowledgeable guide has handpicked to give you the finest possible experience.
Wine tours in the Loire Valley provide an introduction to crisp Vouvrays and Touraines, nurtured for centuries by their Chateau-owning families, or further south you can enjoy the lighter, fruitier flavours of the Provence and the Languedoc-Roussillon regions. In Alsace there are the crisp whites to be found on the Route des Grands Crus. Often your guide will buy a few bottles on the tour for you to enjoy later in the day on board.
A supplement is paid for these cruises to cover the cost of a professional sommelier, a comprehensive itinerary and an upgrade of all wines to include Premier and Grand Cru.
So if you are looking for wine tours with a difference you will enjoy a special interest cruise with European Waterways. These can be booked any time by a group chartering the barge. If you are booking just one or two cabins and you wish to join other like-minded people then we may have a pre-arranged departure date for this purpose.
Hotel Barges for Wine Appreciation Cruises
Renaissance is an ultra-deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the canals of the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy