Many of our barges chart a course through the best grape-growing regions of France, such as Burgundy, Languedoc-Roussillon, Bordeaux and the Route des Vins d’Alsace and we offer a wide variety of wine tours which include visits to well-known chateaux as well as tastings. There are trips to some of the most renowned domaines of the Côte de Nuits, Chablis and Sancerre regions, as well as to smaller family-run vineyards such as the 14th century Château de Perdiguier in the Midi and Villa Widmann-Borletti in the Po Valley in Italy.
We have developed strong relationships with many renowned vineyards over more than 30 years, seeing a new generation of viticulturers combining modern techniques with age-old processes. These contacts enhance the experience our guests enjoy on all of our wine tours.
Most of the Captains in our fleet have many years of experience and have acquired an in-depth knowledge of the vineyards and their products across France in particular. Part of their role as hosts is to share this accumulated knowledge with you during the week through vineyard visits and explanations of the beverages served aboard.
From the Minervois, Corbieres and Côtes de Roussillons of Southern France to the full-bodied Côte de Nuits and Vosne Romanée vintages of Burgundy; from the renowned dry whites of Sancerre and Chablis to the distinctive Rieslings of the Alsace and Moselle regions, and of course, Champagne – there is something to please every palate. On your journey you will enjoy a wide selection of these fine beverages, served with great care.
Whether you are a beginner or a connoisseur choosing a hotel barge cruise for your wine tour experience will not disappoint.
Wine Appreciation Charter Cruises
On our dedicated luxury charters 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 holiday 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.