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Taste of Bordeaux - (Wine Cruise)
Food & Wine
About this cruise
Immerse yourself in the many flavors of Europe on one of AmaWaterways unique Wine Cruises, which let you add a unique, epicurean dimension to one of our European itineraries. Like our standard river cruises, guests have the opportunity to join tours that highlight the famous sights in each port of call. These special itineraries, however, offer guests a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions in grand capitals and charming towns. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings — all at no additional cost. Whether you have a seasoned appreciation for fine wine, or simply indulge in a sip here and there, this is a wonderful way to uncork the traditions of the local culture and learn about the region you’re visiting.
THE WINE REGION Wine – The Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde Estuary
In the corner of southwestern France, the Garonne and Dordogne rivers merge together to form the Gironde Estuary that naturally divides the famous Bordeaux region into the Left and Right banks. One of the largest controlled wine regions in France, Bordeaux is made up of several sub-regions each with its own strictly governed appellation, unique climate and terroir. Unlike most wines around the world, the quality of Bordeaux wine is determined by these factors rather than the grape varietal. Bordeaux is acclaimed for its legendary red blends, though white blends from this region also make a big impression. The Left and Right banks of the river have different soil types that bring these exceptional blends to life.
Hosted by John Bargetto, Winemaker
John Bargetto is part of the fourth generation Bargetto winemakers, which has been involved with winemaking in the Santa Cruz Mountains (SCM) since 1889. While in college, he decided to dedicate his life to winemaking. In 1984 he graduated from U.C. Davis with a degree in Enology and a minor in history. Thereafter, John took over the reins as winemaker at Bargetto Winery. Knowing the winery would benefit from some marketing, John returned to graduate school and earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. In 1991, John established the Regan Vineyards estate in the SCM. This cool climate vineyard is one of the largest and the most diverse vineyards in the SCM, most importantly, featuring cool-climate Pinot Noir. Today, two of John’s three adult children have graduated in enology at the university level and he hopes someday they will join him in the family business.
ADD 2 NIGHTS and receive a $500 discount
BILBAO, 2 NIGHTS SAN SEBASTIAN PRE-CRUISE AND 2 NIGHTS LOIRE VALLEY, 1 NIGHT PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE POST-CRUISE
TO LEARN MORE AND BOOK THIS CRUISE CALL THE CRUISE AND VACATION AUTHORITY AT 800.326.4971
Jun 1, 2023
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