We all have a favourite wine, or wines. But we never say never to discovering something new! So we delight in bringing you the best of wine cruises and wine tasting from our luxury hotel barges. You’ll be shipping cases home before you’ve even left the cellar.
A good wine tasting will help you discover new ways to match food and wine. And you’re bound to build friendships while savouring the very best a region has to offer.
Naturally, some of these wine cruises book up fast. Let me know if a particular one appeals and we’ll see if we can secure your booking quickly. Ask me for details.
Saint Louis’ Bordeaux wine cruise
Take a week to explore, taste and absorb St Emilion and Bordeaux wines on this spectacular cruise. Spend a day in St Emilion tasting the Grand Vins de Bordeaux. Meet resident wine expert, Patrick Marchal, your guide and font of Bordeaux wine knowledge. Discuss terroir, Bordeaux classification and the technique of wine tasting, before testing delicious younger ’boutique’ wines. A visit to Chateau Beau-Sejour Duffaut Lagarosse includes exclusive private access to 13th century cellars at one of only 18 chateaux classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé.
Excursions can also include visits to a third generation wine barrel maker and an Armagnac distillery. While dinners aboard Saint Louis are perfectly matched with the wines of the region.
C’est la Vie’s wine cruises & Champagne tastings
The fascinating excursions from C’est la Vie take in Chablis, Sancerre and Champagne as well as dinner in a Michelin star restaurant. Her Burgundy wine cruises include a visit to Chablis and private tasting of the region’s famous white wine. Her Upper Loire cruise from Sancerre to Montargis soaks up the famous sauvignon blanc at an exclusive tasting. While her Champagne cruise takes in Dom Perignon’s Hautvillers, Moet & Chandon in Epernay and beautiful Reims, where you’ll be spoilt for choice of Champagne.
Choose from three itineraries or ask me for more details
Après Tout’s Burgundy wine wanderings
Choose Après Tout‘s Canal de Bourgogne cruise from St Jean de Losne to Pont d’Ouche cruise to submerse yourself in French wine. Lunch on the terrace overlooking the vines followed by a cellar tour and tasting with owner Madame Drouhin Larouze in the village of Gevrey Chambertin. Explore the ‘Route du Grand Crus’ via river while you sip on many of the local wines.
PLUS: while in Beaune, opt for an exclusive private tasting at the famous cellars of Joseph Drouhin.
Exclusive Minervois wine tasting with Clair de Lune
Clair de Lune‘s Canal du Midi wine cruises go out of their way to incorporate wine. Cruising from Beziers to Homps they take in the very best of this iconic route including a last-day guided tour of Carcassonne. A visit to ancient Minerve includes a private Minervois tasting at Domaine Massamier La Mignarde – a producer of fine Minervois wines.
PLUS: this new 2018 cruise includes a visit to the extraordinary Oppidum d’Enserune.