European Waterways has announced a new Wine Appreciation theme charter cruise aboard the eight-passenger hotel barge Rosa, which cruises the Canal de Garonne through Bordeaux in France. The cruise will include private tours and tastings at some long-established wineries producing grand cru and premier cru wines, such as Château Beau-Sejour-Becot near the famous town of Saint-Emilion, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other cruise highlights include a visit to Château de Malle, a winery set in Italian-style gardens with vineyards situated in some of the most sought after wine-growing land in the region. Owned by the same family since the 17th century, it produces a renowned sweet wine, Sauternes “Grand Cru Classe”, a recognition awarded back in 1855.
Wine Cruise guests will also tour a traditional cooperage to see how the barrels are made that enhance the wines of Bordeaux, and visit the “Maison des Vins”. This unique venue has exhibitions that recount the wine-making traditions of the area dating back to the 12th century. There is also a stop at the Lapeyrade Estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France.
The Wine Appreciation charter cruises aboard Rosa start from $36,800, based on whole boat charters. Prices include all tours and admission fees, the services of an expert wine guide, all meals, upgraded wines, an open bar and local transfers.