Many of our cruises are through the best wine-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 wineries and 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.
Wine Tasting and Tour of Sancerre
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 wines 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 wines served aboard.
From the Minervois, Corbieres and Côtes de Roussillon wines of Southern France to the full-bodied Côte de Nuits and Vosne Romanée vintages of Burgundy; from the renowned dry white wines of Sancerre and Chablis to the distinctive Reislings 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 wines, served with great care.
Wine Tasting in Chablis
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 wine charters you will be taken directly to the vineyards for private tastings where our wine expert 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 wine experience.
Wine tours in the Loire Valley provide an introduction to crisp Vouvray and Touraine wines, nurtured for centuries by their Chateau-owning families, or further south you can enjoy the lighter, fruitier wines of Provence and the Languedoc-Roussillon. In Alsace there are the crisp white wines to be found on the Route des Grands Crus. Often your guide will buy wine on the tour for you to enjoy later in the day on board.
Route des Vins d'Alsace
A supplement is paid for these cruises to cover the cost of a professional wine guide, comprehensive wine 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 wine appreciation cruise. 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.
Private Wine Tasting at the 14th Century Château de Perdiguier