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  • Rosie Dietrich

Make friends over wine during travel

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

Port. Sherry. Chianti.   Try a few.  Try many. 

Europe is home to many different picturesque wine regions to visit  - Porto, Portugal; Bordeaux, France; Tuscany, Italy; Champagne, France; Rioja, Spain, and the list goes on.  Combine wine tours with a river cruise.  Whether you decide to stay within a small village in Tuscany, surrounded by vineyards, and tour the nearby wineries or travel on a river cruise, you can meet amazing people over a fabulous glass of wine.  Travelers can be immersed in various regions through wine tastings and tours hosted by winemakers.  On river cruise lines, like AmaWaterways, guests visit local wineries through sailing itineraries that travel on the Douro river or to Bordeaux and nearby towns. 

AmaWaterways offers more than 60 wine-themed cruises in the renowned wine regions of Europe. Amid a backdrop of Europe’s most magnificent castles and villages, travelers savor world-class wines grown right where the ship sails.   Their Wine Hosts share their passion for viticulture through discussions and wine tastings on board and accompany travelers to local wineries and vineyards.

Imagine learning about France’s wine capital, Bordeaux, which fulfills the fairytale dream of Europe with iconic châteaux and many of the world’s best-known wine estates and vineyards, some created under Roman rule 2,000 years ago.  But also experience the rich red and sweet white blends produced by the region’s Left Bank and extraordinary Merlot-based blends on the Right Bank accompanied by other local gastronomic delights.

The Douro River Valley is the birthplace of Port wine. Among its dramatic cliffs and the impressive locks that tamed the once treacherous river, the Douro’s steep banks hold vineyards and cellars where our guests can savor the nuances among Ruby and Tawny ports.

Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just want to learn the basics of wines, you can experience Europe in a different way.

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