Summer is here and for lovers of fine wine, there’s no better time for a sun-kissed wine appreciation cruise with European Waterways in Burgundy, France’s wine capital.
A wine cruise onboard the 12-passenger L’Impressionniste on the Burgundy Canal brings travelers to visit Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the esteemed Chevaliers du Tastevin.
Or, guests can take a different cruise aboard 12-passenger La Belle Epoque, and visit the vineyards of Chablis and Nuits St George. They will enjoy wine tastings at winemakers such as the Domaine Servan, well known for its superb Premier and Grand Cru wines.
Another wonderful cruise route for wine aficionados is the 300-year-old Canal du Midi in the South of France. Cruising this tranquil, sun-drenched canal on the 8-passenger hotel barges Anjodi or Enchanté, visitors will tour the historic Chateau Guery and Chateau de Perdiguier to sample their internationally renowned Corbieres and Chardonnay wines with Anjodi. Or, they may indulge in tastings in Saint Chinian, the first village in the region to receive the prestigious A.O.C. mark of approval, on Enchanté.
Each trip includes a professional wine guide, gourmet meals on board with Premier and Grand Cru wines, open bar, all excursions, private wine tastings, local transfers and of course, the services of an attentive crew. A 6-night cruise starts at $4,190 pp.
European Waterways, www.gobarging.com