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Updated: Dec 17, 2020

If you love traveling and appreciate good wine, then it is time to book a wine cruise. 

Imagine cruising through some of the most famous wine countries in the world with exclusive access to some of the most well-known vineyards. River cruises offer a unique opportunity to discover endless miles of vineyards in wine regions worldwide. Each day you will wake up in a new location where you can visit multiple wineries and learn about their history and wine-making process. Once you are back on board, the fun does not stop. The ships are fully stocked with regional wines for you to enjoy with dinner or on your private balcony. 

With so many great wine countries to choose from, I have outlined my top three favorite wine country river cruises.


Bordeaux is world-renowned for its vineyards. Home to Saint Emilion and the surrounding Medoc and Margaux regions, Bordeaux is an absolute must for wine lovers. The Gironde river cuts right through the region, offering easy access to the vineyards. Spend your days floating between scenic vineyards and medieval chateau visits when you take a wine cruise through Bordeaux. Onboard, you will be treated to wine tasting and food pairings led by a master sommelier. 


The Douro Valley is the heart of Portugal's wine country. While you might be more familiar with France's Champagne region or Italy's Chianti Road, Portugal's Douro Valley, which cuts through the charming city of Porto, is home to some of Europe's best wine. A cruise down the river is the perfect introduction to the region, making stops at some of the most famous wineries along the way. For seasoned wine-lovers and novice wine-newbies alike, a cruise through the Douro Valley is a truly unique experience. 


Dotted with picturesque castles and charming vineyards tucked between the rolling hills, the Rhine River in Germany is filled with hidden gems and some of the best-kept secrets in the wine industry. Cruise the Rhine river and taste authentic German wine such as riesling, spaburgunder, and pinot noir. Many of the wineries along the Rhine River in Germany are family-run, meaning you will be treated to a personal tour and tasting by one of the owners. 

If you are interested in booking a wine lover's river cruise, contact me today to learn more!

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