Bordeaux is known as the "King of Wines" and a "Mecca for Wine Lovers". All wine aficionados should make a pilgrimage here at some time in their lives. This is where Cabernet Franc and its offspring Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the worlds two most popular red grapes, were all born.
Your guides, Spann Vineyards owners & winemakers Peter & Betsy Spann are Bordeaux aficionados and experts. Betsy lived in the region for a year and the wines she tasted there inspired her to become a winemaker and wine educator. Peter worked in French restaurants during his college summers and developed of a love for Bordeaux wines during that time. He spent several decades importing, selling and teaching about Bordeaux wines in th U.S. before starting Spann Vineyards.
As we travel along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers we'll visit and taste at Grand Cru Chateaux in St. Julien, St. Emilion and Sauternes, enjoy a local wine festival in Bourg, see a citadel designed by Leonardo da Vinci, 30,000 year old cave art, medieval villages, catacombs, bike the Camino de Santiago and relax on deck with wine glass in hand while cruising past castles and vineyards.
For details and reservations visit:
Ch. de Vayres Castle and Gardens
Wine Regions of the Rhone Valley