Call free on:
0800 988 3369
Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 17:30
Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays: Closed
European Wine Ports You May Not Have Heard Of
3rd May 2016

One of the best things about taking a European river cruise is that you get to sail through some fantastic wine regions. From the Mosel to Bordeaux and from the banks of the Douro to Provence, there are so many great places in which to taste a tipple of two.

Some of Europe’s wine ports are better known than others, though. For example, if you were to arrive in Pauillac or St. Emilion you would know exactly what to expect, whereas in other places it would be far less evident. Here are some of the best European wine ports that you may not be aware of.

Bernkastel

Bernkastel Germany

The Mosel wine region is one of Europe’s best, but few people know that Bernkastel is the ideal place in which to taste its renowned Rieslings. This historic market town is home to a wine museum, holds an annual wine festival in September and lies within beautiful vineyard-ladened surroundings. It is the steep banks and slate-filled soil which make the grapes grown here so sought after and the finished product such a highlight of our Moselle river cruises.

Tokaj

Tokaj Vineyards

Whilst grape varieties such as pinot noir, sauvignon and merlot are some of the most recognised in the world, it is the more obscure, indigenous varieties that make this next region so great. Tokaj is a small Hungarian town that can be visited on our Tisza river cruises and which lies in the centre of the Tokaj wine region. There are seven in total throughout Hungary but this one has held UNESCO World Heritage status since 2002. Many different types of wine are produced here, but it is Tokaj Aszú which has earnt a name for itself on the world stage. This super-sweet dessert tipple is the oldest wine in existence which is brought about with the help of botrytis, a favourable form of rot.

Pinhão

Pinhao Vineyards

Porto may be the most popular place to sample a glass of port wine, but it is actually Pinhão which lies at the heart of the Douro wine region. There are plenty of Quintas (estates) here, each of which possesses various vineyards that start from the river’s edge and climb all the way up the steep sides of the gorge. As well as the more popular red port wine, there will be an opportunity to try some white port too, which is often accompanied by some delicious chocolates that are made in-house. All of this ensures your Douro river cruise will be a very decadent trip.

Avignon

Avignon Vineyards

Depending on which way round you choose to do it; a visit to Avignon will either come at the beginning or end of a Rhone river cruise. Most famous, perhaps, for a song about one of its bridges, the city is also known for being the perfect place in which to drink wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine-growing region is located to the north of Avignon and produces some of the most prized and expensive red wines on the planet. The name translates to mean ‘The Pope’s new castle’ and the region has played a key role in Papal history.

If you would like to visit any of these wine ports, we have a wide range of river cruises available which can take you there. Call us today or submit an online enquiry to receive a tailor-made quote.

OUR RECENT blogs
Which Travel Type Is Right For You?
When the time comes to travel again, you may be overcome with choices as to where you want to go and how you want to explore that destination. So we’ve created a mini-guide to help you find your ideal holiday type and when’s the best time to book.
Find out more...
5 Foods To Try In Lisbon
Whether you’re choosing to travel in the near future or next year because of the current travel situation, you may still want to look for inspiration or enjoy a spot of light reading. So, below are five different foods from the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, which you can make at home or enjoy during next year’s summer holiday.
Find out more...

Contact

Contact usTravel agent centreRequest a brochure
0800 988 3369

© Fred. Olsen Travel.
Registered in England and Wales No. 02287241. Olympus House, 2 Olympus Close, Ipswich, IP1 5LN

Bonded by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and by the Civil Aviation Authority's Air Travel Organisers Licensing (ATOL) scheme, you can look forward to your next adventure with the peace of mind that your money is financially protected in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Reasons to book with us... Financial protection afforded by our ABTA and ATOL industry bonding, giving you complete peace of mind.
Dedicated team of experienced travel advisors waiting to tailor your holiday to your personal requirements.
We can arrange all of your car hire, airport lounges and much more to make your holiday as easy as possible.