March 20, 2018, SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA) announces 2 upcoming winemaker cruises in Europe in collaboration with AmaWaterways to Bordeaux and the Provence.
November 8-15, 2018 – A Taste of Bordeaux Cruise with Dave Moulton of Burrell School Vineyards
Join winemaker Dave Moulton of Burrell School Vineyards and Winery, aboard AmaWaterways’ AmaDolce for a 7-night Taste of Bordeaux roundtrip cruise. Savor all the authentic flavors of Bordeaux, one of the world’s undisputed wine capitals – rich in both history and taste. Enjoy touring abundant vineyards led by the winemakers themselves. Discover colorful, lively markets, stately châteaux, impressive fortresses and stunning scenery.
This all-inclusive river cruise includes: your excursions; all meals aboard the AmaDolce; daily “Sip and Sail” Happy Hour; free-flowing regional wines with lunch and dinner; 3 on board wine tastings. You’ll also enjoy other wine themed activities, including a gourmet wine-paired dinner prepared by AmaWaterways’ award-winning culinary team. More details about the itinerary and available cabin types are listed at: http://wcartwright.dreamvacationsgroups.com/#/groups/9094429
April 11-18, 2019 – Colors of Provence Cruise with Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards
Set sail with Bradley Brown from Big Basin Vineyards for a journey through the Rhône Valley from Arles to Lyon to explore romantic cities, foodie havens and artistic epicenters.
Enjoy hunting for truffles, refining your Provençal cooking skills, and learning how to pair chocolate with wine. Trace the steps of famous artists in Arles and Avignon and be inspired! Ending in Lyon, France’s culinary capital, savor the beauty of legendary vineyards and imbibe in local vintages like Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Have fun tastings some of the region’s most distinguished wines and visit notable sights in this remarkable region! This all-inclusive river cruise includes: your excursions; a gourmet wine-paired dinner hosted by Bradley, and prepared by AmaWaterways’ award-winning culinary team, all meals aboard the AmaCello; daily “Sip and Sail” Happy Hour; free-flowing regional wines with lunch and dinner; 3 on board wine tastings. More details about the itinerary, cabin types, and destinations are available at: http://wcartwright.dreamvacationsgroups.com/#/groups/9062201
About the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
The Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association is an alliance of more than 70 wineries, most of them family-run, working to promote the unique aspects of the wines & Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Formed in 1981, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA is nestled in one of the most unique winegrowing regions in the world, beginning just south of San Francisco – spanning the mountain range between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific. Mountain terrain, marine influence, varied microclimates, and distinctive soils combine to produce ideal conditions for high quality winegrowing. The small size of the wineries allows for greater attention to detail that maximizes the potential of the grapes grown here. For more information, contact the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA) by phone (831)-685-8463, by email at [email protected] , online at scmwa.com, on Facebook.com/SCMWA, on Instagram @scmwine and on Twitter @SCMWA.