B. Wise Vineyards in Bordeaux — Brion and Ronda on the River

The idea of a river wine excursion is not a new one, but rarely does a winery get to control the entire ship! Through the years Brion has toured many wine regions of the world but he particularly fell in love with the wines, rich history and area of Bordeaux. He had the idea to share his experiences with you, so in November last year Ronda and Elizabeth embarked to Bordeaux on an Ama Waterways cruise and had a truly wonderful time enjoying the food, wine, culture and people. The ship is lovely in every way and experiencing the region on a river cruise is an excellent, no-stress way to see it all while tasting incredible wines.

The ship’s itinerary is excellent, but we are adding many of our own special touches to make the journey unforgettable. To begin, our team has put together an exclusive private lunch and wine tasting at the historic Chateau Durfort-Vivens in Margaux. We will be treated to a private food and wine pairing at Le 7 Restaurant atop Cite du Vin- Bordeaux’s famous wine museum and cultural space, which is a must see with magnificent 360 degree views of the city. We will have our own signature BRION dinner on board the ship and throughout the week you will enjoy numerous special Bordeaux wines with our evening meals as well as our own favorites from the BRION and B. Wise portfolio. As plans progress there will be additional surprises in store…We promise an unforgettable celebration of gourmet food, stellar wine, travel, discovery and fun.

The 144-passenger AmaDolce made her debut in 2009. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. You can always indulge even more in one of the suites at 255 sq. ft. Most staterooms have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaDolce offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

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