DOURO RIVER CRUISE & SPAIN
Combine Portuguese and Spanish delight in one amazing Iberian journey. This 7-night cruise along the Douro River Valley is both a journey and an immersion into one of Europe’s least explored wine regions. The Portuguese and Spanish wines of the Douro and “La Ribera” regions are elegant, underrated and inexpensive. The “quintas” and bodegas here produce superb reds and vibrant white wines, along with the ruby and tawny port wines sold the world over. Visit beautiful Porto and the charming villages of Regua, Lamego, Pinhao and Castelo Rodrigo. Stroll through Salamanca Spain, home to one of Europe’s oldest and greatest universities. Explore Penafiel, Segovia and Madrid, experiencing the best of northern Portugal and Spain’s Douro River Valley wineries, cuisine and sightseeing with your host,Janie. Sample Brooks’ best wines in contrast with local vintages paired with fine regional cuisine. Special events are planned along the way.
Portland Oregon native Janie Brooks graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Accounting. Upon receiving her degree, she spent the next 12 years, building a career in the health care industry, overseeing finances and operations for numerous companies.
She had no intentions of being in the wine industry – other than being a proud and supportive sister to the founder of Brooks Wines, her brother, Jimi Brooks. Upon Jimi’s unexpected passing in 2004, Janie quickly found herself responsible for the business operations of the winery. Eager to gain knowledge of the wine industry as quickly as possible, she surrounded herself with Oregon’s highly respected winemakers and business advisors and enrolled in a Viticulture and Enology course at UC Davis to increase her acumen in the industry.
The outpouring of generosity and guidance extended by the Oregon wine community, took Janie by surprise. She soon realized what a successful brand her brother had created and what a visionary Jimi was with restoring the reputation of Riesling, biodynamic farming and blending practices. As time evolved, Janie continued to gain experience, which resulted in the desire to carry out Jimi’s wish – for Brooks Wines to be more than a winery, a family legacy that he hoped one day would be continued by his son Pascal.
With almost ten years at the helm, Janie continues her commitment to keep Brooks in line with Jimi’s vision.
After all, it is a family legacy for her as well. Janie has been volunteering her time to run Brooks since 2004 and the sole owner is Jimi’s son, Pascal. Since his passing, Janie has increased the production from 3,500 cases to 12,000 cases. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors of International Riesling Foundation and Oregon Pinot Camp, and the media committee for the International Pinot Noir Celebration.
Brooks has been able to maintain the same vineyard sources and winemaking style, while growing the business to meet the consumer and market demands. Janie has also moved the production of Brooks Wines from other wineries, to its own space perched high on the hilltop in the Eola Hills AVA. In 2009, Janie and her husband purchased the 20 acre Eola Hills Vineyard (now known as Brooks Estate), which has some of the oldest pinot noir and riesling in the Willamette Valley.
Janie and David reside in Pebble Beach, California with their two young children, Emily and Ryan. In 2008, they purchased a farmhouse on a 5-acre cherry orchard next to the Eola Hills Vineyard where they intend to plant Pinot Noir and Riesling, furthering their families legacy. Janie enjoys exercising and being involved in the community where she resides and actively volunteering with her children’s school. She spends her summers in Oregon at the farmhouse on the property with her family, including her nephew Pascal.
Join Janie on this food and wine tasting tour, featuring 4 nights in Spain, visiting Ribera wineries and Madrid, then going on a 7 day cruise in Portugal, along stunning Douro River.
Please note: The Flavors of Portugal & Spain wine tour and boat cruise package from Porto to Madrid is created solely for Brooks Wines by our tour operator, Tours & Wine (by Expanding Horizons) of Tustin, California, in conjunction with AmaWaterways. The program will contain private meals, tours and/or visits to attractions outside of scheduled cruise activities. These additional services are exclusive to guests on this cruise who book their reservations with Expanding Horizons. Persons booking with alternative travel agencies will not be included in these activities.