Paul Bush – Madrona Vineyards

Having planted vineyards when I was 6 years old and now being a winemaker, some might assume a classic Hollywood-like progression.However, I am not the poster boy for the wine industry.Having grown up in the family’s vineyards and winery, I couldn’t wait to do something, or anything, different.I graduated from UC Davis in 1989, but my degree is in Macro Economics.

So then, how does one succeed “escaping” the wine industry and then find himself some 28 years later owning vineyards and two wineries?In two words, personal evolution!

My interest in wine is rooted in vine.I love growing grapes and finding the purest expression of our vineyards in the wine.Given the choice, I prefer my office be a tractor and my time spent purely in the field, the place where the true quality of wine comes. I am less a winemaker and more a “wine elaborator.”

Personally, one cannot ask for a more fulfilling quality of life than owning a winery. I get to work every day with my wife Maggie, whose background is finance.She runs the wineries and I make the wines. Add to this that we work with wonderful people, live in a beautiful region, and get to enjoy the fruits of our labors in a glass.We do live the dream.And that in itself has been our personal evolution.

Join Paul & Maggie Bush on a voyage up the mighty Rhine, then west along the beautiful Moselle River, beneath an array of castles. You’llvisit Germany’s most beautiful towns and villages. Along the way sample the world’s finest Riesling wines, visiting both vineyards and thousand year old “weinguts”. This is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday dedicated to food and fine wine.

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Please note: Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle River Cruise 2023 (hosted by Madrona Vineyards) wine tasting tour is created by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin, CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways. This is the most popular river cruise itinerary in Europe and will sell out. The pre and/or post-cruise tour program may contain private meals, tours and/or visits to attractions. 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.