Taste of Bordeaux River Cruise, Nov 15 -22, 2018, with Madroña Vineyards

Bordeaux Wine Cruise with Paul Bush Winemaker
- Madroña 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. In fact, having grown up in the family’s vineyards and winery, I couldn’t wait to do something- or anything different. I did indeed graduate 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 25 years later owning vineyards and two wineries? Personal evolution (yep, that sounds good!).

In all honesty, my interest in wine is rooted in the vine. I love growing grapes and then finding the purest expression of our vineyards in the wine. Given the choice, my office would be a tractor and my time spent purely in the field, as that is where the true quality of wine comes.

This purest expression of our terroir is only found if we do the best job in the vineyards and take a minimalist approach in the winery. This means that I am less a winemaker and more a “wine elaborator.” Or more simply put, taste the vineyard, not the winemaker!

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 in 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, and I suppose we do live the dream- and that has been the personal evolution.

Join Paul & Maggie on a trip of exploration through the waterways and magnificent wineries of Bordeaux.

Destination Video

Paul and Maggie Bush (vineyard, glass-in-hand)
Paul Bush (vineyard grape bite)

Please note: This 8 Day Bordeaux Wine River tour and cruise package is created solely for Madrona Vineyards by Tours & Wine (powered by Expanding Horizons of Tustin, California), our tour operator, and in conjunction with AmaWaterways. The pre and / or post cruise tour program will 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.