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 hosts, Mike and Cheri. Sample best wines in contrast with local vintages paired with fine regional cuisine. Special events are planned along the way!
This sailing is by remarkable California-based hosts from the world of food and wine. Mike & Cheri Sinor are proprietors of Sinor-Lavallee Wines in San Luis Obispo, CA. Mike is a renowned winemaker, who also serves as Director of Winemaking for well-known Ancient Peaks Winery. This food and wine tasting tour combines a 7 night voyage up the Douro River, followed by a 4 night tour of Spain’s Duero wineries and Madrid. Special events will be included throughout the journey for our guests.
MIKE & CHERI SINOR, SINOR- LAVALLEE WINERY
Mike Sinor is recognized as one of the Central Coast’s highest-rated winemakers, having created multiple 92-96 point wines endorsed by every major USA wine publication. His winemaking career on the Central Coast spans more than 20 years. At Ancient Peaks Winery, Mike directs the quality and style of the wines, and he also oversees viticulture practices at the winery’s estate, Margarita Vineyard. His first complete vintage with Ancient Peaks was 2006.
Mike married Cheri LaVallee in 1996, and they launched their own label five years later. In 2013, they put everything on the line to acquire the ocean-view Bassi Vineyard near Avila Beach. It was the location they’d been seeking—a singular vineyard that they could steward with holistic and meticulous viticulture.
The smooth estate wines of Sinor-LaVallee are the outcome of this journey, and an emblem of this place.
We cordially invite you to tour and sail with us discovering the food and wine of Portugal and Spain’s Douro region. Together we’ll share experiences and travel with like-minded folks. Join us on this odyssey up Portugal’s beautiful Douro River, past centuries-old terraced vineyards and the hilltop quintas that make this one of Europe’s most in-demand river cruises, followed by a 4 night tour of Spanish wineries and Madrid.