Betsy & Peter Spann
Owners/Operators – Spann Vineyards
This 7-night Bordeaux cruise is an exploration and immersion into the world’s greatest wine region. The Romans first planted grapes here 2,000 years ago. Word quickly spread throughout the ancient world about the extraordinary quality of wines from Bordeaux. Today Bordeaux is the world’s epicenter for fine wine. The houses here are legendary: Margaux, Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, d’Yquem, Petrus, Haut-Brion and so many other Grand Cru chateaux. Experience the best of Bordeaux sightseeing and historic sites, visiting many Grand Cru wineries. Explore this “Taste of Bordeaux” with your hosts Betsy and Peter Spann, sampling their best wines in contrast with local vintages paired with fine Bordelaise regional cuisine.
Betsy and Peter Spann started their love affair with grapes and wine early in life. Betsy’s love of wine began as a young lady with a move to Bordeaux in 1975. She experienced and got an education and insight into the fine wines and cheeses of southwestern France. Returning to California, Betsy attended college and later opened a store in El Dorado County featuring local wines. She sold the store to become an independent wine broker representing small high quality producers.
Moving to Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, she was involved with Lake Sonoma Winery, working in the vineyards and in wine production. After meeting husband Peter in Dallas, they fell in love, bought a vineyard and began their own wine production using fruit sourced from small-lot vineyards in the Mayacamus Mountains. Richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Sangiovese wines were the end result. Betsy also crafts wines from select cool-climate vineyards throughout Sonoma County, producing limited quantities of blended wines, influenced by the winemaking styles of Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley and Tuscany.
Join Peter & Betsy Spann on this food and wine tasting holiday in Bordeaux (where it all began for Betsy). This is a special trip dedicated to fine food and wine, cruising the remarkable Garonne Estuary and rivers of Bordeaux. Bordeaux is arguably the world’s epicenter of fine wine production.
Please note: This food and wine tour and cruise program is created solely for Spann Vineyards by our tour operator, Tours & Wine (by Expanding Horizons) of Tustin, California, and in conjunction with AmaWaterways.