Sailing Portugal’s Douro River visiting Porto, Entre-os-Rios, Pinhao, Lamego, Barca d’Alva, Castelo Rodrigo, Salamanca and Regua

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 an education and insight into the fine wines and cheeses of southwestern France.Returning to California Betsy attended college, later opening 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 Betsy and Peter Spann sailing on the Douro, Portugal’s “River of Gold”. The Douro River Valley is one of the most scenic and remote regions of Western Europe. This area has been a prolific winemaking region for over 2,000 years. Special events and tours are included for members of the Spann Vineyards Group.

Contact – Ruth Jelsma
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Please note: This 2022 Enticing Douro Cruise (hosted by Spann Vineyards) wine tasting tour is created by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin, CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways. This river cruise 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.