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Discover Europe’s Fine Wines and Beautiful Vineyards with Scenic

At Scenic, we take wine seriously. From exclusive tastings in Europe’s premier vineyards to employing expert sommeliers with an infectious passion for every label and grape; we go to the Nth degree to provide our customers with the finest wines of the continent, both on-shore and on-board.

Throughout your Scenic journey, you’ll grow accustomed to tasting fine wines from across Europe, each individually selected to complement the countries and regions we travel through. We aim to inspire and excite your passion for wine, leaving you with a newfound appreciation for this timeless treat.

Find out more about our exclusive wine offering below.

Wine Tasting with the Professionals

Selecting fine wines to serve on-board our luxury Space-Ships is one of the many things we’ve mastered in our 30-year history. Employing some of the most experienced and knowledgeable sommeliers in Europe, we handpick each and every bottle served across our fleet — so you can enjoy our complete selection to its fullest.

Our sommeliers not only gift their superior knowledge to our wine list, but are on hand during each cruise to assist guests in choosing the perfect wine to suit their palate. Whether enjoying an exclusive degustation dinner at Table La Rive, or simply ordering a glass of red as a luxurious nightcap, our on-board sommeliers will be all too happy to help with flavour notes, food pairings and general tasting tips — helping you get the most from every mouthful.

If you’ve a passion for wine and would like to learn how to taste it like a professional, take a look at our illustrated wine tasting guide, which includes advice on how to swirl, smell and taste a glass of your favourite vintage.

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Our Favourite European Wineries

Travel with Scenic, and you’ll soon realise our passion for great wine extends beyond our fleet of Space-Ships. Sailing through some of Europe’s most prestigious wine-producing regions, including Bordeaux, Southern Rhône and the Rhine Valley, we offer exclusive visits to a selection of celebrated vineyards — so you can discover more about the origins of your favourite wine.

Here, we explore a selection of wineries you can visit with Scenic.

Château Portier

Recognisable for its 17th-century windmills, Château Portier is a charming, boutique winery nestled in the Beaujolais wine region, close to the city of Lyon. Operating as a vineyard since the 16th century, Château Portier is synonymous with easy-drinking, light-bodied red wines, popularised in the bistros and cafes of Paris.

Featured on: 13-day South of France River Cruise

Alter Klosterkeller Dürnstein

Held in high regard for its crisp whites, the vineyard of Alter Klosterkeller Dürnstein overlooks Austria’s Wachau Valley on the serene banks of the Danube. Dip into the ancient monastery cellar to browse the dusty labels and vintages, before continuing to the elevated terrace for an exclusive tasting amid truly inspiring scenery.

Featured on: 8-day Iconic Danube River Cruise

Mateus Palace

If the exquisite architecture of Mateus Palace wasn’t reason enough to visit this baroque highlight, its celebrated winery should pique your interest. Situated in Portugal’s sun-drenched Douro Valley, the Mateus Palace winery produces some of the world’s best-loved rosé wines, and tastings can be enjoyed in the elegant palace grounds.

Featured on: 8-day Delightful Douro River Cruise

mateus palace wine tasting

Château Siaurac

The Château Siaurac winery is one of the largest and most prevalent vineyards in the Saint-Émilion wine region, and lies to the east of the city of Bordeaux. The red wines here are typically rich and full-bodied, and blended from three grape varieties, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Featured on: 8-day Bordeaux Affair River Cruise

Rémy Martin Estate

For a truly special wine tasting experience, join us for a visit to the Rémy Martin Estate — one of France’s most esteemed cognac producers. Founded in 1724, the estate lies in the Charente department, close to the Garonne River, and specialises in producing fine Champagne Cognac, which uses a blend of Grande and Petite Champagne grapes.

Featured on: 11-day Beautiful Bordeaux River Cruise

Wine buff or not, a luxury river cruise from Scenic lets you savour and enjoy some of Europe’s finest wines and vineyard experiences. To browse our complete range of 5-star European river cruises, visit our homepage or call us today on 0808 238 7093.

About the author

 by Nichola Absalom
by Nichola Absalom

Nichola is the Scenic Brand Manager with a passion for anything travel related.  Her long career in the industry has meant she has visited many of the world’s most wonderful countries but claims seeing the Orangutans up close in Borneo is by far her best travel experience.  Her other passion is animals and her little rescue dog makes sure she explores the countryside on her doorstep.

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