Are you a wine lover looking for a unique way to explore new destinations? GetMyBoat has you covered! While most wine tourism consists of walking around wineries, driving through regions full of vineyards, and in-depth discussions about the winemaking process, our approach to wine travel is different. We want to enjoy wine while also enjoying the water!
Wine cruises allow you to enjoy locally produced wines while sightseeing from a new perspective on the water. These tours take you through coastal towns, exquisite countrysides, and romantic cities. Not only will you be able to taste a variety of wines from some of the most well-renowned wine destinations, but you will learn about the history of the regions and production as well. We’ve put together a list of some of the best wine cruises around the world that you can book through GetMyBoat!
France has a long history of wine production and is one of the largest wine producers in the world. It’s no surprise that wine connoisseurs from all over the globe come to this country to indulge in their fine wines. Burgundy is one of the most famous wine regions in France. The region is well known for its production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Fun fact, more than 200 million bottles of Burgundy wine are sold every year!
A Wine and Water Barge Cruise is available for rent in Burgundy, France, and allows you to cruise down the Saone River. The canals offer a magnificent view of the rolling hill lined with vineyards and quaint villages. Rates start from $689/night, including renting the boat and its equipment, a kitchen fully stocked with utensils and appliances, towels and linens for all guests, and more!
With more than 400 wineries to choose from, Napa Valley is the most renowned wine region in the United States. The best time to visit this wine hot spot is late summer to early fall, as this is when you can expect gorgeous weather and an active harvest. Napa is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for 40% of its total wine production.
On the Napa Valley Wine Yacht, you will cruise down the Napa Valley River in style while sipping on various wines in the romantic setting of wine country. A 90-minute cruise and a 3-hour cruise are available aboard the wine yacht. Both cruise options come with lunch, bottled water, soft drinks, and wine. A transfer cruise to and from San Francisco is available at a special price and includes a delicious meal and wine. You can add a multi-course dinner and private tasting with the winery of your choice at an additional cost. This spacious yacht can accommodate 12 guests and is perfect for hosting special celebrations like anniversaries, birthdays, corporate events, romantic getaways, and wine club events. There is no better way to experience Napa Valley than cruising along the Napa Valley River!
While Cabo isn’t considered a wine destination hot spot, we couldn’t help but add it to our list because no trip here would be complete without booking a sunset wine-tasting cruise! Enjoy both local and international wines while you sail into the sunset and admire the picturesque landscapes of Cabo. A Sommelier or wine expert will be on board to teach guests about the different flavors, aromas, and wine production regions. This cruise is perfect for wine lovers, couples, and groups of friends.
During the wine tour, you will cruise along the Sea of Cortez and have the opportunity to explore beautiful, untouched beaches. The tour starts at $240/person, or $160/person if you have a group of 3 or larger. On a sunset cruise in Cabo, you’re guaranteed to have the most beautiful view of the sun going down on the horizon at the famous Cabo arch.
If you happen to be in Germany, you should hop on board a City Cruise and Wine Tasting Tour Tour in Rudesheim am Rhein. You will experience the beauty of the Rhine River Valley by water and have an incredible view of the surrounding scenery. The river is lined with magical castles, ancient ruins, and storybook towns. Rudesheim am Rhein is well-known for its winemaking, so you don’t want to miss out on a chance to taste the fine wines the city has to offer! The scenic wine region specializes in the production of Riesling.
Wine Tasting Tours start as low as 19 euros a person! The boat is very spacious and can fit up to 250 guests. During the boat tour, the onboard service includes various drinks (Rheingau Wine, Rheingau champagne, Rüdesheim Coffee), snacks, pastries, and souvenirs. Upon request, you can rent out the boat for private parties like weddings and corporate events.
Australia, one of the largest wine producers in the world, has 60+ wine regions throughout the country. Found in the western portion of Australia is Swan Valley - the second oldest wine region in this country. It also used to be the largest wine-producing region in the west but is now second to Margaret River. The Swan Valley region is known for its Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Verdelho.
In East Fremantle, you can cruise down the Swan River on the Vlaming - a luxurious wooden boat charter, while wine tasting along the way. This wine cruise is a great way to escape the bustle of the city while still being able to enjoy the Perth skyline. After wine tasting, you will end the day with lunch at your choice of either Caversham House or Sandalford Winery. This tour is a great activity for couples, family, and friends. Rates start as low as AUD 225 for an elegant two-hour cruise and wine tour.
Chile is an off-the-beaten-path wine destination that will not disappoint. Did you know that Chile is the 8th largest wine producer in the world! You can rent a monohull sailboat and explore the coastal towns of Algarrobo or Vina del Mar. The monohull can fit up to 10 guests comfortably. Rates start from $200/ hour with a minimum of three hours and include service onboard with locally produced wine and sparkling wine, cold cuts, cheese, and other preparations.
The tour operator can arrange your stay at the Winery Boutique Hotel in Algarrobo for those interested in extending their trip. Amenities at the hotel include a winery, swimming pool bar, and spa. Complimentary breakfast is served as well. Winery tours are available upon request with the tour operator’s partner winery - Casa Marin. Casa Marin is one of Chile’s most awarded wineries and is a family-owned business with an extensive wine portfolio. The winery specializes in cool-climate wines such as Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Sauvignon Gris. Casa Marin has gorgeous grounds and vineyards that create a beautiful ambiance not too far from the ocean. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink and spend quality time with your loved ones.
Additional Wine Cruises
A wine cruise is a bucket list experience for all of the wine lovers out there! These trips allow you to explore new destinations in such a unique way. Sailing past beautiful cities while enjoying fine wine will be the highlight of your trip. Check out some other wine cruises offered below or search GetMyBoat for more memorable experiences on the water!