Historic Winery Sets Sail
For the first time, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Wine Club Cruises and Buena Vista Winery have come together to host the Great American Wines Cruise this fall. Cruise participants will have the opportunity to relive the history of wine in America and taste over 50 great wines as they cruise down the Mississippi River from aboard the Great American Steamboat Company’s American Queen.
The host of the cruise will be Count Agoston Haraszthy, who founded Buena Vista Winery in 1857 and is considered to be the Father of Viticulture and Modern Winemaking in California (played by George Webber, professional character portrayal actor). The other guides for the cruise will be Dr. Liz Thach, Master of Wine, and management and wine business professor at Sonoma State University, and Tom Blackwood, Director of Retail Operations for Buena Vista Winery, DeLoach Vineyards, JCB and Raymond Vineyards.
Guests will also enjoy wines from Buena Vista Winery and the Boisset Family Estates collection, such as Raymond Vineyards, DeLoach Vineyards and JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset.
Jean-Charles Boisset, President of Boisset Family Estates
“Buena Vista is thrilled to be a part of this premier cruise exploring the fascinating history of America wines, As California’s first premium winery, Buena Vista is historically important in bringing modern viticulture to California. We are eager to share our wines, our story, and our vision for the future of California wines with cruise guests.”
Highlights of the cruise will include five winemaker dinners, an excursion to Stone Hill Winery in Missouri, and private wine tastings, including a historic tasting featuring the oldest American wineries, such as Brotherhood, Meiers, Val Verde, Wiederkehr, & Buena Vista. There will also be a special wine tasting with Buena Vista Winery and Wollersheim Cellars, which was founded by Count Agoston Haraszthy. The Count and Tom Blackwood will be the hosts of this unique experience.
The ten day, nine night historic wine experience will take place from October 27th – November 5th, 2012, and will embark from St. Louis and finish in St. Paul. Fares start at $2,699. For more information and to book your reservations, call Expedia CruiseShipCenters–North Bay at 800-258-8880.