Spectacular wine shared with good company is an essential ingredient to a cruise with Uniworld. That’s why we work with local vineyards and serve wine as part of your all-inclusive package sourced directly from many of the European destinations guests will visit.
On the banks of the Rhône River rests a widely-celebrated wine region blanketed in lush vineyards: Châteauneuf-Du-Pape. The area, best known for its production of a unique 18-grape wine, produces fruity, full-bodied and dark-colored wines that can be cellared for up to 25 years. Guests can enjoy wine from this region included in the Burgundy & Province itinerary.
This region in the southwest of France has been producing wine since the 17th century and is home to the Tannat, an inky red wine. Tannat grapes have five seeds, rather than the two or three other grapes have, giving the wine a higher concentration of its four main antioxidants. Guests can taste Madiran’s Tannat, already a part of your all-inclusive package, on the Bourdeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux itinerary.
Côte de Blancs
The champagne vineyards nestled on the slopes of the Côte de Blancs region in Northeastern France are most famous for the production of Champagne Jacquart. This light and bubbly wine comes from the Chardonnay grapes expertly grown there and is served on all of the ships in the Uniworld fleet as part of your all-inclusive package.
As one of the oldest wineries in Germany, Schloss Vollrads produces “unique and authentic” wine across their sprawling vineyards in the Rheingau region. Nearly 800 years old, the winery only grows Riesling grapes in a centuries-old tradition. The estate grows their grapes to perfection, hand-picking them at the perfect degree of ripeness. On Uniworld cruises to Central Europe, guests can delight in Volratz 1573 Riesling from this very winery.
Nikolaihof Wachau is one of the oldest wineries in Austria, dating back 2,000 years. Here, grapes are harvested by hand, fermented without artificial yeast and stored in Austrian oak barrels for up to 20 years. The winery only uses all-natural growing methods and was one of the first in the world to begin working by biodynamic principles and practices. Guests can enjoy complimentary Grüner Veltliner wines from this winery on any Central Europe cruise.
The finest Port is produced in Northern Portugal from grapes grown on the steep and rocky slopes of the Upper Douro Valley and its tributaries. Grape vines have been growing on these remote hillsides since pre-Roman times. Port Wine is sweet and rich, often served as a dessert wine and can either be red or white, though typically red. As a Uniworld guest, you can enjoy Port Wine as part of your all-inclusive package on our cruises in Portugal.
Vintage Port Wine
Portugal’s Vintage Port Wine is truly special. It’s made from grapes that were all, or mostly, grown and harvested in a single, specific year. Port houses produce and officially “declare” Vintage Port Wine in their best years, so Vintage Port is considered to be of exceptional quality. It’s also kept in wood barrels for two years before it’s bottled. Once bottled, it will mature for decades in cellars, allowing it to steadily develop the powerful aromas and magnificent flavor that are the hallmarks of a true Vintage Port. As part of your all-inclusive package, you can enjoy this wine onboard our cruises in Portugal.