Rivers of Wine
DATES (2018): Oct. 20, 27 | Nov. 03, 10, 24 | Dec. 01
DURATION: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
EMBARK: PORTLAND, OREGON, USA
DISEMBARK: PORTLAND, OREGON, USA
SHIPS: SS LEGACY
Pull out the corks! Five AVAs, bunches of wineries, champagne, wine, and an onboard sommelier. Plus, hand-crafted meals, exclusive tours, spectacular vistas, and a week of river cruising—an oenophile’s dream.
- Sommelier and guest wine expert join you on board for the week
- Winery tours and tastings in five Washington and Oregon AVAs: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Willamette Valley
- Lunch at Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
- Maryhill Museum and Winery tour and tasting
- Explore Palouse Falls canyon and Multnomah Falls
- Discover Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
- Convenience of sailing roundtrip Portland, Oregon
Rates include port charges ($175); onboard meals; onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/hotel/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to parks/preserves/winery; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.
Portland, Oregon – Embarkation
Welcome to Portland! Arriving at the airport, UnCruise representatives are there to greet you for your transfer to our hospitality area in downtown Portland. If time allows, explore the city before setting sail on your “rivers of wine” cruise. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres await you on board before sitting down for a sumptuous dinner.
Hood River / Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Start your day with a stop at the towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon. Then, make your way to two fabulous wineries in the Columbia Gorge AVA for a date with the winemakers. Enjoy a tasting at Hood River’s beautifully rustic Springhouse Cellar—a working winery housed in a former turn-of-the-century fruit cannery and distillery. At Mt. Hood Winery, the expertise of eight generations of winemakers is yours to savor—tour and taste at this century-old farm under the watchful gaze of the winery’s volcanic namesake. Back on board, cruise upriver through the Columbia River Gorge’s diverse collection of ecosystems. At 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, this river canyon cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains.
Walla Walla, Washington
Named one of the top ten wine regions in the world, this world-class wine country was shaped by its distinctive micro-climates, rich volcanic soil, and abundant river irrigation. Swirl a glass and explore the caves at Basel Cellars Estate Winery. And while the passion may be in the bottle, original artwork and a smooth pour are both highlights at Dunham Cellars. If you’re motivated (and you will be), there’s free time to stroll the boutique shops and tasting rooms lining the streets of historic Walla Walla. Then, relax back aboard the S.S. Legacy, as you sail into the Snake River Canyon.
Palouse Falls State Park
According to the Palouse tribal legend, four giant brothers pursued a mythic creature called “Big Beaver.” Fighting gallantly, each time Big Beaver was speared, the canyon walls were gouged until he tore out a huge canyon, the river tumbled over a cliff, and the falls were born. Arriving at the falls, by way of bus along the Palouse River, notice the jagged canyon walls and the deep marks of Big Beaver’s claws. This afternoon, there’ll be an onboard tasting and presentation by your wine host.
A visit to the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center provides palette pleasing access to Washington wine experts—learn about the diversity of the state’s wine and food products, perfect food pairings, and sample wines from a featured AVA. Then it’s off to discover the pride of the Red Mountain appellation—the smallest wine-grape growing region of Washington by acreage and known for its critically acclaimed reds. Savor a tour, tasting, and lunch at the exquisite Terra Blanca Estate Winery & Vineyard. Explore Terra Blanca’s rolling vineyards, wine caves, and beautifully manicured estate grounds. Nose and bouquet, balance and finish, legs and body—your wine host and sommelier guide you through an onboard tasting event before dinner.
The Dalles, Oregon
The entrepreneurial spirit, award-winning wines, and natural beauty of Maryhill Winery are yours to discover. Tour vineyards and a wine cave, taste wines from the barrel, and take in the expansive views of Columbia River Gorge cliffs stretching 1,000 feet below. After lunch aboard the S.S. Legacy, the afternoon in The Dalles is yours as you please—a tour and taste at Columbia Valley AVA’s Sunshine Mill Winery, stroll downtown or along the Riverfront Trail, or perhaps peel a grape and simply relax on deck.
Oregon’s largest AVA, the Willamette Valley is an oenophile’s mecca with over 250 wineries and six recognized sub-appellations. And like a plump grape, bursting with opportunities to please your palate! At Hawks View Cellars, tour the sustainably farmed 50-acre estate vineyard and sip on some award-winning Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Then tour and taste at a couple of other hand-picked wineries—perhaps take in Parrett Mountain’s southern views while sipping Archer Vineyards’ old-vine varietals, or nestled among the Dundee Hills, is family-run Domaine Serene, specializing in Pinot Noir from eco-cultivated vineyards. Or maybe it’s world-renowned Ponzi Winery atop a Chehalem Mountain slope or Penner-Ash Wine Cellars with its wide Chehalem Valley vistas. Whichever winemakers du jour, you’ll gain an insider’s view of this world-renowned region. Tonight, we pull out all the corks for a wine extravaganza and city lights cruise along the Willamette River—raising one last glass to toast friendship and wine at the captain’s dinner.
Portland, Oregon – Disembark
Sated, your week of wineries and river cruising has come to an end. Enjoy breakfast with friends and say farewell to the crew before disembarking for your included transfer to the Portland airport.