CADILLAC, CHÂTEAUX AND SAUTERNES VINEYARDS WITH WINE-PAIRING LUNCH AT CHÂTEAU DE CAZENEUVE
It's called their noble rot. Botrytis cinerea, a fungus that affects wine grapes, results in a concentrated and distinctive sweet wine that takes its name from the region Sauternes. A tour with Uniworld on the ‘Bordeaux, Vineyards and Chateau’ itinerary is devoted to an exploration of this region and its delectable wine.
Guests will visit one of the area’s finest estates for an intimate wine tasting as special as the wine itself, sampling the unique perfume and flavour of Sauternes. After the tasting, guests will journey to Château de Cazeneuve, a polygonal 14thcentury fortress with a royal pedigree. A favoured residence of Henry IV, who inherited it from his mother, Jeanne d’Albret, the beautifully restored chateau still belongs to descendants of the Albret family. Here travellers will gather for a delectable wine-paring lunch and learn how easy (and fun) it is to pair a sweet wine with a whole new variety of dishes.
AN EVENING OPENING OF ST MARK’S BASILICA
The doors of this iconic cathedral in Venice open especially for Uniworld’s guests on the 2018 itineraries ‘Gems of Northern Italy’ or ‘Splendours of Italy’. When you see the glorious building in the evening light (without the crowds) it’s impossible not to gaze heavenward as you enter St Mark’s.
High overhead, domes are sheathed in mosaics and intricate patterns of marble are tiled on the floor. Guests can view the famous altarpiece made by 10th century Byzantine artisans who gilded it and decorated it with precious gems (some of which were subsequently stolen by Napoleon). The building houses treasures collected by Venetians over the centuries, including the relics of St Mark and the Tetrarch.
VISIT AND TASTING AT THE DOKTORENHOF VINEGAR ESTATE
For a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, Uniworld guests can enjoy a special vinegar tasting at the Weinessiggut Doktorenhof estate that produces vinegars from premium wines.
Gewurztraminer, silvaner, riesling and pinot noir are aged with a century-old vinegar ‘mother’, flavoured with a variety of herbs and fruits. The results make a complex and elegant aperitif intended to be sipped from a specially designed long-stemmed glass between courses or after a meal.One Uniworld itinerary which features a trip to the Doktorenhof estate is ‘Castles Along The Rhine’.
This is an eight-day trip from Basel to Amsterdam where guests will discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has given it a food and winemaking tradition that goes back to the Romans.
Visit historic castles and cities, including Cologne and Strasbourg, and taste white wines in the villages where the grapes are grown. Another great option – and new for 2018 – is ‘Remarkable Rhine’, a nine-day trip from Basel to Amsterdam.
Promising art, action and authentic encounters, the itinerary showcases The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Guests will visit art collections in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Cologne and Basel, as well as more ‘Active Experiences’ excursions than any other Uniworld river cruise