Foxen Vineyard & Winery
2019 Douro River Wine Cruise


Ports of Call

 

 

 




Porto, Portugal

Porto is famous for its port wines (which were named for the city of Porto) It is a large city consisting of many different areas including a UNESCO historic city center with narrow winding and cobbled pedestrian streets dating back many centuries. It is located on the Douro River that plays an important role in the development of the region.

There are many boutiques, department stores, specialty shops and street markets within the historic old town section of Porto, as well as along some of the more modern shopping streets in Porto itself. Port wine may be purchased in numerous wine stores at incredible values. There are also many tourist boutiques selling ceramics, lace work, local jewelry, furniture, men’s and women’s fashions and other collectibles. Exploring Porto’s historic old quarters is a “don’t miss” event. There is also an excellent cathedral dating back to the 12th century and a tall (246 feet) granite structure, the Torre dos Clerigos, which is quite interesting. 


 


Entre-os-Rios, Portugal

Entre-os-Rios is situated 19 miles inland from the sea on the Douro River in the Penafiel, Tamega, Norte, or north-east Portugal. A bridge links Entre os Rios and Castelo de Paiva.
 
Most cruises are round trips from Porto at the mouth of the Douro River, one of Europe's most untouched and beautiful rivers. Rising in the hills north of Madrid, The Douro River meanders through northern Portugal to the fascinating city of Porto and then into the Atlantic. The Douro River takes you on a winding easterly course between steeply terraced vineyards, stopping at ports of call, including Entre-os-Rios. This area of Portugal has been largely unchanged for centuries. The towns are charming; there are colorful castles, panoramnic vistas, baroque mansions and historic monasteries. 



Régua, Portugal

The sun-bleached town of Régua abuts the Rio Douro at the western edge of the demarcated port-wine region. As the region’s largest riverside town, it grew into a major port-wine entrepôt in the 18th century, and remains an important transport junction – thanks in part to the hulking IP3 bridge that soars above the river valley. The town itself, set along a busy highway above the river, doesn’t have a lot of charm, and most visitors stop in just long enough to get recommendations, maps and directions to nearby wineries, but it makes a convenient base to visit the port-wine country, cruise the Rio Douro and ride the Corgo railway line to Vila Real. Most tourists stick to the scenic riverfront, but the quaint old town one block uphill is an almost exclusively local scene, and well worth a wander.


 
Pinhão, Portugal

Encircled by terraced hillsides that produce some of the world’s best port – and some damn good table wines too, little Pinhão sits on a particularly lovely bend of the Rio Douro, about 25km upriver from Peso da Régua. Wineries and their competing signs dominate the scene. Even the delightful train station has azulejos depicting the grape harvest. The town itself, cute though it is, holds little of interest, but does makes a fine base for exploring the many surrounding vineyards. In addition to drinking your fill, this is a good setting for country walks, and there are some fine day-trip possibilities. 




Vega de Terron (Salamanca), Spain

Whether floodlit by night or bathed in the sunset, there's something magical about Salamanca. This is a city of rare beauty, awash with golden sandstone overlaid with ochre-tinted Latin inscriptions; an extraordinary virtuosity of plateresque and Renaissance styles. The monumental highlights are many, with the exceptional Plaza Mayor (illuminated to stunning effect at night) an unforgettable highlight. But this is also Castilla's liveliest city; home to a massive Spanish and international student population that throngs the streets at night and provides the city with so much youth and vitality.

 



Barca d'Alva

The last Portuguese village along the Douro, BARCA D’ALVA is less than 2km from the Spanish border. Overlooked by mountains on all sides, and on a placid bend in the Rio Douro, it’s a curious spot – on one hand, a long-abandoned railway line and a row of elderly cottages; on the other, a sparkling quayside with huge pontoons to accommodate the large Douro cruisers which disgorge passengers for a quick souvenir hunt. A few cafés and other places soak up any passing trade, but in the end it’s the drive here, from north or south, that really warrants the trip, through beautifully sculpted Douro terraces of olives and vines, with sweeping views across the hills and into the river gorge. 


 

 









 

HIGHLIGHTS

Wine Program Highlights
  • Cruise personally hosted by Foxen Vineyard & Winery's William Doré and Jenny Williamson-Doré 
  • Onboard welcome & farewell receptions, dinners, wine tasting and seminar 
  • Food & Wine Trails optional pre-cruise Madrid land program
  • Wine-themed optional shore excursions in select ports
  • $100 per person shipboard credit for early bookings

 

Cruise Highlights

  • 8-day roundtrip Porto cruise on Uniworld's Queen Isabel
  • Uniworld's All Inclusive Experience
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Uniworld complimentary guided shoreside tours  

ABOUT the EXPERT(s)


Dick Doré, Foxen Founder & Co-owner
Jenny Williamson-Doré, Foxen Marketing

INCLUDES

  • Accommodations aboard Queen Isabel
  • All meals & entertainment on ship
  • Unlimited wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottle water
  • All onboard gratuities
  • Airport transfers to ship on arrival / departure dates
  • Uniworld complimentary shore excursions
  • Complimentary Internet & WiFi
  • Complimentary use of bicycles  
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners

DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Roundtrip Air
  • Food & Wine Trails pre-cruise programs  
  • Food & Wine Trails exclusive wine themed shore tours  
  • Premium wine and spirits
  • All items of a personal nature

REVIEWS

Foxen went out of their way to be unbelievable hosts and are great people.  It was unbelievable how much wine they provided at all tastings and get-togethers.  They made the cruise!

D. Hochberger (Coral Springs, FL.)

AWARDS and RATINGS




95 pts.
2014 Pinot Noir
John Sebastíano Vineyard

94 pts.
2015 Chardonnay
Bíen Nacído Vineyard, Block UU

94 pts.
2013 Syrah
Williamson-Doré Vineyard