m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Robin & Danuta Pfeiffer

Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards

Robin & Danuta Pfeiffer will be on the following sailings:

Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer are the owners and winemakers of Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards, an ultra-premium, sustainable, 70-acre vineyard with an international reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. It is one of the oldest vineyards in Oregon’s acclaimed South Willamette Valley—part of a region named the “2016 Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine, and its Pinot Noir was once chosen for a presidential dinner in Washington D.C. The winery produces only 1,200 cases per year, and its exquisite, boutique offerings are available only directly from the winery or through its wine club; they are not distributed to stores or restaurants.

The Pfeiffers have both enjoyed established careers in addition to their success as winemakers. Robin taught Spanish for 32 years and was a middle-school counselor, and Danuta was a broadcast journalist and is an award-winning author. In 1984, when they learned that their family’s chicken ranch and sheep farm would excel in growing fine Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, they transformed it into a vineyard.

Robin’s passion for education remains on full display at the winery. Its unique tasting room is a candle-lit cave offering educational and personal, one-on-one winetasting experiences. The Pfeiffer’s wine knowledge, enthusiasm, and stories will enchant you as much as their highly regarded wine!

Join us for a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta come aboard The Gauguin.

Robin & Danuta Pfeiffer will be on the following sailings:

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Classical Musicians
January 22, 2022

Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau have established themselves as one of the most important European violin and piano duos since they began working together in 1999. 

Art History Professor
Multiple sailings

Acclaimed academic, Fulbright scholar, author, teacher, lecturer, and art historian and curator Caroline Boyle-Turner is a perennially popular guest host aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Join us aboard as she enriches your appreciation for our ship’s namesake and his circle of friends.

Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz, Smithsonian Journeys
September 7, 2022

Join the Tuamotus & the Society Islands itinerary on September 7, 2022, to experience two very special Smithsonian Journeys Experts on language and anthropology in the South Pacific. when Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz join us aboard The Gauguin.

Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography
September 24, 2022

The University Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography at Western Kentucky University, Dr. David Keeling has visited more than 185 countries and studied a wide range of topics, from the geography of exploration and discovery to socio-economic change. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures.