Fall is the perfect time to celebrate Europe’s renowned wine regions, which is why AmaWaterways has created its exclusive “In Celebration of Wine” cruises. Taking place this October and November, the spectacular wine cruise series will showcase wines of both the “Old World” and the “New World.” Depending on the itinerary, guests will sample wines from renowned California wineries, including Trinchero Napa Valley, Farrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in Sonoma, Rodney Strong Vineyards and St. Francis Winery and Vineyards in Santa Rosa. The complimentary wine tastings are yet one more highlight to programming that already includes customized shore excursions, onboard lectures, wine pairings, beer tastings and other special events. Celebrity wine hosts such as food and wine expert Anthony Dias Blue, plus wine makers from the celebrated vineyards mentioned above will lead onboard discussions and tastings to add to the festive experience.
“Europe is famous for its wine regions, and we are thrilled to be able to pair wine makers from California with the historic vineyards of the Danube, Rhine and Mosel,” says Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-Owner, AmaWaterways.
The “In Celebration of Wine Cruises” include the October 14 and November 13, 2011 departure of “Vineyards of the Rhine and Mosel”; the November 6, 2011 “Europe’s Rivers and Castles” cruise; the November 12, 2011 “Enchanting Rhine” itinerary and the November 14 and 21, 2011 departures of “The Romantic Danube.”
Special wine-themed shore excursions taking place during the “In Celebration of Wine” itineraries include a Medieval Wine Fest in the Mosel town of Zell; a traditional “Heuriger” tasting of new wine in the villages of Grinzing and Neustift on the outskirts of Vienna; a tour and tasting at the historic Bergweiler Winery in Bernkastel; an introduction to Alsatian wines at the “Wunsch et Mann” winery in Wettolsheim and an unforgettable candlelit evening and wine tasting at the Hofkeller, or cellar of the famous Residenz in Wurzburg. These distinctive, enriching activities vary according to itinerary, but all are complimentary and open to all passengers.