Our ever-popular In Celebration of Wine cruises are for adventurous aficionados seeking to immerse themselves in the wine culture and traditions of Europe's top grape-growing regions. Stroll down long rows of gnarled vines meticulously cultivated for centuries….inhale the heady fragrance of sun-ripened fruit, heavy on the vine…and sample cask-aged vintages in the dim, cool interiors of private wine cellars.
Back on board your ship, indulge in insightful and entertaining lectures and discussions with renowned wine experts. Enjoy inspired wine and food pairings featuring unique regional dishes and carefully selected local wines. Sit back and savour your favourite vintage of the moment as you gaze out at the picturesque wine villages of Austria's Wachau Valley, the lush vineyards of Germany's Mosel and Rhine Valleys, or the steeply terraced slopes of Portugal's otherworldly Douro region. Love wine? These are the perfect cruises for you!
Our In Celebration of Wine cruises include these distinctive features::
Join expert wine hosts from North America and Europe on AmaWaterways’ exclusive “In Celebration of Wine” cruises on the Danube, Douro, Mosel, Rhine, Rhone and Seine Rivers. Our insightful and entertaining wine hosts oversee tastings of wonderful wine, lead excursions to wineries and vineyards, and explain the nuances of traditional wine-making methods and European wine heritage and traditions.
Mar 24 - Barry Wiss
, VP of Trade Relations, Trinchero Family Estates, St. Helena, CA
Barry Wiss is a Certified Wine Educator and VP of Communications & Trade Relations for Trinchero Family Estates, which represents more than 28 brands in the US and Australia (including Trinchero Napa Valley, Terro d’Oro, Folie á Deux and Napa Cellars). A veteran of the food and wine industry, Barry is also the creator of the World Wine Challenge® board game and is one of only 120 Certified Wine Educators in the world.
Mar 30 - Ed & Adam Sbragia
, Owners and Winemakers, Sbragia Vineyards – Geyserville, CA
Ed Sbragia and his son, Adam, are third and fourth generation winemakers in California’s prestigious Dry Creek Valley. Following 32 years as Winemaster at Beringer Vineyards in the Napa Valley, Ed returned home in 2001 to establish Sbragia Family Vineyards. The small, family-owned winery makes individual lots of wine from grapes grown in select blocks of their favourite vineyards. Ed is the only winemaker to receive The Wine Spectator ‘Wine of the Year’ for both a red wine and a white wine. After stints at Beringer, Souverain and St. Clement wineries, Adam joined his father at Sbragia Family Vineyards, where they have been making wine side by side for ten years.
Mar 31 - Eric Glomski and Sam Pillsbury
, Owners and Winemakers – Page Springs Cellars, Cornville, AZ; Arizona Stronghold, Cottonwood, AZ; Pillsbury Wine Company, Cottonwood, AZ.
Apr 6 - Howard Leight
, Owner – Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards, Malibu, CA
Howard Leight is the owner of the now famous 37 acre Malibu Rocky Oaks vineyard in the heart of Malibu. The exclusive vineyard produces some of the highest quality and unique wines in the world and Howard wants to share his story of the brand, vineyard and exclusive library wines with guests of AmaWaterways.
Oct 19 - The Wilson Family: Gerry, Rosie, Mick and Deanna
, Owners –Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula, CA
Wilson Creek is truly a family winery – eight of their family members work there. Wilson Creek is known for its famous Almond Champagne, but it also produces numerous award-winning red and white wines as well. The winery is consistently voted the most popular winery in Southern California Wine Country partially due to the hospitable staff, amazing restaurant, and beautiful winery grounds. On the wine cruises, Rosie and Gerry Wilson host the cruise while Mick and Deanna Wilson facilitate the onboard wine tastings and wine paired dinners. Mick is a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators as well as a Certificated Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Nov 9 - George Muller
, Wine Expert – Famington, NJ
Over the past thirty years, Georges Muller has become a leading authority on the history of wine and glassware, and their interdependent relationship. In addition to his roles in some of the most notable and highly regarded epicurean organizations, such as the James Beard Foundation and La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Georges conducts seminars, lectures and wine-glass tastings throughout Europe and North America.
Nov 11 - Christopher Silva
, President & CEO, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa, CA
A fifth generation Sonoma County native, Christopher Silva worked in Los Angeles as an attorney before coming aboard St. Francis as the winery’s CEO. The winery is best known for its boldly flavored and fruit-forward varietal wines and was named after St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan order, credited with bringing European-style grape cultivation to the new world.
Nov 14 - Herta Peju
, Owner – Peju Winery, Rutherford, CA
Thirty years ago Herta “HB” Peju and her husband Tony transformed a 30-acre parcel of land in the Napa Valley into the highly successful Peju Family Estate Winery. Born in Austria and raised in Venezuela, Herta came to the United States in 1962 in search of her life’s calling, eventually settling in Rutherford, CA in 1982 with her husband and two daughters, Lisa and Ariana. Though she never would've guessed, owning and operating a winery turned out to be Herta’s dream-come-true. Lisa (pictured on right) has followed her mother’s footsteps, sharing the same love of wine and passion for growing grapes and producing high quality vintages. Today, the Peju Family Estate Winery is an outstanding example of Napa Valley viticulture at its very best.
Nov 16 - Bob and Jodi Dickinson
, Event chairs for “The Auction,” an inaugural fundraiser that raised $1 million for a nonprofit organization in southern Florida
Bob and Jodi Dickinson are philanthropists and passionate fundraisers for the nonprofit Camillus House in Florida. Bob is a former cruise industry executive, winner of many travel industry awards, a published author and a wine enthusiast and collector. He is a member of the Society of Bacchus America, the International Food & Wine Society, the Commanderie de Bordeaux, and the Confrerie de la Chaîne de Rôtisseurs.
Nov 16 - Greg Walter
, Editor and Publisher of the Pinot Report
PinotReport Editor and Publisher Greg Walter has been creating compelling content in wine, food and beyond for more than 30 years as a publishing executive, writer, editor, publisher, ghost writer and content consultant. Following 15 years with Wine Spectator as senior editor and later president of the magazine, he formed The Carneros Group in 1994 as an umbrella for his various activities including PinotReport and his book projects through his Carneros Press imprint.
Nov 19 - Larry Pearson
, Winemaker and Owner – Tapteil Vineyard Winery, Benton City, WA
Mountain in the eastern part of Washington State mid-1984 where he established Tapteil Vineyards. In 2001, the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) was established, bringing new found popularity to the region’s vintages. While Cabernet Sauvignon remains a focal point at Tapteil Vineyard, the Rhone varietals of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre have also received widespread acclaim. Larry now produces 750 cases annually and provides grapes from his 30-acre vineyard to other notable Washington and Oregon wineries.
Nov 26 - Vic Poulos
, Owner, Zin Valle Vineyards, Canutillo, TX
Attorney and El Paso businessman Vic Poulos also owns and operates the very successful Zin Valle Vineyards winery. The proud owner of an extensive personal wine collection, Vic is also a prolific wine blogger, an in-demand speaker at wine events, and writes about wine for local and national publications.
Nov 12 - Holly Howell
, Journalist & Wine Expert – Corning, NY
Holly Howell writes a wine column for the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester and is a well-respected New York-based authority on the wines of the Finger Lakes region, particularly Rieslings. She spent a year in France studying French food and wine, teaches wine and food pairing classes, and has served as a judge for the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators and also writes a popular blog. Holly is currently pursuing her Wine Spirit Education & Trust diploma.
Apr 23 - Jan Boland Coetze
, Winemaker – Vriesenhof Vineyards, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Jan graduated in Oenology, the study of wine, at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1980 he bought the Vriesenhof farm and began producing fine wines. In 1992, a joint venture was established with the owners of Talana Hill, a vineyard in South Africa. Today, these two farms in the Paradyskloof Valley are treated as a unit and produce the wines of Vriesenhof and Paradyskloof. These wines are recognized for their unique character and quality.
Apr 2 - Steven Kent Mirassou
, Owner and Winemaker – Steven Kent Winery, Livermore, CA
Steven’s career in wine began at age 13 on the bottling lines and in the warehouses of his family’s historic winery in San Jose, CA. In 1996, The Steven Kent Winery was born and had one mission in mind: to make Cabernet and Bordeaux varieties in the Livermore Valley that rival the greatest red wines in the world. Many of his wines have received recognition and accolades for quality.
Mar 26 - Matthew Meyer
, Vice President and Winemaker, The Williamsburg Winery – Williamsburg, VA
Originally creating wines in Napa, Matthew Meyer arrived in Virginia in 2002 as The Williamsburg Winery’s new winemaker. He envisioned Virginia as the next big wine region in America. Now, as Executive Vice President and Winemaker, Matthew produces wines that showcase Virginia’s unique terroir, such as the Trianon, the Viognier, the Barrel- Aged Seyval Blanc, the Estate-Grown Traminette and the Adagio. Matthew has received many international and national accolades including Decanter’s Top Wines of the World seven years in a row.
Nov 18 - Mike and Debby Giovinazzo
, Owners and Winemaker – Sunland Vintage Winery, Thousand Oaks, CA. Debby and I started Sunland Vintage Winery in early 2010, following in the footsteps of my Grandfather, and making Italian Varietals that are reminiscent of the old country. In addition to our award-winning “Giovinazzo” wines, we are now producing non-Italian “SVI” wines. “Giovinazzo” Wines – a taste of old Italy right in your own backyard. And now, “SVI” brand – Premium wines for the discriminating wine palate.