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Exclusive Wine Cruise


Hosted by Susan Teppola, Owner & President, Laurel Ridge Winery, Carlton, OR

.Susan founded Laurel Ridge in 1986 with her husband David Teppola. Working as an attorney in Portland, Susan met David in 1980 and was immediately captivated by his life as a maverick vineyard developer and wine investor. Her first years on the farm included many rides on the tractor, wreath making from grape vine cuttings and being the crew boss during the inaugural harvest of 1986 (while 9 months pregnant!) It was only two years later that their youngest daughter Maija came along, turning Laurel Ridge into a true family operation. Susan and the girls made up the sales team in the early years of Laurel Ridge, with tastings across a picnic table on the vineyard. Susan took over the daily operations of Laurel Ridge after losing David in 2006 while continuing to maintain her career. Susan retired as an attorney in 2014 and is looking forward to you joining her on this Romantic Danube Wine Cruise.


Immerse yourself in the many flavors of Europe on one of AmaWaterways unique Wine Cruises, which let you add a unique, epicurean dimension to one of our European itineraries. Like our standard river cruises, guests have the opportunity to join tours that highlight the famous sights in each port of call. These special itineraries, however, offer guests a perfect blend of wine-related experiences and excursions in grand capitals and charming towns. You’ll taste local cuisine, discover how wine is made and, of course, partake in tastings — all at no additional cost. Whether you have a seasoned appreciation for fine wine, or simply indulge in a sip here and there, this is a wonderful way to uncork the traditions of the local culture and learn about the region you’re visiting.

About the Wine Region – Wachau Valley

Brilliant architectural masterpieces and vine-strung hillsides on the Danube River have inspired artistic creations for hundreds of years. The Romantic Danube journeys through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, so you can experience some of the most celebrated wines and sights in Europe’s heartland.

Over 3,700 acres of terraced vineyards rise from Austria’s illustrious Wachau Valley. Located between the towns of Melk and Krems, this cooler-climate wine region brings a wide variety of refreshing, peppery white-grape wines to fruition. Grüner Veltliner is considered to be the most important grape in Austria. Grown in loess soils by the river’s edge, these favored wines offer aromatic stone fruit flavors reminiscent of the terroir. Riesling, the second most popular grape, loves rocky inclines, so it is extensively sewn into the rich hillside. Fruity notes and floral scents surface from these unique whites.


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