Passport to the Danube

Passport to the Rhine

7 night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen

featuring six

dry creek valley wineries

November 8-15, 2017

 


Join us aboard the AMASTELLA for an extravagant cruise! Participate in educational seminars and indulge in six winemaker dinners, including a grand reception featuring a dozen Dry Creek Valley wineries.

 


Overview: Join six winery owners aboard the luxurious AMA Waterways to sail the Danube from Budapest to Vilshofen. Program includes six winemaker dinners and grand reception featuring top Dry Creek Valley wines.

Details: Depart Budapest aboard the luxurious AMA Stella on Wednesday, November 8th and enjoy our grand tasting welcome reception featuring a dozen wineries, pouring wines that highlight the diversity and terroir of the Dry Creek Valley American Viticultural Area. Each subsequent night will be hosted by a different winery owner and feature a four-course dinner paired with at least three different varietals, selected to perfectly complement the world-class menu offerings aboard AMA Waterways. The six dinners will be hosted by the owners of Amista Vineyards, Comstock Wines, Gustafson Family Vineyards, Mill Creek Vineyards and Winery, Pedroncelli Winery and Trattore Farms. Enjoy educational seminars hosted by the 6 wineries throughout the week.

During the day, enjoy AMA’s schedule of city tours and daily excursions and take the time to relax in your luxurious cruise accommodations. Cruise destinations include Budapest, Vienna, Dürnstein, Melk, Linz, Passau, and Vilshofen.

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(Save up to $1500! Offer extended through October 31st!)

 

To reserve your cabin, call (877) 651-7447 or email [email protected]


Featured Wineries:

Amista Vineyards

Hosted by Michael and Vicky Farrow, Owners

Amista

Did you know Amista is the premiere producer of Dry Creek Valley sparkling wines? We are now in our 8th year of crafting sparkling wines using the traditional Methode Champenoise. Our Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Sparkling Syrah and Sparkling Grenache are all made from grapes grown on our estate vineyards near the charming town of Healdsburg. Our classic wines include estate-grown Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache and a GSM blend plus Dry Creek Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon made with fruit from nearby Dry Creek neighbors. Amista means “making friends” and we look forward to celebrating the best in wine country living – great wine, great food and great friends – as we cruise the Danube.

 

Comstock Wines

Hosted by Kelly Ferris, Owner & Chris Russi, Winemaker

ComstockBob and Sandy Comstock began growing grapes in Dry Creek Valley in 2002. Throughout the years, as they talked with family and friends, the idea of creating a small winery was born. With their daughter, Kelly Ferris, stepping in to the role of General Manager, Comstock Wines opened its doors in 2015. Comstock Wines was inspired by the fundamental passion to grow and source only the best Sonoma County grapes, and transform them into wines that are as delicious as they are memorable. Featuring Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay, Comstock Wines strives to highlight the unique characteristics of each varietal. Winemaker Chris Russi, a Northern California native, uses his diverse understanding of varying appellations of Sonoma County and their ideal varietals to create wines that speak to regional uniqueness. We look forward to sharing wine and time with you on the Danube in 2017!

 

Gustafson Family Vineyards

Hosted by Owners Dan Gustafson and daughter Kristen Khannagustafson-dan-kristen

In the spring of 2002, while driving with his family between Healdsburg and the California coast, Dan Gustafson, a landscape architect and real estate developer, discovered a hidden gem in the mountains above Lake Sonoma. He pulled his car to the side of the road, peered over the fence, and explained to his family that this would be a perfect place to grow grapes. Dan saw his dream of planting his own vineyard come true that year with the purchase of those 87 acres in the Dry Creek Valley appellation of Sonoma County. Today, Gustafson produces 11 different wines from the estate, including award-winning Riesling, Rose and Zinfandel.

 

Mill Creek Vineyards & Winery

Hosted by Jeremy and Mindy Kreck, Winemaker & OwnerKreck

Mill Creek Vineyards is a family owned and operated estate winerylocated in the Southern Dry Creek Valley. Set on 70 acres near the town of Healdsburg, Mill Creek makes small lots of handcrafted, artisan wines. The original founding family, the Krecks, still own and operate the property. Jeremy Kreck, grandson of the founder, is the winemaker and vineyard manager, while his parents are also still actively involved in the daily aspects of the business. Jeremy’s wife, Mindy, has her own graphic design business in Healdsburg and does all the print and package design for Mill Creek. Producing fewer than 8,000 cases each year, Mill Creek’s award winning wines are crafted from estate grapes grown on the winery property in Dry Creek Valley, and from vineyards located in Alexander Valley, where Bill and Yvonne Kreck live.

 

Pedroncelli Winery

Hosted by Ed & Julie Pedroncelli St. John, OwnersPedroncelli

Founded by her grandparents, Giovanni and Julia Pedroncelli, Julie was raised among the vineyards gaining great appreciation for the family business and what would eventually become her career. A Dry Creek Valley girl who married her childhood neighbor and kindergarten classmate, Julie and Ed love to share the stories and values of growing up in ‘Dry Creek’. The family makes authentic wines from one of the best appellations in California. Sustainably farmed for 90 years they focus on fruit from estate vineyards and longtime neighbor-growers. Zinfandel is the family favorite and our line of wines provides a taste for everyone.

 

Trattore Farms

Hosted by Tim and Mary Louise Bucher, Owners

Translated from the Italian word for tractorTim & Mary Louise Bucher - Trattore, “Trattore” felt like the suitable name for the land which combines the owners’ passions on 40 acres of steep rolling hillsides in Dry Creek Valley. First generation born and raised in a farming family in Healdsburg, California, Tim began his grape-growing ventures in Dry Creek Valley at the tender age of 16. The estate ranch is a tribute to his appreciation for the craftsmanship and enduring tradition of an iconic old red tractor brought over from his European roots and is seen both on our wine label and in our tasting room. It’s also where a commitment to rich farming traditions in the vineyard and attention to detail in the cellar come together to produce our collection of ultra-premium wines. Much like the Côtes du Rhône region of France, these diverse soils produce luscious fruit from grape varieties including Grenache, Syrah, Mourvédre, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne and Dry Creek Valley’s most popular grape variety, Zinfandel, as well as another favorite, Petite Sirah which are all grown on the estate and are found in wines under the Trattore label. More than that, Trattore offers a “sense of place” where guests can see where it all starts in the vineyard as well as in the olive groves plus tour our olive mills which produce award-winning olive oils.

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