Passport to the Rhone





NOVEMBER 8-15, 2018



Join five Dry Creek Valley winery owners for an exclusive opportunity to cruise through France’s legendary Provence region on our Passport to the Rhone. During the day, you will enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, where Van Gogh spent much of his life.

You will also enjoy five winemaker dinners, a grand tasting, and various educational seminars from our Dry Creek Valley wineries. Each winemaker dinner is a collaboration between the winery principal and AmaWaterway’s Executive Chef, designed to perfectly pair our world-class wines with their acclaimed cuisine.

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


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Depart Arles aboard the AmaCello on November 8th and enjoy our grand tasting welcome reception, featuring wines from Dry Creek Valley 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. During the day, enjoy wine programming that will highlight the best of France’s legendary Rhone wine region, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Cote du Rhone — with excursions customized to complement your wine passion.


Featured Wineries:

Amphora Winery

Hosted by Rick and Bridget Hutchinson

Amphora Winery owner/winemaker (and resident potter) Rick Hutchinson chose the name in honor of the clay wine jars of the ancient world. Rick’s philosophy, “Work year round with knowledge and passion to transform the best grapes into rich, delicious wines that are truly works of art” comes through in every wine he produces. After more than thirty vintages in Dry Creek Valley, his portfolio of small-lot wines includes more than a dozen varietals, embracing the appellation’s exemplary Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, while reimagining Old World rarities from the Rhone, Italy and Spain.

Mounts Family Winery

Hosted by David and Lana Mounts

Quality through sacrifice is the priority at Mounts Vineyards. Having grown grapes for over 60 years, Mounts Family Winery is now extending their philosophy of excellence to their new winery and tasting room. Third-generation grower and first-generation vintner David Mounts specializes in estate-grown varietals that are farmed directly by the family. Mounts will feature many varieties from Dry Creek Valley, including Zinfandels, Bordeauxs and Rhones.

Nalle Winery

Hosted by Doug and Lee Nalle

Nalle Winery, founded in 1984, is about as “family” as it gets. Founder and emeritus winemaker, Doug and his wife Lee provide support for their fifth-generation Dry Creek Valley son and winemaker Andrew, his wife and grape grower April, and their children. All of us live on the property that has been in Lee’s Henderlong family since 1927. In addition to our Henderlong-Nalle estate Zinfandel, Carignane, Cabernet and Merlot, two other local growers, Bernier Farms and Hopkins River Ranch, grow superb Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for us. Although Nalle Winery produces a mere 1,000 annual cases, with priority to our direct customers, we continue to maintain our decades old international markets. What a great excuse to travel!

Peterson Winery

Hosted by Fred Peterson

Peterson Winery was founded by winegrower Fred Peterson in a red barn in the lower Dry Creek Valley.  1987 was the first vintage and a few hundred cases were made.  Ten years ago the winery moved to what was a packing shed for the former Timber Crest Farms fruit drying company, and was able to increase production to 8,000 cases. In 2002 Jamie Peterson began working with his father and is now the winemaker with 20 harvests worth of experience.  Emily Peterson joined the family business in 2015, working with her brother and father as sales and marketing director.  Peterson Winery’s mission is to produce wines that truly capture the character of the Dry Creek Valley.



Rued Winery

Hosted by Richard and Dee Rued

The Rued family’s roots reach deep into Sonoma County soil. Since 1882 they have farmed land throughout Sonoma County and presently farm grapes in three renowned Sonoma County appellations: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and the Russian River Valley.

The wines produced by the Rued family begin in vineyards tended by patriarch Richard and son Tom.  Handcrafted, small batch wines are produced under the watchful eye of son Steve and his wife Sonia. The wines define a family dedicated to maintaining quality in all aspects of the winemaking process and they look forward to sharing their history with you on the Rhone.


To reserve your cabin on our Passport to the Rhone, call (877) 651-7447 or email [email protected]