AmaWaterways wine cruises add a unique epicurean dimension to a variety of itineraries at
no additional cost. Join one of these wine cruises with a special wine host and be treated
to a menu of exclusive wine and culinary experiences designed to delve deeper into the
wonderful flavors and tastes of Europe.
From Nuremburg’s iconic Christmas Markets with its iconic red and white striped booths to
Strasbourg’s charming white storks, a visit to Europe’s Christmas Markets is a magical
experience. Massive Christmas trees strung with thousands of lights are set against the
backdrop of most stunning architecture, where travelers and locals alike gather to make
merry. Learn about age-old traditions as you wander through the Christmas Markets
enjoying whimsical artisanal gifts and the intoxicating aroma of roasted chestnuts,
hot cocoa and sugar plums.
We are pleased to offer guests the opportunity to experience Floriade in 2022 while sailing along the Rhine River and Dutch and Belgian Waterways between April 14 and October 9. Right outside Amsterdam, this rare experience calls for its visitors to “explore, touch and change” as part of their journey into Floriade – which is set to feature stunning gardens, innovative sustainable gardening exhibits, live entertainment, talk shows, souvenirs and food stalls.
AmaWaterways is the proud leading sponsor of the PBS series “Places to Love” with Emmy®️ award-winning TV host and travel expert Samantha Brown. Join her on a special river cruise through France’s Bordeaux region in 2020.
We invite our loyal past guests to join us once again on these special Loyalty Cruises, offering unique experiences
in multiple ports, commemorative gifts, and many more surprises and delights.
Imagine if there was a way to combine luxury river cruising on the iconic Danube with the opportunity
to indulge your passion and play golf. We have created the perfect package to enable you to do just
that with our Exclusive Concierge Golf Program. Discover Europe, complete with award winning cuisine,
incredible service and a choice of excursions in every port, as well as up to 5 rounds of golf at
some of the leading championship courses on the continent.
AmaWaterways’ Exclusive Concierge Golf Program is available on select Romantic Danube and Melodies of the Danube cruises sailing aboard the AmaMagna.
Hello!"I'm Kristin Karst, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of AmaWaterways and I'm passionate about river cruising. Each month, I love to share with you my thoughts, personal stories, travel tips and latest news on the people and places that help turn every mile of our guests' river cruise experience into one of their most cherished memories!"
Born in Syracuse, New York, Nancy Bailey spent a good portion of her school years overseas in England. Her interest in food and wine was sparked by family travels abroad. After attending Hamilton College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and The Fletcher School at Tufts University earning a Master of Arts degree in international relations, Nancy ventured to California where she discovered a true passion for wine country living. She lent her many marketing talents to well-known brands as Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery, Champagne Perrier Jouët, and Kendall-Jackson. Her creativity and communication acumen placed her in high demand when she went on to work as a freelance marketing consultant for a number of Sonoma County wineries. Before accepting her current role at Gary Farrell in 2011, Nancy was General Manager of Wine Creek LLC (Quivira Vineyards & Winery, La Follette Wines and Torbreck Vintners) for 4 years.
Theresa Heredia joined Gary Farrell Winery team as winemaker in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, before becoming a Ph.D candidate in chemistry with an emphasis in enology at UC Davis. She left the program to follow her calling as a hands-on winemaker. Coming off a long stint as winemaker at Freestone Vineyards in Sonoma County, Heredia brings considerable experience working with cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and small-lot, single-vineyard wines. During her tenure at Freestone, Heredia’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay brought the Joseph Phelps-owned winery significant critical acclaim. In early 2012 she was named “Winemaker to Watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle, reflecting her interest in wines that offer a pure expression of their vineyard site and her willingness to experiment with different winemaking techniques.
Paul Wagner, Wine Instructor, Napa Valley College
Renowned Wine Expert and Author Paul Wagner, wine expert extraordinaire, has been an instructor for Napa Valley College’s Viticulture & Enology department for the past 17 years, is a regular columnist for Vineyards & Winery Management Magazine and is the president of Balzac Communications & Marketing.
With 13 years of love and hard work, Dave and Helen look forward to sharing our story and our wine with you on this Ama Waterways River Cruise. Through our discussions we will walk through the vineyards, crush and ferment the wine, barrel and blend, and finally bottle and deliver to our club members. We’ll also explore the different styles of wine from d’Arts Lodi wines to the wines of the iconic Bordeaux wine region.
Eric Glomski, owner of Page Springs Cellars, Cornville, AZ
Page Springs Cellars was established in 2003 when Eric Glomski and his family purchased the property. Page Springs Cellars is considered a Rhone house, meaning we specialize in varieties that are grown in the Rhone valley in southeastern France. Mirroring appellations such as the Cote Rotie, Hermitage, and Chateaunuef du Pape, our specialty in red varietals are Syrah, Mouvedre, Grenache, and Petite Sirah.
Sam Pillsbury, owner of Pillsbury Wine Company, Cottonwood, AZ
Sam Pillsbury is Phoenix Magazine’s ‘Best Local Winemaker’, Wine Spectator called him one of the ‘Rising Stars of the Southwest’, and MSN.com/food and wine named him top winery in Arizona. In 2014 he completed construction on his own winery at the vineyard in Cochise County, where he now makes his wines with fellow winemaker James Callahan of Rune Wines.