Exclusive Wine Cruise


Hosted by Sally & Fred Schweiger, Co-Founders & Vintner, Schweiger Vineyards & Winery, St. Helena, CA

Born and raised on one of the very last farms in San Francisco, a young Fred Schweiger helped care for his grandparent’s vineyard as a boy. He purchased the Spring Mountain acreage in 1961 at the age of 19. Marriage, children, a successful construction company, and several years later, he and his wife, Sally, began a long-held dream: to clear and plant the family owned Spring Mountain property into vineyard in 1979. The Schweiger Estate was designed and developed by Fred and Sally with the help of family, with their first official harvest in 1984. Today the Schweigers are proud to be the longest property owners in the esteemed Spring Mountain AVA in the legendary Napa Valley, with ownership spanning four generations to live and work on the family estate. Their UC Davis-educated son Andy Schweiger serves as winemaker, crafting fine Bordeaux varietals, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, and their signature blend, Dedication. Fred and Sally look forward to joining you and sharing their wines and story.

Q&A With Sally & Fred Schweiger

Why do you believe you are the right wine host for this cruise? Share your credentials and passion for wine.

We love interacting with new and old friends, sharing our enthusiasm of wine. Our vineyard and winery started with us as a family clearing heavily forested land, planting and taking a hand of approach taking care of all the vines. In 1994 we began crafting fine wines with our son as our winemaker. We are an authentic family legacy working together to craft sustainable root to glass wines, creating memorable experiences, and nurture relationships.

Tell us something special about yourself that would make someone unfamiliar with you want to travel with you on this river cruise?

We make wine fun as we present our interactive seminars sharing our story about Schweiger, as well as learning together about new wines we are introduced to along the cruise.

What was your “Aha Moment” when you fell in love with wine?

We sold all the grapes we harvested from our vineyard the first 10 years. The wineries we sold to invited us to taste the wines they made from our grapes the following winter. They loved the wines made from our fruit and so did we!

What is one thing you are most looking forward to on your river cruise?

We so look forward to experience the solitude of Normandy. So exciting to think we will be there on Easter Sunday.

What is something fun/unique you wish to share—perhaps something nobody knows until now?

We were invited to have our wines served at an event honoring the Metal of Honor recipients at the Reagan Library. It was so exciting to be seated with 2000 guests around Air Force One, from the Reagan era, with the only wines served being Schweiger. The table setting was unbelievable with the reflection of Schweiger Cabernet on the silver charger plates. The people we visited with have left a lasting effect on our lives.

What is one of the most interesting places you have traveled to and why?

Yosemite and The Great Barrier Reef – the wonders of God’s workmanship.

If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only have one bottle of wine, what would it be and why?

If we were stranded on a desert island we would like a well-aged Methuselah (6L) of Schweiger Cabernet Sauvignon, as Cabernet is considered the king of red wine and is always very good.


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 – The Douro

Land near a river, and naturally protected by mountain ranges, inspired winemakers to plant vineyards along the Douro, but wild landscapes and nutrient-poor soil made this an extremely difficult task. The birthplace of port wine would simply not exist today if it hadn’t been for the centuries of determined winegrowers who laboriously carved rows of vines into the steep, dramatic terrain.

Their efforts proved worthwhile. Angled, rocky terrain just so happens to be ideal for the growth of grapes. Over the years, the magnitude of the Douro Valley wine region has grown remarkably and it is now divided into three parts. Our Enticing Douro itinerary cruises through all three sub-regions, giving you a taste of Northern Portugal’s famous ports and table wines.


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