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Hosted by Scott & Jana Harvey, Owner & Winemaker Scott Harvey Wines

Scott being both born in Germany and having gone to Winemaking School there has developed a keen interest and expertise in European wines. He has brought this European style of wine making to California’s Napa Valley and Amador County having now produced world class wines for over 45 years. He created the California wine Ménage a Trois based on his knowledge of west bank Rhine wines from both Alsace and the Palatinate of Germany. This is Winemaker Scott Harvey’s third cruise with AMA Waterways. As you travel along the beautiful Danube, Scott and Jana will be giving lectures and doing wine tastings to teach you about the Wine Regions, Vineyards and Wines of Hungary, Austria and Germany. Throughout the trip and excursions, Scott will be available to answer questions and translate if need be.

Expertly Curated WINE EXPERIENCES

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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