AmaWaterways Unveils Host List for 2021 Celebration of Wine River Cruises in Europe
WHY IT RATES: With wine tastings, exclusive wine tours and wine-paired dinners on these cruises, AmaWaterways guests are immersed in the world of wine as they venture across Europe. —Codie Liermann, associate editor
AmaWaterways today announced the return of several popular wine hosts – along with some new surprises – for its 2021 season. certified sommeliers and vineyard owners as hosts, offering guests lectures and tastings to complement the wide range of included shore excursions.
As an added highlight, two all-new routes will showcase Normandy’s epicurean traditions and historical sites and take guests to the famous vineyards of the country’s Burgundy region for the first time.
“As demand continues to grow for our wine-themed cruises, we are excited to welcome back some very popular wine guests and also very excited to introduce engaging new guests,” said Kristin Karst, Vice President executive and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “Our intimate Celebration of Wine River cruises offer an added dimension to the river cruise experience, as guests can explore both New World and Old World varietals through the lens of an expert winemaker. esteemed wine while traveling through Europe’s most renowned wine regions.”
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Each Celebration of Wine River cruise offers enhanced epicurean experiences and is led by a qualified wine expert from North America or a featured destination. Guests bring carefully selected wines on board to serve at a special meal, tastings or seminars, all included in the price of the cruise. Some wines come from the expert’s own cellar and other selections come from cellars located along the route of the river cruise.
Marking AmaWaterways’ first entry into Burgundy, the Essence of Burgundy & Provence itinerary showcases wine and traditional French cuisine on a delicious river cruise. Guests will learn about the Roman history of Chalon-sur-Saône and enjoy the charming town of Tournus with its imposing Romanesque abbey and historic apothecary shop. This wine cruise will explore French chateaux from Burgundy to Provence, while inviting all passengers on board to sample Lyon, the culinary capital of France.
With the new Impressions of the Seine & Paris itinerary, guests will discover the most renowned Parisian sites as well as gardens commemorated by famous Impressionist painters. Cruising aboard AmaDante from Paris to Le Havre (or vice versa), guests are immersed in the best of northern France, with an itinerary designed to provide more free time to enjoy the picturesque towns and winding cycle paths along the way. along the Seine. Beyond idyllic scenery at every turn, guests will discover traditional culinary treasures including the region’s rich chocolate, cheese, apple-based calvados and local cider. Guests can take advantage of an optional four-night fully escorted land package in Brittany to visit the historic port of Saint-Malo and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint-Michel.
Guests looking for an enhanced wine experience on these two new itineraries can join the following esteemed wine hosts:
—Dr. Douglas Garman, oenologist of Europa Village Winery, on the 8th of July Impressions of the Seine and Paris sailing
—Jason McClain, owner of McClain Winery, on the Aug. 5 Essence of Burgundy & Provence cruise
-I. Paul Vezzetti II, co-owner of The Vineyard at Hersey, August 12 Essence of Burgundy & Provence sailing
—Peter Marks, Master of Wine, on the November 4 Essence of Burgundy & Provence sail
—Jody Elsom, owner and winemaker Elsom Cellars, on Impressions of the Seine and Paris from November 4
—Kevin Gott, wine expert and educator for Wente Vineyards, on the November 11 Essence of Burgundy & Provence sail
Also for the first time ever, guests can join England’s premier wine producer, Chapel Down Vineyards, on November 13, 2021 for a Melodies of the Danube, Celebration of Wine cruise. Chapel Down Vineyards is a supplier to many prestigious venues across the UK and beyond, including Harrods and Selfridges, as well as an official wine supplier to No 10 Downing Street. Based in the picturesque market town of Tenterden in Kent, Chapel Down sources fruit from across the South East of England and produces traditional method sparkling wines, fresh and aromatic white wines, delicate rosés and fine wines. elegant light reds.
“On board, our knowledgeable hosts take our guests on a journey between the Old World and the New World of winemaking. Through wine tastings, exclusive wine tours, and wine paired dinners, our guests are completely immersed in the fascinating world of wine,” Karst said. “Some of my absolute favorite travel memories are aboard our AmaWaterways specialty wine cruises, and we look forward to sharing these one-of-a-kind epicurean experiences with our guests in 2021.”
Accommodating an average of 150 guests, AmaWaterways’ award-winning vessels offer the luxury of a more personal space, and mooring in the heart of grand capitals and fairytale villages allows guests to roam freely – unhindered by the crowd on or off the ship.
On board, passengers will savor exquisite locally sourced cuisine complemented by signature wines and beers at lunch and dinner; and relax as an extraordinarily passionate crew ensure that every mile is covered safely, creating treasured memories with family and friends.
For details of all the 2021 wine hosts for the upcoming celebration of wine river cruises across Europe, visit www.AmaWaterways.com/explore/wine-cruises/2021.
THE SOURCE: AmaWaterways press release.