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Hosted by Keith & Trudy Kramer, Owners & Winemaker, Kramer Vineyards, Gaston, OR

Truly a family winery, Kramer Vineyards came together from a blending of Trudy’s fascination with winemaking dating back to the early 70’s and Keith’s math and science background, which was part of his earlier career in pharmacy which is also helpful in the wine industry. Trudy became fascinated with winemaking in 1970 after purchasing a winemaking book. In 1978, experimental winemaking took place in a small test vineyard at her previous home in Warren, Oregon. She began making berry wine, rose petal and then, finally, grape wines -- she took her first wine class in 1980. In 1983, Trudy and husband, Keith found a hillside property in Gaston where they would soon begin their mark in Oregon's winemaking history. In 2008, during their 25th year in business, daughter and winemaker, Kim came on board. Join Keith and Trudy on this Europe’s Rivers & Castles wine adventure.

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 – Alsace and Moselle

Historic villages, medieval mansions, and towering hillsides wrapped in vineyards are just a few of the amazing things that overlook the river’s edge from Nuremberg to Luxembourg. Our Europe’s Rivers & Castles itinerary takes you through the Mosel, Rhine and Main rivers to discover some of Europe’s most fascinating scenery while dabbling in the remarkable wines grown in Germany.

For over one thousand years, a wide variety of tantalizing wines have been surfacing from the special soils of the Franconia region, alongside the Main River in Eastern Germany. These grapevines benefit from a continental climate with a Mediterranean influence, which is ideal for growing grapes. Both dry, fruity white wines and rare, decadent reds are made with superb quality here.

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