Exclusive Wine Cruise

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Hosted by Bill Shinkle, Owner & Winemaker for Tranquil Heart Vineyard

Tranquil Heart Vineyards is nestled up against the San Jacinto Mountains. In 2009 Bill Shinkle, a 45-year horticulturist turned winemaker, planted a 15-acre vineyard specializing in Italian varieties, producing 3,000 cases of premium wines per year. Preserving old-world traditions, these amazing estate grown grapes are hand harvested, each vine hand pruned, with even the soil tended by hand. The wines made from these well-tended grapes won international awards in every competition we’ve entered. Tranquil Heart Vineyard is a Certified Craft Winery and a proud member of the Craft Wine Association. The Craft Wine Association is the only organization to certify hand-made limited production wines as Certified Craft Wine. We are dedicated to preserving the art and craft of winemaking. Through a groundbreaking partnership, the Craft Wine Association has joined with AMA Waterways to treat you to these rare and amazing wines onboard your ship. Don’t miss this first of its kind experience.

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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