Exclusive Wine Cruise


Hosted by Chris Zazo, Hailstone Vineyards, Yountville, CA

Chris Zazo grew up on a farm and has long understood the inextricable link between the earth, elements, and what it provides. In fact, it was weather that helped his Dallas-based company Aspemark Roofing & Solar experience tremendous growth over the past 15 years. Chris has always wanted to pay homage to what helped him achieve personal and professional success, with weather the driving force. Hailstone Vineyards is the realization of that dream. Hailstone Vineyards is a boutique winery with a line of vintages that seamlessly transition from a sunset boat cruise to fine dining. Since its start in 2012, Hailstone's unique vintages are a direct result of producing small lots of premium wine from varying regions of the valley. From a Napa-style sauvignon blanc to their unique take on a classic Napa Valley cabernet, Hailstone boasts professional nods from TEXSOM International Wine Awards.


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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