Scott McWilliam, of McWilliam's Wines, and Peter Barry, of Jim Barry Wines in the Clare Valley, will travel aboard two of APT's Wine Series European river cruises this year. They'll have a personal stash of their own wines on board for tastings, and will host winematched dinners, lead excursions to wineries and discuss European wine heritage and traditions. There's a train trip aboard the Majestic Imperator between Austria and Germany, a banquet at the 14th-century Namedy Castle near Koblenz, and a cocktail party and concert at Vienna's City Palace featuring the Mozart Boys' Choir.
The 14-night "Magnificent Europe" Wine Series on AmaVerde departs Amsterdam on 23 July and 11 November 2017. aptouring.com.au
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