AmaWaterways Selects Notaviva Vineyards to Host European River Cruise

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Stephen Mackey to host “Melodies of the Danube” wine and music cruise through four European countries.

Notaviva Vineyards has been selected by AmaWaterways as the first Virginia winery to host a European river cruise. "Melodies of the Danube" is one of AmaWaterways’ wine-themed excursions, which will showcase the culture of the acclaimed wine region along the Danube River. Sailing from Budapest, Hungary to Vilshofen, Germany the journey will include numerous onshore excursions to scenic vineyards, renowned cities and quaint villages. A key attraction of the cruise will be the onboard wine and music lectures, hosted by Notaviva’s co-founder and wine composer, Stephen Mackey. With a degree in music from the University of Miami, ten years on the road as an Internationally touring live audio engineer, and ten years at the helm of Notaviva, Stephen’s style, experiences and personality have made him an engaging presenter.

"Being selected by AmaWaterways to pour our hand crafted award-winning Loudoun wines while sailing through the same regions that inspired Beethoven and Mozart is a dream come true," said Mackey. "With our unique brand identity of pairing wine and music coupled with our expertise in creating memorable customer experiences, our onboard lectures will encourage guests to think about the synergies between wine and music in an entirely new way. This is a pinnacle moment not only for Notaviva Vineyards but for Virginia wine as well."

Gary Murphy, VP of Sales for AmaWaterways adds, "Our cruises are designed to deliver unforgettable experiences for our guests. Stephen’s outgoing personality and depth of knowledge over a wide range of winemaking and musical topics makes him an excellent choice for AmaWaterways."

Partnering with Notaviva is Loudoun-based travel agency, Expedia CruiseShipCenters of Leesburg, who is offering travel incentives and special packages. Co-founders Val Kittson and Jane Munzell were the visionaries who brought Notaviva Vineyards and AmaWaterways together. "We knew instantly that Stephen and his wife Shannon were the perfect couple to sail with. Their knowledge and down-to-earth manner will be such a delight during the cruise," said Kittson.

"Melodies of the Danube" hosted by Notaviva Vineyards sails out of Budapest on November 11, 2015. Bookings may be placed at

About AmaWaterways
Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneers Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe’s Danube, Douro, Main, Mosel, Seine, Rhine and Rhône rivers. Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and impeccable service, family-owned and -operated AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. With itineraries in Europe, Russia, Africa, and S.E. Asia, AmaWaterways offers an enticing variety of authentic, in-depth experiences for the most discriminating travelers. For more information, visit their website at

About Notaviva Vineyards
Founded in 2003 by husband and wife team Stephen and Shannon Mackey, Notaviva Vineyards is the world’s only winery that pairs wine with music. Located in scenic western Loudoun County one hour west of Washington, D.C. Notaviva’s authentic winemaking style reflects their unique terroir. Their commitment to engaging customer experiences is reflected in their wine, their team, and their event designs. Featured in the 2008 HGTV television series “Dream House” the Mackey’s story of founding their vineyard while raising a family has inspired people across the country. More information on the cruise and their vision can be found on their website at


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