Crystal River Cruises has announced the celebrated winemaking duo of the family-owned, Australian winery, Henschke will join the October wine-themed sailing aboard luxury river ship, Crystal Ravel. Fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his viticulturist wife, Prue, will join guests as Crystal Ravel sails the picturesque Danube River.

The seven-night voyage, departing 9 October, 2020, will sail from Budapest to Vienna through the Riesling-rich wine region of the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, visiting the enchanting abbey of Melk, beautiful sights of Linz, and the breathtaking vineyards and hilltop castle of Dürnstein. While onboard, Crystal Ravel guests will be invited to enjoy tastings of specially chosen Henschke wines, as the passionate winemakers share their story of growing some of the oldest vines in the world, in the high country of Barossa’s Eden Valley.

“Henschke has earned the adoration of Australians for over 150 years, with wines such as their acclaimed ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz earning some of the highest accolades,” says Karen Christensen, Crystal’s Senior Vice President & Managing Director for Australasia. “Stephen and Prue will bring their extensive knowledge and insight to Crystal River Cruises on a voyage through the famed wine region of the Wachau Valley – offering guests a unique opportunity to pursue their wine interests both on board and ashore.”

The Henschke family have continued their grapegrowing and winemaking tradition in the beautiful Eden Valley through six generations, continuing to craft their wines with a focus on purity and sense of place; leading the way with biodynamic practices, complemented by traditional winemaking.

Crystal’s state-of-the-art river ship, Crystal Ravel, is exceptionally designed to capture the classic elegance of the Crystal Experience found aboard their award-winning ocean liners. Crystal River Cruises offers an unparalleled range of all-inclusive amenities and services that exceed the expectations of even the most discerning travellers – extraordinary personal attention, butler service for every suite, a curated collection of destination experiences ashore and superb, Michelin-inspired cuisine. The Crystal River Cruises Experience also features unlimited pours of select fine wines and premium spirits, unlimited Wi-Fi, and more.