Romantic Danube River Cruise, July 19-26, 2019 with Baileyana, Tangent & True Myth

Rob Takigawa
Director of Winemaking

A voyage along the Danube River is like entering a fairytale.  This 7-night Danube River cruise calls in at charming Austrian villages, takes you to stunning Salzburg and the Alps, and explores the wineries of the beautiful Wachau Valley,  Visit Passau, Linz, Weissenkirchen and Krems.  Tour beautiful Vienna. Be surprised at the impressive city that is Budapest.  An optional 3 night tour of Prague is extremely popular and not to be missed.  Along the way, be enamored by gorgeous castles and architectural sites that have garnered UNESCO World Heritage status. On expertly guided shore excursions learn the history of this remarkable area, while enjoying regional cuisine, wine, liqueurs and the famous Czech pilsner beer. Join your host, Rob Takigawa, on this elegant voyage down the Danube.  Sample his best wines in contrast with regional vintages and cuisine.  Special events are planned along the way!


Rob Takigawa’s career with Niven Family Wine Estates (producer of Baileyana, Tangent & True Myth) began 19 years ago.  Rob started as Tank Room Manager worked his way up to be the Assistant Winemaker, then Winemaker and now Director of Winemaking.  He oversees winemaking and production for five labels: Baileyana, Tangent, True Myth, Zocker and Trenza.  This year will bring his 20th vintage of working with fruit from the estate, Paragon Vineyard.

Over 20 years, Rob has dealt with each vintage.  His knowledge of the nuances of the Edna Valley is immense.  A native of the Central Coast, Rob is a graduate of Cal Poly with a Soil Science Degree. After first understanding the science side of wine, Rob was inspired to get his hands dirty and ventured into the in winemaking side in 1997.  He has never looked back. When not making wine he enjoys surfing, traveling with his family and coaching his children’s sports teams.

Join Rob and Monica Takigawa on a voyage down the romantic Blue Danube, Europe’s best selling river cruise.

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Please note: This 8 Day Romantic Danube River Cruise and Wine Tour program is created solely for Niven Family Wine Estates by Tours & Wine (by Expanding Horizons of Tustin, California), our tour operator, and in conjunction with AmaWaterways. The pre and/or post cruise tour program will contain private meals, tours and / or visits to attractions. These additional services are exclusive to guests on this cruise who book their reservations with Expanding Horizons. Persons booking with alternative travel agencies will not be included in these activities.