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Cruising With Your Favorite Wineries

Theme wine cruises are very popular, and ones that feature winery owners and winemakers are especially alluring to aficionados. Here are three recommended cruises for 2015, and websites where you can research them and other such cruises.

Duckhorn Portfolio 2015 President’s Wine Cruise
Travel on Oceania Cruises from Rome to Venice, July 17 to 25, with Duckhorn Wine Company President and CEO Alex Ryan. Private parties, special tastings, and wine dinners on board. Optional pre-cruise Rome Wine package also offered. For information and early booking discounts, visit

Luxury River Wine Cruise of Burgundy & Provence
Eight luxurious days aboard the S.S. Catherine on the Rhone River, one of the largest river cruise ships in the industry, April 12 to 19. Join Rick and Amber Moshin of Moshin Vineyards, and Rod and Lynn Berglund of Joseph Swan Vineyards. Both wineries produce premium Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and other varietals. Wine reception, wine-pairing lunch in dining room, and private wine-tasting seminars with the host wineries. Visit

2015 New Zealand Adventure
Sail from Sydney to Auckland on Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice from Jan. 27 through Feb. 8. Join Rollin and Corby Soles of ROCO Winery, and Dick and Nancy Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards, both located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Expect a two-story wine tower with more than 500 varietals, an onboard wine program with tastings and special group lunch, and optional private shore tours to boutique wineries. Visit

Other wine-themed cruises: (the best website for winery-specific cruises)

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  1. Eric Anderson posted on 08/19/2014 05:34 PM
    Here's another trip for Landlubbers in June 2015. Loring Wine Company and August West have a trip billed as "Brian and Ed do the Med." Info can be found here:
  2. Nancy Ponzi posted on 08/25/2014 03:40 PM
    Hello Randy and greetings from the currently warm and thankfully still stable Willamette Valley,

    Thanks for passing on news of our Summer Down Under January cruise. Last year Rollin, Corby, Dick and I hosted a wine group cruising the Mediterranean...was so much fun many of that group have signed up for this slightly more exotic, challenging trip. Rollin may be Texan but his wine roots are Australian; his finesse with sparkling (Argyle) and Pinot Noir (Roco) are world respected. We all have many wine friends in both countries. The combined knowledge plus the unpredictable, never-ever dull presentations of Dick and Rollin together!, great wines, food and shore visits--Tasmania too--will make a fun AND educational trip. Join us!! Thanks again, see you in Oregon. Nancy
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