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 foodandwinetrails.com.
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 tourandtasting.com/Cruises/Burgundy-Provence-April-2015.
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 foodandwinetrails.com/ponzi_ROCO_argyle.
Other wine-themed cruises:
foodandwinetrails.com (the best website for winery-specific cruises)