Arista & Mauritson 2018 Wine Cruise

Shore Tours

Food & Wine Trails' (F&WT) private shore tours differ significantly from the typical group tours sold on cruise ships. Our tours are designed specifically for food and wine lovers, focusing on the wine, culture, and cuisine of a region. We take our guests to unique venues, often not accessible to the public and therefore not crowded with tourists. Our guides have been hand selected for their expertise and knowledge of the region, and bring as much to the experience as the destination itself.

The size of our tours are kept relatively small to allow for a more intimate and authentic experience. As a result, shore tour participation cannot be guaranteed to all group members.

A brochure with tour descriptions and registration form will be sent by email and USPA to all confirmed group members 4 to 5 months prior to the cruise. Once released, we recommend acting quickly as they tend to sell out quickly. In the event one or all tour(s) become sold out, your F&WT Travel Consultant can offer you other options.

Please note that before tours are released, all descriptions and included elements are subject to change.

HIGHLIGHTS

Wine Program Highlights:
  • Personally hosted by Mark McWilliams of Arista Winery and Clay & Carrie Mauritson of Maruritson Family Wines 
  • Private events including a welcome reception, wine tastings & seminars, and winemaker’s dinner featuring host wines
  • Optional Food & Wine Trails exclusive 2-night pre-cruise Barcelona program
  • Private wine-themed shore tour options in Livorno and Cadiz
  • Free pre-paid gratuities and $150 shipboard credit per stateroom for early bookings
 
Cruise Highlights:
  • 10-day cruise aboard Oceania Cruises' elegant, Riviera
  • Finest Cuisine At Sea, served in a variety of distinctive open-seating restaurants, all at no additional charge
  • Gourmet cuisine curated by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin
  • Epicurean enrichment programs, including immersive Culinary Discovery tours in select ports
  • Specialty restaurants including the renowned Red Ginger, Polo Grill, Toscana and Jacques  
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks, bottled water, cappuccino, espresso, teas and juices
  • FREE Internet package PLUS your choice per stateroom of 6 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or $600 shipboard credit

ABOUT the EXPERT(s)


Mark & Jennifer McWilliams
Arista Winery



Clay & Carrie Mauritson
Mauritson Wines

INCLUDES

  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Roundtrip air to Europe
  • Ocean transportation
  • All meals & entertainment on ship
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks, cappuccino, espresso, and teas
  • Onboard Wine Education Program
  • DOESN'T INCLUDE

    • Airport transfers
    • Optional Food & Wine Trails pre-cruise program and shore tours
    • All items of a personal nature

    REVIEWS

    "Seminar tastings world class & pairing Polo menu with Arista wines superb!"

    J. & L. Pohlmann (Seal Beach, CA)

    AWARDS and RATINGS



    97 pts.
    Arista Pinot Noir
    2014 Two Birds Estate Vineyard

    95 pts.
    Arista Chardonnay
    2014 Banfield Vineyard





    94+ pts.
    Mauritson Zinfandel
    2015 Rockpile BLACK SHEEP

    94 pts.
    Mauritson Cabernet Sauvignon
    2013 LOAM "Positas"