O'Connell Family Wines


2017 Bordeaux River Wine Cruise

"Bordeaux, Vineyards, & Chateaux"

7-Night Cruise June 25 - July 2, 2017

Uniworld's Boutique River Cruises'
River Royale

Exclusive Pricing for this O’Connell Family Experience
Limited availability – Reserve early for priority cabin selection 
and $100 per person shipboard credit!*

*Early booking offer expires May 31, 2017

(800) 367-5348  |  info@foodandwinetrails.com

Wayne and I have received many requests to offer a cruise to our O’Connell Family Wines collectors and aficionados to enjoy the finer things in life…wine and food.  We listened and have partnered with the expertise of the deluxe wine tour companies, Food & Wine Trails and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, to bring this dream to life! 

Please join us on an exploration of the three rivers of Bordeaux on an eight-night river cruise June 25 - July 2, 2017, while we experience the wine, food, art and culture of this historic winemaking region.  Together, we will walk or bike though quaint villages, enjoy tastings and lunches at historic chateaux and immerse ourselves into the culture and unique heritage of Southwest France!  The cruise is enriched with special O’Connell Family wine dinners, a private comparative tasting of California style Gabrielle Collection Cabernet Sauvignon with classic French Bordeaux, plus more surprises!

Additionally, we encourage you to join our optional pre and post cruise trips.  The pre-cruise three-night trip in Paris starts on June 22, 2017, and features a day sipping through the winemaking region of Champagne, plus an exciting foodie experience created personally by Gabrielle in Paris at a restaurant that is at the top of the local buzz of up and coming Chefs.  The post-cruise package explores the charming Loire Valley July 2 - 5, 2017 and includes visits and tastings at  magnificent chateaux.  More details to come!

Our cruise will be on Uniworld’s ship, River Royale, which allows only 130 passengers on board creating an intimate and elegant atmosphere to enhance our experience of Bordeaux.  Our palates will be spoiled with the wines of Bordeaux, creative culinary dishes, cognacs and library selections plus favorites from O’Connell Family Vineyards, Gabrielle Collection and Pietro Family Cellars. In addition, enjoy optional, exclusive sommelier guided tastings at renowned Chateaux with culinary experiences on both the Right and Left Banks of Bordeaux!

Uniworld is a leader in luxury cruises worldwide, consistently receiving high rewards, including “World’s Best River Cruise Line,” from Travel +Leisure along with Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awardfor “#1 River Cruise Line in the World”. Uniworld has high demand for their Bordeaux cruises, which sell out quickly. We have reserved a limited block of rooms with preferred pricing. Please don’t delay as we don’t want you to miss out!
Looking forward to sailing away with you!

Wayne O’Connell and Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell Vintners, O’Connell Family Wines

Specializing in distinctive, Handcrafted Gold Metal 
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley



Wine Program Highlights
  • Cruise personally hosted by Wayne and Gabrielle O'Connell
  • Wine Program featuring the wines of O'Connell Family Wines
  • O'Connell Family Wines served with three dinners
  • Private onboard cocktail party, after-dinner cognac tasting, and wine tasting
  • Exclusive optional 3-night pre-cruise Paris package with tour of Champagne
  • Exclusive optional 3-night Loire Valley post-cruise package
  • Private optional shore excursions to the Left & Right Banks of Bordeaux
  • $100 per person shipboard credit for early bookings! 


Cruise Highlights

  • 8-Day Bordeaux to Bordeaux cruise on Uniworld's River Royale
  • Uniworld's All Inclusive Experience
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Medoc wine tasting
  • Visit cellars of Premier Grand Cru estate in Saint-Emilion
  • Study Sauternes and meet the winemakers, & lunch at Chateau de Cazeneuve 



  • Accommodations on the River Royale
  • Government taxes
  • All meals & entertainment on ship
  • Unlimited wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottle water
  • All scheduled airport transfers on arrival / departure dates
  • Uniworld complimentary shore excursions
  • Complimentary Internet & WiFi
  • Complimentary use of bicycles & Nordic walking sticks onshore


  • Roundtrip Air
  • F&WT's Optional 3-Night Pre-Cruise Package
  • F&WT's Optional 3-Night Post-Loire Package
  • F&WT's Optional Shore Tours
  • Premium wine and spirits
  • All items of a personal nature


"Fabulous experience. The whole trip exceeded our expectations. This was truly a trip of a lifetime."

T. Downey (Butte, MT)