Eric Ross & William Gordon Wineries
2019 Mediterranean 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 winery owners, Eric Luse and Bill Pesonen
  • Private events including a welcome reception, wine tastings & seminars, and winemaker’s dinner featuring host wines
  • Food & Wine Trail's optional pre-cruise Verona land program
  • Private optional wine-themed shore tours in select ports
  • Free pre-paid gratuities and $100 shipboard credit per couple for early bookings
 
Cruise Highlights:
  • 10-day cruise aboard Oceania Cruises' intimate ship, Nautica
  • 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
  • FREE Internet package PLUS your choice per stateroom of 6 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or $600 shipboard credit

ABOUT the EXPERT(s)


Eric Luse
Owner & Winemaker, Eric Ross Winery




Bill Pesonen
Owner, William Gordon Winery

INCLUDES

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

    • Airport transfers
    • Optional pre-cruise & shore tours
    • Travel insurance
    • All items of a personal nature

    REVIEWS

    My expectations were completely blown out of the water!  Everything was amazing and now I just want to do a Food & Wine Trails tour every year.

    J. Campbell (Chico, Ca.)

    AWARDS and RATINGS



    Eric Ross
    92 pts.
    2008 Saralee's Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley


    William Gordon
    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017
    Double Gold Winner
    2014 Zinfandel Alexander Valley Rink Vineyard