Williamson Wines

Onboard Programs

A F&WT wine cruise is two programs rolled into one. You have all the onboard entertainment and creature-comforts of a deluxe cruise, plus a private-to-the-group, educational wine program with private parties, tastings, seminars and a winemaker's dinner.

WELCOME RECEPTION - September 1, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 PM in Horizon's Bar

Join your hosts and meet your fellow travelers with a welcome reception featuring Williamson Wines

BORDEAUX STYLE WINES – Two Seminars – September 2, 2017 | each two hours in duration
We call them Cab, Merlot and Meritage but they are all descendants of the same grapes grown in the Bordeaux region of France, recognized as producing the some of the world's finest wines.

SEMINAR #1 10:00AM - 12:00PM in Toscana- THE SINGLE VARIETALS & MERITAGE WINES - The “Nobel” Standalone as well as the Blended Wines – Duration 2 hours
Red Bordeaux includes five major varietals, called the "noble five" namely, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec.  We will discuss and taste the characteristics of each.

A great challenge for a winemaker is to take existing wines and blend them to produce a new wine which shows the finest characteristics of its components with a balanced and integrated style.  The blended nature of these wines does not qualify for varietal names on the label so they can only be labeled "red wine" or "white wine" however American winemakers came up with the name "Meritage", (merit + heritage). These wines are in fact American Bordeaux.  Wines to be tasted include:
·         Allure Meritage
·         Entice Cuvée
·         Clarissa Vin Rouge
·         Amuse Barrel Selection

SEMINAR #2 2:00 - 4:00PM in Toscana - RESERVE WINES – CABERNET AND CABERNET BLENDS – Duration 2 hours
Our winery is a diverse business with over twenty-six individual vineyard blocks scattered across Napa and Sonoma. From the best of our fruit we make a small quantity of Reserve Wines in the style of some of the world's greatest Bordeaux wines.

Reserve Wines - Cabernet Dominant
·         Inspire - Cabernet Sauvignon
·         Interlude - Cabernet Sauvignon
·         Impulse - Cabernet Sauvignon
·         Ingénue - Cabernet Sauvignon

Reserve Wines - Meritage Style
·         Intrigue - Mélange
·         Cherish - Mélange
·         Ravish - Mélange

Cocktail Party - September 3, 2017
5:00 - 6:00PM in Horizon's Bar

Winemaker's Dinner - September 3, 2017
6:15 PM in Jacques


Wine Program Highlights:
  • Personally escorted by winery's owners Bill & Dawn Williamson
  • Private events including a Welcome Reception, wine tastings, and winemaker’s dinner featuring Williamson Wines
  • Access to private group shore tours in Tuscany & Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Exclusive, optional 2-night pre-cruise package in Athens & the Nemea wine region
  • Free pre-paid gratuities and $150 shipboard credit for early bookings
Cruise Highlights:
  • 7-Night cruise on Oceania Cruises' luxurious ship, 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 
  • Specialty restaurants including Red Ginger, Toscana, Jacques, Polo Grill and only Wine Spectator sponsored restaurant at sea, La Reserve
  • FREE Internet package PLUS your choice of 6 FREE shore excursions, FREE beverage package or $600 shipboard credit


Bill & Dawn Williamson

Sam Williamson


  • 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


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




Total 12 medals won:
2 Gold  
8 Silver 
2 Bronze  

Double Gold Medal Winners:
2007 Clarissa Vin Rouge
2004 Amour Merlot