Dear Friends of Ridge,
With great pleasure, I invite you for a spectacular wine adventure aboard Oceania Cruises ship, the Nautica. Together we’ll embark in London on an eleven-day journey visiting ports of call in France, Spain, and Portugal.
While at sea, attend wine seminars as well as our exclusively hosted Ridge Vineyards’ wine dinner featuring older vintages of Monte Bello. Our partners at Food & Wine Trails have coordinated private land excursions for in-depth experiences with local experts.
The Nautica has undergone a multimillion-dollar transformation to create a virtually new ship that is both sleek and elegantly charming. The ship features four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas.
I hope you will join me as we set sail from London to Barcelona on September 21, 2017, for an incredible voyage marked by great company, exceptional hospitality and world-class wines.
President, Ridge Vineyards
London to Barcelona
September 21 – October 2, 2017
Oceania Cruises’ Nautica
Stateroom prices start at $4,674 per person
including FREE air to Europe!*
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Limited Time Offer:
Upgrade to Premium Economy Air for $99 per person
(see Registration Form and Conditions for details)
OLIFE ADDED BENEFITS INCLUDE
FREE pre-paid gratuities, FREE unlimited Internet package and
$150 per stateroom shipboard credit, and your choice of:
Eight (8) FREE Shore Excursions
FREE House Beverage Package
$800 additional per stateroom Shipboard Credit
Offer expires 12/30/16
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Wine Program Highlights:
|Date||Port of Call||Onboard Wine Program||Optional Land Tours|
|9/19-21/2017||London, UK||London’s Calling Ridge|
|9/21/2017||London (Southampton), UK||Welcome Reception|
|9/22/2017||Cruising Bay of Biscay||Seminar & Tasting|
|9/23/2017||Bordeaux, France||The Rising Reds of Bordeaux Left Bank|
|9/24/2017||Bordeaux, France||Three Cru Classes of the Haut-Medoc|
|9/24/2017||Bordeaux (Le Verdon)|
|9/26/2017||La Coruna, Spain||Winemaker Dinner|
|9/27/2017||Oporto, Portugal||Old & New Wines from the Douro|
|9/29/2017||Seville (Cadiz), Spain|
|10/1/2017||Cruising the Mediterranean||Seminar & Tasting|
PREVIEW – London’s Calling Ridge Vineyards
2-Night Pre-Cruise Program – More Info
PREVIEW – Rising Reds of the Bordeaux Left Bank
Ridge Vineyards Shore Tour – More Info
PREVIEW – Three Cru Classes of the Haut Medoc in Bordeaux
Ridge Vineyards Shore Tour – More Info
PREVIEW – The Old and the New Wines from the Douro
Ridge Vineyard Shore Tour – More Info
Food & Wine Trails’ (F&WT) private shore tours differ significantly from the typical group tours sold on cruise ships. Their 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.
Oceania Cruises’ acclaimed Nautica has undergone a multimillion-dollar transformation to create a virtually new ship that is both sleek and elegantly charming. Her decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Nautica offers every luxury you may expect on board one of their stylish ships. She features four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. With just 684 guests to pamper, our 400 professionally trained European staff ensure you will wait for nothing.
|Category||Double Occupancy||Single Occupancy|
|G – Inside Stateroom||$4,674||$8,055|
|F – Inside Stateroom||$4,824||$8,355|
|E – Outside Obstructed Stateroom||$5,024||$8,755|
|C2 – Deluxe Outside Stateroom||$5,374||$9,455|
|C1 – Deluxe Outside Stateroom||$5,524||$9,755|
|B2 – Veranda Stateroom||$6,374||$11,455|
|B1 – Veranda Stateroom||$6,474||$11,655|
|A3 – Concierge Veranda||$6,574||$11,855|
|A2 – Concierge Veranda||$6,674||$12,055|
|A1 – Concierge Veranda||$6,824||$12,355|
|PH3 – Penthouse Suite||$7,824||$14,355|
|PH2 – Penthouse Suite||$7,974||$14,655|
|PH1 – Penthouse Suite||$8,174||$15,055|
“OLife” PROMOTION: Standard terms apply. OLife Choice amenities are per stateroom, based on double occupancy and subject to change. Free Internet is one per stateroom; Owner’s, Vista & Oceania Suites receive access for two devices per suite. OLife Choice free shore excursions vary by voyage and exclude Oceania Choice, Oceania Exclusive and Executive Collection. Voyages up to 9 days receive 6 free shore excursions or $600 shipboard credit per stateroom; 10-12 days receive 8 free shore excursions or $800 shipboard credit per stateroom; 14+ days receive 10 free shore excursions or $1,000 shipboard credit based on double-occupancy. If shore excursion amenity is selected, all excursions must be chosen at least 14 days prior to sailing. OLife Choice beverage package amenity is House Select. Guests in the same stateroom must choose the same OLife Choice amenity and amenity must be chosen by final payment. Not all promotions are combinable.
PRICES: Prices above are per person based on cabin double or single occupancy and include shipboard accommodations, round trip air (see Air terms on Registration Form), onboard meals, all surcharges, government taxes, limited travel management services and private wine program. Prices do not include airport transfers, or all items of a personal nature. F&WT reserves the right to correct pricing errors or omissions. Prices will not increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes, fees or fuel surcharges. Request Triple prices.
BOOKING INCENTIVES: Please note that cruise line offered promotions including but not limited to free gratuities, shipboard credits, and internet packages can be cancelled or discontinued by the cruise line without notice at any time. F&WT includes such promotional offers on this web site in good faith and will remove expired, cancelled or discontinued offers within 24 hours of notification. F&WT will not be financially responsible for expired, cancelled, or discontinued cruise line promotions they in good faith advertise on this web site as valid.
London (Southampton), UK
London is one of the world’s greatest cities. Diverse, ethnically and linguistically, it offers an intoxicating mix of grandeur, history, style and culture. From ancient streets, leafy parks and grand architecture to iconic landmarks, neon lights, world class shopping and a cool arts scene, there’s nowhere in the world quite like this thriving metropolis. Visitors typically spend most of their time in and around the West End, where London’s main attractions — Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross Road’s book shops, Covent Garden, Soho, Regent and Oxford Streets, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Carnaby Street — are located. Farther west are the pricier neighborhoods of Belgravia, Kensington (Kensington Palace, Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall), South Kensington (Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum), Knightsbridge (Harrods, Harvey Nichols), Mayfair, Chelsea (Kings Road) and Notting Hill (Portobello Road).
The City of London’s financial district (home to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Fleet Street, Tower of London) is a must for history lovers. In medieval times, the City constituted most of London, but over the years, urban areas sprawled far beyond. As the City’s boundaries have remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages, it is now only a tiny part of the metropolis, though holds city status in its own right.
Bordeaux is France’s second largest city and fronts the La Garonne River and is located some 35 miles inland from the ocean. The river has very turbulent tides, which rise and drop some 18 to 20 feet with each tidal change. Bordeaux is also the epicenter of the Bordeaux region that is made up of some of the best vineyards and wineries in the world.
One could easily spend an entire day taking in Bordeaux’s sights on foot. Its pedestrian streets, numerous cathedrals museums, monuments, small parks and shopping areas are enough for anyone to amuse himself or herself. Add in Bordeaux’s wonderful sidewalk cafes and restaurants and you have the perfect blend for a day well spent in a wonderful city. However, around the entire circumference of Bordeaux lies one of the most prolific wine producing regions in the world. Dating back well over ten centuries, the villages in the wine regions are simply wonderful.
Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France
Lying on the south bank of the Garonne estuary, Le Verdon is your gateway to what is arguably the finest wine-producing region in the world: the vineyards surrounding Bordeaux. Though the city has long been an important trading center, the foundation of its prosperity has always rested on all things wine. Wine trading began in the Middle Ages, when Bordeaux shipped Claret to England in exchange for British wool. While Bordeaux itself is a charming city that boasts superb examples of 18th-century neo-classical architecture, wine lovers will most often venture to the nearby Medoc wine region to visit any of its prestigious wine estates.
The Port of Bilbao is Basque Country’s largest city and capital of Biscay Province. Almost half of the Basque Country’s population lives in the Port of Bilbao, stretching along the banks of the Nervion River in northern Spain about 14 kilometers from the river’s mouth and the Atlantic Ocean. The Port of Bilbao is one of Spain’s most important economic areas, home to several important industries including aeronautics, electronics, information technology, energy, and manufacture of steel and machine tools.
While the city has had an industrial character for decades, many industries have moved from the city center. The Bilbao Exhibition Center hosts several international trade fairs each year. The Port of Bilbao is one of Spain’s most important northern ports. In 2005, it was the fourth busiest port in the country, moving 36.8 million tons of cargo. In 2006, over 354 thousand people lived in the Greater Bilbao area.
La Coruna, Spain
La Coruna is one of the biggest port cities in Galicia and sits in a large gulf in the Spanish coast. It is one of the finest stops for cosmopolitan dining, relaxation and shopping. This Port offers a great culinary experience. Spanish cuisine is served in many restaurants along with the finest international eats. The architecture at La Coruna Port is beautiful; a mix of old structures and modern ones. Just opposite the cruise port of La Coruna are the city’s best beaches. Tourists flock to the area; the old time favorites are Riazor and Orzan. For the adventurous, there are shops that rent out equipment for water sports. In fact, there is even a statue near the beach that celebrates surfing.
Oporto, or Porto as it is known, is famous for its port wines (which were named for the city of Oporto) It is a large city consisting of many different areas including a UNESCO historic city center with narrow winding and cobbled pedestrian streets dating back many centuries. It is located on the Douro River that plays an important role in the development of the region. There are many boutiques, department stores, specialty shops and street markets within the historic old town section of Oporto, as well as along some of the more modern shopping streets in Oporto itself. Port wine may be purchased in numerous wine stores at incredible values. There are also many tourist boutiques selling ceramics, lace work, local jewelry, furniture, men’s and women’s fashions and other collectibles.
Exploring Oporto’s historic old quarters is a “don’t miss” event. There is also an excellent cathedral dating back to the 12th century and a tall (246 feet) granite structure, the Torre dos Clerigos, which is quite interesting.
Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and is the country’s largest city. It dates back some two centuries BC. While Lisbon has modern areas with long wide boulevards shaded with large trees, gardens and lavish residential areas, it also offers a wonderful old section that is built on its terraced hillsides. Lisbon is both ancient and modern and offers superb shopping and sightseeing.
This port city is home of numerous wine shops offering the best in Portuguese port and other wines, as well as some excellent Italian wines also. Women and men’s fashions are everywhere as are shoe stores and other leather products. Prices in Portugal are much lower than in France for the same products and many of the same stores that are in France have locations in Lisbon. If you are going to be clothes shopping, Lisbon is the place to do it.
A hike up to the remnants of St. George’s Castle is well worth the investment of energy and time as the views of Lisbon are spectacular. If you have been to Lisbon before try heading out to the villages on the Atlantic Ocean. Sinta is especially beautiful and offers incredible beauty among its narrow and winding medieval streets with lots of charming shops and boutiques.
Seville (Cadiz), Spain
Located in southern Spain, Cadiz sits on a sliver of land jutting out into the bay. Almost entirely surrounded by water, Cadiz is believed to be the oldest city in Europe. Formidable walls still stand, protecting and providing Cadiz with a skyline like no other. The old quarter is composed of picturesque buildings, parks, and gardens intertwined with narrow cobblestone streets and squares.
A relaxed and easygoing city, Cadiz is easy and fun to explore. Museums, restaurants and quaint shops are plentiful. In the spring, the normally quiet city erupts with a carnival celebration considered to be the liveliest and most important in Spain. For 10 days the streets are filled with people singing, dancing and celebrating in colorful costumes.
Beyond Cadiz, is the beautiful countryside of Andalucia and Jerez. The legendary Bodegas of Jerez produce some of the finest Sherry wine in the world and the city is also known for its magnificent horses. To the north of Cadiz is Seville, considered one of the most beautiful cities in all of Spain. This historic city is rich in architectural masterpieces. Magnificent churches, plazas, and meandering alleyways grace this spirited city.
The Malaga Port is an international seaport located in the city of Malaga, Spain. It rests on the Costa del Sol coast, along the Mediterranean, in the southern portion of Spain. An interesting fact about the Malaga port of call is that it is the oldest, continuously operating port in the country and one of the oldest in the Mediterranean. The Malaga cruise terminal is in fact, a large cruising port currently, though it also serves as a center for manufactured goods transport. In addition, a small fishing fleet operates from the port itself. It is a large port, with 10 operational wharfs. Visitors may make their way into the city of Malaga by bus or taxi.
Malaga port and the city surrounding it offers visitors a range of things to do. The beaches line the coasts and make for an ideal getaway. Tourists often visit Alcazaba, a palace in the heart of the city. There are three courtyards within, including the Patio de los Surtidores with numerous fountains. The Torre de la Armadura Mudejar is an area within the building that features a 16th century carved wooden ceiling.
Throughout the Malaga port, there are fantastic locations to eat, including street side vendors. In addition, stop in La Posada de Antonio, featuring outstanding seafood dishes. El Pimpi’s, Clandestino and Las Papas are also idea restaurants to visit for local, traditional cuisine. For good tapas, visit Gorkis, in the center of town. For those in the old center of the city, Larious Street offers Café Chinitas, an excellent location for a drink and fast lunch that is inexpensive.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia as well as Spain’s second largest city. Dominated by Montjuic, Vallvidrera and the Tibidabo Hills, sophisticated Barcelona is rich in ancient and modern architectural and artistic treasures. Many talented artists, sculptors and architects lived here, including Picasso, Miró, Mares and Barcelona’s best-known architect, Antonio Gaudí.
Barcelona’s beginnings as a major port can be found already in Roman times. However, the most significant period was during the Middle Ages when the city’s wealth equaled that of the whole Catalunya province. Splendid buildings from the Middle Ages and a unique ambiance still make Barcelona one of the most attractive cities in Europe, drawing scores of visitors to see and enjoy the sights. In addition to its medieval setting and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, there are magnificent avenues through the modern part of the city, which are particularly noted for their landmark buildings of Gaudí’s design.
A Food & Wine Trails 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.
September 21, 2017
Join your hosts, David Amadia, Katie Dinovo, and your fellow group members for an one-hour, open-bar Welcome Reception with passed hors d’oeuvres and Ridge Vineyards wines.
Seminar & Tastings
September 22 & October 1, 2017
Details and tasting lists to follow…
September 26, 2017
A gourmet, multi-course, wine-paired meal will be served in either Toscana, Jacques, or Polo Grill. Each course will be paired with Ridge Vineyards wine.
President, Ridge Vineyards
In a nutshell David sees his job this way; ensuring the next 50 years at Ridge are as successful as its first 50.
David has lived his entire 25-year professional career in the wine business and recently celebrated his 11th anniversary with Ridge Vineyards. David oversees all of Ridge Vineyards’ sales and marketing efforts including International, Direct-to-Consumer sales, and the U.S. market. He also manages the company’s Finance, IT, and Logistics functions. A graduate of the University of California at Davis with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, he went on to earn his MBA at The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona.
Hospitality Manager, Ridge Vineyards