Norwegian Cruise Line is giving guests the chance to meet winemakers and wine industry leaders on select cruises.
The cruise line has announced the lineup of “Meet The Winemaker Cruises” which will be featured aboard Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Dawn. Guests can interact with wine industry leaders and makers and even enjoy dining with them. Winemaker cruise series was revealed aboard Norwegian Escape during the first Winemaker Dinner cruise of the season.
Mark Kansley, senior vice president of Hotel Operations for Norwegian Cruise Line, said:
“Given the incredible reception of Michael Mondavi’s past visits aboard our ships, we are excited to expand upon this concept to provide our guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with renowned experts within the winemaking industry”
“As we strive to continually enhance our beverage program and onboard offerings, these partnerships represent our ongoing goal to serve as innovators in the cruising industry.”
The new series is hosted in the ships dedicated wine venue and on Norwegian Escape that will be The Cellars, a Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar. The Wine activities will include seminars, open forums, meet experts and more. A special more intimate experience is also available for $19.95 per person.
The Select Winemaker Sailings:
September 22, 2017 – Norwegian Dawn: Michael Mondavi, founder of the Michael Mondavi Family Estate, co-founder of Folio Fine Wine Partners and co-founder of The Cellars – A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar. Mondavi represents the third generation representative of the prestigious family of wineries in Napa Valley.
November 4, 2017 – Norwegian Escape: Bill Whiting, Director of Wine Education at Banfi Vintners. As the grandson of John F. Mariani Sr., founder of Banfi Vintners, Whiting carries on the tradition of the award-winning Castello Banfi estate, founded in 1919 in the Brunello region of Tuscany.
December 2, 2017 – Norwegian Escape: Aarón Sánchez. Famed TV Chef and James Beard award winner, Aarón Sánchez is the official ambassador and spokesperson for Terrazas de los Andes wines and is considered one of the world’s leading contemporary Latin chefs.
February 17, 2018 – Norwegian Escape: Gerard Bertrand, renowned vintner of Languedoc-Roussillon. Bertrand, a legendary expert in the winemaking industry, boasts 20 years of experience and a breadth of awards and accolades.
March 2018, Norwegian Escape: Salvatore Ferragamo, heir of famed Italian fashion house and owner at Il Borro Winery in Tuscany, Italy. Salvatore, whose father Ferruccio, bought the beautiful Il Borro Esatate in 1993, has replanted the family’s vineyard and has been releasing delicious Tuscan wines since 1999.