The Hess Collection


10-night Mediterranean wine cruise 

June 18 - 28, 2014

Rome to Rome

onboard Oceania Cruises' Riviera

 Staterooms start at $4,374 per person
 including round trip air to Europe!*


  • $550 Shipboard Credit
  • FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities
  • FREE Unlimited Internet Package

Total savings worth $1,380 for staterooms and $1,520 for suites!

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Hello Old Friends, And New Friends To Come
Nearly four decades ago Donald Hess began a wine journey high atop Mount Veeder in Napa and for those with a yearning for discovery and adventure, well, come join me in June, 2014 as we cruise the Mediterranean and explore terroir wines from four continents.  It has been my great privilege to be part of this adventure from the beginning, and for this very special Rome to Rome cruise I’ve selected exceptional wines from our portfolio of wineries from Napa and Sonoma, South Africa, Australia and Argentina.  
It’s fitting that we’ll sail aboard Oceana’s Riviera, launched just a year ago, one of the most beautiful, elegant and sophisticated ships to debut in the past 50 years.  Join me for a big bottle extravaganza, with selections from our library, each with a memorable vintage story.  We’ll share insights in wines that hail from vineyards more than a mile above the Calchaquí Valley floor in Argentina, reaching for the stars.  Our onboard tastings and winemaker dinners won’t be limited just to vertical or appellations, but in wines that represent the very best of winemaking countries from the new world, including Glen Carlou, Colomé, Amalaya and Peter Lehmann.  Not to be out-done, we’ll share gems not just from The Hess Collection, but from Artezin and MacPhail Family Wines. There will be plenty of stories to share.
I can hardly wait, can you?  Let’s plan on making memories together next summer.
In Vino Veritas,
Randle Johnson
Winemaker, Hess Family Wine Estates



Your 10-night wine cruise hosted by Winemaker Randle Johnson
  • FREE Airfare to Europe
  • Cruise aboard Riviera hailed as most beautiful and stylish ship launched in last 50 yrs
  • Finest cuisine at sea in open-seating restaurants, at no additional charge
  • Culinary program created by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin
  • Country club-casual, no tuxedos or gowns required
  • Optional small group tasting and lunches at top wine estates
  • Optional 2-night pre-cruise Rome & Umbria package


Randle G. Johnson
Winemaker-Artezin Wines
Consulting Winemaker-The Hess Collection
Director of Winemaking-Bodega Colomé

Join Randle on F&WT's 2-night 
Pre-Cruise Rome Program



  • Roundtrip Air to Europe*
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • All meals/entertainment on ship
  • Onboard Wine & Food Education Program
*See terms & conditions.


  • Airport transfers
  • Optional shore tours
  • All items of a personal nature


“The trip was everything we expected and more. Excellent, in more ways than one.  Thank you!!” L. Dossey (Capistrano Beach, CA)

“The entire trip was the highlight. Everything went very smoothly.  Best vacation ever!!” L. & S Turner (Huntington Beach, CA)



94 Pts —Chardonnay Mt Veeder 2009
92 Pts—Cabernet Sauvignon Mt Veeder 2008

91 Pts—Malbec Calchaqui Valley 2010

90 Pts—Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Pratt Vynd