Celebrity Cruises’ new wine-tasting cruise hosted by well-know wine expert Oz Clarke goes on sale today (27 March).

The 12-night European wine cruise on board Celebrity Constellation will depart Southampton on 13 October and take in vineyards throughout France, Spain and Portugal during the 2012 grape harvest.

The cruise will include introductions to wine tasting, wine and cheese pairing, wine master classes on the regions visited, blind wine tastings, appreciating the impact of glassware on wine and excursions to vineyards in Spain’s Rioja region and France’s Bordeaux region.

There will also be the chance for informal meet-and-greet sessions with both Oz and Tom Forrest, a wine expert based at food and wine tasting emporium Vinopolis, in London.

Tom and Oz regularly host similar events at Vinopolis, and win rave reviews for their informal, witty and no-nonsense approach to wine tasting.

The 12-night Vinopolis Europe immersive wine cruise departs Southampton on 13 October 2012 and calls at Paris (Le Havre, France), Bordeaux (Le Verdon, France) Bilbao (Spain), Vigo (Spain) and Porto (Portugal).

Prices start from £769 per person for an inside stateroom, and £1,049 for a balcony stateroom and includes meals and entertainment on board the ship and all on board wine tasting events with Oz Clarke and / or Tom Forrest.

As well as the exclusive Vinopolis immersive wine cruise, Celebrity Cruises is offering a series of wine harvest sailings from Southampton during autumn 2012. Further sailings are available on 7 and 19 September; 1 and 25 October; and 6 and 18 November 2012.

In 2013 Celebrity Cruises will offer a similar season of wine-themed cruises departing from Harwich on the newly refurbished Celebrity Infinity.

• For more information call Celebrity Cruises on 0844 481 7682 and quote ‘Vinopolis’ or visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk.