Whether your preference is for Cristal, Château Margaux, Dom Perignon, or Domaine Leroy, your passion for the finest wine will, no doubt, be an integral part of any superyacht experience for you and your guests. Combining a love of the most expensive wines with yachting in grand style is a de rigueur pairing and one that can be achieved thanks to today’s innovative wine storage solutions.
Mega yacht designers recognise that dedicated wine storage is a necessity, providing yacht owners and guests with this five-star amenity. As fine dining goes hand-in-hand with the most expensive wine, oenophiles are finding ways to source, store, and enjoy the finest wines on mega yachts.
For an enhanced gourmet experience, you’ll want to have these wines on hand for the duration of your time at sea. That can be a tricky business, however, if the wines are not stored properly. Fortunately, there are options for sourcing and storing the finest wines on superyachts, from a wine wall to a full climate-controlled wine cellar with your personal collection or a sommelier’s selections.
The crew aboard any superyacht will likely include a sommelier who can source the most expensive wines that suit your taste, as well as several bottles that he or she recommends. The sommelier not only has extensive knowledge of wines, but will also know how to locate hard-to-find wines in the world’s most popular superyacht ports, and the logistics of ensuring prompt delivery.
The sommelier may also select from among the finest wines in the region, in addition to others on the guests’ preferred list. Professional sommeliers say certain wines, including Champagnes and rosés, are among those that hold up well onboard.
Innovations in design and technology have made it possible for a majority of mega yachts to have a dedicated wine cellar or wine fridge onboard. While not all superyachts may have actual wine cellars, many will have an expansive, industry-standard wine cooler customised to meet the requirements for keeping the finest wines onboard.
Taking into consideration that the flavour of even the most expensive wines may be affected when they are subjected to fluctuations in light and temperature, as well as movement and vibrations, designing proper storage is a delicate and precise operation. With wines that are jostled about a bit too much, there may be sediment or loss of flavour. To ensure wines are kept in optimum conditions, storage options include a glass-clad wine cellar with computer codes for each wine; gimballed storage spheres; wine cabinets and display cases.
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Andromeda’s wine tasting room
Part of the joy of the yachting experience is enjoying the chef’s culinary creations. To complement the work of these galley gourmets, one must have the right wine pairings at the ready. Enter the superyacht wine cellar, which simply cannot be overlooked when designing a yacht. Here is a sampling of the best superyacht wine cellars and cabinets around.
The ruggedly handsome 107 metre Andromeda (ex-Ulysses) might be known as the toughest toybox on the water but her explorer yacht exterior belies an interior packed with creature comforts. This includes the wow-factor of a wine cellar. It’s not simply a space for storing wine away, but also where guests can be invited for intimate wine tastings.
Suerte’s wine wall
The wine wall on board Tankoa’s 69 metre superyacht Suerte, launched in 2015, is as much a work of art as the installation hanging from the ceiling above it. The beautiful on board wine storage solution stands out in the yacht’s art-filled dining room, which is one of the top four interior design features of Suerte.
Endless Summer’s climate-controlled cellar
Entertaining friends and family is a high priority aboard 49.9 metre Delta motor yacht Endless Summer and, accordingly, considerable attention has been devoted to food and wine. As would be expected, the galley is spacious and well equipped but the extensive wine collection has been afforded special status.
Ascending the stairs to the upper deck, you immediately come across the collection housed behind a glass wall in a climate-controlled cellar. Softly lit, the dark wood tones of the wine racks and the symmetry of the bottles in serried floor-to-ceiling ranks create a striking impression. Along with the paintings and sculptures that appear throughout the boat, the wine collection strikes the eye as a handsome art piece.
“This was a custom feature introduced by the owner,” the captain says. “Typically, this is a hidden room, often used as a butler’s pantry. The owner felt he had a better use for it to store his wine. It fits the space and purpose well and creates a very attractive feature in its own right.”
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