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Exceptional cases: the best wine cellars to visit by superyacht

Exceptional cases: the best wine cellars to visit by superyacht

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The Yeatman

Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Location Set high on the hill above Vila Nova de Gaia, the city where all the famous port producers have their lodges (the cellars in which the ports made in the Douro Valley mature), the Yeatman has a truly striking view of neighbouring Porto across the River Douro. And now that Douro Marina has been refurbished and enlarged (it contains a state-of-the-art refuelling facility and can accommodate yachts up to 50 metres), it makes a fine stopping-off point en route to or from the Mediterranean.

Why it’s special The Yeatman’s wine cellar is vast, comprising well over 25,000 bottles. No other hotel or restaurant in the world has such a wide range of vintage or tawny ports, many of them seldom found anywhere else.

What to look for The Portuguese wine masterclass featuring 10 to 12 wines, led by the Yeatman’s wine director Beatriz Machado.

Best bit A pre-dinner spell in the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, with its skincare products and therapies incorporating extracts from wine.

Top tip All the major port lodges are within strolling distance and all host great tastings and tours, so take advantage. Graham’s, Taylor’s and Ramos Pinto are the best.

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