Some of the world’s finest wineries are tantalisingly accessible to superyachts as almost every wine region of note is influenced either by sea or by river.
Here is Jonathan Ray’s selection of five of the best wine regions to combine visits to vineyards and wineries while cruising on superyacht.
1 - Corsica
Corsica is a wine lover’s paradise and is an easy stop for Mediterranean cruisers. The bewitching island was known to the Ancient Greeks as Kalliste – “the most beautiful”: its snow-capped mountains and rugged granite hills – with perilously perched, terracotta-roofed villages – sweep down to flower-strewn meadows and pristine sandy beaches. And with the wind off the sea wafting through le maquis – the island’s colourful, herb-scented scrub – there’s a heady whiff of perfumed pepper in the air.
The island is also perfect wine-making region, thanks to its granitic, sandy soil, good drainage and elevation, and the sea. Corsica is as close to France as it is to Italy and the wines reflect this, being between the herb-tinged, aromatic wines of Provence and the deeper, earthier Italian ones. The main varieties are the red Niellucciu and Sciaccarellu, the white Vermentinu (aka Malvasia) plus, especially in the north, Muscat.
The best wineries and vineyards include Domaine Saparale near Sartène in the south west; Domaine de Torraccia near Porto-Vecchio in the south east and Domaine Pieretti (especially for its sweet Muscats), slap dab on the beach near Luri in the far north of the island.