Sitting just north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is a cornerstone of New World wine and is particularly known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. The region’s Chardonnay, with a rich and often oaky finish, can be found close to the cooler coastline. Easily accessible from the water, Migration is a picture-perfect vineyard with 36 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot noir grape.
The best vineyards accessible by boat
Partial to the occasional vineyard tour while on charter? Wine aficionados rejoice as Georgia Boscawen finds four vineyards that can be visited directly from your superyacht…
Migration Winery, Napa, US
Domaine La Navicelle, Provence, France
Located in the heart of the Provence wine region, and near the beaches of Le Pradet, Domaine La Navicelle is primed for flying visits from superyachts. Making the most of its sublime terroir on the northern slope of Colle Noire, it is planted with Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Tibouren for red and rosé. Tours showcase an organic approach to viticulture and biodynamic farming.
Donnafugata, Marsala, Sicily, Italy
Sicily is an exciting region for international viticulture as its dry, warm climate and arid, mineral-rich soil produces some of Italy’s most prized bottles. For those visiting by superyacht, the west side of the island is known for its sweet Marsala and the Donnafugata winery is right on the waterside. Visitors can explore the barrique cellars built in 1851.
Venissa, Venice, Italy
Venice may be famous for its canals and Gothic architecture, but excellent bottles are produced in this unusual terroir too. Wine plays a surprising role in Venetian history – there was even a vineyard in the Piazza San Marco in the 12th century. Visiting yachts should head to Venissa, a vineyard on the island of Mazzorbo, which produces fruity reds of a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend, as well as full-bodied Dorona whites.