Pairing Perfect Wines on a Superyacht Charter Around Europe

Wine seems to suit the superyacht lifestyle like silk and pearls, sipping and swirling a goblet of golden nectar or a dark burgundy on the deck of My Starfire, tasting the finest vintage bottles alongside market fresh cheeses and throwing late night soirees beneath the stars with resplendent flutes of soft and bubbling champagne, this is what the heady world of luxury yacht charters are all about. Europe is brimming with elegant vineyards, open cellar doors, and glorious estates and rolling hills where the kiss of sunlight and sea breeze makes for incredible grape growing conditions. Whether you choose to set sail along the French Riviera or you drop anchor close to the shores of Croatia, you can spend a heavenly superyacht charter basking in the beauty of wine. Take a look at these sweet and salty shores adorned in the old world glamour of Europe where you can find perfectly curated wines waiting to linger on the lips.

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Istria, Croatia
Fair winds blow in Istria, a place where the sea is pristine and clean, the woods deep and dark and brimming with truffles and the soil ripe and red and perfect for growing full bodied wines. Diners will delight in the heavenly offerings from Istria, this is a place where the olive oil glugs golden, asparagus has a bite, and sublime quaffing is always on the cards. You can spend days swimming in the diamond cut clear waters and afternoons lingering with lunch on the aft deck of your luxury yacht charter or exploring the Medieval hilltop towns. Lunch times are all about bright salads with tomatoes that burst and cucumbers so sweet they seem to ooze with the kiss of sugar, paired with the freshly baked bread and mountain cheeses you can wash it all down with the famously fresh Malvasia Istrian, the white wine that draws the connoisseurs to Croatia. For dinner you can slurp homemade pasta sprinkled with the rare white truffles or turn to sumptuous cuts of meat with a glass of the earthy red Teran.

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Santorini, Greece
From the moment My Starfire sails into Santorini and you see the gleaming whitewash buildings clinging to the cliffs you know that something special is waiting onshore. For wine lovers Santorini is a delectable gem, a place where sunsets are perfect for toasting and where the fresh mezze platters blend with succulent seafood turning any table into a gourmet work of art. Santorini boasts one of the oldest vineyards in the whole of Europe, as you sip the aromatic honey tinged Athiri, you can easily imagine the ancient scholars and Byzantine rulers crushing cups over heated philosophical discussions beneath the golden orb of the sun. After a day of water skiing and playing with the water toys on offer from your luxury yacht charter My Starfire you can head out to the blissful depths of the sea for an unrivalled view of the saffron and paprika tinged sunset with a citrusy glass of Assyrtiko.


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Vittoria, Sicily
Sicily is one of the favored destinations for superyachts dreaming of lemon fresh shores, warm blue waters, sleepy villages and award winning food that is good enough to break your heart. Whilst Tuscan wines are ever present in our minds, Sicilian wines are starting to create a stir, causing wine connoisseurs to sit up and take notice. After taking the Jet Ski from My Starfire out around the golden carved cliffs you can visit the famed wineries that make Sicily such a special place. The perfumed Marsala wines from the Marco De Bartoli winery seem to have been made to perfectly complement the ripe age old Italian cheeses. Take a day trip into rolling green and gold hills of the Masseria del Feudo estate where the Syrah comes with a deep and velvety spicy kick and olives abound on every branch before heading back to your luxury yacht charter to sleep in feathered bliss.

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Provence, France
Pretty Provence has always been a favorite for superyachts taking the whimsical journey from the glitzy sands of Cannes and St. Tropez down to the sweeping lavender fields and country markets filled with the finest flavors. Of course France is home to beautiful bottles, from deep and flowing reds that match the heavier cassoulets and creamy pungent cheeses to the floral whites that sing with notes of gold as they suit the fresh seafood affairs. On the Iles d’Or you can find deep dark woods, lost and lonely wild beaches and beautiful domaines that are happy to sweeten your glass with a blushing rose brimming with fruits and gloriously fresh on those hot and dry days. Down past the blinding casinos and superyacht stuffed ports of Saint Tropez the world seems to get wilder as you pass over the greens of Les Trois Caps and into Ramatuelle. Here you can find the prettiest vineyard in the whole of Provence, Domaine de Tourraque clings precariously to a cliff and produces exceptional organic wine that you can sip whilst watching the waves below. Take a bottle or two back to your luxury yacht charter and spend the evening toasting the glitzy falling stars of the midnight sky.

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Captain Carl Sputh

Captain Carl Sputh

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Captain Carl Sputh