Travel and great wine have a lot in common. Both can broaden our understanding of a culture. Sharing either with others can cultivate new friendships and build camaraderie. Both are enhanced when accompanied by delicious cuisine. And for centuries, the two have complemented each other in the lives of explorers.
It is in this spirit that we give you the ultimate tasting flight.
Crystal AirCruises presents a rare and privileged opportunity for oenophiles with a penchant for wanderlust, as our Boeing 777 jet embarks on May 31, 2018 for the most celebrated wine regions in the world. During the 16-day “Savoring the Winelands” journey, you’ll delve into the geography, climate, soil, varietals, and winemaking techniques found in Bordeaux, Champagne, Tuscany, Mendoza, Santiago, Cape Town, and Napa Valley.
Explore the contrasts between Old and New World vintages, as this itinerary will take you to the storied vineyards of Bordeaux, Champagne and Tuscany, as well as “newbies” along Cape Town’s coastline and into the rolling landscapes of Chile’s mountainside and California’s Napa Valley. The latter regions have each been producing acclaimed wines for nearly 200 years, which still pales when compared with the 12th Century vines in Bordeaux (the entire region of which is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site). Meanwhile, South Africa’s own Pinotage grape variety (a blend of Pinot Noir and Cinsault) was only first bred in 1925.
This journey goes beyond simple tasting opportunities, as it’s been tailored to pique the curious palates of even the most seasoned wine enthusiast. Private cellar tours, fascinating insights into the viticulture of each appellation, expertly guided vertical flights, and of course, lavishly paired feasts all serve to make the comprehensive experience extraordinary.
Between sips of Chianti and Malbec in the vineyards, you’ll continue the epicurean adventure in flight, as you soar to the next mouthwatering destination. Crystal’s private tour jet offers an esteemed wine list of our own, paired beautifully with Michelin star-inspired cuisine prepared by the aircraft’s head chef. Each destination boasts flavors beyond the famous wines, which you’ll explore with as much expert guidance as you wish, whether you prefer a fully curated itinerary or favor a more unstructured adventure.
Travel is, indeed, a feast for the soul, and this Crystal AirCruise takes this position very, very seriously.