5 wines worth flying for
Updated: Mar 2
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Why drink a bottle from your wine cellar, when you can savour the world’s finest wines in the vineyards in which they were created? Hire a private jet to take you to some idyllic locations across the globe and delight in the very best.
Napa Valley, California – Opus One
Where better to enjoy a glass of Opus One than under the open Californian skies? Cult Napa Valley wine, Opus One, is one of the most recognised wines in the world. Founders, Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux and Napa Valley vintner Robert Mondavi, came together to create a single wine dedicated to uncompromising quality. Founded in 1979, today it is one of the most iconic wineries in the world.
Take a private jet to Napa Valley and stay at the renowned Meadowood resort. Awarded a prestigious five stars from Forbes Travel Guide, it has a three-star Michelin restaurant, 9-hole golf course and luxurious spa.
Quintessentially Travel can offer Air Partner guests*: • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability • A $50 USD credit towards daily breakfast in The Grill or via room service for up to 2 in-room guests • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit, to be utilised during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full) • Welcome amenity of a box of handcrafted Napa Valley Chocolates • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Nearest airport: Napa County (Domestic) or Oakland (International) Flight time from: London 10 hours Recommended private jet: Bombardier Global 6000
Mendoza, Argentina – Bodega Catena Zapata
Planting Malbec in an Argentine high-mountain desert was a bold decision. Italian-born Nicola Cantena did just that in 1902, and his family's wine dynasty lives on. Their vision is to make 'rich and unforgettable wines that are true to the special place they come from'. At an altitude of almost 5,000 feet, the family's vineyard is certainly special – the bold architecture of the winery is one of a kind and it has awe-inspiring views across the snow capped Andes.
Anne McHale, Master of Wine, says 'Catena Zapata is famous in the industry not only for the quality of its excellent wines, but also for its ground-breaking and innovative research which constantly pushes the boundaries of what Mendoza is capable of in terms of world-class wine production.'
The winery has played a pioneering role in resurrecting Malbec and has transformed the face of Argentine wine-making. Sample the wine in the dramatic location, by hiring a private jet to Mendoza.
Nearest airport: Mendoza Flight time from London: 13 hrs 30 minutes (fuel stop may be necessary) Recommended private jet: Gulfstream 650
Douro Valley, Portugal – Quinta do Mourão, Quinta do Vesúvio and Quinta do Bom Retiro
If port is more to your taste, private jet your way to the Doura Valley in Portugal to savour the very finest. The stunning landscape is home to picturesque wineries including Quinta do Mourão, Quinta do Vesúvio (one of the last places where grapes are still trodden by foot) and Quinta do Bom Retiro.
After a day sampling exquisite ports, stay at Six Senses Douro Valley. The renovated 19th century manor house overlooks the rolling hills of the valley, and has its own wine library and organic garden.
Quintessentially Travel can offer Air Partner guests*: • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability • Complimentary buffet breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilised during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full) • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Nearest airport: Porto Flight time from London: 2 hours Recommended private jet: Embraer Legacy 500
Tuscany, Italy – Masseto
Head to Masseto Vineyard for a dose of Mediterranean sunshine and slowly sip a glass of the most famous Super Tuscan wines. Made entirely from Merlot, it's one of the finest and most expensive Italian wines. Every grape is hand-picked and goes through a double-selection process. Nothing but the very best finds its way to fermentation.
Simply jet to the Tuscan coast and make your way to the village of Bolgheri. The Masseto Vineyard is at the top Masseto Hill. Here you'll find a mosaic of small individual plots that enjoy gentle breezes and warm sunshine.
Nearest airport: Pisa Flight time from London: 1 hour 55 minutes Recommended jet: Cessna Citation Latitude
Champagne, France – Perrier-Jouët and Pol Roger
Moët et Chandon. Veuve Clicquot. Perrier-Jouët. Whatever your favourite champagne, take a private jet to north-east France and explore all the finest champagne houses. For an elegant, floral champagne enjoy Perrier-Jouët. Established in 1811, and set in 65 hectares of stunning vineyards, the house has created champagne that graced the tables of Queen Victoria and Princess Grace of Monaco. Or for a more modern royal tipple, sample Pol Roger. This champagne was served at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.
For sheer elegance and quintessential French style, stay at Les Crayères. Set in seven hectares of green parkland, its two-star Michelin restaurant has over 600 champagne labels – the perfect place to start your champagne sampling. Choose to stay in the luxurious and intimate rooms in either the Château or Cottage.
Nearest airport: Chalons Vatry Flight time from: London 1 hour Recommended jet: Cessna Citation XLS