With such a large range of yachts from small sailing boats to the latest 160m+ yachts, the storage of wine on board varies on each.
On board it is possible to create adequate storage, but it will never be ideal. While some of the larger newer yachts are investing in clever solutions, most boats just make do. Wine storage is not always considered during the build and with owners investing thousands of euros on their collections, it's time for a re-think.
With yachts traveling the world, most on permanent stand-by, you need to make sure you have immediate access to your wines no matter where you are. That’s why we have created a solution tailored for yachts. Our storage in Antibes, coupled with our fast and cost effective shipping, you can keep the majority of wine stored in perfect conditions and have it sent to the boat quickly and efficiently for each trip.
Wine for charters is consumed during the trip but keeping your bosses wine on board longer term can cause it to rapidly deteriorate. So it makes sense to store their collections in the best conditions possible.
The four factors that have the most direct impact on a wine's condition are light, humidity, vibration, and temperature.
Probably one of the easiest conditions to maintain on board.
Strong, direct sunlight or incandescent light can adversely react with phenolic compounds in wine and create potential wine faults. Delicate, light-bodied white wines run the greatest risk from light exposure, and for that reason, they are often packaged in darkly tinted wine bottles that offer some protection from the light.
While temperature can be controlled in the guest areas to the nearest 10th of a degree, this level of control is not always available in crew and storage areas.
While wine can withstand seasonal temperature changes. Rapid changes in temperature are likely to cause damage and should be avoided if possible.
Vibration and Movement
Movement and vibration on board can be almost impossible to control. Even with calm perfect seas and long periods in port, vibration from the engines and rolling of the sea creates a less than ideal storage environment.
Vibration and movement in wine storage contributes to the accelerated aging of wine with adverse effects.
Again this should be relatively easy to control if you have a dedicated wine store. Thought should be given to removing wines from the boat for longer periods in shipyards when AC may be tuned off.
Some degree of humidity is required in order to keep wines with cork enclosures from drying out. Even when wine bottles are stored on their sides, one side of the cork is still exposed to air. Should the cork begin to dry out, it can allow oxygen to enter the bottle possibly causing the wine to spoil or oxidize.
Excessive humidity can also pose the risk of damaging wine labels.
So What To Do?
Start with storing the majority of wine in our temperature controlled cellars in Antibes.
Our cellaring solution will allow your wines to be kept in optimum conditions adhering to all key factors of storage. And our fast and efficient shipping will allow wines to be shipped wherever you are in the world for each individual trip.
Once on board, if you do not have a dedicated temperature cellar, store wine in a cool dark place with the least amount of movement or vibration on their side. Hopefully you also have a wine fridge which will maintain the temperature and have a dark door so limited light access. If not look into EuroCave or Vinotemp.