When we think of the West Mediterranean lifestyle, we conjure up images of good food, great wine, and long, lazy days by the sea.
And what better way to celebrate this heavenly way of life than by touring the Riviera’s delightful Amalfi Coast Wineries and Provence Vineyards by yacht charter?
While there are a dizzying number of excellent wineries within driving distance of most Mediterranean charter destinations, we’ve focussed on wineries right by the shore, making visiting amazing vineyards as easy as stepping off the yacht.
Wineries By Yacht
Amalfi Coast Wineries
Yet if you can tear yourself away from another long lunch on a cliff-top terrace surrounded by lemon trees and bougainvillea, it is well worth your effort to visit one of the excellent local Amalfi Coast wineries, which produce a limited edition wine called the Costa d’Amalfi DOC.
The Marisa Cuomo vineyard in Furore is the most celebrated of the region, clinging to the steeply terraced cliffs that rise up over the cobalt blue Adriatic.
Visiting this vineyard is a joy, as you wander the steep terraces marvelling at the twisted vines and dry-stone walls, and enter a wine cave dug deep into the cliff for a wine tasting you’ll never forget.
Le Vigne di Raito is a charming, relaxed vineyard built on the steep hill above the Vietri sul Mare coast, offering beautiful sea views and breezes.
Left empty and abandoned less than two decades ago, it has now been rescued and turned into a beautiful winery producing white and red wines. Stop here for lunch, and marvel at its stunning transformation.
Meanwhile, up in the rugged hills behind the coast, you’ll find a number of traditional Amalfi Coast wineries in the village of Tramonti, offering distant sea views among the vines.
The best of them is the Tenuta San Francesco, a rustically charming vineyard which is also a perfect spot for a traditional Italian meal on the terrace.
On a wine-themed French Riviera yacht charter you’ll be spoilt for choice, with the famous Provence vineyards scattered all along the Mediterranean coastline.
Don’t miss Château Malherbe in Bormes les Mimosa by the sea, which has its own pontoon you can tender into and has been creating exceptional rosé, white and red wine for four generations.
Meanwhile, for a day on the water combined with an atmospheric winery tour, it’s hard to forget the winery at Lerins Abbey on St Honorat, one of the dreamily beautiful Cannes Islands.
Cistercian monks tend the pinot noir, chardonnay and mouvedre grapes, resulting in superb vintages that are served at the finest tables in the region.
You’ll also find several stunning Provence vineyards in the pretty village of Cassis, including Chateau du Fontcreuse and the Domaine du Bagnol.
However, if you want a winery right on the sea, pay a visit to the exquisite Clos Sainte Magdeleine, where the vines stretch right to the cliff-edge. Be sure to sample some of the impeccable white wine; Cassis has been known for its whites since the 16th century, making the town something of an anomaly in Provence, where red and rosé usually rule.
Wherever tempts you, a superyacht charter is the perfect way to indulge your inner wine connoisseur. Drift along some of the most spectacular coastlines on earth, sampling fine wines along the way.
Whether you choose to tour the Amalfi Coast Wineries, the Provence Vineyards, or both, you’ll be living the life you’ve always dreamed of.