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Riviera Wine

Your Global Wine Partner in Yachting!

Global wine supply, bespoke advice, tastings and courses from a passionate wine-loving team based in Antibes.
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Location Information

282 Rue des Cistes
Village d'Entreprises Euro 92
(or 14 Boulevard d'Aguillon)
Antibes
06600
France

Regions Serviced

  • World Wide

Products / Services

  • Wine Supply
  • Drinks Supply
  • Crew Wine Training - WSET Courses
  • Wine Tastings
  • Wine Advice

Description

Imagine a dedicated and passionate wine provisioning company that fulfils all your wine needs on board - supplying fine wines, offering expert advice, and providing WSET wine training for crew. Imagine they can also source rare wines and deliver them directly to your yacht wherever you are. Add to this their passion and knowledge, excellent customer service and highly competitive rates.

In short, this is Riviera Wine! We hope to become (or continue to be) your partner in wine, in whichever port you may be!

Our depth of experience has led to the development of an exemplary wine and spirits list for discerning owners and charter guests. Many of our wines can be delivered without delay from our climate controlled warehouse in Antibes, while others will require 24h-48h notice.

We can also advise on the initial wine selection for new build yachts, based on a deep understanding of the owner's tastes, making it easier for crew to manage the onboard cellar.

In 2014 General Manager Louise Sydbeck received the prestigious title of Master of Wine, the pinnacle of wine education. Riviera Wine is the only wine provisioner who can boast a Master of Wine at the helm and Louise's bespoke advice is greatly appreciated by our clients who testify to her expert recommendations!

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Pass the Prosecco

Whilst Champagne is the usually the bubbles of choice on board luxury yachts, we have seen a rise in Prosecco orders the past few seasons. Even outside the yachting industry, Prosecco has been booming worldwide, with sales growing 30% worldwide in 2014. So what is all the hype about and how does Prosecco differ to Champagne?
Prosecco comes from the beautiful rolling hills of Veneto in Italy, near Valdobbiadene (pronounced Val-dob-ee-ah-den-ay) and Conegliano. It uses mostly the grape variety called Glera, and sometimes smaller amounts of other local grapes. It’s very fruity, often with hints of flowers, apples and pears. It has a lovely freshness with just a touch of sweetness which makes it very soft and easy-drinking. This approachable style of sparkling wine, as well as the slightly cheaper price-tag has encouraged many to drink sparkling wine as an everyday drink rather than just for celebrations.
Prosecco differs in taste to Champagne quite considerably, for a number of reasons including the grapes used, the region it comes from and most importantly the way it is made. Champagne is made using the traditional method, which involves having the second fermentation inside the bottle and then ageing the wine on its lees (dead yeast) for a long time. This gives the wine flavours we call ‘autolytic’ such as toast, bread, brioche and pastry.
Prosecco is made slightly differently. Firstly a still base wine is made, then the wine undergoes its second fermentation in a pressurized tank. The yeast is then filtered out, so it doesn’t experience yeast ageing, meaning you just get all the fresh fruity flavours from the grape. This is also a reason it is much cheaper than Champagne, because less time and ageing is required. It is important to know also that Prosecco should be drunk young and fresh, so if you have any Prosecco from last season make sure it gets drunk this year.
Depending on where the grapes are sourced will depend on the labelling term and quality of the Prosecco you get:

Prosecco DOC

This is the most basic appellation for Prosecco and means the grapes come from the flatter land around Treviso and Trieste.

Prosecco Superiore DOCG

This is a better appellation as the grapes come the homeland of Prosecco, around the towns of Conegliano and Valdobiadene. Here the steeper slopes and altitude help produce better quality grapes with more concentrated flavours that last longer on the palate.

Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze DOCG or Prosecco Superiore di Rive DOCG

Cartize and Rive are the names of two hills that produce some of the very finest and most expensive Prosecco. Here there are much stricter rules around how it is made to ensure very high quality, creating much more complexity and richness on the palate. This is the equivelant of 'Grand Cru' status in France.

Labelling Terms

Here are some other terms you might come across on a Prosecco bottle:
Sweetness - Sweetness in Prosecco is a result of residual sugar – sugar left over after fermentation. From driest to sweetest, the labelling terms go Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Dry, Demi-sec and Doux. Most Prosecco will be either Brut or Extra Dry. Spumante - means fully sparkling Frizzante - means lightly sparkling

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