World Renowned Chefs and Winemakers Bring the Destination Alive for Residents of The World

One-of-a-kind Epicurean Experiences Aboard The World, Residences at Sea

Residents of The World, Residences at Sea, are invited to immerse themselves in one-of-a-kind epicurean experiences. As the privately owned mega yacht and home to 142 families from around the world circumnavigates the globe, this is the only place on earth where food and wine connoisseurs can share one-of-a-kind delectable adventures, all from the comfort of home.

Imagine walking through centuries old Bordeaux vineyards alongside the award winning winemaker who created the wines you will be tasting at an intimate dinner that evening or immersing your senses in vibrant colors and scents as you join a Michelin-star chef at a Mediterranean market to help pick out produce for a private master class. Enjoy what you sample in the vineyard? Stock up on fine wines, direct from terroir to your onboard cellar. Aboard The World, all of this is possible and more.

Calling at more than 100 destinations annually, including top wine-producing regions and gastronomically rich ports, acclaimed chefs and winemakers are invited to come aboard The World to showcase their heritage, produce and individual flair. They join the Ship’s onboard team in ‘bringing the destination alive’ for Residents. Recent highlights include a vineyard tour and private tasting with Albie Koch, head winemaker at the celebrated De Toren vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa and onboard culinary master classes with three Michelin Star chef Curtis Duffy of Grace restaurant, Chicago.

Each of the 142 families that call The World home also have a host of expert sommeliers and chefs available around the clock, whether for private dining using local, market-fresh produce or assistance in purchasing specific vintages from vineyards. Indeed, The World was bestowed two prestigious accolades in The World of Fine Wine magazine’s World’s Best Wine Lists 2016 receiving three stars, the highest possible for the second year running, and lead its category as Best Ship 2016.

Guest Chefs and Winemakers Aboard The World

Throughout her history, The World has played host to an impressive roll call of chefs and winemakers, including celebrated British Chef Mark Jordan of The Atlantic, Jersey; representatives from classic French champagne house Fleury and acclaimed Portuguese winemakers Sandra Tavares da Silva and Jorge Serodio Borges, among others.

Thanks to The World’s established relationships with many wineries, top vintners are invited on board hold tastings when travelling through wine-growing regions, giving Residents a rare insight into winemaking philosophies and terroir, direct from the masters. Since her launch in 2002, The World has welcomed more than 50 guest chefs, winemakers, master distillers and mixologists, sharing their knowledge, passion and skills by hosting dinners, master classes, tastings and demonstrations.

With the vessel spending the spring and summer months in 16 European countries – exploring everything from the wine chateaux of Bordeaux to the winding medieval streets of Antwerp and the glorious Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage Alto Douro wine region – 2016 promises an exciting array of culinary highlights, with several foremost wine experts invited on board to host tastings and share their heritage.

As The World calls at Antwerp, Belgium two Michelin star chef Viki Geunes of t’Zilte will present his sophisticated, modern and innovative cuisine on board, using the rarest of ingredients, Imperial Heritage Caviar. Residents will have the opportunity to join a master class and sample his dishes, lauded by critics for their assured techniques and vibrant, balanced flavors, at a special dinner in the Ship’s haute cuisine restaurant, Portraits.

Epicurean Expeditions

Alongside the impressive program of guest chefs and winemakers who come aboard, The World also arranges visits to vineyards that are often closed to the public, as well as private dining at some of the world’s most sought after restaurants. These trips are carefully curated, with The World’s expert team arranging only the most unique, one-of-a-kind experiences. Instead of dining in the main restaurant, Residents might enjoy an exclusive dinner at the chef’s table, with a private tour of the kitchens led personally by the head chef.

The 2016 journey takes Residents to 104 ports of call across Europe, Scandinavia, Antarctica, South America, Australia and more. Residents will sail approximately 39,000 nautical miles exploring different cuisines and fine wines, with the magnificent al fresco food markets of the Mediterranean ripe for exploration in the summer months.

Standout winery visits include Australia (Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley), Bordeaux, France, Oporto, Portugal (Douro Valley), as well as select wineries in Argentina, Italy, Germany and Greece waiting to be discovered.

Shoreside highlights include a duet of tours through Portugal’s Alto Douro wine region, commended by UNESCO as a “cultural landscape of outstanding beauty”, which has been producing port wine for over two millennia. Quinta de Pacheca, one of the region’s leading traditional wine estates, is reached via a scenic journey along the Douro River revealing terraced vineyards and rolling hills. Residents will tour the winery and sample ports and wines alongside a specially prepared lunch.

Representing the vanguard of a new era winemakers, legendary husband and wife team, Jorge Serodio Borges & Sandra Tavares de Silva of Wine & Soul in the Douro Valley return to open the doors to their boutique winery for a truly unique opportunity to learn more about the new wines of Portugal. Embodying the spirit of the new wave of high quality and strong individuality Douro wines sourced from very old individual vineyards, these low yield, limited production wines showcase the character of each particular vineyard and the very special nature of each unique terroir.

Thanks to their long-standing relationships with wine producers, The World’s Beverage Manager Marinela Ivanova and her team have the distinct advantage of being able to arrange private events ashore for individual Residents with a particular interest. Previous highlights include Cape Town, South Africa (Ebon Sadie, Stark-Conde, Klein Constantia and De Toren), Sete, France (Chateau de Beaucastel in the Chateauneuf du Pape province), Bilbao, Spain (region of Rioja) and a visit to a world-class distillery in Oban, to discover the traditional art of whisky production.

Expert Advice Aboard

The World is home to a team of highly accomplished chefs and certified sommeliers, giving Residents access to exceptional expert knowledge 24/7.

Constantly striving for innovation and perfection, the Food & Beverage Team delight in creating exceptional experiences for Residents, both on board and ashore. From exploring neighborhood markets in search of the perfect local ingredients for a beach barbecue, to accompanying Residents on wine-buying missions at privately owned vineyards to hosting Residents’ private tastings for wine, spirits, whisky and cognac – the options are endless.

“The culinary team on The World has one of the most envious positions that chefs could ever dream of,” says Executive Chef Geoffrey Murray. “We have a continuous stream of markets from which to choose in the most wonderful locations on the planet. Every few days as the Ship sails the globe our choices are renewed. We ‘bring the destination alive’ gastronomically. In fact, our Residents encourage us to challenge ourselves by cooking unique and special products – direct from fisherman or forest, we bring them back and craft bespoke dining experiences. We create everlasting memories for our Residents & Guests that are only possible on The World. It’s the true definition of luxury.”

With a capacity of 16,000 bottles and more than 1,100 hand-picked selections from 19 countries, The World’s wine selection rivals most shoreside cellars.

In 2016 The World of Fine Wine magazine awarded The World three stars, the highest possible, in its annual World’s Best Wine Lists Awards for the second year in a row. It also won for “Best Ship” and is the only ship to be a category winner. Of the 817 one-, two- and three-star wine lists receiving accolades, The World’s Beverage Manager Marinela Ivanova was one of only five sommeliers to be featured in a published interview.

“Even by the standards of luxury ships, The World sets the bar remarkably high,” according to the magazine. “The amenities are seriously hi-spec, from the on-board gym, to the floating open marina, and, of course, the restaurants, which, as well as serving fine food, also offer a wine list that would be remarkable if it was housed in a restaurant on dry land, let alone on the open sea.

While The World sails the globe, sommeliers Ivanova from Bulgaria and Mia Martensson from Sweden use the opportunity to explore various wine regions. They personally visit wineries to purchase the rarest and most sought-after wines, often produced in miniscule quantities and seldom available to purchase through traditional wine merchants.

“There are no limitations set by our Residents regarding the wines we select for them,” says Ivanova. “We have absolute freedom to choose the wines and have many exceptional bottles currently in the cellar. The rarest are Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 1961 and Château La Tour Blanche, Sauternes 1941. Our Beverage Team ensures Residents’ favorite wines are stocked at all times.”

According to Ivanova, the strength of The World’s wine list is its diversity and exclusivity. Comparing its collection to a land-based Michelin star restaurant shows clear advantages for the Ship. “We buy most of our wines locally in the regions of production,” she says. “Based on our Journey, we visit every wine country or region at least every two years. We have developed lasting relationships with a lot of wineries around the globe. Many of the greatest wines we carry are produced in very small amounts and are not widely distributed. Several have iconic status and are made available to us by the wineries. Our playground is the whole planet.”

About The World

The World embodies a distinctive, one-of-a-kind lifestyle of exclusive luxury travel where Residents explore every corner of the globe, experience myriad different cultures and gain privileged access to the planet’s most beautiful destinations, all from the comfort of their own home. The strikingly beautiful 644-foot Ship promises gracious and personal service in a warm, inviting ambience much like that of a private yacht, well-staffed private home or exclusive country club. The average occupancy at any one time of 150-200 Residents & Guests assures an intimate atmosphere.

The World offers the ultimate combination of thrilling and enriching travel with world-class amenities and facilities including impeccable culinary mastery in its six restaurants, exceptional golf facilities with on board putting greens and a state-of-the-art golf simulator, the only full-size tennis court at sea, swimming pools, a spa, a fitness centre, expert destination lecturers, library, cinema and more.

Launched in 2002, The World® is the largest privately owned, residential yacht on earth with 165 luxury Residences. A diverse group of Residents from 19 countries own the homes on board and share interests in world cultures, history and adventure, and exploring fascinating destinations. They circumnavigate the globe every two to three years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select. In-depth expeditions and one-of-a-kind experiences are complemented by world-class amenities and impeccable service.

Media Contacts: For additional information or to request images of The World, please contact:

Jayne Alexander, The Dovetail Agency, 0207-016-6740 or e-mail jayne@dovetail-agency.co.uk.
Joanna Merredew, The Dovetail Agency, 0207-016-6740 or e-mail joanna@dovetail-agency.co.uk.

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June 2016