The World of Fine Wine – World’s Best Wine Lists 2017

May 2017


The World, Residences at Sea is awarded three stars and wins “Best Ship 2017” in The World of Fine Wine’s ‘World’s Best Wine Lists 2017’


The World, Residences at Sea has been awarded two prestigious accolades by The World of Fine Wine magazine. For the third year in a row the world’s largest, privately owned residential ship appears on the World’s Best Wine Lists 2017 receiving three stars, the highest possible, and leading its category as Best Ship 2017.

A hugely prestigious award, The World joins the ranks of some of the finest restaurants on the globe including Palais Coburg Residenz, Austria which received Best Overall Wine List, and other three-star winners such as Rouge Tomate, New York and Formento’s, Chicago. This recognition by one of the world’s leading wine magazines is a testament to The World’s impressive wine collection. From Burgundy, Piedmont, Bordeaux, Tuscany and California, The World’s wine list boasts a wide range of mature vintages, served by a dedicated and knowledgeable Beverage Team.

As a three-star winner, The World’s celebrated wine list is described as “pretty, defined, and knowledgeable”, while the ship’s extensive by-the-glass program and selection of half bottles was particularly noted, as was its outstanding organization and presentation. The judges proclaimed Beverage Manager Marinela Ivanova the “vinous opus of the ship’s celebrated wine list”, praising her “leadership and obvious passion for her trade” and successful collaboration with the ship’s Residents to curate a “wine collection that is truly global in scope.”

Commenting on the recognition, Ms. Ivanova said, “To be included alongside such esteemed contemporaries for the third-year running is a real honor. While continuously sailing the seven seas and calling on many countries where wine is made we forge exceptional relationships with winemaker partners. We enjoy exploring the local wine scene by visiting traditionally renowned and up and coming quality-oriented producers. This is what makes our global wine list truly unique. On board we have more than 1,100 labels hand-picked from 19 countries, a wine cellar with a collection of 16,000 bottles, an extensive sake selection of 32 labels, a contemporary cocktail program and a top tier spirits selection of over 300 labels.”

The judges assessed over 4,500 wine lists with only 997 announced as winners, and even fewer awarded three stars. The esteemed panel of senior judges included some of the world’s greatest experts including Alder Yarrow, Elin McCoy, Ch’ng Poh Tiong, contributing editor Andrew Jefford, Andreas Larsson and food editor Francis Percival.

Click here to read what The World of Fine Wine magazine has to say about The World’s wine list.

The World of Fine Wine magazine
The World of Fine Wine (TWFW) is an award-winning magazine that speaks to an international readership of discerning individuals who each share a passion for wine. The publication appeals to a broad spectrum of wine lovers because of the range of subject matter covered and the quality and depth of the articles written on these academic topics. Working with some of the world’s most respected wine writers, TWFW offers authoritative editorial content and the go-to place for the global fine wine aficionado. TWFW is a quarterly publication with subscribers extending across 30 countries.

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 ambiance 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 and wellness center, expert destination-oriented experiences and 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.

To learn more about this unique lifestyle call +1 (954) 538-8449 or visit

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