Wine And Superyachts: Inside The Billionaires’ Playground

Imagine you’ve got 12 hours to get a Burgundy grand cru wine that is only listed as available in Austria…

Jane Anson is fresh off the superyachts of France’s Côte d’Azur with tales of the tastes of today’s luxury boat owners and how staff scour Europe for rare bottles.

The Odessa II rises a good 18 meters in front of us, five gleaming white and chrome decks high, towering above the quayside at Port Vauban in Antibes. We are in the private section of the harbour here, reserved for the largest and most exclusive superyachts.

The port has recently upped its security, with gates and checkpoints to walk through before getting to this quiet section where only thick ropes and the odd parked-up Range River interrupts your view of the sparkling Mediterranean.

Five yachts are berthed in a line, each at least 70m long, worth from €100 million apiece. Oh, and add to that yearly running costs in the region of €10 million.

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