Like in the old days, it only uses wind energy. Unlike back then though it is be equipped with the best modern navigation technologies and is made of aluminum for a better weight/performance ratio and greater durability. We also opted for a rigging with two sails for a bigger wind surface area, for better maneuverability and for greater safety.
Our cross Atlantic voyages
Our floating cellar
Properly preserving the bottles in ideal conditions throughout the voyage was one of our top priorities during the design of the cargo sailboat. It was certainly one of the most important challenges we had to face. Today, we can guarantee that once they arrive in New York City, after a short period of resting, the wines taste as good as before their departure. Here are some features of the cargo sailboat:
All our wines are put through a ‘taste-resiliency’ test, which involves placing bottles in cargo sailboats for at least three weeks at sea and tasting them at various intervals after they return (generally upon returning to the harbor, then 1 week later and then another 2 weeks thereafter).
A highly trained merchant marine captain from Bretagne steers the vessel, assisted by one lieutenant responsible of all sail-related matters, an amazingly skilled seaman; and an outstanding fisherman who also happens to be a professional photographer.