NewsMay 25, 2021

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Unveils an Impressive New Wine Cellar and Sophisticated Tasting Experiences

The iconic Raffles Maldives Meradhoo has unveiled an impressive wine cellar, The Wine House, where the discerning oenophile can enjoy tasting and pairing experiences led by a new Head Sommelier.

Offering one of the best wine collections in the Maldives, The Wine House features over 400 labels spanning from old-world classics to innovative new-world varieties as selected by newly-appointed Head Sommelier, Manuel Llamas.


Standouts include a superb range of French and Italian vintages, from a Grand Cru Classe from Bordeaux to a rare Petrus 1996, as well as a kosher wine selection and elegant varieties from the renowned Grace Winery in Japan. Originally hailing from Spain, Llamas brings a wealth of gastronomic and oenological expertise from previous sommelier positions at the likes of the Steer Bar & Grill in Melbourne, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, and InterContinental Dubai Marina.

Guests can sip and savour at the cellar’s cosy tasting table which overlooks sparkling Maldivian waters, or try a wine pairing session wherever they choose. Experiences are expertly tailored to each guest, whether a romantic chocolate-and-wine pairing for two at a beachfront ‘sunken table’ built into the sand, a flight of the finest champagnes enjoyed with friends at the iconic Long Bar, or a cheese-and-wine degustation at the Yapa Sunset Bar.