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.