Vakkaru Maldives recently announced that Vakkaru Reserve, its renowned wine cellar, has once again been honoured with the esteemed Best of Award of Excellence for 2023 by Wine Spectator magazine.
This remarkable achievement marks the third occasion that this prestigious title has been bestowed upon the island sanctuary’s cellar, solidifying its position as a premier destination for wine enthusiasts.
Recognition of Excellence: Wine Spectator’s Best of Award
The Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards aim to recognise exceptional restaurants with wine lists that complement their cuisine, appealing to a diverse range of wine enthusiasts. The coveted “Two-Glass” title is granted to establishments that present a minimum of 350 wine selections, showcasing a wide array of wine regions, styles, and vintages.
Vakkaru Reserve’s extensive and sophisticated collection, coupled with its unwavering dedication to providing extraordinary guest experiences, played a pivotal role in securing this prestigious accolade. Out of the 1,411 award winners in 2023, only four establishments in the Maldives were granted this esteemed recognition.
An Enchanting Setting: The Vakkaru Reserve Wine Cellar
Nestled within an elegant wooden building just steps away from the captivating ocean, the Vakkaru Reserve wine cellar, which first opened its doors in 2018, offers a unique and intimate dining experience for up to 10 guests around a communal table.
Enhanced by the enchanting ambience of swaying palm trees and flickering candlelight, the outdoor dining table, accommodating eight people, has become a sought-after spot for guests in search of a memorable evening or those interested in exploring the cellar’s exceptional cigar collection. In addition to wine tastings, Vakkaru Reserve also offers private wine pairing dinners where guests can indulge in three- to five-course set menus, expertly curated by the sommelier and paired with exquisite wines.
A Captivating Wine Collection: A Journey Across the Globe
Vakkaru Reserve is home to a meticulously curated selection of vintage and non-vintage wines sourced from both the Old and New Worlds. The comprehensive wine list boasts an impressive lineup of 680 labels originating from 15 different countries.
Connoisseurs will relish the opportunity to explore rare vintages, such as the acclaimed 1974 and 1985 Château Cheval Blanc, the exquisite 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut, the renowned 2002 Krug Clos du Mesnil, and the enticing 2009 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé. Noteworthy additions also include the prestigious 1990 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, as well as an exceptional range of Tiganello vintages spanning from 2006 to 2014.
Acknowledging Excellence: Iain McCormack’s Statement
“We are immensely proud and delighted to receive the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence for the third time. This prestigious accolade not only acknowledges the diversity and sophistication of our wine collection at Vakkaru Reserve but also serves as a testament to our team’s unwavering commitment to providing unparalleled guest experiences,” expressed Iain McCormack, General Manager of Vakkaru Maldives. He further added, “Vakkaru Reserve is not merely a wine cellar; it is a destination that caters to connoisseurs and enthusiasts seeking an extraordinary wine journey. As we celebrate this remarkable achievement, we are inspired to continue curating a world-class wine list and delivering exceptional experiences that our guests have come to expect and cherish.”
In conclusion, the recognition of Vakkaru Reserve’s wine cellar with Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence for the third time reaffirms its status as a haven for wine enthusiasts in the Maldives. With its extensive and diverse collection of wines, enchanting dining setting, and unwavering commitment to exceptional guest experiences, Vakkaru Reserve continues to surpass expectations.
Whether it’s indulging in rare vintages or enjoying curated wine-pairing dinners, guests can embark on an extraordinary wine journey that leaves a lasting impression. As Vakkaru Maldives celebrates this remarkable achievement, their dedication to curating a world-class wine list and delivering unparalleled experiences remains steadfast, ensuring that every visit to Vakkaru Reserve is an unforgettable one.