Some people keep their wine in a dusty cellar, deep underground, but others feel that vino should be given pride of place. The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is definitely in the latter camp, having debuted an innovative over-water wine cellar.
The Wine Cellar boasts 180-degree views of the surrounding ocean just as the resort also unveils its Wine Academy 2015, curated by its creative F&B team. The academy offers insights into the beloved tipple as well as adventurous and unique wine and food pairings, “designed to stimulate the palette and create a sensory journey through the world of wine”.
In the words of the resort, the so-called cellar has a somewhat enviable position, suspended above the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean and is home to almost 2000 bottles spanning 80 per cent of the wine regions globally. That’s an impressive haul, but less surprising when you consider the resort has a whopping 14 restaurants and eateries.
The academy consists of wine and canapés, with a frank and honest dialogue on the best ways to sample wines. Designed to be more than a traditional tasting, the academy will impart the importance of glassware and how glasses can affect the taste and feel of the wines, in addition to appropriate food pairings.
The library of vintages has bottles that date back to 1982 and includes various rare producers – but thankfully the dedicated team of sommeliers are on hand to make suggestions and guide guests through the unique collection.