VistaJet brings fine wine sky-high, with Olivier Bernstein

Whether transported from jet to cellar or enjoyed in-flight, VistaJet’s new partnership with Olivier Bernstein makes sure this delicate fine wine is delivered with care

Image of winemaker Olivier Bernstein, leaning on a table, his wine cellar visible in the background

This week, VistaJet announced a new partnership as it joins forces with maverick winemaker Olivier Bernstein to offer exclusive perks and new services for its discerning frequent flyers.

Believed to be the first of its kind, the comprehensive collaboration includes a cellar-to-cellar service, with guaranteed global delivery courtesy of VistaJet’s extensive worldwide infrastructure.

The partnership offers members a limited-edition, seven-bottle case of Olivier Bernstein Grand Crus*, created specifically for the partnership. Transported from the winemaker’s cellar in Beaune to the buyer’s home, VistaJet travels directly to the destination, ensuring the case doesn’t change of hands in transit, offering reassurance of careful transportation, as well as authenticity.

As lovers of Burgundy will know, and Olivier puts forward: “Burgundy wines are fragile, complex and can be quite difficult to understand. They can lose their magic and sensuality if they are not correctly stored or delivered. Sourcing directly from the growers’ cellars and having them delivered directly is, to me, the ultimate guarantee of quality.

The relative newcomer, who produced his first vintage in 2007, is known for his laser-focused quest for quality and critically-acclaimed range of seven Grand Crus.

An expansion of VistaJet’s already impressive wine programme, the partnership will also see Olivier Bernstein’s Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2016 available to enjoy in-flight for the very first time. Selected with altitude in mind, Thomas Flohr, VistaJet’s Founder and Chairman, sheds light on the impact of a pressurized cabin on taste and smell: “[We] found that nasal sensors’ reception of aromas are limited owing to the lower air pressure that comes with a lower humidity. In particular, fruit flavors become diminished, while bitterness and spiciness are largely unaffected.”

VistaJet’s commitment to the wine world is impressive, to say the least. With the goal of supporting Members collect and discover wine from every corner of the globe alongside an extensive list of classics from iconic vineyards available to enjoy sky-high, they have compiled a compendium of suggestions on tasting, serving and transporting wine when travelling – The Wine in the Sky Questionnaire, in partnership with Assouline – which also shares tips on selecting wines mid-flight, accounting for the effects of flying on the senses.

For those flying VistaJet however, a wealth of wine knowledge is mere seconds away in the form of VistaJet’s Cabin Hosts. Trained by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust to Level 2, the team are immediately on hand with pairing suggestions and recommendations for discerning drinkers.

*The Assortment Grand Cru 2019 (AGC) case will include: Chambertin, Chambertin Close-de-Bèze, Mazis-Chambertin, Bonnes-Mares, Clos de la Roche, Clos de Vougeot, Charmes-Chambertin

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