In what may be a first in aviation, luxury tour operator Constellation Journeys will host a premium Penfold’s wine tasting at cruising altitude of 40,000 feet, on board the company’s privately chartered Qantas Boeing 747.
Guests travelling in Business Prestige and Business Class on Constellation Journey’s
2019 Around the World journey will have time to sample a range of Australia’s finest wines including among others, Yattarna Chardonnay, St Henri Shiraz and the legendary Penfolds Grange.
The tasting, including wines selected by Qantas Sommeliers together with specially prepared tasting notes, will be conducted with expert guidance from Qantas’ highly trained inflight hospitality team.
In February 2019, Qantas was named the airline offering the best on-board wines in first and business class overall, scooping six accolades in the global Business Traveller ‘Cellars in the Sky Awards’.
The annual awards honour airline wines in First and Business Class. A total of 33 airlines entered their premium offering wines in the awards programme.
Qantas was awarded the coveted ‘Gold Medal for Best Overall Cellar’, as well as the top spots in the ‘Best First Class White’, ‘Best First Class Sparkling’ (jointly with Air France and Cathay Pacific), ‘Best First Class Cellar’, ‘Best-Presented First Class Wine List’, and ‘Best Business Class Fortified / Dessert Wine’ categories.
“Bespoke hospitality experiences, gala dinners and highlight events are hallmarks of a Constellation Journey both on the ground in amazing locations and in the air,” said Constellation Journeys’ Founder and Managing Director Dan Kotzmann. “While French Champagne and premium wines are a feature of our service for every guest, we are also delighted to be able to offer an intimate tasting of exceptional wines in our premium cabins.”
Constellation Journeys’ next 20-day global tour departs Sydney in September, 2019 flying to Seoul, Jerusalem, Malta, Barcelona, Cartagena, Machu Picchu and Easter Island.