The Claret Sail of the Century
Limited-Edition 'Miracle Vintage' Bordeaux
2009 collectors’ cuvée, shipped to you the traditional way
At the weekend, the Irene played host to a different kind of crew than the one she's used to - a news crew! Watch the interviews with Tony, Hugh and Mark and see the latest footage of life at sea.
Click here to see the full report from Meridian Tonight on itv.com
At just after 13.30hrs on Wednesday 18 May, the Irene of Bridgwater sailed majestically beneath Tower Bridge, marking the end of her historic journey. Over the course of 11 days, the crew of the Irene braved high seas, broken rigging and cramped conditions on their voyage to London from Bordeaux.
And although this was our most ambitious voyage to date - you can watch footage from the other two here - the crew and cargo arrived in London in one piece. 1,666 hand-packed, wooden half cases of glorious Le Voyage du Chai au Quai 2009 were safely unloaded in London's Butler's Wharf.
And it's not too late to secure your share. For an exclusive taste of this magnificent limited edition, order online today.
I've long been fascinated by Bordeaux's historic wine trade with Britain ... once the biggest trade route in the world. The Irene's voyage was our third attempt at third attempt to recreate this historic crossing. And it was so successful, I'm tempted to do it again ...Read the latest updates on Tony's blog
We did it! The Irene arrived safely in London with her very special cargo. I've been very close to this wine right from the vineyard ... and now I�ve delivered it. Talk about going the extra (nautical) mile! Look back on my journey and see the highs and lows of the fantastic voyage.
Rough seas, high winds and broken rigging are nothing to the gallant crew of 'The Irene'. Watch the video diary of Mark's perilous journey from the quayside in Bordeaux, up the River Thames and under London's Tower Bridge.