Sipping on Sunshine: The Best Wine to Drink on a Boat

Sipping on Sunshine: The Best Wine to Drink on a Boat

Everyone loves boat days. The sweet sunshine, the warmth on your skin, the waves crashing softly as the boat glides through them—there are so many reasons to fall in love with summer, and boat days are definitely one of them. That said, there are ways to make your boat days even better (we know, we didn’t think it was possible either). Our favorite way is to add wine to the mix—safely, of course!

Whether you want to turn the wine into a yummy cocktail or just go with a boat-safe glass of wine, this beverage is a fantastic choice for your boating goals. Below we get into some of the best wine to drink on a boat. Check it out!


Rosé is typically regarded as a summer wine, and for good reason. Its myriad of styles makes it the perfect choice for whatever boating occasion you may have coming up. Grab a bottle of Provence Rosé for a chill pontoon day or a bottle of sparkling Sangiovese Rosé for a classier experience (think yachting). Honestly, you’ll hit the mark with whatever Rosé style you choose—just make sure it’s decently chilled before you pour!

Champagne or Cava

Even if you don’t have something to celebrate, you can still pop a bottle of bubbly and celebrate the sunshine! Especially on a sunny boat day, that classic pop will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Go for a drier bottle of Champagne since you’ll be spending the day in the sunshine; it’s more refreshing that way.

If you want something a little different, grab a bottle of Cava instead. A Spanish sparkling wine, Cava has a lot of similarities to Champagne, but it still tends to be a bit cheaper. It’s slightly less acidic and can be a bit more fruit-forward—try it out!


For those of you who need a red wine, even if it’s not necessarily the best setting for red wine, Beaujolais is your boating go-to. It has a refreshing acidity, low tannins, and fruity flavors—it’s a red wine that’s great for chilling and taking on the boat. The Beaujolais wines of Fleurie are a great place to start, especially if you’re new to this style of wine.


Truly, what’s more summer than a Greek wine and a day on the boat? Greek wine is some of the best wine to drink on a boat, and Assyrtiko is our favorite this season. With a crazy high acidity and minerality, it makes you feel like you’re on the ocean just by sipping it. It’s a wine native to Santorini, so make sure to channel all of the Grecian aesthetic you can!


Our last wine is a pretty obvious choice for summer—Riesling! Similar to the rest on this list, Riesling’s high acidity makes it perfect for days out in the sunshine, but it has just enough residual sugar to make it an easy drinker. If you’re looking for a quick bottle to grab before your boat day, this is an easy choice to make.

As always, for all of your wine needs, turn to Wines ‘Til Sold Out. You can fill all of your boat day wine needs browsing through our website—order sparkling wine online with us, or peruse our Last Chance Wines to get a great steal on some scrumptious vintages. Shop our fantastic collections now before summer runs out!

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