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There are many wine regions around the world, from California’s famous Napa Valley to the increasingly popular wine country of Argentina and the top producers: France, Italy, and Spain. If the idea of sipping fabulous local wines and strolling through picturesque vineyards sounds like the perfect vacation, these top wine country resorts and hotels are sure to complete the picture for an unforgettable getaway.
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One of the most luxurious places to stay in New Zealand, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a five-star, 6,000-acre working sheep and cattle farm that offers jaw-dropping views of the Pacific and a spectacular Hawke’s Bay location. The sprawling property includes a massive barn and an 18-hole championship golf course, while the lodge has its own vegetable garden and menus serving up delicious New Zealand beef and lamb. When you’re not enjoying a round on the course, soaking in the Jacuzzi, swimming in the heated infinity pool or working out in the gym, you can hit some of the most scenic trails on the North Island or spend the afternoon sampling outstanding wines, with more than 70 wineries in the region. In nearby downtown Napier, you’ll find one of the best-preserved Art Deco towns in the world.
Grace Cafayate is a beautiful resort nestled inside the La Estancia de Cafayate residential and sporting estate in Calchaqui Valley, which is known for its Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Torrontes wines. One of the top luxury boutique hotels in the nation, it sits alongside picturesque vineyards, a championship golf course, and polo fields. The property features spacious rooms and villas, each with elegant interiors and high-end amenities like fine Egyptian cotton bed linens and luxe mattresses, Nespresso coffee makers, oversized baths and walk-in rain showers. The main building rises out of the working vineyard from a sea of green, providing impressive views of the Andes and the grapes. Guests can also enjoy relaxing in the swimming pool and indulging in the spa which incorporates local ingredients like grapeseed oil and aloe into treatments.
One of the best spa destinations in Europe, Six Senses Douro Valley offers a fabulous mix of history, outstanding wines and the ultimate amenities to boost your well-being. Set on the sunny banks of the Douro river surrounded by vineyards, guests can enjoy relaxing at the world-class spa with treatment rooms overlooking the gardens, swimming in the outdoor pool, kayaking and dining on an unforgettable gastronomic blend of Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine paired with Douro wines. Rooms feature Portuguese oak floors and earthy tones along with floor-to-ceiling windows for a light, bright feel. Choose a suite and you can enjoy soaking in a tub with views of Duoro.
Located just outside Langenlois in the heart of Austria’s wine country amid rolling vineyards, LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort seems to magically float on glass and pillars. The guest rooms have a wine theme and a map of an underground labyrinth of 900-year-old wine cellars, a design used throughout the property, as well as large windows that overlook vineyards and the tranquil countryside. Swim in the year-round heated outdoor pool that overlooks the vines, take advantage of the wonderful spa treatments on offer, cycle through the vineyards and dine at the incredible wine-savvy restaurant. Right next door at the educational wine center you can take part in tastings and seminars too.
Set in the heart of the historic Constantia Valley in Cape Town, guests at The Cellars-Hohenort enjoy a haven of peace and tranquility, along with easy access to the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens next door, the Constantia Wine Route and numerous activities from gentle pursuits like leisurely walks that connect local wine farms and golf to more heart-pounding mountain adventures. The Cellars-Hohenort features two award-winning restaurants, Greenhouse and The Conservatory, a large heated pool, tennis courts, vineyards and gardens, while its cozy rooms boast panoramic views of iconic Table Mountain.
The magnificent hilltop village of Crillon le Brave in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France is home to this medieval stone hotel, which features magnificent views of vineyards and olive gardens. Offering “rare medieval luxury,” guests enjoy an intimate feel with chic touches throughout the Hotel Crillon Le Brave, like book-filled salons and antiques-and-brocante-trimmed rooms. Ask the concierge to set you up on a day trip to the wineries of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône, acclaimed for fabulous Marsannes, Syrahs and Grenache noirs, or pick up a bottle and sip a glass while soaking up the sweeping vistas from the stone-vaulted dining room’s romantic terrace. If you prefer to relax at the pool, there’s always someone around to bring you a glass of your favorite vino, or just about anything else your heart might desire.
The Allison Inn & Spa is a renowned wine property and one of the best you’ll find in the U.S. It seamlessly blends into its postcard-perfect setting in subtle earth tones that match the surrounding vineyards, lush lawns and gardens, right in Oregon’s largest AVA, the Willamette Valley. This increasingly popular wine region hosts over 200 wineries that produce a number of varietals, including the internationally acclaimed pinot noir, and all are within easy reach of the property. Each of the stylish rooms provides valley views from private terraces or balconies, along with gas fireplaces, impressive furnishings and original works of art. JORY, its onsite restaurant, is stocked with hundreds of local bottles, and its award-winning spa even offers up mimosa massage and “pinotherapy” treatments.
A top resort in Napa Valley, Auberge du Soleil opened its doors in 1985 as an idyllic romantic retreat aimed to provide the “couple’s experience of a lifetime.” Each of the Mediterranean-style villas include wood-burning fireplaces, private verandas that overlook lush olive groves and an ambiance that reflects the sun and earth-toned natural beauty of the surroundings. Enjoy rejuvenating water rituals at the spa, soaking in the temperate springs overlooking the property, and, of course, taking advantage of the opportunity to check out some of the world-renowned wineries that await just outside your door. Its fine-dining restaurant is famous for serving some of the best meals in the entire state of California, with Mediterranean-inspired dishes that include the area’s best local ingredients, along the wines that were carefully procured to ensure they create the perfect pairings for the prix fixe menus.
Finger Lakes has become one of the most popular wine destinations in the U.S. It’s not only filled with enticing wineries, but it’s loaded with an abundance of natural beauty, including the over 10 lakes that make up the “fingers,” magnificent waterfalls and charming villages. Nearly every wine varietal is available and the numerous wine trails offer an easy way to navigate the route to your new favorite. The largest collection of wineries can be found around the two most notable Finger Lakes – Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake. Seneca Lake is by far the most popular, and it also happens to be the home of Geneva On the Lake, one of the most acclaimed resorts in the area. With its formally manicured grounds and Italian Renaissance architecture, when you walk onto the property, you’ll feel as if you’ve been dropped in Tuscany. Suites and studios are beautifully furnished, and some offer fabulous views of the sunrise over Seneca Lake, fireplaces and furnished patios.
One of the top resorts in France, this magnificent 19th-century chateau sits in the heart of the Champagne region in a lovely park with towering trees planted by Champagne legend Madame Pommery. Les Crayères’s rooms are decked out with antiques and couture fabrics, while the wine cellar at its Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Parc, features some 400 champagne labels. Guests dine on gourmet dishes, all paired with the extensive wine list that pays homage to the region’s Champagne heritage. The hotel can also arrange visits to places like nearby Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin and Moet et Chandon cellars.
Le Quartier Francais is a boutique hotel located in Franschhoek, a popular wine country region in South Africa tucked between the towering mountains of the beautiful Cape Winelands. This intimate property has chic rooms, all set around a courtyard, with the upstairs rooms boasting timber beams and mountain views, while suites include private pools. Unexpected touches include a contemporary art garden, an “Indigenous and Unusual Herb and Sculpture Garden,” and a cinema. There are tons of wineries nearby, and the village of Franschhoek is also home to a number of restaurants and antique shops.
Wine lovers can book a stay at The Vines Resort & Spa, a unique property in Argentina’s gorgeous wine region. It offers laid-back luxury nestled at the base of the Andes Mountains, creating a perfect blend of rustic elegance and modern comfort. In addition to private Villas, you can get pampered at the luxury on-site spa or dig into gourmet cuisine and traditional aside feasts at the signature restaurant Siete Fuegos. It’s the incredible views of the Andes that will lure you into this world-class hotel, but wine fans will also love the chance to harvest grapes or make your own custom wine, working side-by-side with renowned winemakers. Outdoor adventures are endless, as you’ll have access to horseback riding, yoga classes, stargazing from your private deck, and fly fishing excursions.
Castel Monastero was originally constructed as a monastery in the 11th century, surrounded by the peaceful hills near Siena. It then became a castle and country residence of the noble Chigi family before ultimately being transformed into the luxury resort it is today. Set in a former medieval village with a rich history, the hotel itself includes lots of modern amenities and sophisticated décor with chic rooms spread throughout the different buildings, all loaded with charming historical touches. Surrounded by vineyards and the picturesque Tuscan countryside with woods and fields straight from a medieval fresco, this is a Tuscan fantasy come true. The hotel offers the chance for the utmost in tranquility, while there are a number of amenities to keep one occupied, including outdoor pools, a fitness center, a wellness center and a gourmet restaurant.