A good hotel and some excellent wine are two things no traveler should be without. Spend your time touring impressive vineyard hotels and tasting incredible terroir while staying at a beautiful property in a classic vinicultural destination.
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- Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal
The light clarets and rich, Burgundian-esque reds from Northern Portugal have overtaken their more famous Port-producing neighbors in terms of popularity in recent years. As the first Six Senses property in Europe, this terracotta-hued quinta dates back to the 19th century and has been renovated into a luxurious spa with 57 rooms.
- The Vines of Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
The Uco Valley in Argentina is renowned for its ability to produce premium wines despite the region’s elevated altitude. This 22-villa resort in the foothills of the Andes is the best place to experience the terroir, and it’s only two hours away from Mendoza’s airport. The Vines combines the characteristics of a wine estate (it is located on a 1,500-acre vineyard) and a five-star resort (think floor-to-ceiling windows, fluffy duvets, electric fire pits, and spa-style bathrooms).
- Babylonstoren, Franschhoek, South Africa
Entering the Garden of Eden, please. At the base of the Simonsberg Mountains, you’ll find the working wine farm and organic gardens of Babylonstoren, along with a spa, boutique hotel, cottages, and restaurants. Because of its proximity to some of South Africa’s best wine regions, such as Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek, it serves as a picture-perfect home base for wine country exploration.
Original hotels and cottages feature small, shuttered windows and old-fashioned green doors to blend in with the natural surroundings. Serve fruit, olive oil, rooibos tea, and the estate’s award-winning wine in the kitchen’s glassed-in dining area. This rural utopia has a spa, daily farm activities like planting or picking, swimming, canoeing, and biking to discover its hidden corners.
- Cape Lodge, Yallingup, Western Australia
As one enters the private driveway of the most well-known amongst vineyard hotels in the Margaret River wine region, one can see the vineyards off to the right. However, if you’re there at sunrise or sunset, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for the numerous kangaroos that roam the grounds (we’re not the only ones who have a soft spot for grapes).
Cape Lodge has 22 plush rooms, an outdoor pool, and 40 acres of lush grounds to explore, and is conveniently located between the quaint towns of Yallingup, Dunsborough, and Margaret River. Wineries such as Pierro, Cullen, and Vasse Felix are within a 10-minute drive to the south, and the beautiful beaches along the Indian Ocean can be reached in the same amount of time heading west.
- Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula, Australia
A lot of the high-flying professionals of Melbourne, Australia, spend their weekends on the Mornington Peninsula, an hour outside the city, enjoying the region’s pastoral landscapes and world-famous vineyards. Jackalope is a black and gold architectural marvel, in contrast to the region’s more common farmhouse-style vineyard hotels.
- Four Seasons Resort And Residences, Napa Valley, California, Usa
The 85 airy guest rooms, suites, villas, and 20 single-family private homes at the sprawling, luxury Four Seasons Resort in Napa Valley are all designed to evoke a sense of a European farmhouse. The resort’s wine programme has also been in development for quite some time. There will be a private members’ lounge, tank room, barrel cellar, and outdoor gathering spaces on the 3ha organic vineyard at the onsite Elusa Winery, managed by seasoned winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. Brown has been producing the wine for a decade.
- Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort, California, USA
Calistoga Ranch, located on 157 forested acres in a remote canyon high above Napa Valley, is among the best hotels in the world. Yoga on the deck in the morning, wine tasting at nearby must-visit wineries like Caymus and Opus One, and a “land to table” meal at the lakeside restaurant to cap off the day.
- Capofaro, Messina, Sicily, Italy
Hardly anything else in the world compares to the sight of Salina Island’s volcanic peaks rising from the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Tasca d’Almerita family, owners of five vineyards in Sicily, designed the resort of Capofaro as an ode to their passions for wine and the sea.
The hotel, which is part of the trusted Relais & Châteaux group, is located next to a 6 hectare (14 acre) volcanic vineyard where the local Malvasia delle Lipari grape is grown. This variety of grape has its own appellation and yields both a dry and a sweet white wine.
Each of the resort’s 27 rooms has a terrace that looks out over the water and the surrounding vineyards. The family purchased the 19th-century lighthouse in 2017, and six of the rooms are located in what used to be the lighthouse keeper’s quarters. 70 percent of the restaurant’s ingredients come straight from the kitchen gardens, making it a “zero-kilometer” restaurant.
- Craggy Range, Hawke’s Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Undoubtedly, the Peabodys possess exceptional foresight. In 1998, they planted the Craggy Range vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels, a stunning area that is also at the center of Hawke’s Bay’s wine region. Over the years, Craggy Range has grown into a prestige brand, adding a high-end restaurant called Terroir and luxurious lodging that has won numerous awards.
Craggy Range Lodge is the premier option among the many five-star hotels in the area, and it is conveniently located near a number of must-see attractions, including the towering Te Mata Peak and the winding Tukituki Valley and River. It has four king bedrooms, a formal lounge, a chef’s kitchen, a private pool, and expansive views, and it is decorated in a rustic chic style. If you don’t need that much room, the River Lodges, Garden Cottages, and Vineyard Cottages all have enticing features, such as European-farmhouse-luxe decor and picturesque scenery. The award-winning Terroir, under the direction of chef Casey McDonald, has a kitchen, but you may be content to just boil the kettle and leave the rest to the pros.
- Burg Schwarzenstein, Geisenheim-Johannisberg, Rheingau, Germany
Beginning their Champagne production in Reims in the early 19th century, the Mumm family has German ancestry that dates back to the 12th century. Peter Arnold Mumm, whose family had extensive holdings in the Rheingau, erected a charming folly on top of Johannisberg Hill in 1873, from which he could see the Rhine to the south, Wiesbaden to the east, and Assmannshausen to the west.
A visit to this beautifully restored castle perched above the Rheingau wine region is a must for any serious wine enthusiast. There are wine tasting classes taught by resident sommelier Michel Fouquet (as well as chef-led cooking classes), and both Schloss Vollrads and the great Rhine vineyards are within walking distance.