Are you a wine lover?
If so, a stay in a winery could be your ideal holiday.
And, with the boom in wine tourism over the last decade, there are a number of luxurious and extremely comfortable hotels set within wineries or close to vineyards. Many offer modern amenities, 5-star service, and fine dining, while retaining the heart and soul of a traditional wine region and its inhabitants.
Whether in Tuscany, Italy; Bordeaux, France; or further afield in Franschhoek, South Africa, these 7 hotels are dedicated to the smooth, alcoholic grape juice and the refined lifestyle it is attached to.
For a holiday filled with fantastic landscapes, wonderful wines, and exquisite gastronomy, book a stay at one of these wine-lover’s hotels.
The Yeatman Oporto, Portugal 9.8
Built into the steep south bank of the Douro river, The Yeatman is a beautiful luxury hotel situated in the charming town Oporto. It makes the perfect base from which to explore the Douro Valley’s famous vineyards and discover the pleasures of Port, the classic wine for which the city of Oporto is famous.
Each of the hotel’s 82 well-appointed rooms are named after a local wine partner, who also had a hand in decorating the rooms with select memorabilia and art. The hotel is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Portuguese wines (over 25,00 bottles), and offers guests numerous tastings, talks and specialty wine dinners. A superb on-site spa continues the wine theme, with a number of therapies utilising extracts from the vine. Additionally, be sure to dine at The Gastronomic Restaurant, the city’s only two Michelin starred restaurant.
Marques de Riscal a Luxury Collection Rioja, Spain 9.1
As part of the City of Wine complex, a modern masterpiece from American architect Frank O Gehry, Marqués de Riscal boasts a stunning aesthetic, world-class gastronomy, and, of course, plenty of wonderful wines to indulge in.
Set in an area of great natural beauty, the contemporary retreat is a wine-lover’s paradise. It is a short drive away from Europe’s largest wine museum, Dinastía Vivanco, as well as the medieval town of La Guardia, where age-old wine-making traditions are maintained to this day. The hotel also has two very good restaurants, notably, the Michelin-starred Marques de Riscal Restaurant, along with a sophisticated wine bar and well-stocked cellars.
Andrassy Rezidencia Wine & Spa Tarcal, Hungary 9.5
Slightly off the well-beaten wine track, Andrássy Rezidencia offers a complete wine and wellness experience in the heart of the historical wine growing region of Tokaj-Hegyalja in Hungary.
An intimate 5-star hotel with the highest standards of service, Andrássy Rezidencia is offers a beautiful rustic setting with 41 tasteful rooms, a comprehensive spa and wellness department, and one of the region’s finest restaurants. Ask about a tour of local vineyards, indulge in vinotherapy at the spa, or try the specialised wine dinner – a 7-course gourmet menu accompanied by the best wines of the region.
Cavas Wine Lodge Mendoza, Argentina
Situated at the foot of the Andes Mountains, Cavas Wine Lodge is a South American wine paradise. Set within a 35-acre vineyard in Mendoza – the epicentre of Argentina’s wine country and home to over 900 wineries – Cavas Wine Lodge offers 14 luxurious lodge-style rooms, an on-site spa, and a vast cellar with over 250 of Mendoza’s best wines.
A 90 minute flight from Buenos Aires or just 45 minutes from Santiago de Chile, Mendoza offers plenty to offer aside from alcohol. The stunning landscape and consistently pleasant climate (Mendoza gets over 320 days of sun a year) make the region ideal for a visit anytime of year, with plenty of outdoor activities and attractions to keep you busy. However, for the wine enthusiast, a visit to the local vineyards and a stroll through historic Mendoza is a must, before enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace and watching the sun set behind the peaks of the Andes.
Mont Rochelle Hotel Franschhoek, South Africa 9.3
Owned by Virgin tycoon Richard Branson, Mont Rochelle is an exquisite 5-star hotel devoted to the joys of good wine. Set within the old town in La Rochelle, in the wine-growing region of Franschhoek in South Africa, the boutique property offers just 22 modern, comfortable rooms, with a traditional French sentiment running throughout the rest of the hotel.
The hotel produces wine on-site, whilst tastings and tours of the hotel’s cellars and local vineyards are available. The finest bottles can also be experienced in the hotel’s two laid-back restaurants. Additionally, there is a spa with wine-themed treatments, a swimming pool, and a tranquil veranda whence to savour South Africa’s best wines.
Albergo Villa Casanova Tuscany Italy 9.8
Albergo Casanova is an elegant countryside hotel located just outside Lucca, one of Tuscany’s most beautiful and highly-rated cities. Surrounded by vineyards and just 15 minutes from the beach, Albergo Casanova is a real treasure in the heart of Italy’s famous wine region.
Along with local vineyards, you can discover the area’s numerous churches and monuments, partake in the city’s many cultural events – such as the Puccini opera Festival and the Lucca Summer Festival – or simply cherish the peace and quiet of a walk in the country. Back at the hotel, large, luxurious suites, a gourmet restaurant, bar, and swimming pool are on hand complete to the authentic Italian experience.
Les Sources de Caudalie Hotel Martillac Bordeaux, France 9.1
A homely and family-friendly vibe prevails at this enchanting 5-star hotel. Set among the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux, Les Sources de Caudalie is dedicated to the “French Paradox”, which refers to a study proving the health benefits of the French lifestyle and, particularly, diet.
This focus on living well is evident at the indulgent on-site spa and its vino-therapy treatments, as well as at the property’s two quality restaurants – one of which has a Michelin star. The hotel also incorporates tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool, whilst a number of tours and tastings are available to guests. Please note, Les Sources de Caudalie will be closed from Monday 2nd of January until Tuesday 9th of February.