For a real taste of paradise, stay at one of our experts' picks of the best vineyard hotels across the globe.
You'll enjoy a dream vacation; combine luxury accommodation, picturesque countryside, rolling vineyards and of course, world-class wine making.
If you're a true oenophile, work your way down this list for some of the most sublime wine-tasting opportunities in the world.
South Africa: Cape Winelands
Some of the world’s most popular wines hail from South Africa’s Winelands. Throw in verdant rolling hills and spectacular mountains, picturesque towns and villages and culinary expertise, and you have a winning combination.
1) La Residence
La Residence is surely South Africa’s most opulent and extravagent vineyard hotel. Just outside Franschhoek, the hotel is surrounded by farmland, vineyards and orchards, while the ornate interior of the hotel is furnished with antiques and original pieces of art.
2) The Steenberg Hotel
On the oldest farm in the Constantia Valley, which has been producing wine since 1645, the Steenberg overlooks False Bay and is one of the best hotels for foodies in Cape Town; its two restaurants – where you can sample the award-winning wine alongside the delicious food – are world-class. As if that’s not enough, the hotel also has a private, 18-hole golf course beneath the Muizemberg Mountains – one of the best conditioned courses in South Africa.
Babylonstoren is located on a 200-hectare working Cape Dutch farm, one of the oldest in South Africa’s wine region. Beautiful and tranquil, the farm is a wonderful place for a few days of R&R.
4) The Leeu Collection
This boutique hotel, winery and wellness spa is nestled within 68 hectares of vineyards and gardens in the Dassenberg mountains, and (what’s more) produces award-winning Mullineaux wines which you can sample in their wine studio.
5) Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa
Between Franschhoeck and Stellenbosch, Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa has ten villas, each with its own private plunge pool overlooking the scenic views across the Winelands from its hillside perch. Service is excellent.
Latin America: Mendoza, Carmelo & the Chilean wine region
Surrounding Santiago are the sweeping Wine Regions of Chile with their exciting range of producers from commercial to boutique, whilst just over the Andes you’ll find Mendoza, the picturesque heart of Argentina‘s wine industry. For something more unusual, Uruguay’s Carmelo boasts 100 acres of vineyards, with a micro climate perfect for grape growing and a number of small, family-run producers making some truly spectacular wines.
1) Vina Vik Millahue
When it opened in 2010, Vik Millahue raised the bar for Chilean wine lodges. Intelligently designed, the lodge slots smoothly into its natural surroundings, with dark wood exterior and floor-to-ceiling windows. Delicious, traditional Chilean cuisine is served alongside the wine, making for a real bon-vivant’s heaven.
2) Casa Lapostolle
Located in 450 acres of Chilean vineyards, Casa Lapostolle is a very exclusive resort, with only four casitas, in addition to guesthouse lodging. Lapostolle’s winery, Clos Apalta, produces excellent wines for guests to sample during their stay. When you’ve had your fill, you can unwind with a massage or float in the outdoor pool, overlooking the verdant vineyards.
3) The Vines Resort & Spa
In the wine region of Mendoza, Vines Resort & Spa is a truly indulgent retreat where culinary excellence meets luxury accommodation. The onsite winery has tastings, wine-making tours and various activities, in addition to the spa, private patios with each of the 22 villas, and an infinity pool.
4) Finca Narbona, Carmelo, Uruguay
One of Uruguay’s oldest wineries, Finca Narbona dates back to the 18th century. There are only five rooms, which suits the rustic charm of the lodge, and guests can tour the wineries, picnic in the vineyards, and enjoy tasting sessions. The food is divine, too: there’s an onsite restaurant and the farm even produces its own cheese.
5) Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina
There are fourteen rooms at Cavas Wine Lodge, each with their own private plunge pool with views across the vineyards stretching out to the foothills of the Andean mountains. There’s a 35-acre vineyard, a wine cellar with 250 vintages from Mendoza, and, for real wine enthusiasts, the lodge’s spa even offers wine therapy treatments.
Australasia: Marlborough & Margaret River
Some of the finest New World wines hail from this part of the world, including Marlborough’s enduringly popular sauvignon blanc. Combine this with the lush forests and wild flowers of Margaret River‘s wine country, or the wild farmland of Marlborough Sounds, and you won’t ever want to leave.
1) The Marlborough Lodge, New Zealand
Marlborough is New Zealand’s gourmet province, and this sumptuous retreat, nestled in a 16-acre country estate at the heart of the Marlborough wine region, is in the perfect location for exploring the surrounding vineyards. Dinner here showcases the best of local produce.
2) Cape Lodge, Margaret River, Australia
Boutique wineries abound in this ruggedly beautiful coastal region, and Cape Lodge is snugly placed right in the middle of it. With spa treatments, scenic tours and a restaurant featuring seasonal, local and home-grown produce (complemented, of course, by an extensive wine list) this is the perfect spot for true indulgence.
Europe: La Rioja, the Douro Valley & the Barolo region
1) Hotel Marques de Riscal, La Rioja, Spain
This architecturally stunning hotel is home to a Michelin starred restaurant, Vinotherapy spa and design-focused indoor pool, and makes the perfect base from which to explore this world-renowned wine region. Visit in Autumn to experience the best of the grape harvest.
2) Hotel Viura, La Rioja, Spain
Also in the La Rioja region, Hotel Viura is another design gem with bright, airy interiors, situated in the quaint little village of Villabuena de Alava. Enjoy exquisite tasting menus of Rioja and Basque cuisine, immerse yourself in the local viticulture as you tour local vineyards, and simply enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
3) Six Senses, Douro Valley, Portugal
This stunningly renovated 19th century manor house combines heritage architecture with contemporary design features and modern luxury – not to mention fabulous views. Enjoy local seasonal produce, sample the Wine Library’s extensive (and stunning) vintages, and explore the fertile, wine-focused valley surrounding you.
4) Relais San Maurizio, Piedmont, Italy
Built on the site of a 400 year old monastery, this charming hotel is the pinnacle of elegant, polished luxury, with features ranging from ancient fireplaces to its jacuzzi-with-a-view (and what a view). San Maurizio is famed for its restaurant scene, so get stuck into some truly delectable Italian cuisine alongside some top-class Barolo wines.
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