Wine is already a luxurious right in itself, but staying in a luxury wine hotel can be one of the most enjoyable and indulgent kinds of vacations out there.
If you want to plan a vacation around wine, you could visit a winery, vineyard, or tasting room – but staying directly on a vineyard or at a luxurious resort in wine country is one of the best ways to really create a memorable travel and wine experience. And, staying in a wine hotel often provides the opportunity to experience the local culture and gastronomy in your destination.
When it comes to hotels, luxury can mean many things. While many of the hotels on this list are five-star, we scoured the planet to find some of the most unique, relaxing, and luxurious wine hotels for a getaway filled with wine, pampering, and grandeur. From modern Napa Valley relaxation to far-flung South American escapes to European splendor, here are some of the best luxury vineyard resorts and hotels worldwide to use as a home base during your next wine-inspired trip.
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- United Kingdom
- New York
- South Africa
One of Spain’s most uniquely designed hotel properties, this hotel is located on the grounds of the Marqués de Riscal City of Wine, also home to the brand’s vineyard and winery. The hotel, designed by world-renowned artist Frank Gehry, is an architectural masterpiece. Guests can admire its titanium panels waving over the property, sparkling in the sunlight of the Rioja Alavesa.
The five-star hotel is actually more intimate than it looks, with just 61 rooms, a Michelin-star restaurant, and an outdoor second-floor bar that overlooks the vineyards and charming Elciego village. But the hotel’s real highlight is the Marqués de Riscal Vinothérapie Caudalie Spa, which offers wine-inspired treatments.
For a relaxing stay overlooking the Douro River and the verdant Douro Valley vineyards, the Six Senses Douro Valley offers contemporary luxury with a sustainable, locally inspired twist. The 71 guestrooms feature amenities like wooden footbridges that lead to secret gardens, private balconies, and floor-to-ceiling windows – a few even have private pools. The newly constructed Valley rooms and suites allow those traveling in a group to enjoy a larger space complete with amenities like private fireplaces, gardens, gazebos, and pools.
As with most Six Senses properties, the spa is a highlight. This one includes treatments like color therapy and Cryotherapy. Nearby, taste wines at the local Quintas (the Portuguese term for wineries), and back at the hotel, enjoy tasting experiences at the onsite Wine Library restaurant.
French wine lovers should stay at this delightful hotel, where the natural surroundings — wooded forests and sprawling vineyards — are at the forefront of it all. Rooms and suites feel rustic at first glance, but understated luxury is a trend throughout the hotel, from its fine wood and earth-toned accents to the nearby historic La Chartreuse du Château Le Thil, a regal manor house that features nine bedrooms for large groups or families.
With activities from wine tasting to castle hopping to dining at the two-Michelin star onsite La Grand’Vigne restaurant, even indulging in a Caudalie treatment at the Spa Vinotherapie, guests will never get bored at this French pied-à-terre.
St. Helena, California, USA
Epicureans looking to enjoy the best wine and cuisine in Napa Valley should lodge at the Alila, a modern, chic hotel aptly located for exploring the surrounding area. Ideal for couples, this Alila property feels decidedly intimate, as guests can enjoy romantic experiences like wine beside a roaring fire thanks to private, outdoor fire pits, or relax with special wine and spa packages. The hotel overlooks Beringer Vineyards, perfect for tours and tastings.
For those that want to be as close to the vineyards as possible, the Vineyard View rooms and suites are the way to go. The Farmhouse Estate suites don’t overlook the vines but are equally as charming, with amenities like freestanding soaking tubs and garden views.
A former castle turned summer residence turned winery turned hotel, the Burg-Schwarzenstein property has a long and interesting history. Although sleeping in one of the seven distinct castle rooms at Burg-Schwarzenstein certainly has some novelty, the real luxury is staying in one of the 40 Park Residence rooms or suites, such as the Riesling suite, which offers views of the Rhine Valley from its wraparound terrace.
You can still enjoy the castle at the Castle Restaurant, which sources its ingredients from local Rheingau producers. During the summer season, the Castle terrace overlooking the vines is the ultimate place to sip a Riesling, which comes from neighborhood wineries.
The Cavas Wine Lodge is, simply put, breathtakingly beautiful. The 18 freestanding guest rooms are thoughtfully scattered among 55 acres of vineyards, and views of the snowcapped Andes in the distance are nothing short of spectacular.
The Relais & Châteaux property is perfect for a romantic getaway or a family escape — its rooms (there are just 18 of them) come with amenities like private pools, hot tubs, outdoor terraces, even private fire pits. Cavas also offers wedding packages for up to 30 guests and yoga retreats for those looking for a different kind of wine vacation.
Montalcino (Siena), Italy
Anyone can appreciate Tuscany’s sweeping beauty, but those that love wine and history should stay at the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in the Siena Province, which is located on an 800-year-old estate featuring the Brunello di Montalcino winery. Guests that visit in September can even be a part of the annual harvest.
Most of the property’s 42 lavish, regal suites come with a private terrace and vineyard views, but the real splurge is one of the 11 restored 17th-and-18th-century farmhouses set amid the vines, complete with amenities like private pools, patios, and jacuzzis.
You may not associate the UK with bubbles, but Tinwood Estate’s vineyards are home to some of the country’s most beloved English sparkling wine. The vineyard is perched on the edge of the verdant hills of South Downs National Park.
Tinwood Estate isn’t really a hotel, exactly, but it does have three luxury vineyard lodges for those that want to enjoy British sparking varieties, the sprawling South Downs National Park, and adventures along the Sussex countryside. Each lodge has amenities like jacuzzi tubs, wine barrel saunas, private decks, use of mountain bikes, and best of all, fully stocked wine fridges.
Rates start at £225/$268 per night, and lodge guests receive a 20% discount on wine tours and tastings.
Relax in the essence of New South Wales and the Hunter Valley at Spicers Vineyards Estate, where you’ll spend your days enjoying activities like hot air ballooning or helicopter rides over the expansive vineyards. For more intimate activities, couples can enjoy private wine picnics or a spa day on the 22-acre estate.
Stay in one of 12 modern yet comfortable guestrooms which offer amenities like fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs. Those traveling in a group should lodge in the Vineyards house, located among the vines. The house can sleep eight and has a private pool, fire pit, and outdoor patio.
Another spot ideal for history and wine buffs, the Santorini 1870 Winery Hotel isn’t actually on a vineyard but is located in what was once a former winery. The hotel’s whitewashed rooms, home to funky amenities like giant oak wine barrels, wine cellar gates, and Greek-inspired jacuzzis, simultaneously combine luminosity and warmth with a historic wine cellar and cave-like feel.
Each of the hotel’s suites is unique, but the King Suite’s loft-style room with barrel-turned-wine bar complete with an indoor plunge pool is a one-of-a-kind experience for wine lovers, and the Executive Suite’s outdoor jacuzzi is the perfect place for a glass of vino (or ouzo, if you dare).
San Vicente, Chile
This magnificent property, complete with a show-stopping titanium roof, is perched on the edge of a mountain, offering panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards, Millahue Valley, and a vast nature reserve. Vik’s interior is just as prized as its exterior, featuring artwork from Roberto Matta and Anslem Kiefer, special transparent glass bungalows, and one-of-a-kind design suites. For example, the Vicky Money room’s bathroom is made from 50,000 1-cent Euro coins, or the Valenzuela’s mosaic theme, inspired by Dali, Mondrian, and Gaudi.
The onsite Vik Vineyard is home to 327 hectares of vines. Guests can visit the winery, also an architectural gem thanks to its stretch-fabric roof, for guided tours and tastings.
Geneva, New York, USA
With numerous accolades, such as a spot on USA Today’s Top Wine Country Hotels list, Belhurst Castle is one of the most romantic and tranquil wine retreats in the Finger Lakes region and along the east coast. With various accommodation options, guests can choose from a historic castle experience in the charming castle chambers to a modern hotel stay at the Vinifera Inn to a peaceful farm manor hideaway at White Springs Manor. Groups of friends can even enjoy a group getaway off the castle in one of the cottages, such as the Carriage House.
Guests can indulge in wine as well as hard cider and craft beer at the Belhurst Estate Winery tasting room, which has sweeping views of the expansive Seneca Lake.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Delaire Graff’s prized hilltop location on Helshoogte Pass offers incredible views of the Cape Winelands, Table Mountain, and beyond – all from private plunge pools or outdoor terraces that come with many of the lodges. Rooms are decked out in refined comfort and created to maximize indoor/outdoor living.
Guests can enjoy various tastings at the Wine Lounge, enjoy snacks like local cheeses and charcuterie, or simply relax near the fireplace with a glass or two. Nearby, visitors can enjoy tasting and tours at dozens of other Stellenbosch wineries, and Delaire Graff is under an hour away from Cape Town by car.
Wine lovers that want to get a little off the beaten path without sacrificing luxury should head to the tiny Italian of Salina, part of the Aeolian archipelago just north of Sicily. The volcanic island is known for its Malvasia sweet wine variety, which you can sample with gusto at Capofaro. The hotel is situated on 4.5 hectares of vineyards overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The Relais & Châteaux property isn’t just about wine, though. Capofaro has paddle and tennis courts, a pool, a wine bar, a restaurant, and even a lighthouse on the property in addition to the vineyards. Each of the 27 guestrooms feels like part of the island’s history and culture itself, featuring the bright, minimalist Aeolian design aesthetic.
Weingarten Resort, located along Austria’s wine route, features freestanding chalets nestled among Uhudler grape vines. With the vineyard as your backyard, enjoy amenities such as private porches with swings, sun terraces, infrared saunas, wine barrel hot tubs, and even waterbeds. The resort makes it very clear that its luxury style is a relaxed one, meaning guests can select a chalet with the amenities they want as well as various relaxation and activity options, even half-board.
And speaking of half-board, the Johanns die Essensmanufaktur restaurant features local Styrian cuisine, using locally grown produce from the resort’s very own onsite garden. Besides offering local wine onsite, the resort can organize wine tours of the region for guests.
Featured image courtesy and Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia
*Exchange rates for all properties are accurate at the time of writing
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