Editor’s Note: This travel guide to various wine country resorts and wellness retreats around the world is part of our ongoing series focusing on luxury accommodation and wine experiences in various countries and cities.
Wine and wellness seem to be contradictory and we admit that the wine world can lean pretty heavily into overindulgence. But, wine can indeed be part of a healthy lifestyle and we’re big believers in balance. There’s no better way to explore balance than experiencing a wellness retreat in wine country where we can still indulge in fantastic food and wine but at a slower, more mindful pace.
WINE & WELLNESS RETREATS BY LOCATION:
Located in Santa Margarita in the Central Coast, Sagrada Wellness offers weekend retreats that include yoga and meditation or yoga and writing. Every weekend retreat includes fantastic meals, access to hiking around the grounds, and use of the saltwater pool and hot tub. Sagrada is striking distance to Paso Robles wine country, which makes it the perfect place to land after a few days of wine tasting.
Mandala Springs offers a wide variety of feel-good activities, from yoga to hiking to live music. Nestled in magical Cobb, California, it’s just north of Napa in Lake County, which boasts many fabulous wineries of its own. Mandala strikes the perfect balance of being a good launch for wine country explorations while being just remote enough to truly decompress. Accommodations range from rustic cabin to the Kelsey Lodge that sleeps 12, so Mandala can host just about any type of retreat needed.
Ready to indulge? The Allison Inn has you covered! This luxury inn is located in Willamette Valley near scores of some of Oregon’s best wineries. Steep your senses in the full-service spa or unwind with a yoga class. If you’re enjoying The Allison too much to go wine tasting, the Jory restaurant steps up with a stunning international wine list and inventive dishes.
After an illustrious career in fashion and film, what does one do? If you’re Isabella Rossellini, you open Mama Farm in the tiny hamlet of Brookhaven, New York. Mama Farm is dedicated to regenerative cultivation, from seeds to animal husbandry. The on-site bed and breakfast is bucolic and tranquil and includes local farm-to-table meals. And maybe the best part? It’s all within reach of Long Island wine country!
For those looking for a long-established wellness institution, Omega is it. This haven in Rhinebeck, New York is close-ish to Hudson Valley wineries and the many quaint villages that dot the region. Omega offers services for veterans, yoga, meditation, and themed weeks around art and movement. It’s the perfect place to unplug and read in a hammock before heading off on a foraging walk. Those who opt for all-inclusive stays can dig into delicious, healthful meals as well.
Canada might not be the first place that springs to mind for wine, but adorable Niagara-on-the-Lake boasts scores of wineries, many of which produce stellar ice wines. The 100 Fountain Spa at Pillar and Post hotel is the perfect place to stay while exploring the area. Guests are encouraged to indulge in the heated salt water pool or hot tub before receiving spa services like body scrubs or deep tissue massage.
For those who have not experienced Mexico’s hypnotic Valle de Guadelupe, now is the time! Bruma is located in the heart of it all and combines wine with a beautiful space to escape back into nature. Plan an event here, or just book a weekend in the well-appointed bed and breakfast that surrounds a serene pool. Be sure to check out Fauna, which is guaranteed to polish up your appreciation for Mexican culture and cuisine.
Yogi Michelle Gigante hosts a healing annual retreat in magical San Miguel de Allende, which is nestled in the up-and-coming Guanajuato wine region in central Mexico. Vegetarian meals nourish the body while yoga, meditation, relaxation, and San Miguel nourish the soul. Spaces are limited so plan well in advance for this must-experience journey.
Mas Kailash Yoga Centre in the south of France is laid back and very, very chill. Here, accommodation is much more modest with pitched tents and small cottages. Enjoy yoga in a breathtaking setting or explore artistic expression classes in the art studio. Since this is indeed France, don’t miss the chance to ramble into town and indulge in the local food and wine.
Terranam Wellness is nestled in an 18th century farmhouse in Pontevedra. Located in Spanish wine region Rías Baixas, guests can sip locally produced Albariño after a day of yoga, toning, and massage under the sun-drenched skies. Take time to explore the mountains and beaches nearby because the views are breathtaking.
Scott Moore Yoga offers yoga retreats in the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany, both of which are dreamscapes. Offerings include yoga and meditation classes, swimming, boating, and excursions that focus on food and wine. It’s the ultimate way to decompress and focusing on your best self, Italian style.
Just imagine being in breathtaking northern Italy, sipping your way through incredible Barbera and Dolcetto-based wines, and being able to treat yourself to a yoga class or ayurvedic treatment. Kundalini Dharma makes that happen! Located just on the outskirts of Asti itself, Kundalini Dharma offers hatha yoga classes, longer seminars, or skip all that and just hangout at the salt water pool.
If we’re looking to go back to where it all began, let’s head to Greece. Alkyon Resort Hotel & Spa is located in Vrachati, Greece, a short drive from the Nemea wine region and about an hour from the gorgeous ancient city of Nafplion. Alkyon offers full spa services, like massage, Turkish baths, facials, and more. Be sure to explore the surrounding area, so steeped in history, as well as the wineries.
When you’re ready to go all-out and experience the ultimate wellness spa in one of the most famous wine regions in the world, head to Santé. It’s in the heart of Paarl, South Africa and offers everything from yoga classes to emotional balancing and rejuvenation sessions. Guests can explore bio-energy sessions as well to maximize the spa’s benefits. It’s worth booking time here to really soak up the vibe.
New Zealand boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth so it’s worth taking time to completely unplug there. At Cape South, guests will find themselves in the heart of wine country with famous producers like Craggy Range a few miles away. Guests can participate in yoga classes or go for stunning hikes or, if wine country has gotten to be a bit much, enroll in a full plant-based cleanse.