11 Wine Country Wellness Retreats Around The World

Editor’s Note: This travel guide to various wine country resorts and wellness retreats around the world is part of our ongoing itinerary series here on Winetraveler. Learn about accommodation and wine experiences in various countries and cities.

As travel opens up, many of us are trying to figure out what, exactly, feels right. It was a stressful year and while we want to travel as much as we can, the frenzy of multicity tours or over-scheduled agendas just feels like it’s all a bit too much. Instead, let’s explore wellness retreats in wine country that allow us to still indulge in fantastic food and wine but at a slower, more mindful pace.

California

Sagrada Wellness

Located in Santa Margarita in the Central Coast, Sagrada Wellness offers weekend retreats that include yoga and meditation, yoga and writing… and even yoga and wine! 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.


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Mandala Springs Wellness Retreat Center

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.


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Oregon

The Allison Inn & Spa

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.

Twist Yoga

Okay so maybe you’re not quite ready to commit to staying at The Allison but you’d still like to balance out wine tasting in Oregon. Thankfully, Twist Yoga offers half-day retreats that include breakfast, meditation, different yoga sessions, and lunch before sending you back out on the wine trail. Consider it a detox to retox!


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New York

Mountain Horse Farm

Among experiences we didn’t know we needed is cow cuddling, and Mountain Horse Farm offers just that. Located in the picturesque Finger Lakes region of New York, Mountain Horse Farm offers a slew of wellness experiences beyond cow cuddling. These include massage, spa services, and wellness retreats, all of which are perfect to balance out wine tasting some world-class Rieslings. Though, if we’re being honest, cow cuddling sounds like the perfect balance for just about anything.

Omega Institute

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.


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Mexico

Bruma

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.


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France

Scott Moore Yoga

Good news: the EU is opening back up to visitors! Even better news? We can travel and wash off the previous year at a yoga retreat in Bordeaux! Scott Moore Yoga is offering 2021 and 2022 dates for week-long retreats that include winery tours, creative French meals, meditation, hiking, swimming, and of course yoga. Straddling traditional wine with non-traditional excursions sounds like just what we need!

Mas Kailash

And, since we are all about balance, Mas Kailash Yoga Centre in the south of France is pretty much the opposite of Bordeaux. 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.

Italy

Kundalini Dharma

Just imagine being in breathtaking northern Italy, sipping your way through incredible Barberas and Dolcettos, and being able to treat yourself to a yoga class or aryuvedic 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.

Floripi Yoga & Kitesurf House

If you’re a lover of Sicilian wines and adventure, check out Floripi’s range of retreat packages. Guests can choose to meditate, deepen their yoga practice, or try their hands at kitesurfing and paddleboarding. Accommodation is simple but comfortable and well-thought-out. The truly adventurous can add on sky diving or a tour of Etna.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Elizabeth Metzgar began her career in wine by pouring in a tasting room on the East End of Long Island, NY. After moving to New York City, she landed a position at Chambers Street Wines where she was encouraged to pursue wine education at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET). She earned Level III certification there and has since earned California Wine Appellation Specialist and Certified Specialist of Wine certifications as well. After way too many moves, she is now nestled along the Central Coast in California where she is compiling an unofficial roster of dog-friendly tasting rooms.

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