Clear your mind by taking a big breath. Now imagine your ideal vacation. Is it a distinctive and welcoming location? Where would you like to go if you wanted to be pampered and relaxed? And, most importantly, do you have a good glass of wine in your hand? If that’s the case, we have a few suggestions for hotels to add to your itinerary. Sure, there are fantastic hotels near vineyards all over the place, but why not double up and stay at a hotel that has its vineyard? Here are 10 wonderful winery hotels that are sure to please oenophiles and wine lovers both.
1. The Louise, Australia
The Louise, a winery hotel in the Barossa Valley, is a great example of a winery hotel grandeur. The boutique hotel has only 15 high-concept design suites, all of which have views of the grape hillside. Guests can enjoy a meal with kangaroos, participate in wellness classes like mindfulness and meditation, and, of course, partake in a variety of wine-themed exercises like harvesting, wine tours, and the hotel’s founder’s wine tasting, which is “for recognizing wine lovers who wish to develop their understanding of elite wines of the Barossa,” according to the hotel.
2. Pałac Mierzęcin Wellness & Wine Resort, Poland
Spend a couple of days at the Palac Mierzecin Wellness & Wine Resort in Poland to feel like royalty on your next holiday. The resort, which is located in the Lubusz Voivodeship, is a picture-perfect getaway bordered by trees and lakes to discover, and a vineyard that spans over 21 acres, making it one of the country’s largest. Come sample its kernling and riesling, rondo, and zweigelt, as well as hybrids such as Siberia and muscat odesski.
3. Bernardus Lodge & Spa, United States
Bernardus, in the Carmel Valley foothills of California, is devoted to its wine-loving vocation. Due to its great west-facing aspect, and the region’s well-known sunny days and cool nights, founder Bernardus Pon chose the location for his vineyard and lodge. It also doesn’t harm that the land is breathtakingly beautiful. Visitors can unwind in elegant rooms with blazing fireplaces for year-round comfort, dine on seasonally inspired delicacies at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, relax in the Spa, or partake in an outdoor wine tasting under the Southern California sun.
4. Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Spain
Staying at Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Rioja will allow you to pair your wine with a work of art. The Frank Gehry-designed hotel looks to float in mid-air thanks to its outside metal ribbons that appear to sway in the breeze. The Rioja vineyards, which date back to 1858, can be seen from the interior. Guests can take a tour of the winery and sample its offerings there, or dine in the hotel’s restaurant, which also serves regional fare.
5. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Italy
There are many wine-themed hotels to choose from in Italy, but none compare to the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. The hotel, which is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, is the perfect spot to unwind. Guests can traverse the hotel’s 5,000-acre estate throughout their stay, which includes a vineyard tour, a spa, and other local delicacies like truffle hunting to round out the journey.
6. The Vines Resort & Spa, Argentina
The Vines Resort & Spa in Mendoza is the ideal blend of rustic and modern, bringing all the elements together for an unforgettable wine-filled getaway. Guests can enjoy a world-class treatment at the resort’s spa, inside the sprawling villas, and at the resort’s dining venues, which are overseen by famed Argentine chef Francis Mallmann. Visitors may even get their hands dirty by harvesting grapes and crafting their personalized wine in the resort’s vineyards, all while gazing out over the Andes.
7. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley
In November 2021, the long-awaited Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley opened in the heart of a working vineyard in Calistoga, California. It’s a destination resort that welcomes you to not just “raise a glass,” but also to relax in elegance. After a little wine tasting, guests are invited to unwind in the resort’s holistic spa, which features outdoor treatment spaces with views of the 22.5-acre property’s enormous vineyards.
8. Villa La Coste, France
Wine connoisseurs and art collectors will both concur that Villa La Coste should be on your must-see list. The minimalist boutique hotel has a museum-quality art collection on display, including pieces by Paul Matisse and Ai Weiwei. When guests are not admiring the artwork on the walls, they can gaze out over Mother Nature’s creations on the neighboring hillsides, which include infinite views of the Alps. Guests can sip from the hotel’s biodynamic crop at the winery or in the dining venue when they’re ready for a drink.
9. L’And Vineyards, Portugal
L’And Vineyards is one of the most prestigious wineries in the world. The resort, which is located in the Alentejo, has just 30 suites, all of which have outdoor living spaces with stunning views of organic red grapes such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Alicante Bouchet, and syrah. Visitors can take a tour of the vineyards or even take a class on how to read wine, as well as participate in other activities such as hot-air balloon rides, stargazing, and more.
10. La Residence, Luxury Franschhoek Hotel Accommodation, South Africa
Escape to La Residence in South Africa, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by cabernet sauvignon and shiraz vineyards, olive groves, and plum orchards. With suites decked in gold furnishings and large soaking tubs, a lobby dripping in chandeliers, a full-service spa, and a stunning mountain backdrop at every step, the 11-suite hotel redefines “opulence.” To cap off a terrific visit, do a tour and tasting at a local winery.