Vineyard Vacations

March 06, 2012

What could be better than enjoying leisurely days spent swilling and savoring, surrounded by breathtaking sun-burnished vineyards, multi-course tasting menus and wine therapy treatments? Perhaps nothing!
Vineyard Vacations are quickly becoming a favorite among savvy foodies and enoturism lovers like me. I always include a country escape as part of my travel itinerary whenever possible and with great vineyards on virtually every continent, the choices are endless.
So whether you prefer full-bodied Chianti or an aromatic Gewürztraminer, there’s something on the menu for every palette.

Here are my favorites:

In the heart of the Rioja wine region, the MARQUÉS DE RISCAL is set at a 150-year-old winery. Designed by Frank Gehry, his touches reflect that influence. An example is the roof, constructed from curved plates of titanium to symbolize a grapevine just before the fruit is harvested. The hotel itself is a true work of art!


Since acquiring the estate in South Africa, Laurence Graff’s singular vision was to transform the DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE into one of the country’s premier wine and hospitality destinations, aimed at thrilling the most discerning of clientele. Mission Accomplished!

The first Lodge of its kind in South America, CAVAS WINE LODGE is blessed by the natural beauty of Mendoza. Nestled in a 35 acre vineyard, Cavas Wine Lodge is strategically located between the best known wineries and the magnificent Andes Mountain range. The perfect choice for true wine connoisseurs!


Surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, steps from Calistoga in northern Napa Valley, SOLAGE CALISTOGA HOTEL brings a refreshing new twist to the wine country resort lifestyle. Come and experience Napa Valley resort hospitality in a whole new light!


Regarded by many as the finest vineyard chateau hotel in the world, the CHÂTEAU DE BAGNOLS sits proudly amongst the Beaujolais vines and lush green hills. This luxury hotel near Lyon has a moat, a drawbridge and towers of honey-coloured stone. Some might say it is picture perfect!


Formerly home to the Florentine nobility, VILLA DIEVOLE is now a Tuscan luxury hotel with 27 suites and double rooms, spread throughout several buildings, all with beautiful views over vineyards and olive groves. Experience the warm welcome and relaxed lifestyle in the heart of Chianti Classico in Tuscany!

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