Our Hotels & Resorts Collection features over 950 of the world’s finest properties, and we’re proud to share some of our favorite inns, hotels and resorts in wine regions around the globe. Find perfect pairings and cellars stocked with rare vintages when we reserve your wine-country vacation.
This peaceful heartland of Northern California is home to more than 400 wineries and countless farm-to-table restaurants. Devote a day to following a wine trail and you may discover that the vintner himself is filling your glass or be invited to taste samples straight from the barrel. Personal connections also underscore your stay at the Farmhouse Inn, a boutique hotel where romance flows as freely as the pinot noir. Let a sommelier fill your in-room wine refrigerator with a customized selection, including the property’s own limited-production wines that appear in legendary restaurants like Spago and The French Laundry. The Farmhouse Inn’s own restaurant has earned a Michelin star for its artisanal cuisine — paired with California wines, of course. A farm-to-table spa menu is a natural extension of the inn’s philosophy, and we’ll treat you to $100 in credit for a locally inspired herb treatment, body scrub or massage.
TERROIR OF TUSCANY
In the romantic hills of Tuscany, sangiovese grapes are imbued with the soil’s limestone and mineral qualities that emerge in classic chianti and modern Super Tuscans. Beyond the wine, it’s the attention to detail and respect for tradition that endears you to this land — a philosophy shared by Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resort, a castle first erected in the 10th century. Its 100 acres were planted with olive groves and organic vineyards, and today it’s a mecca for tasting all that Tuscany has to offer. Tuck into handmade pappardelle pasta with boar ragout and a rustic saffron risotto in Ristorante Tosca or sip a robust Brunello di Montalcino in Bar Visconti’s Old Hollywood-inspired surrounds. Our gift to you is lunch and credit to use in the spa, housed in the estate’s former wine cellar, where you’ll find local ingredients such as Millefiori honey in the form of a crystallized body scrub.
LAVISH LOIRE VALLEY
If the original oil paintings, elegant parquet floors and twinkling chandeliers of France’s Château de la Barre seem fit for royalty, it’s because they are: the Count and Countess de Vanssay come from a 20-generation Loire Valley lineage and their home has remained in their family for more than 600 years. You’ll be greeted with a glass of cider pressed from local apples — an unexpected sweetness amidst the crisp white wines of surrounding vineyards. On a complimentary tour of a nearby estate vineyard, sample chenins stored in wine cellars built deep into the limestone hillside. Let us also arrange a day with the count himself, a dedicated oenophile who will escort you to his favorite wine producers in the valley. You’ll later recognize bottles being poured alongside the château’s elegant Grand Siècle Dinner.
PORTS OF PORTUGAL
The yellow exterior of Casa da Calçada recalls the sunshine that’s an essential ingredient for producing the robust reds and luscious ports thriving in Portugal’s Douro Valley. Add terraced mountaintop vineyards and a river mighty enough to sculpt cliffs from granite, and the result is the world’s first officially designated wine region. Your Relais & Châteaux hotel relies on these perfect conditions to cultivate its very own Portuguese vinho verde. You can also venture into the UNESCO-listed city of Porto to sip the spectrum of fortified wines from ruby to rosé, and visit nearby Amarante to dine on modern Portuguese cuisine at the Michelin-starred Largo do Paço.
MALBECS IN MENDOZA
Begin your day watching the sun crest the ridges of the Argentine Andes without ever leaving your room. Accommodations at the Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel, Casino & Spa overlook the range’s peaks and pinnacles, and equally exciting is the hotel’s proximity to a great viticulture capital of the world. Malbec grapes grow plump in the Andean foothills, so you can remain within the property’s double-height wine library for a sommelier-guided tasting or venture to tasting rooms proudly pouring the award-winning varietal. With a harvest that lands early in the year, Mendoza is the ideal place to chase vineyard experiences when the fruits of most other regions are still maturing.
FAMILIES IN FRANSCHHOEK
Few moments will ever compare to that first pour from a bottle of South African sauvignon blanc, hints of passion fruit lingering on your palate as you take in panoramic views of Klein Dassenberg Mountain Range. Each of 26 rooms in Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard — Sir Richard Branson’s 100-acre Cape Winelands property — is named for a wine native to this region (we’re partial to the Pinotage Suites for their separate lounge areas). Generations of global travelers will delight in the sprawling splendor of the Manor House, suitable for up to eight adults and six children with two exclusive swimming pools. Here, a dedicated team thoughtfully arranges every detail, from dining reservations at the Country Kitchen to an exhilarating day of horseback riding and wine tasting in a private cellar.
For more information or to book your Wine Country Trip-Of-A-Lifetime, contact Brad Martin at Anywhere Anytime Journeys.
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