Castello Banfi - Il Borgo
A full day of wine tasting can be strenuous, so it’s essential that travelers sampling the best a wine region offers have a comfortable place to rest their weary bones (and foggy heads). Beyond the promise of a good night’s rest, there are a collection of hotels in wine regions across the globe that get extra credit for catering especially to the wine lovers of the world.
Between expert-led winery tours arranged by a hotel and incredible in-house selections of local wines, properties like the Park Hyatt Mendoza and Domaine Hauts Loire are destinations unto themselves for anyone who enjoys wine, but the hotels on our list can offer much more than proximity to the world’s greatest vineyards. For instance, Meadowood in Napa, Calif., has created a full menu of classes with their director of wine education, like a sensory exploration of wine or a discussion of Napa’s unique terroir. Not to mention golf, croquet, spa treatments, and a Michelin-three-starred restaurant.
Speaking of spa treatments, Les Sources de Caudalie in the heart of Bordeaux wine country, indeed set on its own vineyard, designed its own style of spa therapy, called vinotherapy, for those who love wine so much that they want to literally soak in it. Perhaps the hotelier that best knows what lies within the heart of a wine enthusiast is one who is also a winemaker, as at Il Borgo in Tuscany, owned by the Mariani family of Castello Banfi wines. Guests get the opportunity to trace winemaking from the on-site vineyards to the nitrogen bottling process to the uncorking around a table at La Taverna.
With so many unique experiences on offer, each of these 10 hotels deserves to be on every wine lover’s do-before-you-die bucket list. The sight of hills and valleys undulating with rows of grapevines never seems to get old — perhaps it’s a sense of the impressive work it takes to exert order on the rugged land or the promise of a bottle that's contents so exquisitely exude the sunlight and soil of those hills. Set amidst gorgeous wine countries, these hotels understand that people who love wine enjoy the excitement of discovery and appreciate life’s pleasures.