Few things go better with romance than wine. While you can get a great glass of red, white, or rosé at most high-end hotels, some spots put a special emphasis on vino. If accommodations with vineyard views, on-site tasting rooms, and grape-centric facials sound pretty appealing, consider these picturesque stays that are perfect for wine lovers.
Six Senses Douro Valley | Lamego, Portugal
Six Senses Douro Valley is the epitome of a holistic haven. Nestled amidst rolling hills and verdant vines, the artfully renovated 19th-century manor house channels tradition in a totally modern, luxurious, and mindful way. The activity calendar is filled with vino-centric pursuits, from vineyard walks to meetups with local producers. Thirsty for more? There are daily sommelier-led tastings in the wine library, plus an array of tempting wellness experiences.
Speaking of, the property is home to one of the most amour-inducing spas in the world.
The Vines Resort & Spa | Mendoza Argentina
A trip to Mendoza should be on every oenophile’s bucket list. Situated at the foot of the Andes Mountains and continuously honored among the top hotels on the planet, The Vines Resort & Spa conveys a distinct sense of place and connection to its roots. Guests can practice yoga in the lush vineyards or blend wine alongside the knowledgeable team. For a memorable date night, savor regional dishes, like slow-grilled rib eye, and Argentine Malbec at chef Francis Mallmann’s Siete Fuegos.
Babylonstoren | Simondium, South Africa
Just 45 minutes outside of Cape Town sits Stellenbosch. It’s here that you’ll discover Babylonstoren, a historic Cape Dutch farm renowned for its organic gardens, unique accommodations, and stellar gastronomic reputation. Babel serves up a mouth-watering breakfast spread every morning. And the farm-to-fork scrumptiousness continues well into the evening hours. Ready to get a little buzzed? Head to the winery for cellar tours and tastings. After a bottle of Syrah, retire to the comfort of your personal cottage.
Auberge du Soleil | Rutherford, California
Auberge du Soleil is the ultimate California wine country getaway. The exclusive Napa Valley institution lures lovebirds with its unbeatable location, romantic ambiance, and thoughtful service. Plus, you'd be hard pressed to find a perch on the property without soul-stirring vistas. Also worth bragging about? Gracefully appointed villas and a splendid pool. Private picnics in the sculpture garden are the stuff of honeymoon fantasies. For gastronomes, a three-course dinner with wine pairing at the Michelin-starred restaurant guarantees an unforgettable evening.
Belmond Castello di Casole | Casole d'Elsa SI, Italy
Dreaming of a romantic Tuscan retreat fit for royalty? Embrace countryside living at Belmond Castello di Casole. Rustic yet refined, the sprawling 10th-century estate offers a sophisticated stay with loads of pastoral charm and history. Over the years, it has played host to dignitaries, Tinseltown legends, and well-heeled travelers. Fantastic food and world-class wine are completed by sought-after pastimes, including visits to nearby farms, horseback riding, and foraging for truffles.
Warm, elegant rooms beckon after a day of recreation or leisure.
Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego | Elciego, Spain
Poised in the town of Elciego, the Frank Gehry showstopper wows oenophiles and, well, everyone who sees it. The whimsical, contemporary design of Hotel Marqués de Riscal stands out against the natural beauty of the vineyards. Incredible architecture is enhanced by the gourmet delights. Vino-curious guests have the opportunity to learn about wine-making and sip Rioja. Helmed by chef Francis Paniego, Marqués de Riscal Restaurant specializes in northern Spanish cuisine.
Don’t forget to book a signature Cabernet scrub at the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa.
The Allison Inn & Spa | Newberg, Oregon
Pinot noir enthusiasts know Willamette Valley. But this award-winning viticulture region has more to satisfy than fertile soil and medium-bodied, low-tannin reds. The Allison Inn & Spa celebrates its Oregonian heritage at every turn. Spaces flaunt custom-crafted furnishings and original artwork, while native flavors take center stage at Jory. Not surprisingly, there’s also an impressive cellar. In need of some pampering? You’re in luck. Relish vino-infused treatments, such as wine face masks and grape seed body wraps.