The world's best wine hotels

Humans have been trampling grapes and distilling their potent juices since time immemorial (well, at least since 6000 BC) and today is no different as we still can’t imagine anything more suited to sipping at the end of a long day. Whether a rich Rioja by the fireside or a crisp chardonnay on the seafront, it doesn’t matter where, when or what season, wine is always our go-to. Wine tourism then is our inevitable next step, leading us to all corners of the Earth to enjoy the best and most coveted wines, moments from the vineyards they were bottled. Satisfying both our love of wine and our appreciation of luxury stays, we’ve compiled a list of the best wine hotels the world over.

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Benefitting from Portugal’s rich winemaking history is the Quinta da Pacheca, one of the best Douro Valley hotels at the heart of wine country.

1. The Yeatman - Porto, Portugal

Birthplace of Port wine and a UNESCO World Heritage city, Porto is the perfect place to raid a wine cellar or two, basing yourself at The Yeatman for heritage stays in among the medieval old centre beside the Douro River. As well as rooms named after Portuguese winemakers and beds made from wine barrels, The Yeatman surpasses other top wine hotels Portugal has to offer by providing weekly masterclasses, tastings and winemaker dinners at the two Michelin starred on-site restaurant, Gastronomic. During summer, sunset wine parties are also held, popping bottles from its cellar of 30,000 – one of the nation’s largest collections of Portuguese wine. See more of the city using our Porto travel guide.

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2. Quinta da Pacheca - Douro Valley, Portugal

Also benefitting from Portugal’s rich winemaking history is the Quinta da Pacheca, one of the best Douro Valley hotels at the heart of wine country. A winery and vineyard since the 16th century, Quinta da Pacheca is now also an upscale hotel, providing refined interiors, wine barrel rooms and a back patio opening out onto vineyard-laden hills cut through by the Douro River. Enjoy gourmet cuisine on site, staying busy by day for guided tours, tastings, picnics and cooking classes nearby. Read up on how to plan your dream Portugal itinerary.

Quinta da Pacheca, Douro Valley | Photo: Redcharlie

3. Hotel Marqués de Riscal - Rioja, Spain

Moving to the famed city of Rioja, Spain, we base ourselves in the Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a 21st century boutique hotel designed by architect Frank Gehry. Expect 5-star service and facilities all the way, getting beautified by grape remedies at the Vinothérapie spa and touring the historic wine bodega that dates back to 1858. Guests can also use the free bikes provided to pedal through the city, stopping at countless wineries as well as the Museo del Vino Dinastía Vivanco, Europe’s largest wine museum. Stay for longer following our 10-day Spain itinerary.

Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Spain | Photo: Jun Lee

4. Monteverdi - Tuscany, Italy

Nothing better than a sunset tipple overlooking the Tuscan countryside, and Monteverdi has this exact thing in hefty supply. Based on a medieval hilltop in Val d’Orcia, the hotel is well placed for excursions into the region, blending wine culture with art, architecture and hearty Italian food to die for. More of a small village than a single dwelling, Monteverdi covers a cobbled area complete with a 7-room villa, church, pool and a number of sunny courtyards to while away an afternoon. After being wined and dined to bursting, take a spa break or a tour of the 12th century castle ruins, pausing at the library, art gallery or culinary academy before immersing yourself in the infinity pool. Got 10 days to kill in Italy’s sunniest spot? Use our 10 day Tuscany itinerary as your guide.

5. Villa La Coste, Provence, France

In the heart of the French countryside, otherwise known as rosé country, Villa La Coste provides something a little different from your typical winery resort. Minimalist and contemporary, with works from the likes of Damien Hirst and Matisse adorning the grounds, this Provence hotel is a top choice for discerning wine lovers keen on the cutting edge. Enjoy the stunning glass architecture as much as the Alp and Mont Ventoux views beyond, moving across 600 acres to tour the high-tech winery, soak in the onsen and relax on the terrace afront a 15-metre outdoor pool lined by cypress and olive grove. Fill a long weekend in the region with our 5-day Provence itinerary.

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6. Le Sources de Caudalíe, Bordeaux, France

Lakefront between both vineyards and forest, Le Sources de Caudalie is a winery with lodging that allows for complete relaxation in nature. And not just any vineyard lies in the hotel’s backyard, but rather this is the vineyard of Château Smith Haut Lafitte of the great Pessac-Léognan wines which are famous to Bordeaux. And if none of that means anything to you, you can still appreciate the 16,000-bottle wine cellar served alongside meals at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant. At all other times, between touring the region and Bordeaux city centre just 20 minutes away, relax in the Caudalie Spa or outdoor pool in sublime surrounds. As well as Bordeaux, there’s a whole host of places to appreciate south of Paris; see our road trip through southern France to find out what.

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7. Campera Hotel - Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico

Skipping continents, we move from Europe to the Americas for more exotic twists on wine culture via Valle de Guadalupe’s Campera Hotel. Set within Mexico’s wine-growing region (just 90 minutes south of San Diego, California), the Campera Hotel hosts a selection of inflatable, eco-friendly bubble rooms each overlooking the Docepiedras vineyard. Besides stunning views and otherworldly abodes, the hotel also offers tours and tastings in one of the most underappreciated wine regions in the world, with on-site restaurant DOCE enhancing the experience with regional fusion spread over a six-course tasting menu. Fill two weeks in Mexico using our ultimate Mexico itinerary to help.

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Enjoy your time pairing wines with hunks of Argentinian beef amidst rustic natural scenery at the foot of the Andes in The Vines Resort & Spa

8. The Vines Resort & Spa - Mendoza, Argentina

Keeping it classy in West Argentina is The Vines Resort & Spa where Wine Camp experiences, cultivation education sessions and sensory lessons allow guests to immerse themselves in the highbrow world of South America’s wine industry. Enjoy your time pairing wines with hunks of Argentinian beef amidst rustic natural scenery at the foot of the Andes, taking optional sunrise or sunset horseback rides through the 1,500-acre grounds alongside local gauchos. All this can come complemented by yoga sessions, spa visits and al fresco aperitives, with Downtown Mendoza only 100 kilometres away for those who want to let loose. Learn more about this vibrant nation with our guide to gay Argentina.

Photo: The Vines Resort & Spa

Photo: The Vines Resort & Spa

9. Entre Cielos - Mendoza, Argentina

Another of Argentina’s best winery hotels comes in the form of Entre Cielos, also based near Mendoza at the centre of the country’s malbec growing region. Again shadowed by the Andes, Entre Cielos has breath-taking views from all of its boutique rooms, the minimalist Suite Loft in particular which imitates a space capsule on stilts above the vines. Though the Loft comes fitted with its own private terrace and hot tub, the other 15 rooms share a poolside lounge, an outdoor fitness course and two restaurants serving up both Argentine barbeque and upscale fusion. Of the activities available, wine tours, horseback riding, hot-air ballooning and mountain climbing are most popular, with the best Argentina food never far away.

10. Vik Chile - Millahue, San Vicente de Taguatagua, Chile

Of Chile’s best wineries with hotels adjacent, Vik Chile is a definite contender. Magnificently set within the Colchagua Valley on a hill above rolling vineyards, Vik Chile is as remote as it gets while still wanting that designer edge. The resort is named after its founder Alexander Vik, a Norwegian-Uruguayan billionaire whose mission it is to put Colchagua Valley on the map of world-class winemaking. Showcasing Japanese and Chilean artwork across 22 contemporary suites with Japanese design interwoven, Vik Chile comes back to its roots at mealtime for pure South American fare looking out over the dramatic landscape through floor-to-ceiling glass. During your stay, make the most of the 11,000 acre reserve with horseback riding, cycling and hiking, ending the day at the wine-infused holistic spa. Discover the wonders of gay Chile in full.

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11. La Residence - Franschhoek, South Africa

La Residence is a fine example of how South Africa does luxury wine resorts, rural in location and ornate in design just outside Franschhoek. The hotel lies in the foothills of the town’s namesake mountains, surrounded by both orchards and vineyards as the perfect getaway destination. With just 11 exclusive suites decorated in Indian chandeliers and mirrors, La Residence has a sociable feel and a flamboyant charm that is sure to rub off on its guests. Relax with a glass of Shiraz at any time of day, making room for hiking and cycling as well as visits to nearby galleries, museums and festival events in Franschhoek, South Africa’s foodie capital. Get to know the highlights of urban SA with our Cape Town travel guide.

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Cape Town | Photo: Kerry Murray

12. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel - Franschhoek, South Africa

A second in Franschhoek is the Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, set right within the happening town centre just 300 metres from Franschhoek Monument. Though within town, the hotel has a rural feel thanks to the 1860’s Cape-Dutch style cottage and traditional suites that overlook lush gardens and the Cape Winelands mountains. Wood-fired hot tubs and private pools make for great evenings in, though the town itself hosts some of the nation’s finest restaurants and Cape Town is also none too far. Want to do a wine tour in South Africa? How about exploring the Hermanus wine route?

13. The Louise - Barossa Valley, Australia

Now to Oceania, we start in Australia’s Barossa Valley for bush picnics with kangaroos, hot-air balloon rides and sweeping views over Shiraz country. The Louise is a luxurious first choice in the area, allowing for tours and day trips to discover the historic vineyards surrounding, such as to Seppeltsfield which is the only winery in the world to release a ‘new’ 100-year-old vintage each year. Hutton Vale Farm is also in reach for more down-to-earth experiences petting lambs and learning of yarn production on a sustainable vineyard. After a full day of wine blending and immersive tasting experiences, move back to the hotel for award-winning contemporary dining and vintage views. Don’t know how to spend two weeks in Australia? Read our guide on how to plan your dream Australia itinerary.

The Louise | Photo: John Montesi

14. Jackalope - Mornington Peninsula, Australia

One more hotel worth a mention in Australia is Jackalope, lying this time in the beachy region of Mornington Peninsula, just one hour from Melbourne. Framed by 28 acres of vineyards and paying homage to film icon David Lynch, Jackalope plays with the contrast of modernity and nature through stark minimalism and monochrome features to create a surreal, off-centre vibe. Laze on the back patio beside the infinity pool, eating under 10,000 lights at the on-site restaurant while looking out over Willow Creek Vineyard. Of the cool features at Jackalope, the Rain Room has to be the most memorable, where you can interact with the falling rain without ever getting wet. Discover more of Australia with our Melbourne travel guide.

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Photo: Doot Doot Doot Restaurant at Jackalope

15. The Marlborough Lodge - Marlborough, New Zealand

Finally, we venture to New Zealand to wet our lips with wines from the Marlborough region, resting in style at The Marlborough Lodge. Spread across a 16-acre estate, the historic lodge prides itself on its gourmet credentials, with 10 rooms perfectly secluded among parkland and vineyard. During the day you’ll want to get out and cruise the Marlborough Sound or fly in a helicopter, but come sunset it’s the Chapel Bar and outdoor fireplace that will appeal, followed by fresh local seafood at the on-site restaurant. Plan a trip to New Zealand with our ultimate New Zealand itinerary.

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