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Places to go when you want your wine to come in hectares
Buying your wine in a supermarket is like studying history by going to a museum. It works, it's fine, but for the best results, you need context, and there's no context better than the place where it all happened.

 

Don't forget your corkscrew.

 

 

1. Marqués de Riscal, Alava, Spain

 

Marques de Risqual

 
Wine tasting with modern design.


Love it or hate it, Frank Ghery’s contemporary makeover of the age-old Spanish Marques de Riscal winery has catapulted the tiny village of El Ciego into the 21st century.

 

Slightly surreal, and sublime, Ghery’s distinctive titanium wave-roof stands out proudly amidst the Riojan vineyards. The bedrooms are a snapshot of the future; in fact you’ll need a Ph.D in electronics to work out the lights and sleek Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TV. 

To sample the wine with a view, head to the hotel’s spectacular rooftop lounge, the perfect spot overlooking El Ciego’s medieval cathedral to try one of the 1,000 bottles from the Vinoteca bar.

Rates: From €250 (US$334) a night per room.

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2. Cavas Wine Lodge, Mendoza, Argentina

 

Cavas Wine Lodge

Don't just drink wine, bathe in it.


At Cavas Wine Lodge, a stunning winery in the heart of Argentina’s wine country, local bon viveurs believe that wine not only has a place on the dinner table, but also as part of a treatment at the in-house spa.

 

Cavas was the first winery in Argentina to introduce the concept of the wine-bath as a spa treatment. But a visit to Cavas is not just about taking a dip in their trademark full-bodied red.

Set in a 14-hectare vineyard, the winery offers apartment-style rooms tucked among the vines, while the roof terrace is a great place for some quality quaffing at sunset with a view across some of the best vineyards in the Andes.

Rates: €560 (US$748) a night

www.cavaswinelodge.com

3.  Les Sources des Caudalies, Bordeaux, France

 

Les Sources des Caudalies

History comes in glasses here.


To spend a night at Les Sources de Caudalie is not only to treat yourself to one of Bordeaux’s most luxurious hotels and spas, but to immerse yourself in the traditions of French viticulture in a wine-growing community that can trace its beginnings to the 14th century.

 

The 56-hectare vineyard of Les Sources de Caudalie has been voted the best hotel in Europe by Condé Naste Traveller magazine.

The phrase “vinotherapie spa” was invented here after a hot spring with unusually high concentrations of minerals was found running 500 meters below the chateau’s foundations.

Rates: From €200 (US$267) a night per room

www.sourcesdecaudalie.com

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4. Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

Ken Forrester

Rent a little piece of South African vintage.


Stellenbosch is considered one of the most beautiful wine areas in the world, with a Mediterranean climate and scenery reminiscent of the Napa Valley, without the crowds.

 

Here you’ll find the renowned Ken Forrester winery, situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, where there are two cottages which you can call home for the duration of your stay.

Goose (sleeps one) and Victorian (sleeps three) make for a great romantic weekend. Built in the Cape Dutch style, the cottages have rustic mahogany beams and fully furnished interiors.

Rates: NA

www.kenforresterwines.com

5. Casa Antacura, Mendoza, Argentina

 

Casa Antacura

There's a library too, if you can drag your eyes from the scenery.


This eight-bedroomed lodge in the Uco Valley in the heart of Mendoza wine country offers  jaw-dropping views from all of the rooms over the vineyards to the snow-capped Andes beyond.

 

There’s an Olympic-sized swimming pool to practice your lazy breaststoke, but the heart of the lodge is the grand library, stocked with more than 8,000 books to keep you entertained, with a glass of Antacura’s finest vintage to hand.

Rates: From US$225

www.casaantucura.com

 

 


 

 
 







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