Does it really get much better than staying in a location surrounded by wine? Likely not! And there are some exquisite locations positioned around our globe, from Cali to Tasmania, ideal for lifting a glass to the lips and whiling away the hours amongst grapevines and overlooking sunsets. Vineyards, you had us at merlot…
Moorilla Estate, Tasmania, Australia
Moorilla definitely isn’t your stereotypical vineyard, nor is it what you’d imagine when thinking of a traditional vineyard clad in old stone and grapevines. Located on the southeast corner of Tasmania – an island off the southern coast of mainland Australia, most commonly associated with the Tasmania devil – the futuristic-style vineyard has vines that produced their first wine back in 1962, and the vineyard began to extend in notoriety and in size, with a second vineyard, St Matthias, opening on the banks of Launceston’s Tamar River. Set in the middle of nowhere, the vineyard is one of difference, with the name translating directly into ‘rock by the water’ in various Aboriginal dialects.
The estate is also home to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), and provides a place to stay for those ready and willing to explore the vineyard, overlooking the River Derwent.
Lapostolle Residence, Santa Cruz, Chile
Viña Lapostolle is a winery and hotel set in such a picturesque location overlooking Chile’s spectacular Apalta Vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. Immersed in nature where the only sounds for miles are those of insects cricketing, you’ll enjoy a special menu for each wine, using organic vegetables from the garden and top-quality seasonal products. For the times when you’re not wine glass in hand, why not tour the vineyards on horseback, explore the surrounding mountains by bike or go al-fresco and enjoy the surroundings. Owned by winemaker Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, it’s the home to Clos Apalta winery, and definitely worth putting on the bucket list!
Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel, Duero Valley, Spain
Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel epitomises old school, middle-of-nowhere vineyards, where you wander through endless vines of grapes up dusty tracks and witness the most incredible sunsets, glass in hand. Set in Spain amongst hidden spots and plunge pools, Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel is rich in history; first founded 1366, Hacienda Zorita was originally a former hospice house and home to the Dominican Order, as well as being a location in which Christopher Columbus stayed. Guests can enjoy wine, of course, as well as wandering about the UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside staying in one of the 40 rooms and villas on offer or dining at one of the farm-to-table restaurants.
Villa La Verrière, Provence, France
Of course, there had to be the inclusion of a French vineyards, and Villa La Verrière in Provence is a stunningly stereotypical location, awash with elegant interiors inspired by the culture, landscape and colours of Provence and framed by endless amounts of greenery set in a picture-perfect location. The seven-bedroom villa adopts a forage-to-table culture, wrapped up with tennis courts, a gym, a wine tasting room and scenery to absorb for days.
Castello di Ama, Siena, Italy
With every single drop of wine made from their vineyards, Castello di Ama in Siena, Italy, is a completely authentic location perfect for a wine and dine. Family-run, the Ama takes its name from a small borgo, or agricultural hamlet, nestled in the hills at an altitude of almost 500 metres, and also hosts a contemporary art collection and five suits.
Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley, California, U.S.
Bernardus, located on California’s golden landscapes, triumphs farm-to-table and garden-to-glass culture, which can be enjoyed in the Lucia restaurant fresh from the organic garden. Just a walk down the road takes you to the Bernadus Winery, where you can enjoy a glass of wine made from hand-picked grapes and a tasting experience where you will be educated by a Bernardus Ambassador and learn about our world class wines. Back at your lodgings, fall asleep post-wine in rooms outfitted with stone fireplaces and deep-soak tubs.