A luxurious take on fine wine
f you think taste is the faintest of the senses, you haven’t tried a Malbec paired with a delicious Argentinian roast, or sipped a fruity Cabernet Sauvignon while soaking in the Australian sun, or a sweet Sauternes overlooking the French countryside. We discover the best keep secrets of the most famous wine regions, where the most exclusive resorts and hotels are hidden away among terroirs and wine cellars.
Surf and fine wine – Margaret River (Australia)
Combine vineyards with virgin beaches, local farmers markets with the caves of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, and beer and cheese tasting with seabeds reserved for snorkelling. Welcome to this Australian region, which boasts more than 200 wine producers and a Mediterranean climate, all under the spell of the Indian Ocean.
Cape Lodge, a hotel located deep in Margaret River, offers guided tours around wine cellars and seasonal meals at their lakeside restaurant. Pair lobster with truffle butter with a fine white wine (a 2014 Chardonnay de Mantra Wines, for example) and soak up the view.
Raise a glass to wellbeing
Caudalie Marqués de Riscal in Valladolid (Spain) is a haven of wine therapy located in a tourist complex. 1,400 square metres specialising in wellness offering wet and dry treatments based on the essence of the grape to invigorate the skin.
Glamorous vineyards – Napa Valley (United States)
Route 29 and the panoramic Wine Train cover a region dotted with over 400 wineries and a century-long wine tradition. Napa Valley is home to Domaine Chandon, a true sparkling wine pioneer, as well as to the Robert Mondavi and Beaulieu Vineyards.
Located high atop the valley hills, the Meadowood Napa Valley complex is a meeting point for local producers and winemakers. The hotel hosts tastings of the main wines from the region as well as conferences, all in a unique natural setting. The restaurant has three Michelin stars and has been defined as “the epitome of wine country-chic”.
Full bodied red wines – Ribera del Duero (Spain)
Over 300 wineries have obtained the Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin. The region is renowned for its red wines, at least 75% of which are produced with Tempranillo grapes. The most select wines are called Gran Reserva and undergo a minimum ageing period of 60 months in an oak barrel and a bottle, giving the wine a highly nuanced flavour.
Located on the banks of river Duero, Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is a five-star hotel built in a restored 12-century Romanesque monastery. In addition to visiting one of the most innovative and technologically advanced wineries in Europe, guests can also take part in activities related to wine culture and wine making.
Firm and fruit-forward – Mendoza (Argentina)
“I wanted to cook with Argentine ingredients and wood fires, the way I had seen gauchos and Indians cook when I was growing up in Patagonia,” says Francis Mallmann, acclaimed chef of the restaurant Siete Fuegos at The Vines Resort and Spa.
His winery serves Malbec, the emblematic variety that put Mendoza on the map for wine lovers. This region, located at the foot of the Andes, produces around 70% of this Argentinean wine. Hosts can take part in the process, pruning the vines and treading on grapes to make wine in their barrel.