In wine resorts, luxury travel has become rustic

As the age of the cruise ship and Disney Resort fades, two values ​​come to dominate the desires of the modern traveler: first-hand experience and cultural authenticity.

These travelers abandon the spoiled environment of past visitors for a more natural environment, and value the experience. During a visit only. Add to that another arrogant trend in travel, the iPhone-armed epicurean, and the allure of a wine resort becomes clear as glass.

In fact, the wine resort intersects with many modern travel preferences. Located inside or next to the vineyards, guests closely experience the mechanisms of wine production; Even better, they taste it. By definition then, these resorts are located in off the beaten path, in the pristine hinterland where tourists rarely venture out.

Below is a selection of the world’s most noteworthy properties for this emerging travel trend. Stretching from the United States to Argentina, all these resorts masterfully combine modern luxury with rustic charm, balancing local authenticity with ornate luxury. And of course a lot of wine.

Chateau L’Hospitalte, Narbonne, France

Gerard Bertrand, a rugby player turned wine baron who renovated this charming resort last year, is a staunch proponent of growing grapes in an environmentally conscious way, without pesticides, and the resort’s aesthetics reflecting its eco-spirit. Towering trees obscure the grounds surrounding a beautiful mansion as a small pond next to the dining room gathers the abundant Mediterranean sun. Beyond the green Languedoc hills, the sea is easily visible from the sprawling vineyards. There are 41 well-appointed rooms on the 1,000-hectare site, including 28 suites.

In contrast to the bustling city of Cannes on the eastern side of France’s broad southern coast, the Languedoc region, where Bertrand grew up, is one of pristine landscapes, friendly locals, and medieval ruins (11th century Fontfroide Abbey, where Ridley Scott filmed his last film, The last duel a short drive away). In addition to vineyard tours, an on-site art gallery, spa, and yoga classes, the resort has also opened a small nearby beach resort with a shaded bar and restaurant.

Chateau of the Hospet in Narbonne, France.

Courtesy of Chateau L’Hospitalet

Six Senses Douro Valley – Samodães, Portugal

The Douro Valley, in Portugal’s sunny upper part, is one of the most underappreciated wine regions in the world. Port, a sweet red wine and the country’s most popular export alcohol, dominates production there and the cultivars used for it – Tinta Baroca, Tinto Cao, Torriga Nacional, Tinta Rories and Torriga Franca – account for most of the vineyards.

This valley of green hills, fed by the Douro River and overlooked by the hotel, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the oldest designated wine region on Earth. Known for its design aesthetics, this 60-room oasis occupies a 19th-century manor house, surrounded by vineyards. Like the gorgeous nearby city of Porto, the resort offers elegance and luxury without pretentiousness. With a great spa, sunny pool, and unlimited veno, this is a place to rejuvenate.

Meneghetti Wine & Winery Hotel – Istria, Croatia

Just opened in March, this 40-room boutique hotel is made of century-old stone and is located in the westernmost region of Istria, a predominantly Italianate province. The Istrian peninsula on which it is located, which was known to the Romans magical land It features pristine beaches that guests of Meneghetti can enjoy at the private beach club. The new resort is the property of the Relais & Chateaux, the owner of a famous French hotel. Beyond the vineyards and cavernous wine cellar located in the military barn, the property produces award-winning olive oil.

Grace Caviati, Salta Province, Argentina

Salta County, in Argentina’s mountainous northwest, is like a jumble between Arizona and Washington, with high-altitude fern forests and a desert dotted with cacti. The luxury Grace Cafayate is located in the Calchaquies Valley, which resembles the greener Sedona.

The resort, which includes a vineyard, spa, large pool, wine bar, and great restaurant, is part of “La Estancia de Cafayate,” a 1,360-acre property popular with equestrian athletes, all backed by sandy peaks. Wine is the largest industry in the valley, which rises 5,500 feet above sea level, on which little rain falls and a lot of sunshine; At night, galaxies dazzle. In the charming 19th-century town of Cafayate, several wine cellars are open for tours, with excellent hiking and horseback riding trails in the mountains.

Farmhouse Inn – Sonoma County, California

For a more intimate affair, there’s upscale rustic at Sonoma’s popular Farmhouse Inn, a 25-room full of charm and luxury. There’s a pool and spa on site, along with a Michelin-starred farm-to-table restaurant (get the antelope tenderloin), but the bulk of one’s time is spent there in the myriad vineyards.

Housed in an 1872 log building and today run by a brother and sister, The award-winning Inn collaborates with dozens of vineyards and artisans throughout Sonoma County for private tastings and tours reserved for hotel guests only. Drivers can be booked in advance or guests can choose to drive themselves in the on-site Volvo SUV. The rooms, complete with fireplaces, sliding doors, and large plush beds, blend country charm with modern refinement.

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