Six Wine Retreats

Six Wine Retreats


It’s not all Guiness and mash in Ireland. The plush K-Club, located 30 minutes from Dublin, is a 69-bedroom hotel nestled among the rolling green hills. K Club’s wine cellar, originally built by Hugh Barton of the famous Bordeaux dynasty, offers a “cellar table” experience that allows guests to dine in the cellar, surrounded by hundreds of wines.

2. Ritz-Carlton Moscow

Forget caviar and vodka: The Pétrus Wine Room at the Ritz holds some of the rarest wines in the world. The collection of Château Pétrus includes the 1898 and 1990 vintages. Whisky aficionados can buy their favorite Macallan, the Fine and Rare vintage series spans from 1926 to 1976.

3. Castello Banfi

This luxury resort was built beside the walls and towers of a medieval fortress overlooking 7,100 acres of vineyards in Montalcino, Italy. Famous for its Brunello, the resort offers 14 luxury guest rooms and suites, wine tastings, vineyard treks, a glass and wine museum, and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

4. L’AND Vineyards & Resort

Rolling fields and locally owned vineyards line the roads to Montemor-o-Novo in Portugal, the home of L’AND Vineyards, a new luxury boutique hotel surrounded by its own vineyard and gardens. You’ll have the opportunity to make your own wine in the resort’s wine cellar, and to open the roof of your private villa to enjoy the thousands of stars each night.

5. Blantyre Resort

Formal dinners in a Scottish mansion are just the beginning of this wine excursion in Lenox, Massachusetts. Blantyre Resort (pictured right) boasts a wine cellar that includes selections dating back to the early 1800s, and rare vintages are brought out on occasion for the resort’s famed wine tastings and dinners, featuring vintners from around the world.

6. The Louise

This luxurious vineyard retreat is located in the heart of Australia’s Barossa Valley, home to bold Shiraz and crisp Riesling wines. Guests at The Louise can meet and sample the wines of some of the boutique wineries, or don a lab coat in a “Make Your Own Blend” class with a local winemaker.

Here are two additional must-visit wine retreats:

Veuve Clicquot

France’s Hôtel du Marc recently reopened after four years of renovations as the House of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. Located in Reims, it’s situated on the land Madame Clicquot herself acquired in 1822. Lucky visitors can enjoy the gold-hued Champagne after learning, by way of a private tour, about the brand that makes Champagne so famous. The hotel is open to guests by invitation only.


The lush landscape surrounding the Lapostolle Residence on this family-owned winery in Chile’s Colchagua Valley offers picturesque views of hillside Apalta vineyards. Each of the private casita suites is named after a grape varietal used in Lapostolle’s premier wine, Clos Apalta: Carmenère, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Published on December 22, 2011