Have you ever toured a castle while sipping on a delicious glass of wine? Castle hopping in Europe can be quite the adventure, especially when they’re located in wine country. Sprawled atop hills, vineyards or overlooking charming middle age villages, medieval castles and ruins of yore spark the imagination in all of us. Spend the night in a Tuscan castle located in the Chianti region or learn about a 13th century German knight while sipping on local Riesling wines.
Located in the hearts of wine regions such as Italy, Spain, Tuscany, Austria and more, these preserved medieval castles —some credited as UNESCO World Heritage sites—not only stroke your curiosity of the past but also fill your soul with historic wines.
Here are 12 castles to visit in famed European wine regions.
This historic 19th century castle was the former home of German politician Eduard Puricelli and is nestled in the heart of the Mosel region—known for some of the finest white wines in the world—surrounded by vineyards with breathtaking views of the Mosel River. Acquired by the Marriott Hotel’s Autograph Collection, Schloss Lieser has been beautifully restored to its former glory as a luxury boutique hotel. Its furnished rooms have been redesigned to the popular romantic style of the time featuring antique chairs, tables and original portraits of German nobility.
The castle has experiences for guests of all ages with various amenities located on and off the grounds. Flora lovers can take a stroll through the elegant castle grounds, wine lovers can partake in a Riesling wine tasting session on the terrace or enjoy the villages along the Moselle River in a canoe or on a paddle board.
Burg Hornberg Castle
Located along the romantic Neckertal (Neckar Valley), Hornberg Castle of knight Götz of Berlichingen, was once known for its long standing feuds with the Catholic diocese of Speyer. Today, this historic 11th century fortress serves as a boutique hotel and restaurant with repurposed tower rooms, suites and terraces that offer panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards located on the picturesque valley’s slopes.
This ancient castle is also a prominent vineyard and has a wine bar across from the gate entrance which doubles as a ticket office for castle tours. The combo wine store and museum offer a glimpse into the past as well as partake in sampling a wide variety of the local wines while browsing the winemaking equipment.
Residencia Real Castillo de Curiel
Ribera del Duero Madrid, Spain
With vineyard views from turreted ramparts and towers, Soave Castle is a stunning and fully restored medieval fortress located in the idyllic Verona wine region. Dating back to the 12th century, the castle is known for its history of barbarian invasions and feudal lord disputes. Today, the castle is open to the public year-round, and visitors can partake in guided tours that conclude on the roof with spectacular panoramic views of the vineyards and surrounding villages of Soave.
While the castle itself doesn’t have a wine cellar, you can still experience Soave wines by taking a twenty-minute walk to visit Cantina del Castello, a historic winery and cellar located along the main street of the Soave village. Here, you can sip unique styles of volcanic Soave DOC wines such as Ripasso, Amarone della Valpolicella, Soave Classico and Soave Brut.