Napa Valley is synonymous with wine country in the United States. With hundreds of wineries and vineyards in the region, it’s hard to pick just one to visit.
Wine Country Inn & Cottages
St. Helena, CA
Along with being famous for wine, Napa is also famous for its steep prices. Wine Country Inn & Cottages is a surprisingly economical option – and you won’t forego any beauty or charm. Lodging options include five luxury cottages, suites, or one of 20 guest rooms and plenty of decks to enjoy the vineyard views.
“A perfect stay in the Napa region – a private cottage with a private patio with vineyard views. A gas fireplace created a cozy setting in the living area. A sprawling bathroom housed a jacuzzi tub and a steam shower. The addition of a reading nook and refrigerator were icing on the cake. The complimentary breakfast included a delicious quiche and plenty of fresh fruit and cheese.” – TripAdvisor traveler joeydomer
For an upscale resort experience, check out Hotel Yountville. Aside from countless wine tastings (and a car service that will bring you to other wineries and restaurants), the hotel also offers luxury spa services and will arrange hot air balloon excursions.
“Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Hotel, grounds and lobby are very attractive. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Rooms were large, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Poolside area was beautiful and had large loungers, which were great for relaxing with drinks at the end of the day. Gorgeous fire pits by the pool were lit at night were absolutely stunning. Hotel is in a great location with many restaurants just up the street. Hotel staff happily drove us to dinner each night and there is also a free trolley that runs up and down the street making it very convenient for everything.” – TripAdvisor traveler sandygann
Europe takes the vineyard game to a whole new level. With centuries-old chateaus and castles, and a reputation for exceptional food and wine, France is a no-brainer for those who want a magical vineyard vacation.
Hotel Crillon le Brave
This 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice is a manor in the region of Provence called Hotel Crillon le Brave. The stone structure stands tall in among rolling hills, vast fields and – of course – vineyards. The hotel offers a spa, pool and arrangements for local activities.
“This hotel is the epitome of 5* luxury. With its stunning panoramic views over the lavender fields, cherry trees, vineyards and olive groves of the nearby countryside and of course the view of Mont Ventoux, the setting of this hotel is perfect.” – TripAdvisor traveler pinkinik
“Everything was beautifully appointed and the whole property smelled amazing. The spa was amazing. The food at every restaurant was outstanding and, of course, the wine was even better! The room was huge and they had fresh flowers, sparkling wine, and a welcome gift waiting on our arrival.” – TripAdvisor traveler KristinCulb
Chateau de Citeaux La Cueillette
Chateau de Citeaux La Cueillette is a stately manor with a mix of old-world and modern décor throughout. Guests can enjoy a spa and gourmet food in a decadently decorated dining room.
“The room was finished to a very high standard. We were extremely well looked after by the receptionist and also by the restaurant staff. The food was superb, not cheap but excellent quality in wonderful surroundings.” – TripAdvisor traveler Richard
You can’t talk about wine without mentioning Italy. The region of Tuscany is famous for its beautiful landscape and great wineries. There are hundreds of vineyards to choose from; here are a couple to consider.
Greve in Chianti, Italy
Villa Bordoni, a boutique hotel in Chianti overlooks stunning, picturesque vineyards – rows upon rows of vineyards. The villa is the former country home of the Bordoni family from Florence. Its origins date all the way back to 11th century, but it was in the 18th century that the vineyards began producing Chianti wine.
“There are not enough words to accurately describe just how perfect our stay at Villa Bordoni was–pure magic! From the incredible and family-like staff, to the breathtaking views, impeccable grounds and dreamy pool it truly is perfection in every way. We were given incredible hiking trails, set up with a private wine tour of one of the most incredible places we’ve ever seen (and we have done quite a few vineyard trips), a top notch cooking class with endless amounts of wine to boot!” – TripAdvisor traveler Jessie h
“This gorgeous property is steeped in history and the owners have maintained a rustic, luxurious feel. The grounds are stunning, as are the surrounding vineyards. The staff was phenomenal and accommodating.”– TripAdvisor traveler gabrielle s
Castello di Spaltenna Exclusive Tuscan Resort & Spa
Staying at Castello di Spaltenna is like stepping back in time. The main hotel – a castle – overlooks the Tuscan landscape. Nearby, in the medieval village of Borgo di Vertine, are two apartments owned by the hotel for guests who want a more independent experience. The hotel is located near many vineyards where you can enjoy tours of the picturesque landscapes and, of course, sample some of the Chianti region’s famous wines. The hotel’s wine shop sells six exclusive wine labels made from the area’s finest grapes.
“It’s tucked into a hillside with vineyards all around the property. It’s a beautiful property. Our suite was very comfortable and clean. The breakfast was amazing.” –TripAdvisor traveler bob t
“The surrounding countryside is magnificent, with vineyards and olive orchards. There is abundant biking and hiking, which the resort can help you with, It is hilly, so be prepared for a workout.” – TripAdvisor traveler steven g
Spain’s wine region is scattered throughout the country, so you’ll find your spot whether you’re looking for a coastal Mediterranean experience vacation or something on the countryside.
Hotel Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine
Sardon de Duero, Spain
“After recently staying at LeDomaine, I now have a revised concept of what luxury is. Wish I could give this hotel six stars. Luxury here is in the experience: History, architectural beauty, attention to detail, spaciousness, tranquility, vineyard views, spa perfection, and Michelin-star cuisine. The hotel’s historical setting (12th century abbey, immaculately restored) and sophisticated, modern touches blend seamlessly.” – TripAdvisor traveler pw1986
“Exceptional doesn’t begin to describe this extraordinary refuge, set in the midst of vineyards. Architecturally stunning, this restored abbey is undoubtedly Spain’s finest luxury hotel, blending a storied past with a sophisticated present. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the monks chanting, it’s that magical.” – TripAdvisor traveler pgworld
Unless you’re a big Riesling connoisseur, Germany probably isn’t the first place you would think in Europe to go on a wine tour. But the countryside is home to some of the most magical vineyards around.
Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg
TripAdvisor reviewers can’t rave enough about the fairytale castle that is Castle Hotel Auf Schoenburg. Located in the Middle Rhine Valley, the castle towers over lush gardens (including a “secret garden”), the river and vineyards. The interior, decorated in traditional German aesthetic, is like walking into a Brother Grimm fairytale.
“This was truly one of the most magical places I have ever been. The rooms are stunning! Hovering over the small town of Oberwesel, this castle commands a spectacular view of the vineyard-covered Rhine River Valley. …Waking up to a foggy morning set us even further in to a fairy-tale as we set out to find the castle’s secret garden; which was absolutely magical, and a photographer’s dream!” – TripAdvisor traveler TS B
“I recommend the wine tour also as we had a memorable experience visiting the tour guides vineyard and wine tasting. We had wines posted back home and was delivered when we arrived home.” – TripAdvisor traveler aussietripper73
With a country as large as Australia, it’s no surprise that its wine country is expansive – with more than 60 designated wine regions. Head to the west if you want sauvignon blanc or head to the Melbourne area for pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine. But Australia’s most iconic wine is the shiraz produced in South Australia. The world’s oldest shiraz vineyards are found in in South Australia’s Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale.
Juxtaposed with the ancient vineyard hotels of Europe, Longview Vineyard is a completely modern oasis in South Australia. The hotel is a modular metal structure with porches overlooking the vast landscape. The winery’s bottles mimic the artistic aesthetic of the hotel. For example, the bottles of The Piece, Longview’s Shiraz, are adorned with graffiti.
“From the moment we arrived at Longview Vineyard we were impressed. The location is stunning and the layout of the property is great. We enjoyed beautiful food and wine by the open fire. The accommodation was very comfortable and the breakfast provisions were perfect. We can’t wait to go back there!” – TripAdvisor traveler libbyjharris
“Modern facilities and great architectural designed suites. Very well priced. Great views of the vineyard. Also friendly staff and lovely winery. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting the wine regions of South Australia.” – TripAdvisor traveler Rosita s