John G. Knecht
Laurie Brookins
Sep 2020

Extraordinary vintages combine with excellent restaurants and accommodations in these bucolic establishments.

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Abadia Retuerta
Valladolid, Spain
Located in a 12th-century monastery, the five-star LeDomaine hotel and spa at Abadia Retuerta is surrounded by 510 acres of vineyards, making this spot two hours north of Madrid perfect for retreat-like privacy. Dine at the Michelin-starred Refectorio or book a customized treatment after the spa sommelier assesses your tastes and relaxation needs.

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Las Alcobas
St. Helena, California
Reserve a Vineyard View room at Napa Valley’s Las Alcobas and savor a glass of cabernet on the balcony, which offers a stunning Beringer Estates vista as well as plush furnishings and a firepit. This Marriott Luxury Collection hotel also boasts Acacia House, a farm-to-table restaurant by chef Chris Cosentino, and the tranquil Atrio Spa.

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Auberge du Soleil
Rutherford, California
French restaurateur Claude Rouas imagined a Napa Valley restaurant and hotel that felt like the South of France, and thus the iconic “Inn of the Sun” was born. Instead of vineyards, guests are surrounded by 33 hillside acres of olive trees; amenities include outdoor dining with spectacular views and an expansive pool.

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Simondium, South Africa
With a Dutch heritage that dates to 1692, Babylonstoren is a pristine farm and hotel located in the Cape Winelands region of South Africa. The beautifully planned gardens supply the three on-site restaurants, while Babylonstoren’s Garden Spa likewise harvests rosemary and lavender for luxe treatments. Walking tours, workshops and more make Babylonstoren a sublime experience.

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Bernardus Lodge & Spa
Carmel, California
Less than 30 minutes from the chic enclaves of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Barnardus Lodge & Spa recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation to add details like limestone fireplaces, deep soaking tubs and Italian linens in each guest room. Enjoy California-Mediterranean cuisine at chef Cal Stamenov’s Lucia, or book spa treatments inspired by the surrounding vineyards and gardens.

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Château d’Esclans
La Motte, France
Fans of French rosé wines should make a pilgrimage to Château d’Esclans, an Tuscan-style villa located in the heart of Provençe and built in the mid-19th century. An exclusive visit and tasting can be arranged for a private view into the making of the wildly popular Whispering Angel and other house labels.

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Gérard Bertrand
Narbonne, France
Château l’Hospitalet is the 38-room hotel on the estate owned by renowned winemaker (and former rugby star) Gérard Bertrand. Located roughly 12 miles from Mediterranean beaches, Château l’Hospitalet has been planned by Bertrand as a complete experience, from food-and-wine pairings at L’Art de Vivre, the on-site restaurant, to a summer jazz festival.

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Merricks North, Australia
A little more than an hour south of Melbourne, the Jackalope Hotel is surrounded by the 28-acre Willow Creek Vineyard, but this isn’t a typical winery estate. The modernist design includes artwork (a 23-foot-tall jackalope sculpture inspires the property), sophisticated restaurant and lounge spaces and a 30-meter black infinity pool.

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Quinta de Casaldronho
Lamego, Portugal
In the heart of Portugal’s Douro region, the 20-room Quinta de Casaldronho is perched high on a hilltop to overlook the vineyards integral to port wine production. The minimalist hotel’s design details include Portuguese cork, while amenities include an on-site restaurant, hiking trails and a rooftop pool that also takes advantage of the spectacular views.

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