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A Life of Cultivation

7 Hotels with On-site Vineyards
  • Les Sources de Caudalie

    Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux

  • Bernardus Lodge

    Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley

  • The Cellars-Hohenort

    The Cellars-Hohenort, Cape Town

  • Il Borro

    Il Borro, Tuscany

  • Algodon Wine Estates

    Algodon Wine Estates, Mendoza

  • Calistoga Ranch

    Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley

  • Cape Lodge

    Cape Lodge, Western Australia

November, 2012

There’s more to a wine-country getaway than swirling, sniffing and sipping. It’s as much about the fantasy of packing up, finding a nice little vine-covered slope to call one’s own, and settling into the wine-country lifestyle — and so much the better if the finished wines, the pastoral scenes, the fine food and the good life can be supplied without any of that pesky pruning and picking. With these seven vineyard-hotels scattered all over the globe, it’s practically always harvest season somewhere.

1.

Calistoga Ranch
Napa Valley, California — The Napa Valley’s most luxurious lodging option has a vineyard of its own, a gorgeous lakeside restaurant whose wine list features plenty of its prestigious winemaking neighbors, and private tastings hosted by the region’s top vintners.
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2.

Bernardus Lodge
Carmel Valley, California — If the pictures don’t say it all, the numbers do: 34,000 bottles and 1,800 labels in the cellar of this vineyard-affiliated resort. The chef’s table here was good enough for Julia Child and Eric Ripert, but it’s the outdoor terrace with panoramic views of the valley that offers the most scenic sipping.
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3.

The Cellars-Hohenort
Cape Town, South Africa — Take a sunny manor house on a Costantia Valley winery, drop Table Mountain in the background, then add one of the finest restaurants in South Africa — and you’ve got a jaw-droppingly scenic wine-country retreat.
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4.

Il Borro
Tuscany, Italy — With its hundred-plus acre vineyard and winery (not to mention an entire restored medieval village), this sprawling Tuscan estate owned by the Ferragamo family may well be the family-run agriturismo to end all family-run agriturismos.
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5.

Algodon Wine Estates
Mendoza, Argentina — If the estancia’s very own malbec and bonarda produced with grapes from the hotel’s vineyards don’t completely satiate, try the “wine therapy” bath products found in the stone-tiled bathrooms. And then afterwards, there’s always a round of 18 on the estancia’s onsite golf course.
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6.

Les Sources de Caudalie
Bordeaux, France — Set on the grounds of an exemplary organic vineyard in Bordeaux, Les Sources de Caudalie has a 15,000-bottle cellar that offers plenty of pairing options for its phenomenal French country cooking. For fuller immersion, try the spa’s “vinothérapie” options.
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7.

Cape Lodge
Margaret River, Western Australia — For chardonnay drinkers, the Margaret River region of Western Australia merits a pilgrimage. With the Cape Lodge’s ultra-plush Vineyard Residence and an award-winning restaurant, you’ve got all the trimmings of a worthy wine-country experience.
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