A relative newcomer to wine tourism, Austria is looking for boldface names to add allure to the country’s famously bucolic landscape. New York architect Steven Holl designed the Loisium Wine Resort as a temple to all things vine-related. The brushed-aluminum structure houses an Aveda wine spa, hotel, and production facilities in a town, Langenlois, whose soil is honeycombed with wine caves.
Opus One’s limestone colonnades pay homage to old-world architecture, but the eclectic modern interior of this famed Napa winery (18th-century opera chairs share the floor with suede and chenille sofas) has made it an icon for wine tourism worldwide. The semi-submerged space gives the appearance that a fissure in the earth’s crust has opened, revealing row upon row of barrels. Glass in hand, make your way to the terrace for panoramic views.
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Chilean architect José Cruz Ovalle (a former sculptor) has created an elegantly sinuous pavilion of curved laminated wood to house the tasting room and production facilities of Viña Pérez Cruz, in the Malpo Alto Valley southeast of Santiago. Visitors sample Chilean reds in a space that, depending on the angle, resembles vines, barrels, or the interior of a giant musical instrument.
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According to Pascale Bernasse, president of French Wine Explorers, a boutique tour operator specializing in luxury wine vacations in France, the pick of tasting rooms among the myriad châteaux in France is Haut-Brion, in Bordeaux. She describes it as “classic without being stuffy” and particularly likes the grand rooms decorated with vintage portraits of previous owners. The château looks over a manicured park and flower garden guarded by large stone lions. Tastings are often held in the turret.
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For 200 years, Glengoyne has been using the water flowing from Dumgoyne Hill and the output of the surrounding barley fields to create a charismatic single malt whisky. Commonly considered Scotland’s most beautiful distillery, its whitewashed buildings and wooded glen blooming with bluebells and daffodils make for the perfect place to have a wee dram—or even to take a class on the fine art of master blending.
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The eclectic assortment of buildings at Giants, in the Hawke’s Bay wine-producing region, achieves a disarming farmhouse feel without sacrificing a sophisticated design ethos. Designed by New Zealand architect John Blair, this winery is in the only part of the country warm and dry enough for Bordeaux-style blends of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. Visitors sample the vintages in the Cellar Door tasting center, in the shadow of the Te Mata peaks, or bunk down in the Cellar Master’s Cottage.
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Sheltered from the elements by the Sierra de Cantabria mountains, the small (185-acre) Rioja-region Bodegas Ysios, one of Domecq Bodegas’ 11 wineries, is the work of celebrated Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. He took inspiration from an image of rows of barrels, creating a wood-and-aluminum roof that reflects the undulating geometry of the surrounding hills.
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Overlooking Keuka Lake in upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region, Heron Hill Winery references Greek Revival and traditional farm architecture (both of which can be found in abundance throughout the area). The cobblestoned floors of the airy, vaulted-ceiling Tasting Hall, where Rieslings and Chardonnays along with a selection of reds are poured, came from the nearby Hammondsport quarry.
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The native criollo architecture of the Carlos Pulenta winery in Argentina (an elegant mix of lofty ceilings and natural stone) is upstaged by the spectacular location. Nestled at the base of the Cordon del Plata range of the Andes, the winery, built in 2002, was one of the first to establish Mendoza as a prime wine tourism area. The French restaurant La Bourgogne is widely considered one of the region’s best—with mountain views to match. Don’t want to leave? Book a room at La Posada, the winery’s lodge.