11 Hotels Where You Can Take a Wine Vacation
Sometimes you need to shake it up and try something new on vacation. For wine lovers, however, vineyards hold a strong allure, and it can be hard to pass up an opportunity to have a winery within driving distance.
Oenophiles don't have to go to wine country, though. These hotels offer amenities and exclusive experiences for wine lovers. From a 17th-century wine cellar to personalized wine classes in Portugal, these hotels offer the ultimate wine-centric vacations.
Hotel 71 — Quebec City, Quebec
Tucked away in Le Petit Champlain section of Quebec City, Hotel 71 is a sleek, sophisticated, modern hotel with so much charm you’re not sure how it could actually be modern. This hotel also has a not-so-hidden secret for wine lovers. In the lobby, it has a wine vending machine: You select your wine through the machine and receive a generous pour.
The Stafford London — London, England
Home to a wine cellar built in the 17th century by Lord Francis Godolphin, the cellar at The Stafford London now contains more than 8,000 bottles wine. Master Sommelier, Gino Nardella, hosts wine tastings and wine-pairing dinners throughout the year. A candlelit tour takes guests through the entire collection.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island — The Maldives
A bucket list item for many, the Maldives now offers another reason to find your way there: a subterranean wine cellar. Featured at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the wine cellar has more than 20,000 bottles of wine and up to 1,400 labels – the most in the Maldives. Here, you can sit with up to 12 guests as you’re guided by the head sommelier on an interactive journey, presented on personal video screens, through the old and new world wine regions. There is also a blind tasting of three of the wines during the main course.
The Confidante — Miami Beach, Miami
Miami Beach, Miami is definitely the place for pool party hopping and not vineyard hopping. However, The Confidante, a playful beach house-inspired resort that combines the vibrant glamour of Miami's past with the sophistication and amenities of modern day has you covered if you’re a wine lover. This hotel has in-room Plum Wine dispensers, for a glass anytime.
Park Hotel Vitznau — Vitznau, Switzerland
The Park Hotel Vitznau in Vitznau, Switzerland has not one, but six wine cellars housing more than 30,000 bottles of wine in a museum-style. The French wines feel right at home stored on stone shelves behind Bathalzar and Salmanazar bottles with wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy. Old World wines - maturing in wooden pentagonal wine racks. Dating from 1811, the oldest wine is stored in a golden casket. The hotel has an array of New World wines as well from countries including Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Germany.
Grand Velas Los Cabos — Los Cabos, Mexico
Even though it isn’t within Mexico’s wine country, the Grand Velas Los Cabos resort offers an ultimate wine retreat. The experience features wine spa treatments, Michelin-star dining in the middle of a vineyard, and private jet transportation to Ensenada to Baja California’s top wineries for special wine tastings and to make one’s own vintage.
Dorado Beach at Ritz Carlton Reserve — Dorado, Puerto Rico
If you are looking for the perfect combination of beach and wine, Dorado Beach at Ritz Carlton Reserve should be on the top of your list. The secluded sanctuary has more than 3,000 bottles of wine available with an array of by-the-glass options you won’t be able to get through no matter how long your vacation is.
The Yeatman — Porto, Portugal
Portugal’s wine country, the Douro Valley, is two hours away from this Porto-based resort, but that doesn’t mean that there is any less of an emphasis on the wine culture. The Yeatman has more than 20,000 bottles of wine in its cellar, wine flights paired with Portuguese bites available at its on-site restaurants, and personalized wine classes. If you get tired of sipping, you can take a break at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa. Each of The Yeatman’s 82 rooms has a wine sponsor, while Master Suite 008 is designed with a wine-barrel bed.
Ponta Dos Ganchos — Santa Catarina, Brazil
If the beach views and sunsets aren’t enough to make you drop your cabernet-per-day habit, Brazil-based Ponta Dos Ganchos has a solution – come here. The hotel has an Old-meets-New-World wine list and gives personalized wine-pairing dinners on the beach. All of the bungalows are stocked with a selection of wines.
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris — Paris, France
While it may seem that all of France is wine country, the city of Paris is an exception. In Paris, however, stands the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris and within it, a secret wine cellar that holds 50,000 bottles. Award-winning sommelier and director of Le Cinq*** restaurant, Eric Beaumard, is available to take you on a wine tasting journey through France as you swirl and sip by candlelight and enjoy gourgère puff pastries, charcuterie and cheese.
Sheen Falls Lodge — Kenmare, Ireland
One of Ireland’s largest public collections of wine (more than 10,000 bottles from 18 countries!) is housed at Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare. If you’re interested in taking a longer vacation, the hotel offers a three-weekend wine course that is designed to help you make the most of your wine drinking experience. (Attending all three is not the only option, however, you can attend just one.) You can also choose to select your own wine from the cellar to accompany your meal or you can head down there for a private reception, after-dinner port or whiskey tastings, and small private dinners.