Apr 18, 2012 19:27 - annadewinter | 1,556 views
If, like me, you are a keen traveler and a fanatical wine lover you will certainly know where and what you like. You will also already know which vineyards in what countries offer the best wine-tastings. My top ten destinations have hotels that are located to provide you with access to the best wine producing areas. They will also furnish you with first-rate accommodation and facilities, that combined will make your vacation very enjoyable.
Since the 1990′s, Argentina has been producing some of the world’s finest organic wines. The Mendoza region is one of Argentina’s most beautiful quarters, as well as being the largest producer of Argentine wine. The Park Hyatt is a great place to stay due to its close proximity to some of the finest restaurants in the area.
What could be more romantic than a spa treatment? Add wine and you’ll have what Les Sources de Caudalie calls vinotherapy. Soaking in wine in more ways than one, visitors to the historic Bordeaux region will find relaxation and pampering at the top of the wine-list.
Couples who find mutually enjoyable activities are proven to stay together longer. Why not take a class together to learn more about your favorite beverage, or engage in a sensory exploration of wine? Less cerebral pursuits include golf, croquet, and discovering the local Michelin-starred restaurants at Meadowood in California’s Napa Valley.
Vina Montes offers some of the most breathtaking and beautiful scenery in all of the Colchagua Valley, Chile. The area is known as the domain of the Chilean cowboys (huaso). In my opinion Montes is among the most romantically located vineyards in the world.
France is naturally high on the list for lovers of fine wine. Caunes-Menervois is a great place to stay. The 16th century Hotel Alibert’s open stairway and courtyard with its Renaissance well is a setting right out of a romantic novel, with plenty of good wine that perfectly complements the atmosphere.
Italy’s historic Tuscany produces some of the finest and most consistent quality wines in the world. Nestled among the rolling hills lies the five-star Relais La Suvera, with rooms in the theme of historical figures. History and luxury come together to create a vacation you will never forget.
Visitors to Burghotel Schnellenberg are greeted by a welcome chiseled in stone: “Stranger, do not stay outside. My door is open to the traveler!” Their palates will receive a welcome as well, as Mosel in Germany is home to the world-famous delicate Riesling grapes that produce some of the most well-known and finest wines in the world.
The benefits of a Mediterranean type of climate combines with vistas that rival the Napa Valley to create South Africa’s famous wine country. Stellenbosch will allure visitors with its natural beauty and the wines are fantastic!
Hotel Healdsburg of Sonoma is far and away one of the most romantic wine-lovers’ spots in the entire world. Custom wine-tasting tours offer visitors opportunities to sample the area’s premier wines.
Last, but not least on our list of top ten destinations is the Barossa Valley. Australian wines are known for their full-hearted, fruity flavors and balance. This beautiful, rugged country has its own brand of earthy romance for visitors to this down-to-earth, close-knit community. The Novotel Barosa Valley Resort is in a central location, enabling visitors to explore the region’s wineries with ease.