8 Resorts Built Directly on Vineyards (So You Can Keep Your Buzz Going All Vacation Long)
If your dream vacay is anywhere with a glass of wine and a nice view, then we’ll see your vacation and raise you this: vacationing on a vineyard. We know, it's basically your perfect getaway on steroids. At each of these exquisite properties, the luxury of sophisticated hospitality is combined with unparalleled views of the vines and a one-of-a-kind experience fit for an oenophile. (Another pour, please. We’re not driving.)
Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
This place is a must-stop on any South Africa itinerary, even if only to take in a sensational lunch and witness South African artist Anton Smit’s sandstone head sculpture—all of which overlook the dramatic landscapes of this working wine estate. If you’re lucky enough to stay in one of the six elegant rooms at this lodge-style retreat, you’ll have found the ultimate in seclusion and privacy and New World wine bliss.
ABADIA RETUERTA LEDOMAINE (Sardon De Duero, Spain)
Surrounded by 500 acres of vineyard perfection, this dreamy, medieval estate is the bucket list trip or honeymoon spot for those looking for Old-World wine vibes. Built inside a historic abbey that dates back to the 12th (!) century, this masterfully restored property offers the luxurious accommodations and incredible service you’d expect at any Relais & Châteaux hotel, complete with a Michelin-starred dining room and a spa focused on vinotherapy—meaning it even incorporates the wine into its treatments. (You’ll know where to find us.)
Vedema Resort (Santorini, Greece)
Set amid vineyards growing Assyrtiko (a grape unique to the island), this Grecian island resort puts wine front and center. After a day of enjoying local vintages by the pool and sundeck, consider pairing your krasi with some contemporary Greek seafood at the hotel’s restaurant, ALATI, which serves dinner in a 400-year-old wine vault where stone walls, candle chandeliers and tapered candelabras dripping wax will make you swear you’re eating inside a Game of Thrones set.
Las Alcobas (St. Helena, Ca)
This boutique hotel in wine country is centered around a renovated Victorian farmhouse (swoon) and one of the most picturesque pool areas—also overlooking vineyards—that you’ll ever feast your wine-loving eyes on. But our favorite part might just be the rooms. Think: Huge sliding glass doors that lead out to plush seating areas and outdoor fireplaces, all less than 100 feet from the grapes. Some rooms even have private soaking tubs on the patio, in case you’re looking for a little extra solitude—or a third-glass-of-white-in skinny dip.
Vik Chile (Millahue, Chile)
At this Chilean destination, you’ll find a luxe, spaceship-like hotel full of contemporary art that backs up to an expansive 10,000-plus acres of natural splendor. All of the well-appointed guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows to show off the impressive views over the Vina Vik Vineyard—which is focused on producing holistic, organic-style wines—or of the nearby Colchagua Valley, mountains and lake.
Wine Country Inn (St. Helena, CA)
Sure, being next to a vineyard is great, but seeing a vineyard when you wake up each morning—now that’s just magical. At this Napa Valley stunner, 80 percent of the 29 cozy guestrooms and suites have vineyard views of wines you might recognize, like Freemark Abbey, Duckhorn and Hourglass. Each weekend, the hotel also hosts some of Napa’s best wineries for a unique tasting experience where guests can sip and learn more about each producer’s unique style of winemaking.
The Allison Inn & Spa (Newberg, OR)
Oregon’s Willamette Valley has become one of America’s hottest wine and culinary destinations, making a name for itself with some mighty fine Pinot Noirs. At the foot of the Chehalem Mountains, this resort seamlessly blends into a surrounding countryside full of lush, leafy trees and vineyards. Though the gorgeous indoor/outdoor feel of the rooms and hotel’s gardens will make you want to curl up with a good book and a glass of you-know-what, you should not leave without making your way to The Allison Spa, where the spa menu includes everything from massages and reflexology to anti-aging facials and body wraps.
Messina Hof Villa Bed & Breakfast (Bryan, TX)
Texas is probably not the first place that comes to mind when you think wine, but Messina Hof’s gorgeous backdrop and award-winning vino—all of which is made from Texas grapes—will quickly change that. Each of this B&B’s 11 rooms has a unique theme and matching decor, like the Romeo & Juliet room, with its English-style furnishings. Even better: If you visit this year, Messina Hof is producing a red blend called "Resilience," which honors the strength of its home state after Hurricane Harvey, and will donate proceeds directly to hurricane relief.