It is widely acknowledged that luxury hotels often go hand in hand with gourmet cuisine and award-winning restaurants. Many hotels play host to Michelin-starred restaurants that serve some of the world’s finest cuisine.
One decadent offering sometimes overlooked is wine. There are some hotels around the world that put wine (rightly) at the top of the priority list, welcoming guests into worlds in which simply choosing from the house red, white or rosé simply isn’t enough. Influences are seen in imaginative, extensive wine lists, temperature-controlled cellars, vast surrounding vineyards and sometimes even innovative spa treatments.
Here at Splendia, we’ve picked our top 3 hotels with which to entice you into the incredible world of wine…
An abundance of luxury, mesmerising architecture and a dedication to fine wines combine to exquisite effect at Spain’s Hotel Marqués de Riscal. Located amid the vineyards of the world-renowned region of La Rioja, this extravagant 5-star hotel occupies a magnificent Frank Gehry building in the medical town of Elciego. The mouthwatering cuisine on offer at the Michelin-starred restaurant is perfectly complemented with bottles taken from the extensive cellar, and the influence of the wine is even seen in the hotel’s Spa Vinothérapie® Caudalie. Hotel Marqués de Riscal is a one-of-a-kind, wine-inspired flourish of artistic flair and luxury.
Another country renowned for the production of fine wine is Argentina. Famous for Malbecs, many of which offer the ideal accompaniment to a perfectly cooked Argentine steak, the country is home to a few different regions that boast vast stretches of vineyards. The Club Tapiz Hotel in the beautiful Mendoza region stands in tranquility amid 10 hectares of vineyards. Guests are invited to take an enjoyable cooking class, discover the magnificent surroundings, and take a daily wine tasting session and sample some of the greats from the historic cellar.
Heading across to the other side of the world, we arrive at Château Élan. Set in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country, 90 minutes north of Sydney, this luxury hotel is a must-visit for wine lovers from all over the world. 3,500 acres of ground play host to Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and Riesling grapes, as well as a winery first opened in 1984. Guests are enticed into the incredible world of wine with tours and tastings, and can even create custom wine labels for an extra-special memento of a memorable stay.
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