Five European vineyard hotels
These exquisite estates are the pick of the bunch for wine connoisseurs
Saturday 28 February 2009
This stunning retreat is designed for maximum visual drama as well as epicurean appeal. With 13 rooms and six apartments set among two big houses, the accommodation sits among terraced vineyards in the Douro Valley, 90 minutes' drive inland from Porto. The views are dreamy, the décor is a mix of antiques and contemporary cool, and the facilities range from gourmet restaurant to infinity pool, river-boat rides and hammam.
Romaneira, Cotas, Douro Valley, Alijo, Portugal (00 351 254 732 432; quintadaromaneira.pt). Double rooms start at €1,100 full board, including cookery class, cellar tour and port tasting.
Can Bonastre, Spain
This self-styled wine resort lies at the foot of the Montserrat mountains, 35 minutes' drive from Barcelona. Accommodation at the 12-bedroom country house is contemporary chic with a nod to rustic life. The complex offers a spa with wine treatments, cocoa therapy and more; an indoor pool; and a gourmet restaurant. Activities range from bike rides around the vineyard to wine-tasting and helicopter flights.
Can Bonastre, Carretera B-224, Km13.2, Masquefa, Catalonia, Spain (00 34 93 772 8767; canbonastre.com). Doubles start at €198, including breakfast.
Tenuta Poggio al Casone, Italy
This family-owned organic vineyard has 10 beautiful self-catering apartments. Guests share a pool and can borrow mountain bikes, go hiking or fishing and take wine tours.
Tenuta Poggio al Casone, 16 Via Volpaia, Crespina/Pisa, Tuscany, Italy (00 39 050 642259; poggioalcasone.com). Weekly rental starts at €840, including welcome hamper; apartments sleep two to eight.
Chateau L'Hospitalet, France
Château l'Hospitalet lies in a protected area where orchids, thyme and rosemary grow. Within the complex is a large cave showcasing winemaker Gérard Bertrand's range and a 38-bedroom hotel overlooking the vines and offering a restaurant, bikes to borrow and guided moorland walks.
Château l'Hospitalet, route de Narbonne Plage, near Narbonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (00 33 468 45 28 50; gerard-bertrand.com). Doubles from €102, including breakfast.
Loisium wine and spa resort, Austria
This state-of-the-art wine centre and hotel is set on the edge of the picturesque town of Langenlois, about an hour's drive from Vienna. It looks on to newly planted vineyards, its architecture reflecting the geometry of 900-year-old wine vaults on which it was built. The 82-bedroom hotel here has a chic glass and steel ground floor with a spectacular pool alongside. It also offers a vinotherapy spa.
Loisium Wine and Spa Resort, 2 Loisium Allee, Langenlois, Austria (00 43 27 34 77 1000; loisiumhotel.at). Doubles start at €188, including breakfast.
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