The Big Six: Wine country hotels

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Beltane Ranch, Sonoma, California

Set in the heart of the Sonoma Valley north of San Francisco, the Beltane Ranch is a family-run working farm producing wine, grass-fed beef and olive oil. Built in 1892, the romantic verandah-wrapped shingle house is one of the area's most charming places to stay. There are five airy guestrooms decorated with antiques and heirlooms and a cottage looking out over gardens of organic vegetables, flowers and orchards. The property, which grows chardonnay, zinfandel, syrah and cabernet sauvignon grapes, produced its first vintage in 2009. It's also well placed for exploring the wineries of the 17-mile long Valley of the Moon.

Beltane Ranch, 1177 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, California (001 707 996 6501; beltaneranch.com). Doubles from $150 (£95) B&B.

North Fork Table & Inn, Long Island, New York

Occupying the northern prong of Long Island is the aptly named North Fork. Despite being a neighbour of the ritzy Hamptons, this area is known for bucolic scenery and a vibrant foodie scene. The state itself is the second-largest wine-producer in the US (after California). The North Fork Table & Inn is a stand-out place to stay, due in part to its restaurant's status as a gourmet hotspot. All the ingredients are locally sourced and seafood is landed from nearby Peconic Bay.

North Fork Table & Inn, 57225 Main Road, Southold, Long Island, New York (001 631 765 0177; nofoti.com). Doubles from $200 (£125) per night B&B.

The 1804 Inn, Barboursville, Virginia

This unique inn is the home of Italian winemakers Gianni and Silvana Zonin, who established the Barboursville Vineyard in the heart of Virginia's wine country in 1976. Their Georgian villa sits alongside the original, historic mansion, ravaged by fire in 1884. Set overlooking the estate's vineyards, there are three suites in the main house and three cottages. Guests can visit the winery, dine at the estate's restaurant and explore beyond its gates.

The 1804 Inn and Cottages, Barboursville Vineyards, 17655 Winery Road, Barboursville, Virginia (001 450 832 5384; the1804inn.com). Doubles from $240 (£150) per night room-only.

Allison Inn & Spa, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Oregon is perhaps best known for its pinot noirs. You can sample many of these by the glass at the 85-room Allison Inn & Spa restaurant in the heart of the wine-producing Willamette Valley. It opened three years ago and is owned by a long-standing local family. Set on a gently sloping hillside, there are views of Parrett Mountain beyond, the Dundee Hills and the hotel's pinot noir vineyards. Fittingly, the adjoining spa offers grape-derived "pinotherapy" treatments.

Allison Inn & Spa, 2525 Allison Lane, Newberg, Oregon (001 503 554 2525; theallison.com). Doubles from $315 (£195) room-only.

Geneva on the Lake, Finger Lakes, New York

The grandiose Geneva on the Lake was inspired by the Villa Lancellotti in Frascati near Rome and is now on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It has commanding views of Seneca Lake in the heart of the wine-producing Finger Lakes region close to the Canadian border. The 29 suites are unashamedly old school, with chintzy fabrics, antique-style furniture and many feature four-poster beds. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail is within easy reach.

Geneva on the Lake, 1001 Lochland Road, Route 14, Geneva, New York (001 315 789 7190; genevaonthelake.com). Doubles from $300 (£190) B&B.

Beltane Ranch, Sonoma, California

Set in the heart of the Sonoma Valley north of San Francisco, the Beltane Ranch is a family-run working farm producing wine, grass-fed beef and olive oil. Built in 1892, the romantic verandah-wrapped shingle house is one of the area's most charming places to stay. There are five airy guestrooms decorated with antiques and heirlooms and a cottage looking out over gardens of organic vegetables, flowers and orchards. The property, which grows chardonnay, zinfandel, syrah and cabernet sauvignon grapes, produced its first vintage in 2009. It's also well placed for exploring the wineries of the 17-mile long Valley of the Moon.

Beltane Ranch, 1177 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, California (001 707 996 6501; beltaneranch.com). Doubles from $150 (£95) B&B.

 

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