Platinum List 2018: Best Vineyard Experience
Château d’Esclans, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Marqués de Riscal
Extraordinary vintages combine with excellent restaurants and accommodations in these bucolic establishments.
La Motte en Provence, France
Visitors to Château d’Esclans—the Provence estate that produces Whispering Angel, the world’s most popular rosé—can view the namesake cherubs that inspired the wine’s label. They rest above an altar in a chapel adjacent to the 19th-century Tuscan-style château, which is built upon a foundation dating from 1201. The estate welcomes guests daily for tours, followed by tastings of Whispering Angel, Les Clans and Garrus (called the “greatest rosé ever” by critic James Suckling). “We like to tell visitors who have toured the château and tasted our wine that they’ve come full circle,” says Château d’Esclans’ Thomas Schreckinger.
Healdsburg, California, United States
In Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, amid 1,200 acres of rolling hills, Jordan Vineyard & Winery brings the old-world elegance of Bordeaux to California. Guests receive guided tours of the vineyards, chef’s garden and on-site apiary, and enjoy gourmet meals featuring tastings of current releases as well as older vintages.