Best Vineyard Experiences – 2019 Platinum List Nominees
Vote for your favorites through June 30, 2019
Extraordinary vintages combine with excellent restaurants and accommodations in these bucolic establishments. Help us determine the best in luxury travel for the 2019 Celebrated Living Platinum List Awards. Your vote will help select the top properties. Voting ends June 30. Read about the winners in our Platinum List Awards issue, on planes September 1.
Two hours south of Santiago in the fertile Millahue Valley, I arrive at Vik Chile’s hilltop hotel to find a landscape lost in chilly winter fog. But as the morning progresses, soft golden light slowly unveils a narrow valley of colorful wetlands and glassy lagoons hemmed in by rolling, wooded hills, with vineyards patterning the lower slopes. Brilliant sunshine soon transforms the grey surroundings into a vibrant painting. The native Mapuche meaning of Millahue—“place of gold”—is immediately clear. And that golden light is responsible for much more than picturesque vistas: It’s also a key component in creating the world-class silky red wines of Viña Vik, Vik Chile’s accompanying 11,000-acre holistic vineyard, featuring a futuristic, eco-conscious winery.
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La Motte en Provence, France
A few hours northeast, in the heart of Provence, lies Château d’Esclans, home to the most popular rosé in the world, Whispering Angel. The 19th-century estate offers private wine tastings, as well as tours of the vineyard and cellars where traditional form meets modern function. “Our state-of-the-art equipment facilitates the possibility to make great rosé like never before,” says Château d’Esclans’ Tom Schreckinger.
Calistoga, California, United States
Constructed as a barrel-aging factory in 1888, this stone-walled chateau resembles the gatehouse of an English Gothic castle, but it’s anything but unwelcoming. The winery offers semi-private tours and seated tastings of the Montelena Estate collection, including the renowned Chardonnay and four vintage Cabernet Sauvignons.
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Situated snuggly between stately mountains in Stellenbosch, South Africa, Delaire Graff Estate gives guests breathingtaking views and a sneak peak into state-of-the-art winemaking processes. The estate also includes luxury lodges, a spa and upscale boutiques.
Between France’s La Clape Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea sits Gérard Bertrand’s biodynamic winery, Château l’Hospitalet. The retired rugby star’s 2,500-acre estate offers visitors a multisensory experience: “Seeing, smelling and sensing the energy of life here allows guests to understand what we do,” says Bertrand. A guided tour starts at the vineyard, moves to the winery and ends with a multicourse dinner at the Michelin-recommended restaurant L’Art de Vivre by chef Laurent Chabert. Guests are welcome to stay at the intimate 38-room hotel, where every room features a bottle of wine.
Rutherford, California, United States
This historic wine estate is essential for any Napa Valley visit. Guests can sign up for the Heritage Tasting, a seated tasting and cheese-pairing of Inglenook favorites, including the flagship Rubicon, or the Inglenook Experience, a tour and tasting that explores the winery’s century-old legacy.
Vineyards envelop this boutique hotel in Australia’s renowned Mornington Peninsula wine region. Gold, silver, copper and bronze accent this modern establishment, which features amenities like an infinity pool, full-service spa, kitchen garden and pool bar serving classic cocktails throughout the summer.
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.
Healdsburg, California, United States
Reeve dispenses with the pretense associated with typical vineyard visits, and grants guests a unique experience of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Mediterranean-style buildings populate the property, filled with works by contemporary local artists. Visitors are encouraged to kick back and soak in the convivial atmosphere.