Winter 2019: Luxury vineyard breaks to book this season
With the winter months slowly dawning on us, it may be time to start searching for ways to gain warmth and comfort. Whilst you may decide that staying at home is the best option, we simply suggest that you indulge in a moment of luxury by visiting a vineyard.
You may think that a winery is not the best place to visit during winter, however, with quieter crowds, flourishing seasonal wines, and comforting landscapes, visiting a vineyard during the colder months is the perfect escape for those wanting unrivalled comfort.
From the charming landscapes of the English countryside and an all-organic vineyard in France to the sumptuous wine region of New Zealand and award-winning samples of South Africa, we have chosen the best luxury breaks for you to visit this winter.
Forget about the expenses and indulge in the luxury that these vineyards have to offer, regardless of the season — it will feel as if winter has not yet arrived.
Based on the outskirts of Shrewsbury — the picturesque county town of Shropshire — Hencote Vineyard was moulded by the glaciers of the Triassic Age and comprises of 23,000 vines.
Apart from offering an insight into a genuinely English wine estate, Hencote also offers luxury accommodation — an ideal location to visit this winter if you want to see how they ‘consistently produce award-winning, international quality wines’.
You will have the option to stay in the Grange, a charmingly restored Georgian farmhouse, or the glamping village. Each residence features its hot tub which will offer an idyllic view of the Shrewsbury skyline.
Staying in this enchanting estate means that you will have the chance to dine at The View, which is the brand new restaurant at Hencote. Serving flavoursome meals prepared from the finest ingredients and a wide selection of delectable wines to taste, guests can overlook the beauty of the Shropshire countryside in style.
Visit Hencote vineyard to sample their first exquisite vintage, tour the beautiful vineyards and wineries, and even adopt a vine to experience owning your very own plot.
Le Sources de Caudalíe, France
If you would like to have a taste of luxury in the Bordeaux region, then you will be not be disappointed when visiting this quintessential hideaway.
Nestled amidst the Grand Cru vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte, this 5-star accommodation welcomes guests to experience the preserved environment, taste the luscious wines and discover the extraordinary way of this luxurious vineyard.
After you’ve explored and discovered, then indulge in the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa and enjoy these relaxing surroundings — truly a reinvigorating getaway perfect for the winter months.
Hotel Viura, La Rioja, Spain
Quirky and luxurious, Hotel Viura sits in the picturesque village of Villabuena de Álava and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the highly-renowned vineyards of Rioja and the Basque mountains.
With 29 opulent rooms, six suites with private terraces and an exquisite restaurant which serves excellent tasting menus and an extensive wine list, guests will forget the cold of winter as they indulge in the luxury and viticulture that is offered here.
Tour the local vineyards and enjoy the charming beauty of the surrounding areas as you visit this world-renowned wine region.
Six Senses, Portugal
In the wine-focused Douro Valley lies this amazingly renovated 19th-century manor house that prides itself on personalised luxury service.
Visiting the Six Senses means that you can indulge in the Wine Library’s extensive vintages — a dream for those looking for an exquisite vinous experience.
With three delectable restaurants and an expansive spa that features ten treatment rooms, guests can have a joyous getaway in this UNESCO World Heritage Landscape.
The Leeu Collection, South Africa
You will find the Leeu Estates surrounded by vineyards and a short distance away from the charming village of Franschhoek.
This luxurious boutique hotel, winery and wellness spa is perfect for a relaxing retreat away from the cold weather — a combination of opulence and comfort will have you wishing that you had booked a longer stay.
From the moment you wake to the moment you fall asleep, your time at the Leeu Estate will be a memorable one as you enjoy the beauty of the gardens, vineyards and the Franschhoek Valley.