It’s not uncommon for a winery guest to think, “I want to live here forever.”
While a vintner would probably object if you tried to take up residence inside the cellar, a number of wineries do offer the chance to sleep over at on-site hotels. We find pretty much every winery is beautiful in its own way, with its rows and rows of idyllic vines, but a few choice wineries around the world truly blow us away with gorgeous scenery, exquisite accommodations, luxurious amenities, and, of course, glass after glass of excellent wine. Every vino lover should stay the night in one of these five stunning winery hotels.
Mierzęcin Palace, Dobiegniew, Poland
With the third-largest vineyard in Poland, Mierzęcin Palace specializes in a number of white varietals like Kernling, Riesling, Solaris, and Seyval Blanc. Take a workshop to learn more about winemaking after a guided wine tasting. Or enjoy a barrage of other activities like horseback riding at the Stud Farm, kayaking, bowling, and golf, all with nearby Drawieński National Park as a scenic backdrop. If you prefer indoor activities, direct yourself to the spa for a wine bath.
Jackalope Hotel, Merricks North VIC, Australia
On the Mornington Peninsula outside of Melbourne, a massive abstract sculpture of a jackalope guards the cool-climate Willow Creek Vineyard and achingly chic Jackalope Hotel. Check into one of the Signature Suites to receive daily champagne, caviar, and massage services. Then explore the vineyard, grab a drink in the historic Edwardian McCormick House (now the Flaggerdoot cocktail bar), or sample the wood-fired fare from the stylish Rare Hare restaurant.
Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia, Salina, Sicily
The land speaks for itself at this island winery off the coast of Sicily. Part of the Tasca d’Almerita family of vineyards, Capofaro sports a complex of 27 minimal, elegant rooms (including several in a picturesque lighthouse), with whitewashed walls framing the incredible views of the vineyard as it meets the sea. Located on the Aeolian Island of Salina, Capofaro invites guests to relax in the Mediterranean’s natural splendor, taste the local bounty, and drink of the vineyards. Like the signature Malvasia wine produced here, a stay at Capofaro is sweet.
Villa La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
Villa La Coste exudes elegance at every turn. The hotel, which sits on the grounds of the Château La Coste winery, is home to a world-class art collection with works by many artists. As you tour the grounds on your way to one of the 28 stone villas, you’ll appreciate sculptures by Alexander Calder, a music pavilion by Frank Gehry, and a walking path by Ai Weiwei. It’s almost enough to make you forget about the wine—almost. The winery (designed by Jean Nouvel) produces a dozen biodynamic wines that are best enjoyed at the on-site restaurant, which is helmed by chef Francis Mallmann.
Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel, Valverdón, Salamanca, Spain
The historic grounds of Hacienda Zorita predate the other wineries on this list by a few hundred years. Most notably a 14th-century monastery (and lodging for Christopher Columbus in 1485), the estate fell into decay after a fire in the 1880s. The Haciendas Company restored it to its former glory in 2000 and planted the Tempranillo vines that are used to make the estate’s two signature releases. Skip the villas and opt for one of the suites in the historic Casa Grande. Then book yourself a private cruise down the Douro or time at the spa inside the oldest building of the hacienda, a watermill built in 780.