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Best New Winery Inns

An 18th-century French château, a beachy retreat in New Zealand: Here are the best winery inns to sleep, eat and drink.
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Winery Inns: France
Château de Campuget

Where Is It?

The Costières de Nîmes, a fairly obscure wine region in the southernmost part of the Rhône Valley.

Hotel Backstory

The Dalle family, one of the area's star producers, turned their 18th-century château with blue shutters, exposed stone walls and toile curtains into this three-room inn. It's surrounded by 444 acres of Roussanne, Viognier, Syrah and Grenache vines.

Day Trips

Avignon, Arles and the French Riviera are all within about an hour's drive.

Mascots

The owners' peacocks.

Restaurant

The owners' daughter, Mathilde Dalle, creates simple three-course meals with chef Patrick Thibaud, using produce from the family estate and local farms. The dishes come paired with wines from the château.

Winery Inns: Provençal Grilled Lamb

Recipes

Top Pairing

Lamb rubbed with garlic and herbs and the 2007 Château de Campuget Tradition Red, a spicy Syrah blend.


Winery Inns: Italy
La Foresteria at Planeta Estate

Where Is It?

Sicily's southern coast, not far from the archaeological sites and the city of Agrigento.

Hotel Backstory

The Planetas, one of Sicily's most admired wine families, opened La Foresteria with 14 rooms decorated in vivid Mediterranean hues. Many overlook vineyards planted with Fiano, which the Planetas turn into the floral white wine Cometa—a relatively recent addition to their extensive wine portfolio.

Wine Perk

Guests can taste rare wines from the Planetas' personal cellar.

Restaurant

Family-style dinners include regional Sicilian dishes like saber fish with marjoram and mint.

Cooking School

Students visit local markets, then come back to the property's sunny kitchens to learn how to make dishes like ricotta tarts.

Wine Dinners

Famous winemakers from elsewhere in Italy, such as Friulia's Livio Felluga, fly in to host themed tastings and paired meals.


Winery Inns: Portugal
The Yeatman

Where Is It?

A 90-minute drive west of the Douro wine region, in the ancient shipping city of Oporto.

Hotel Backstory

Owned by the company behind port brand Taylor's, The Yeatman has 82 rooms with Douro river views and a spa offering treatments like wine-yeast wraps.

Restaurant

Michelin-starred chef Ricardo Costa creates dishes like roasted capon with langoustines.

Cellar

The hotel has one of the world's largest Portuguese wine collections.


Winery Inns: New Zealand
Millar Road

Where Is It?

The Hawke's Bay wine region, New Zealand's oldest.

Hotel Backstory

The three villas are co-owned by winemaker Gabrielle Simmers of organic producer And Co Ltd and Greg Collinge of linen design firm Esther Diamond.

DIY Cooking

There's no restaurant on the property, but the villas have outdoor grills and full kitchens stocked with provisions—eggs, bread, cheese and of course bottles of The Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc from 2009 (And Co's first vintage), sealed with a metal cap like a beer bottle.

Day Trips

Beaches, golf courses and wineries like Craggy Range are all nearby.


Winery Inns: Spain
Le Domaine at Abadía Retuerta
(Opens Summer 2011)

Where Is It?

Spain's arid Ribera del Duero plateau, dotted with producers that make blockbuster Tempranillos.

Hotel Backstory

Winery Abadía Retuerta annexed the adjacent 12th-century stone abbey, turning it into the 22-room Le Domaine hotel.

Restaurant

In the dining room under the Romanesque arches of the abbey's refectory, Swiss chef Urs Bieri will use ingredients from all over the property, as in his Scallops with Yogurt and Fennel.

Scallops with Yogurt and Fennel

Recipe

Wine Perk

Winemaker Angel Anocíbar is known for Tempranillos, but he'll let guests try his one-off lots, like a late-harvest Gewürztraminer.

Outdoor Art

A sculpture garden is filled with large-scale granite works by German artist Ulrich Rückriem.

Good Neighbors

Le Domaine will arrange private tours of neighboring estates like Vega-Sicilia.


Winery Inns: Chile
Casa Silva

Where Is It?

Chile's Colchagua Valley, at the foot of the Andes mountains.

Hotel Backstory

The Silva family, who run the winery and hotel, left Bordeaux in the 19th century to make wine in the Andes foothills. Their seven-room inn features tiled porches and distressed wood details.

The Big One

Last year's massive earthquake cracked most of Casa Silva's stainless steel wine tanks; the Colonial-style ranch, including the winemaking facilities, was restored and re-opened last fall.

Polo Connection

The property has an on-site polo club that hosts matches as well as rodeos; guests can also take carriage rides through the vineyards.

Restaurant

At the polo club, it serves rustic, meaty South American food, like pork ribs with fresh herbs and a superb tres leches cake.

Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries

Recipe

Cellar

Casa Silva's signature wine is its Los Lingues Gran Reserva Carmenère, but its portfolio includes about a dozen varietals.


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Published April 2011
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