What Wine Goes Best with That Massage?

By Farrah Shaikh |

Courtesy of Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine

What does your taste in wine say about you? Among other things, it says what sort of spa day you’ll enjoy most—at least, according to a new Spanish spa that tailors your treatments based on a wine tasting.

At the restored 12th century abbey and winery Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, the new Santuario spa is offering a Spa Sommelier treatment series. A sommelier interprets your treatment based on a blind tasting and designs a perfect spa experience.

Here’s how it works: Guests blindly taste three wines from the abbey’s winery, Abadia Retuerta, and choose their favorite. Each wine pairs with a unique therapeutic oil, and a therapist creates a tailored treatment using the oil that corresponds to your wine of choice for a facial, massage or wrap.

Here are the pairings:

Seleccion Especial (a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot) pairs with almond oil and cedarwood oils.

Cabernet Sauvignon pairs with rosemary-almond oil.

White LeDomaine (a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo) pairs with a yuzu-almond oil.

So say for instance I was jet-lagged and responded best to the Cab. Spa Director Sonal Uberoi suggests a massage with rosemary-almond oil with added sage for stimulation and pine to help ease the nervous system. 

For those who do not drink, they will offer a tea and fruit juice tasting that gives the same sort of sensory relaxation.

The intimate spa opens its doors mid-July with treatments starting at 120 euros. 

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