The World`s Best Wine Resorts
These three hotels tucked away on vineyards offer up-close perspectives on winemaking and all that comes with it.
Argos in Cappadocia, Uçhisar, Turkey
With its dramatic, cave-like architecture and hillside location, Argos in Cappadocia is the perfect perch from which to discover the country’s central region, which teems with tales of centuries-old civilizations. The hotel itself is built into an ancient monastery. Guests here can also learn about Turkey’s lesser-known winemaking efforts. In its nearby vineyard, Argos harvests Syrah and Kalecik Karasi (a local Pinot Noir–like varietal) grapes, and small Muscat grape patches on terraces around the property are visible from public spaces like the lounge balcony.
Cost: From $200 per room.
Lapostolle Residence, Santa Cruz, Chile
This five-year-old Relais & Châteaux property in Santa Cruz houses only four casitas, or villas, all staggered on the Apalta hills and offering a bird’s-eye view of the 1,600-acre vineyard below, where grapes for Lapostolle’s world-class wine, Clos Apalta, are harvested exclusively. Founded by the family behind Grand Marnier liqueur, Lapostolle is one of the few wineries where harvesting and de-stemming are still done by hand. Inside, the private suites are modern and tastefully accented with colors and patterns for a bit of South American flair.
Cost: Rooms from $1,000.
Moorilla Winery at MONA, Hobart, Tasmania
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), one of Tasmania’s biggest tourist draws since its opening in January 2011, has everything: founder and art collector David Walsh’s private collection, the long-standing Moorilla winery estate and eight high-design pavilions (four one-bedrooms and four two-bedrooms) for its guests. Moorilla—the second-oldest winery in Tasmania—has been on this 20-acre peninsula (just 15 minutes north of Hobart) since 1959 and produces everything from Pinot Noir to Syrah. The 2009 debut of the pavilions and the unveiling of the museum breathed new life into the estate and bolstered tourism. The sculptural, futuristic pavilions are private and equipped with décor from international and local designers, along with pieces from Walsh’s own furniture collection.
Cost: Rooms, from $505