Can a self-proclaimed oenophile be a true wine aficionado if they have not stayed in at least one wine resort? We think not. The pinnacle of appreciating wine would come when you live, breathe, and perhaps even bathe in wine — all of that is possible when you make a holiday trip to a vineyard and stay there.
While vineyards around the globe are far and wide, focus your attention towards South America, where the variety is great and the wine resort is magnificent. After all, Chilean wine has been enjoying great success in China. Staying in a wine resort is no different from holidaying in a beach resort, except that instead of getting an ocean view from your room, you get a view of either the vineyard or the surrounding mountains. The choice of rooms are equally as luxurious, if not better. There are resorts that take after the medieval era’s architecture, while some are more modern with a minimal look if that’s your cup of tea (or glass of wine.)
But staying in a vineyard resort isn’t just about drinking the wine — at certain times of the year, you can even participate in picking, sorting, and crushing grapes. If it’s not in season, wine blending classes are also available at the resort. When all else fails to pique your fancy, you can never go wrong with vinotherapy — a spa therapy that involves rubbing wine residue into the skin, which has great exfoliating and anti-aging properties.
Thinking about a wine holiday already? Read on to see the six South America wine resorts we have in mind for you.