The evening ended with a glass of excellent wine; the following morning begins by opening the window and letting the gaze wander over vineyards from which that cup was born. That proposed by wine resort it is an all-round hospitality, which cuddles and helps to relax, which leads to knowing the world of wine and understanding its times and aromas, who knows how to combine good drinking and eating well with the desire to evasion. This is why it is much more than a fashion, and for this reason there are more and more facilities to try this experience.
Relais 1888, among the rows of Lambrusco
Among the Matidilche Hills in the Province of Reggio Emilia, the Agricultural Company Venturini Baldini gives life each year to a production of 110,000 bottles of Lambrusco is sparkling of the highest quality. In its land the native grapes, typical of the Lambrusco and Colli di Canossa and Scandiano areas, coexist in harmony next to the international grapes: the rows follow one another as far as the eye can see between the orchards, alternating with uncultivated prairies, secular oaks, thick woods. This is the landscape that frames the Relais 1888, where the fairytale idea of being able to stay between the vineyards and the scent of cooked must becomes reality. The works just completed, both in the 11 rooms and in the swimming pool, have perfected the offer of a place designed in the name of elegance and hospitality. The staff, together with the owner, is always enthusiastic to guide guests on the discovery of the estate, the cellar and the vinegar factory, and to accompany visitors on tastings.
Locanda Sandi, the enchantment of Valdobbiadene
There is a place where the vines also cover the most inaccessible areas, outlining the landscape and coloring a natural amphitheater. Here, in Valdobbiadene, in the province of Treviso, there is Locanda Sandi, which welcomes guests in six rooms, with different furnishings and colors, in the style of the early twentieth century Venetian countryside. Visits to centuries-old wineries underground of the Villa Sandi winery and the discovery of a territory that has so much to tell are among the unmissable experiences, alongside the tasting of typical dishes (first courses with seasonal wild herbs, spit and grilled meats, and an original tiramisu besides snails, they are among the specialties). Obviously the dishes are accompanied by the wines of Villa Sandi: in addition to the reds with aging in barriques, the refined ones bubbles of the classic method "Opere Trevigiane" sparkling wine, alongside the fresh and fruity ones of Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG and Asolo DOCG.
Casale Podernovo, the charm of the Pisan hills
All the charm of the Tuscan hills, between villages and olive groves, not far from the sea and the most famous art cities – Pisa, Florence and Siena – in a land rich in beauty and history. Here stands Casale Podernovo, on a hill between the vines. Staying in the large manor house, restored to its original splendor, and in the factor homes, also restored and then embellished, means immersing yourself in the luxury of true Tuscan hospitality and a wine culture that is an integral part of this region: the Estate Podernovo is a splendid hillock planted in the municipality of Terricciola, where you can breathe the passion and tradition for the wine of the Lunelli family: a taste of the wines produced by the company is a must.
Prime Alture Wine Resort, the Oltrepò à la carte
In Casteggio, in the province of Pavia, among the Oltrepò vineyards, the Lechiancole family welcomes travelers in the informal elegance of the Prime Alture Wine Resort, a member of les Collectionneurs. Cotto and wooden beams give character to the six welcoming themed rooms, each dedicated to a wine. The large windows are the protagonists of the restaurant, housed in the old barn and open onto a large outdoor terrace, while the embrace of the vineyards surrounds the bio-pool. From the prized pinot nero, to the inevitable Barbera is Bonarda and the classic method, the wines are at the center of tastings, and accompany the specialties of local cuisine.
Borgo Nonino, among vineyards and stills
Who says Nonino says grappa. And in Pavia di Udine, a few steps from the distillery, the Borgo Nonino offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Friulian nature and in the ancient culture of grappa. Among the vineyards, woods and orchards, the nineteenth-century farmhouse it combines modernity and tradition, comfort and refinement, and is the ideal base to explore a territory that reveals many surprises. Not only: staying at the Borgo you can't miss the opportunity to explore the universe of grappa, from the vineyards to the artisanal discontinuous stills, passing through the aging cellars under seal to arrive at the time of tasting and toast.
Castello di Semivicoli, between the Maiella and the Adriatic
Casacanditella, province of Chieti. Seventeenth-century baronial residence in the Abruzzo hills, between the Maiella and the Adriatic coast, Il Castello di Semivicoli, a member of Les Collectionneurs, holds the charm of an exclusive wine resort and the history of a wine house and Masciarelli family. The details of the architecture, the elegance of the rooms, the panoramic view, the beauty of the large swimming pool surrounded by lush rows and olive trees: everything comes together to create a unique atmosphere. Naturally, guests have the opportunity to visit the vineyards to understand and appreciate the work that from the land brings the grapes to turn into wine.
Tenuta di Artimino, a Medici villa among the vineyards
Nature and history, culture and wellness, good food and obviously good wine. The Tenuta di Artimino is a magical place: the view extends over the Tuscan countryside, over vineyards and olive groves, over fields and woods, while luxury pampers all the senses. Wine tourism is one of the flagships of the Tenuta, which offers many activities, starting with tastings in the salons of Villa Medicea La Ferdinanda, Unesco heritage, to get to the chic-nic with private sommelier; still, don't miss the vineyard tour in e-bike or by jeep and the cooking lesson with the executive chef, with lunch followed by the wines of the estate. Complete the offer an area of the SPA dedicated to vinotherapy to relax while sipping a glass of Carmignano DOCG.
L’Albereta, wellness in Franciacorta
A charming relais with SPA in a villa of the early twentieth century: this is Albereta, and much more. It is the place to relax looking at the vineyards, the pines, the magnolias, the linden trees, and looking down to the Lake Iseo, where to be pampered in the Espace Chenot Health Wellness SPA. Not forgetting the park and the Vigna Leone, which extends, with about one hectare of vines planted more than twenty years ago, in the heart of the large garden where the Relais is hidden. Many rooms overlook this vineyard, which takes its name from an old gardener and gives its name to a Chardonnay. Because wine is a symbol of the territory and of the relais, as the cellars of Bellavista and Contadi Castaldi di Franciacorta.
Borgo San Felice, a village in Chianti
Centuries of history have passed within the stone walls of this one medieval village, which today are open to hospitality. Borgo San Felice is, since its opening in 1991, a widespread hotel and, since 1992, the only Relais & Châteaux of the Chianti Classico: it is a 5-star hotel, with 2 restaurants, pool, gym, tennis courts, SPA and above all it is a Wine Resort, surrounded by vineyards. Today the San Felice farm boasts 20 wine labels, which are born not only in the Tenuta S. Felice, but also in the Tenuta Campogiovanni, south of Montalcino and in the Tenuta Bell’Aja, in the Bolgheri area.
Serego Alighieri, with Dante in Valpolicella
Anno Domini 1353: Pietro Alighieri, son of Dante, buys an enchanting estate nestled on the hills of Valpolicella, which at the time was known for the excellence of its vineyards. Even today the magnificent mansion, which began to take on the current appearance starting from Five hundred, is inhabited by the descendants of the Great Poet, who open their doors to visitors. Staying in the guesthouse means immersing yourself in history, as well as in the embrace of the vineyards and in the traditions of Valpolicella. Do not miss the visit to the cellars, as well as the tasting of Serego Alighieri and Masi wines. And to enjoy the surrounding nature, a walk in the park, among the majestic trees and the paths that wind between meadows and vineyards.
Castello di Gabbiano, in the heart of Chianti
One hundred hectares of vineyards, olive groves and woods in the Chianti Classico embrace the Castle of Gabbiano. Built in 1124, presents a peculiar architecture, which dates back mostly to the fifteenth century: today its ancient walls welcome guests in refined environments. The castle, a member of the Collectionneurs, offers 11 finely furnished rooms and 5 apartments obtained from the renovation of the farmhouses on the estate. A team of experts is always available to guide enthusiasts in visiting wineries and tasting of the prized Chianti Classico DOCG, but also Reserve and Grand Selection. To complete the experience, you can taste the chef's specialties, closely linked to the territory and the seasonality of the products. Without forgetting that from Mercatale Val di Pesa you can comfortably visit splendid Tuscan villages and the timeless beauty of Florence.
Venissa, the vineyards reflected in the lagoon
In the island of Mazzorbo, for centuries the vines challenge salt and high water: the only wine that is born here, and the unique landscape that can be admired here. While the light plays to create reflections on the water, you can rest in the rooms suspended between the green of the vineyards and the blue of the lagoon, try the starred restaurant or taste a glass of wine. And in a few minutes by vaporetto you can reach Piazza San Marco.
Dattilo, essence of Calabria
A starred restaurant it's a farmhouse with 10 rooms, among vineyards, citrus groves, olive groves and vegetable gardens. Colors and scents that outline the character of Dattilo, in Strongoli (KR). The proximity of the sea, the Mediterranean atmosphere, the simple refinement of the rooms, the chance to taste the unforgettable cuisine of Caterina Ceraudo and to taste the wines produced by the Ceraudo family: everything is part of a unique experience.
Vinilia, a look at the Primitivo di Manduria
It is here, it is said, that the Primitivo di Manduria was born, a symbol of the land of Taranto. And the vineyards of Primitivo are the frame and soul for Vinilia Wine Resort, wonderful castle in neo-medieval style, restored in the name of ethical awareness aimed at protecting and actively preserving the local identity heritage. The rooms are elegant, the restaurant is a must, offering a cuisine of character, clean, passionate and concrete, scented with Mediterranean and made with ingredients from the Castle garden and with selected products. And where you can taste organic wines from the land of the property.
Roccafiore, a chalet among the vineyards
The breathtaking view of Todi is the calling card of the Country Chic Resort Roccafiore. Vineyards and flowers are the backdrop for an unforgettable stay. All rooms offer relaxation and refinement, but a unique experience is offered by wine chalet: a small, intimate, authentic chalet literally surrounded by nature. The oak woods and the surrounding vineyards are the setting for wonderful walks, the warmth of the furnishings enhances the sense of privacy for those who stay there. Without giving up the many activities offered by the resort: guided tours and tastings, Nordic walking in the vineyard, picnic and safari, always in the vineyard.
Casadonna, stars and vines of Abruzzo
When one says Casadonna, one immediately thinks of the Royal restaurant of Cristina and Niko Romito with his three Michelin stars. But there is not only that. The structure, in the Abruzzo National Park, once it housed a convent; the estate includes a experimental vineyard, an orchard and a garden of aromatic and spontaneous herbs. The attention given to the restoration of the 16th century building and the attention to detail make the fusion of nature and architecture perfect. In the morning after an author's dinner, waking up looking at the vineyard is the ideal crown: a heroic vineyard, located as it is at 860 meters above sea level, as well as an experimental vineyard, where it is mainly harvested at Pecorino, native variety of Abruzzo.
In the gallery above, the photos of the wine resorts.