Autumn, particularly between September and October, is the season of wine harvest across Europe. During the spring months, the vineyards are vibrant green but as the harvest season approaches the vineyards turn a beautiful luminous gold. Harvest season is a great time to catch a glimpse of the action and learn more about how wine is made. Whether you are a wine connoisseur to just a beginner, these wine hotels in Europe give you a chance to immerse yourself and celebrate this special time of the year.
Here are our top 5 wine hotels to celebrate the wine harvest season.
Where: Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany is well-renowned around the world for its wine and vineyards. Rosewood’s Castiglion del Bosco is not only one of Italy’s best-preserved historic estates but it offers wine lover an immersive experience into the world of Tuscan wine. With vineyards located within the estate and along the coast Castiglion del Bosco hosts a range of wine tasting seminars in its on-site winery.
For all you wine enthusiast out there who are looking to further their knowledge in winemaking. Castiglion del Bosco offers tours which give you a chance to retrace every step of the process from picking the grape to the barrel. These tours are accompanied by an expert, with visits to the vineyards, cellar as well as the ageing room. Find out more about the different wine tours on offer at Castiglion del Bosco here.
Where: Alentejo, Portugal
Alentejo in Southern Portugal is a wine lover dream. You will be surprised to learn that Alentejo occupies almost one-third of Portugal and is located only 1.5 hours from Lisbon. To the south of this region is the Herdade dos Grous, situated along the vineyards this large wine estate mirrors the houses found in traditional Portuguese villages. Whitewashed with hints of blue and tiled roofs accompanied with dark wooden furniture, the decor itself offers a traditional experience.
Along with sampling the finest wine and indulging in the wine bar, you can also visit the wine cellar with a guided tour across the vineyard which has been running since 1987. What makes this place extra special is that you can explore the farm and vineyard not only by foot also on a horse, by tractor or even in a hot air balloon. If that wasn’t enough you can even discover the region by helicopter and take in the most spectacular bird’s eye view of the countryside.
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Located in Vilafranca del Penedès Barcelona, Hotel Mastinell will catch your eye immediately. The unique design of this wine hotel emulates the form of cava bottles on a riddling rack. Surrounded by vineyards there are plenty of wine-related activities around the hotel during the harvest season, giving you the perfect opportunity to discover more about Catalan wine.
The guided tour of the Mastinell winery is the best way to discover all the phases of the production. You will find plenty more wine activities such as foot smashing grapes, paring workshops along with wine therapy and treatments. Find out more activities on offer here.
Where: San Martino Alfieri, Italy
Nestled in the hills of Italy’s famous Piedmont wine region is the historic Marchesi Alfieri. This wine hotel is located in the San Martino Alfieri castle since the 1980’s, the estate has an impressive 21 hectares of vineyards which are known to produce 130,000 bottles a year.
Marchesi Alfieri is the perfect mix of wine, history and culture. You can tour the ancient cellars along with a guided tasting of the winery’s most representative wines. The tour gives you an insight into the techniques used in the vineyards and the cellar. The harvest season here begins at the end of August to mid-October and is the perfect time to tour the castle ground and the orangery.
Where: Mercuès, France
Built in the 13th century Château de Mercuès is not only a wine hotel on an estate but it also offers you the unique opportunity to stay in a magnificent castle. This unique estate is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the picturesque Lot valley and Cahors vineyards.
Along with the exception views and the luxurious stay, Château de Mercuès hosts regular wine tasting workshops. Giving you a chance to experience wines Malbec from Cahors in the majestic underground cellar. This one of a kind wine hotel offers the perfect combination of luxury stay, fine wines and nature.