Ahead of the highly anticipated annual wine harvest season, here are some of the best hotels around the world for enjoying the season. Suited for all guests, whether a wine novice or a true oenophile, these over-the-top harvest experiences give guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in this special time.
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco (Montalcino, Italy): One of Tuscany’s most noteworthy and historic estates owned by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo, the resort is offering a three-night experience that immerses guests in the deeply rooted traditions of the vendemmia (grape harvest). The package includes an educational Harvest Experience, during which each guest is equipped with a complete Harvest Kit (filled with all the tools needed to participate in the harvest), before heading to the stunning Capanna Vineyard where they will learn about the various harvest techniques in detail from the vineyard’s wine experts. Guests will then get hands-on experience as they learn how to pick the grapes, before being guided through a tasting of six different wines. The experience continues at the winery, where guests learn about the grape selection and the fermentation and aging phases of Brunello di Montalcino.
Harvest Inn (Napa Valley, California): Located in the heart of Napa Valley, this charming inn is always a wonderful choice for wine lovers but especially during the harvest season as guests can take advantage of the inn’s harvest package. The package includes a trip to the neighboring Grigch Hills Estate where guests get hand-on (or rather feet-on) experience crushing their own grapes followed by a wine tasting of three varietals, and a complimentary bottle of wine to take home.
São Lourenço do Barrocal Hotel (Monsaraz, Portugal): A luxury hotel located on a sprawling farm estate located in the Alentejo region of Portugal, São Lourenço do Barrocal offers guests the chance to participate in the estate’s harvest program and learn about the grapes varieties and the harvest process from award-winning winemaker Susan Esteban. Guests can enjoy a wine tasting, tour of the winery/vineyards, and a gourmet picnic lunch surround by the estate’s beautiful olive trees.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia (Vancouver, Canada): Vancouver’s premier luxury hotel has partnered with SKY Helicopters to offer ‘The Ultimate Wine Tour’ experience, an extravagant two-night package that showcases the best of Vancouver’s city delights as well as the city’s surrounding wine regions through an exclusive helicopter tour to the internationally-acclaimed wineries of the Okanagan Valley. Guests are treated to tours and tastings at three vineyards: Painted Rock Estate, Liquidity Winery, and Culmina Family Estate Winery and get to a keep a bottle from each of the three vineyards as a souvenir.