As a certified wine enthusiast, I’m more often than not put off by the wine choices in many hotels. Sad-stocked mini bars with overpriced bottles of mediocre wine haunt me as I dream of sipping a 12-year-old smooth pinot with hints of blackberry and spice. That’s why I’ve put together a little list of my favorite wine-central hotels. Twenty-four hour wine service, anyone?
Oh, I’m not kidding, these hotels don’t just offer a few bottles of high-end wine to the lucky connoisseur. They have fully stocked wine cellars with thousands of bottles to choose from, wine bars in the lobby and 24-hour wine service to your room. And many of them are just a stone’s throw away from award-winning vineyards and wineries.
Meadowood Napa Valley, California
Located in one of the most-bustling wine regions in the U.S., Meadowood Napa Valley appreciates its roots with an understated rustic and country look and feel and a focus on wine and food culture. The hotel offers wine education classes, private wine tastings and a sensory discovery series that leads guests through tastings to understand the sensory part of tasting wine. Book your stay in one of the elegant suites, cozy cottages or spacious lodges complete with gorgeous terraces. Rooms start at $600 a night.
Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley, Australia
The Yarra Valley is the Napa Valley of the great Down Under. When visiting this iconic wine region, stay at the Chateau Yering, a stunning five-star property offering sweeping views of the Yarra Valley. Go for the views, but stay for the wine. The Chateau has a private wine cellar, built in 1840, featuring local Yarra Valley wines and others from the neighboring regions. As a guest, you’ll have the option to take a Champagne balloon tour of the valley, complete with bottles of bubbles as you soar. Plus, there’s a winery just a short stroll through the gardens. The hotel is comprised of 32 suites, each with a beautiful view of the gardens, river or beautiful wine valley.
Hotel Mazarin, New Orleans
You don’t typically think of wine when staying in New Orleans, but a stay at the Hotel Mazarin will probably change your mind. This historic inn is located right in the hustle and bustle of the city on Bienville Street in the French Quarter and has 102 elegant and French-inspired rooms. The best part of the hotel has to be the opulent wine bar, Patrick’s Bar Vin. The intimate wine bar offers an astonishing 24 wines by the glass and an extensive by-the-bottle choice of international wines.
The Yeatman, Oporto, Portugal
This swanky 82-room hotel lies on the banks of the picturesque River Douro. Each of the spacious rooms in The Yeatman is named after a local wine partner, that also had a hand in decorating it (which is why one bed is made from repurposed wine barrels). But that’s not the only homage the owners pay to the wine-soaked region. The pool (which is overlooked by each room) is shaped like a decanter, and the hotel’s cellar is home to 25,000+ of the world’s most-coveted wines. Every Thursday, a wine dinner is held by a different grower showcasing wines and ports from around the region. While you are there, book a treatment at the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, which uses grapes and extracts in its oils.
Hotel Iroquois, New York City
Remember when we said something about 24-hour wine service? That can be found at the stunning Iroquois New York in New York City, just a few steps from Bryant Park. In addition to wine at your fingertips, the hotel is home to two cozy bars, each with a different wine selection and focus. Triomphe has seven seats around the bar and 55 bottles of American and French classics to choose from, while Lantern’s Keep offers unknown and exotic wines from lesser-known regions of Austria and Argentina. The hotel has four different classes of rooms, from standard to executive suites, each with a breathtaking view of the city skyline.
Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux, France
You’d be hard pressed to find a better place to soothe your love of viticulture than Bordeaux, France. Undoubtedly one of the most-beautiful wine regions in the world, Bordeaux is the Super Bowl of wine vacations. Stay at the Les Sources de Caudalie, a hotel for wine and spa lovers alike. The spa is one of the most famous in the world for utilizing grape oils and extracts in all of its beauty products. The hotel sits along its own vineyards, giving you the chance to explore the grapes and learn the art of wine making on the property. The Michelin-rated restaurant, La Grand’Vigne, also has a jaw-dropping 15,000 wine list to choose from.