Europe features fantastic hotels, but wine connoisseurs often prefer stays at luxury villas situated near vineyards. Some exceptional properties are operated by Abercrombie & Kent, which caters to those interested in a one-of-a-kind experience. Their portfolio includes a few actual wine estates, as well as luxurious villas located in close proximity to key winemaking regions. Although it's best to visit the winemaking region during the harvest in October, there are a few different options available throughout the year.
In the Tuscany region of Italy is the Podere Il Poggio villa, a 5-bedroom property situated on a wine estate where guests can wander through the cellars and sample the product in the tasting rooms. The villa is located on a hill surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. For additional wine interest, guests can embark on a complimentary half-day wine tour (with transfers from the villa) visiting two estates — Rocca di Montemassi and Rocca di Frassinello.
Another unique offering is the Maison du Vin in France, located in the Bordeaux village of Saint Emilion. This property is a 4-bedroom villa and is located walking distance to L'Ecole du Vin, where guests can enjoy a complimentary wine class, conducted by top wine-merchant Vignobles & Chateau.