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Many Bordeaux chateaux welcome visitors to taste their wines alongside food, either opening restaurants or offering catering to clients and guests. Bordeaux is known as a food wine after all. A pioneer in Sauternes tourism, Chateau Guiraud is open for visits and tastings seven days a week, and has been for over 30 years, so it's fitting that they were the first amongst the 1er Grand Cru Classé Chateaux of Sauternes and Barsac to open an on-site restaurant in February 2018.

 

Trapiche is one of the most historical wineries in Mendoza, with a florentine building that was constructed in 1912. Although the building is historic, its restaurant is the epitome of modernity. A glass cubic structure sits between the vineyard and winery, with excellent views overlooking both. The restaurant also overlooks the kitchen garden, which is an important element in the cuisine of Espacio Trapiche — priding itself in using the freshest and most local ingredients.

The Lane – “Bring your tastebuds, leave your stilettos at home” 

Best Wine Tourism Restaurant

As soon as you drive up to visit the Lane in the Adelaide Hills you get a taste of the three-pronged attack on the accolade for Best Restaurant in the Great Wine Capitals Awards: The View.

Originally a 1940s roadside motel, the current incarnation of the Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa (CML) in the Napa Valley is inspired by “the Great American Road Trip of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.” Its new décor has a retro-chic vibe with mid-century modern furnishings. 

"We brought the Pinot Noir to our walls and onto the floor", Michael Werner says, pointing to the dark blue color that surrounds us. Indeed, the purple-blueish color reflects the red grapes that grow on the hills surrounding Ingelheim, this small city in Rheinhessen which has "Red Wine City" as its surname. In the dark blue sea at our Feet, grapevine leaves swim, gathering in droves in front of every doorstep.

Of all the prestigious wine properties of Bernard Magrez, Château La Tour Carnet is unique, as is immediately obvious when you drive up to the chateau and see the imposing edifice surrounded by a moat.
The French often translate Château into castle - it's not usually an exact translation but this time it is. 

Experience 7 days of fermentation in just 3 minutes: because to be virtually immersed in the bubbling purple liquid appeals to children of all ages.

St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery is committed to producing the highest quality estate wines, without compromise. Through their commitment to sustainable winery and farming operations, they are protecting the land and environment for future generations.

The Sheraton in Mendoza is much easier to spot in the air than it is on the ground. As you fly into Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina, you’ll see a flat expanse of green vineyard land and matchbox houses in the main capital and suburbs. There are few high-rise buildings in this seismic region, but the Sheraton’s 17 floor hotel is one of them.

Welcome to Hotel California – you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.

Well – you can leave, but you would never want to.

Since visiting Hotel California Road I have had that Eagles’ song stuck in my head. But, apart from the name, there is no connection to be made between the slightly dark and broody lyrics in Hotel California and the beautiful luxury micro hotel ran by Dudley and Irina from Inkwell Wines. Well that, and the fact that I would just like to live here and… never leave.

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