The first wine based UNESCO Heritage site, Saint Emilion has to be one of the most romantic and authentic places in the Bordeaux region. This perfectly preserved medieval village with its tiny lanes and many restaurants is famed for its red wines. You might not know that they also make a sparkling wine here – Crémant de Bordeaux.

There is a garden where they used to roll wine barrels. Oranges and lemons hang in the trees; the air is full of brightness and light. This is from where Charlemagne – also known as Charles the Great – ruled the world. His palace stood only a few hundred meters from here. Ever since then, they have been growing those vines here in Ingelheim from which they press the deep red wines for which the city is famous to this day. Around 50 wines can be tasted here, whether in the vinotheque or in the restaurant right next to the indoor garden – the Best Of Wine Tourism-Award for Architecture, Parks and Gardens could not have gone to a better place.

Spending a night at the Castel de Daval is much more than staying in a traditional hotel. This BnB offers 5 rooms, decorated and named among autochthone varieties of grapes. It is located in the middle of the vineyards surrounded by the alps, in the Valais Region, just one hour from Lausanne.

A journey into the heart of the Douro Valley, the world’s oldest demarcated wine region…

Give yourself an exclusive experience in Villa Quaranta Tommasi Wine Hotel & SPA rewarded with Global Winner at the Best of Wine Tourism International Award 2020.

A slower pace of life at Postales Uco Valley


There’s something very special about waking up in the Uco Valley. The gentle whispering of mountain breeze rushing through the leaves of the alamos trees and the grapevines, the golden sunrise which casts a glowing light on the Andes mountains in the distance, and the calm feeling the overcomes you in this most peaceful corner of the world. It’s the sort of wake up you want to linger over for hours, and one of the most peaceful places to gently wake up in the Uco Valley is this year’s Accommodation Winner in Mendoza — the beautiful boutique hotel of Postales.

The Graves region is considered the cradle of fine wine making in Bordeaux, the site of some of the oldest vineyards of the region. Just south of the city, it is also the perfect place to choose as a base from which to discover the wineries and châteaux of Bordeaux.

When you roll through Rheinhessen, along those soft, vineyard-strewn hills, you find on the outskirts of a small village named Köngernheim a very inconspicuous assemble of buildings. When you step through the gate, a whole new world opens: old half-timber houses surround a romantic yard and cuddle the main house – an old grain mill. Its secrets lodge on the inside: highly modern, yet cozy rooms, a gourmet restaurant, and a 110 square meter spa area with yoga room, saunas and an outdoor pool that bows to the wine dedication of the area.

Mendoza’s hotels and wineries have a major landscaping and architecture advantage: the natural backdrop of the Andes mountains and carpet of green vines make most buildings look fabulous. In fact, the greater challenge for architects in Mendoza is finding the right balance of respecting the stunning natural landscape and blending modern architecture into such a striking backdrop.


The sky-high cypresses remind of southern Italy, palm trees grow behind the house, and the boxwoods form maze games for the eyes to linger – truly, the gardens at Weingut Listmann remind of a different time and place. Yet, we're here in Rheinhessen, only a few kilometers from the Palatinate which they call the Tuscany of Germany. "I always loved that view, when, driving over the Brenner Pass, we came to Italy and saw those cypresses", Eckhard Lismann rhapsodizes: "Whatever they're having in terms of gardens, we can have here, too."


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