Not much is better than relaxation and wine. When you’re dealing with the daily stressors of work, maintaining relationships, and staying mentally, emotionally and physically healthy, they seem like the perfect pair. Make it a terrific trio and add travel to the mix by planning a trip to one of the best wine retreats around the world. These retreats focus on wellness, but they also understand that wine and wellness often go hand in hand.
Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, Spain
The vineyards of Spain are breathtaking, but when you combine them with pampering and wine, you’ll be in total heaven. This 12th-century monastery turned luxury hideaway has a Michelin-starred dining room, a secret wine cellar, a private church, and a spa that focuses on vinotherapy offerings. The El Santuario spa offers massages with energizing grape seeds and so many more spa and wine specials.
Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa, Arizona
One of the nation’s best spas features a decadent way to salute each new season. During each equinox solstice, the resort gathers guests on the rooftop for a “Sangria and Sunset Salutations” class. Guests will perform 108 sun salutations to mark the end of one season and the beautiful arrival of another. Sip on sangria and explore the spa—it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.
Loisium Wine & Spa Resort, Austria
You probably never thought about heading to Austria for a wine retreat, but this spot is an absolute jewel. Located near the sweet town of Langenlois, Loisium is an Aveda Destination Spa. Guests can book vinotherapy treatments such as soaking and scrubbing using veltliner or Reisling gapes. On-staff sommeliers will help you find the best wine for your tastes, both in the spa and in the dining room. For ultimate relaxation, head to the infrared cabins or the amethyst brine steam bath!
The Retreat at Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Virginia
Located in the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains, Veritas Vineyard & Winery offers four-day wellness reset retreats. Perfect for getting in the terrific trio, this travel, wellness, and wine destination is just what you need. You can partake in hiking, wine and cooking education classes, vineyard tours, horseback riding, and so much more. It’s the spot for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation—you’ll want to book a reservation every year.
Le Sources de Caudalie, France
Of course, we had to include a French resort on this list, and you’ll find this one in Bordeaux. It’s a quintessential French wine country hideaway that includes two Michelin-starred restaurants and a mind-boggling 16,000-bottle wine cellar. Their vinotherapy spa has cabernet baths and merlot wraps—it’s just what you’re been searching for.
Though these locations do encourage mixing wine and wellness, you still need to make sure you’re drinking responsibly. Especially if you head to one of the mountaintop locations, you have to stay conscious of the different factors that influence your BAC level. Wine retreats may want you to sip, but they also rely on you staying aware and positive.