The standard packages offer food and wine tours, visits to the cellars of local excellence, stays in wellness resorts surrounded by vineyards, wine treatments in winery spa. The facilities that offer their guests all-round relaxation accompanied, of course, by guided tastings and unique sensory routes, are called wine resorts, the evolution of luxury old-fashioned wineries. Where there was once only room for vats, barrels and bottles, the rooms have been redesigned to offer guests an experience far removed from the standard of hotel facilities.
Wine as a cultural and wellness experience
Moravia, Czech Republic: a magical experience of wine
But the heart of production beats at Valtice, a border outpost where the climate is particularly favourable for the production of the grapes that give the Palava, a sweet wine with a markedly aromatic flavour, with clear notes of citrus and floral reminiscent of Traminer, and Irsay Oliver, full-bodied wine that recalls the flavour of our Muscat of Asti. Excellent quality wine has been produced here since 1500 even if, during the communist era, the oenological tradition risked evaporating from the country, following the nationalization of the lands and production, a management model now supplanted by the free market that has revived the consumption and sale of wine.
Moravia wine is mainly destined for national consumption: exporting it is not worth much, better to enhance it locally, instilling passion in tourists. This is why some resorts have named their rooms in honour of the main wine varieties: at Hotel Madl, for example, an old cottage surrounded by a 25-hectare vineyard owned by the family of wine producers of the same name, can be chosen between Suite Cabernet and Apartment Traminer.
Bordeaux, France: the power of water and wine
Italy, Franciacorta: the kingdom of sparkling wine
Today Franciacorta is one of the Italian areas with the highest production of sparkling wine, so much so that it has transformed a toponym into a brand that does not need further definitions. Every autumn, during the Franciacorta Festival, the wineries of the territory welcome the new season with a weekend of tastings of all types of Franciacorta: Satèn, Rosé, Millesimato and Riserva; but the opportunities to appreciate the sophisticated Franciacorta perlage, abound throughout the year.
In the 1701 wine garden the principles of organic and biodynamic agriculture apply to viticulture. Harvesting is done by hand, pressing is gentle and the use of multiplied indigenous yeasts is preferred. After draught (second fermentation) and aging (taking of mousse and yeast autosils), the bottles rest for 30 months upside down (remuage) and, after the second and final transfer, the Franciacorta1701 is ready for tasting in the romantic secret garden which, on request, becomes an intimate restaurant for two.
Types of stay substantially similar but no less surprising, you can live in the Cappuccini resort, an ancient Franciscan convent surrounded by a vineyard with a park, and L'Albereta Relais, a land property that includes the cellars Bellavista of Franciacorta and Contadi Castaldi.
Italy, Chianti: the wine of tradition
Enchanting places, refined and exclusive environments where you can relax immersed in the scents and colours of the Tuscan countryside, enchanted by the wonders of nature and poetry that nests in the bottom of a glass of excellent organic wine.