For both long-time oenophiles and those new to the world of wine, there’s nothing like escaping to one of the best wineries in the world for wine tasting tours that seduce your palate and expand your horizons.
When you book one of our private jet charter flights to whisk you off to your wine holiday, you can kick back and sip your favorite bold red, crisp white, or rich bubbly, making your wine-centric getaway last even longer. Read on for an introduction to a few of the best wineries in the world, all of which promise dreamy surroundings in lush, fertile regions.
Chateau de Berne, Provence, France
One look at Chateau de Berne and you’ll be smitten. Set on a captivating plot of land encompassing 121 hectares, this winemaking operation has the undeniable look of a quaint Mediterranean village surrounded by dense forestland.
This impressive winery includes not just vineyards, but a spacious cellar and a Michelin-star gourmet restaurant serving up fare that puts Provençal produce and herbs front and center. In the cellar, expert sommeliers will guide you through a tasting session or give you suggestions for picking a wine to accompany your meal.
For France wine tours that make use not just of the soil and the climate, but of nature’s awe-inspiring beauty, this chateau is hard to beat.
Where to Stay: Once your belly is full and your taste for wine has been sated, rest your head at the chateau’s 5-star private domain, featuring 27 well-appointed rooms with elegant French country décor and mesmerizing views of the forests, the vines, or the chateau itself.
Nearest Airport: Nice Côte d’Azur Airport
Bodega Salentein, Mendoza, Argentina
With its sprawling Mendoza vineyards spread over the foothills of the Andean Mountains, Bodega Salentein gets high marks for its varietals, including malbec, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, and chardonnay. Fed by melted snow from high atop the mountains, these wines depend on five unique Uco Valley microclimates.
The bodega itself — flat and unadorned — makes a bold statement against the imposing backdrop of snowy mountain peaks. Three subterranean tasting rooms, including the Primus Room with its 12 oak casks, give you a chance to sample flavors from one of the most renowned wineries in Argentina.
Where to Stay: You won’t need to travel far when it’s time to turn in for the day. Bodega Salentein’s own posada offers 16 rooms divided between two charming houses. Take a leisurely swim in the pool on warm afternoons or ride a bike through the nearby plantations.
Nearest Airport: Aeropuerto Mendoza
Marchesi di Barolo, Barolo, Italy
The picturesque hillside town of Barolo is the dazzling setting for one of the best wineries in the world: Marchesi di Barolo. Its historic cellars are located just a stone’s throw from the opulent Castle of the Marquis Falleti, towering over this quaint community.
The Abbana family now carries on the winemaking tradition that started in this area in 1807, thanks to the enterprising wife of the Marquis of Barolo. Get to know the wines and their history in the cellars and the wine library, home to more than 30,000 bottles that have been stored here since the late 19th century.
Where to Stay: Surround yourself in the countryside’s verdant vineyards at the Palas Cerequio, a luxe all-suite base offering nine rooms. Choose from contemporary suites with modern design touches or elegant suites boasting the splendor and elegance of centuries past.
Nearest Airport: Cuneo International Airport
Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma County, CA
Founded in 1857, Buena Vista Winery calls itself California’s first premium winery. As a matter of fact, it’s a California Historic Landmark and a stunning testament to the birth of one of the Golden State’s most treasured industries. It boasts a historic stone building and well-manicured formal gardens on one of the largest vineyard estates in the area.
Indulge in an outdoor seated tasting featuring four Buena Vista wines, or opt for the boxed lunch to accompany your tasting. Sample pinot gris, pinot noir, zinfandel, a red blend, or another of the winery’s California-produced varietals.
Where to Stay: For a Sonoma County hotel that really impresses, you can’t do better than cozy MacArthur Place, occupying a luxurious estate right in the middle of wine country. The rooms’ simple elegance will make you swoon, as will the spa, where you can get al fresco treatments on a private patio before making use of the outdoor shower.
Nearest Airport: Sonoma County Airport
Chateau Chantal, near Traverse City, Northern Michigan
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include at least one off-the-beaten path winery. Northern Michigan is renowned as a winegrowing region, though it may not attract as much attention as its counterparts in Europe and California.
At Chateau Chantal, you can sip wine by the glass on an outdoor terrace that overlooks the splendid east arm of Grand Traverse Bay on the Old Mission Peninsula. Sample everything from sweet to dry wine or opt for a taste of the Cherry Eau de Vie, distilled from Michigan’s very own tart cherries.
Where to Stay: The Executive Suite at Chateau Chantal gives you the chance to settle in and savor the magnificence of this part of Michigan. Your suite boasts two bedrooms, a private living room with a fireplace, and a balcony overlooking the bay and the vineyard.
Nearest Airport: Cherry Capital Airport
When you choose Planet 9 Private Air’s charter flights for your winery escape, the journey will be just as enjoyable as the destination. Reach out today to learn more about why private jet travel is the safest, most luxurious way to travel.
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