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World Wine Tour

Indulge yourself this fall with a whirlwind tour of the world’s greatest wine regions. Begin in Napa Valley with a stay at the famed Auberge du Soleil. Dine on their terrace, overlooking the vineyards of Napa and the hot air balloonists as you sip a glass of Far Niente.

After a day spent sampling the region’s greatest wines, treat yourself to a dinner at the internationally-acclaimed restaurant, The French Laundry.

Move on then from Napa to France and the celebrated Bordeaux region. Stay at Château Cordeillan Bages and let yourself be seduced by the best Bordeaux grand crus. Study at Ecole de Bordeaux and develop your palate even further.

Discover some of the oldest vineyards in the world at Casa da Calçada, a splendid XVIth century palace, in the historical heart of the quaint town of Amarante. Visit the heart of the Douro Valley, the Land of Port Wine, and indulge in the pleasures of wine tasting and great food!

No wine tour is complete without a stop in Franschoek, South Africa. A luxurious stay at Le Quartier Francais will be enhanced by gourmet cuisine and superb South African wines. Try their "Wine-tasting on horseback" experience for an unforgettable adventure you will talk about for years to come!

To cap off this around-the-world extravaganza, head off to Australia, and the Yarra Valley outside of Melbourne. Base yourself at the elegantly luxurious Chateau Yering as you spend many glorious days wandering through Australia’s famed wineries. The Burgundian varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir shall particularly delight!

Casa da Calçada
Hotel and restaurant in town
The lemon-yellow facade of the Casa da Calçada hints at the sunny stay that awaits at this hotel. Situated in the heart of the town of Amarante, between the bustle of Porto and the sun-dappled countryside of the Douro Valley, both less than an hour away, this hotel, with its golden interiors, is a favourite with those who love beauty, great wine and golf. Nearby you find a splendid 18-hole golf course. The hotel also produces “Vinho Verde” wines, and on-site activities include a tour of the region’s best wine “quintas” that will ensure that you never forget the differences between Tawny, Ruby, White or Vintage Port. ...Read more
Portugal, Amarante

Château Cordeillan-Bages
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in a vineyard
This 17th century charterhouse with its works of art, located between the Gironde and the Atlantic Ocean, is the epitome of calm, awakening every sense. From its terraces, you can see the gardens with their vines and plants. In the dining room, young Jean-Luc Rocha, Best Worker of France, enjoys playing with the fragrances and textures of the South West creating original yet comforting dishes. His cuisine is highly flavoured, contemporary and well balanced – breadcrumbs with seaweed and fine slices of cuttlefish, milk-fed lamb in a citrus viennoise with creamy broad beans and garden peas, with a ‘fraîcheur‘. His idea is to give expression to the region as a whole so that its flavours and traditions are in harmony with the best wines from the Médoc and elsewhere. The bright guestrooms with their muted, timeless decor nestle amongst pine trees and lemon verbena bushes and offer utter tranquillity. This hotel, tucked away in the Gironde valley, takes full advantage of the know-how of Château Lynch-Bages and offers guests the opportunity to have a wonderful time with expert artisans to explore a whole range of different experiences. ...Read more
France, Pauillac

The French Laundry
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux in the country
Grand Chef Thomas Keller’s technique has become so famous that Pixar studios called upon his expertise when making the film “Ratatouille”. The revised ratatouille served at the end of the film is Keller’s invention. At the heart of Napa Valley, this chef, whose restaurant Per Se is among New York’s top culinary landmarks, has created one of the best restaurants in California. Working closely with Grand Chef Keller, and the best producers in the region, chef de cuisine David Breeden and his team concoct minimalist dishes. Products such as oysters and truffles are savoured in “sequenced meals” where in order to maximise surprises, no single ingredient is ever repeated in a meal. There is a new menu every day and the herbs and vegetables come straight from the culinary garden. ...Read more
United States, Yountville

Le Quartier Français
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in a village
This vibrant, luxurious retreat in the centre of Franschhoek is superbly furnished, with oversized beds, understated quirkiness and lots of warmth, with a dollop of romantic charm that is unmatched in the region. There is an in-house private cinema and a variety of extraordinary experiences with an African influence to select from. Choose from innovative culinary experiences, wandering round the contemporary art gallery, an indigenous and unusual herb and sculpture garden as well as other sensational, tailor-made adventures. In the restaurant, the Grand Chef Margot Janse and her team serve African-inspired surprise tasting menus in the Tasting Room. Here they create acclaimed, cutting-edge cuisine using rare indigenous ingredients. ...Read more
South Africa, Franschhoek

Auberge du Soleil
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard
Between the Cabernet-Sauvignon and Chardonnay vines of Napa Valley, the French restaurateur Claude Rouas and his business partner Robert Harmon have created an elegant hotel hidden amongst a grove of olive trees that evokes their love of the South of France. Stay in one of a handful of spacious “maisons” perched on the hillside overlooking the sculpture garden which features over 100 works by renowned artists. Each secluded “maison” has an air of romance and features a private terrace, custom furnishings and a fireplace. The Mediterranean inspired cuisine features the very best of the region. The Auberge Spa, which also draws on the land, offers treatments based on grapes, olives, herbs, flowers, mud and minerals. The 15,000 bottles in the wine cellar will inspire the discerning wine connoisseur as they watch the sun setting on the horizon. ...Read more
United States, Rutherford


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