Each year in September and October, grape harvest time marks the beginning of a season of festivities, discoveries and renewal for all vineyard lovers. Here is a selection of 10 properties for a celebration of castles and their harvests.
A unique experience at the heart of the vineyard: Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Hôtel & Restaurant LALIQUE, Sauternes
It’s a well-known fact that every dining experience begins with the eyes. That’s why this castle’s concept immediately sets the scene for enjoyment with a meal served in the middle of a listed 1er Grand Cru vineyard. Prepared by the star-rated chef Jérôme Schilling, the feast includes five courses and four moods. A true symphony for the senses in an exceptional setting.
A breathtaking view: Domaine Les Crayères, Champagne
Offer: "Imperial Stay - 2 nights"
Located at the heart of Reims – just a few minutes’ walk from the Pommery and Taittinger cellars –, this estate is distinctive for its Deluxe rooms, each offering an unobstructed view over the park. Don’t miss the opportunity to float over the vineyards in a hot air balloon, departing from the garden of Les Crayères. The unforgettable experience concludes on a fabulous note with a glass of champagne after landing.
The perfect pair: La Côte Saint Jacques & Spa, Burgundy
Offer: Stay "One chef one sommelier"
Anyone who appreciates the better things in life understands the importance of harmony. That’s why the “1 chef, 1 sommelier” concept of this establishment is so popular. It holds the promise of a continually renewed surprise and the ideal food-and-wine pair. Enjoy free access to the Well-being and Spa space to complete the picture of pure enjoyment for your stay.
The promise of a "feel-good" experience: Château de Bagnols, Beaujolais
Some places take the idea of relaxation very seriously. That is the case of Château de Bagnols, which presents a new offer this year dedicated to peace and tranquility for your replenishment. Relinquish your telephone upon arrival, and enjoy outdoor yoga sessions, a taste of fresh, local products, and a ride through the vineyards on a vintage motorcycle... An ideal way to unwind.
From the vineyard to the table: Hôtel de Pavie, Saint-Émilion
New culinary experience at La Table de Pavie**, with Chef Yannick Alléno
The two-star La Table de Pavie proposes a well-rounded local cuisine. The flavor of the territory is present in all the ingredients, as well as in the way they are prepared. The chef, Yannick Alléno, wishes to provide visitors with a unique experience, as illustrated by his signature dish: “Air pigeon: poultry puffed and roasted in hell’s fire, ortolon-style beak cooked in a cloth”. Each part of the meal is used throughout the meal, up to a terrine of confit legs to take away at the end of the meal.
Not to be missed in the Médoc: Château Cordeillan-Bages, Pauillac
Offer: "Bages' Box"
Having just earned a fifth star, this institution of the Médoc requires no introduction. However, the castle always manages to rise to new heights, and for its reopening it unveils a new decor for its Superior rooms and Junior Suites. This elegant modern setting was designed in collaboration with the Milanese architect Anne-Monique Bonadéi. During the harvesting season, the estate proposes an exceptional picnic concept, the Bages’ Box. Enjoy the autumn landscape at your own pace, on foot or by bike.
For a vinotherapy spa: Château de Germigney, Jura
Spa-vinothérapie Caudalie at Château de Germigney
The vineyards hold secrets that go beyond food and drink. In a partnership with Caudalie, Château de Germigney offers a number of beauty treatments at its new vinotherapy spa. Facials, scrubs, sculpting massages, baths... The various “rituals” available at the well-being space may be completed by a gourmet lunch for a complete pampering experience.
The ideal country house: Hostellerie de Levernois, Burgundy
Offer: "Discovery of the vineyard" at l'Hostellerie de Levernois
With three refined refuges in the regional style surrounded by a wooded park spanning nearly 15 acres, this property is the dream estate for a verdant getaway. Stroll through the organic kitchen garden and enjoy fresh regional produce at this country inn. Don’t miss exploring the vineyards of Burgundy for a special tasting.
A truly charming oasis: Domaine de Verchant, Occitanie
Activities at Domaine de Verchant, in the vineyards
You might be surprised at the nickname of this estate – “Beach in the vineyards” – but it certainly deserves its sparkling reputation. The swimming pool stretching along some 65 ft offers a view over the vineyard, for starters; but there is no end to the feeling of wonder that you’ll enjoy throughout your stay. Its terrace restaurant, bar area and evening entertainment add additional magic to this spot, where refinement mingles with the unexpected.
No need to choose between the sea and the mountains : Villa Calvi, Upper Corsica
Offer: Bike Ride in the Vineyard & Wine Tasting
If you’re an explorer at heart, discover this organic vineyard estate, spanning 158 acres. With an olive grove, prairies and an oak forest, this is a fantastic place for a bike ride. To conclude your expedition, Villa Calvi invites you to enjoy a wine tasting to add the perfect finishing touch to your visit to Upper Corsica.