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Enjoying wine straight from the source feels even more special. Maybe it’s the garden landscape filled with vines, the history, or the thousands of years of cultivation of the land. Or maybe it’s the character and story of the vineyards themselves – particularly in France, a wine country renowned for its monumental vineyard châteaux and which have been converted into luxury hotels.
To imagine the view at Château de Valmer, just think of rows of palm trees, the smell of the sea and a glass of cold rosé from the Côtes de Provence. This seaside castle has all the amenities you’d expect from a five-star resort; spa, private beach and Michelin-starred restaurant France. Share your time enjoying the seaside setting and exploring the countryside, strolling the vineyards, vegetable gardens and quaint hilltop towns France.
La Chartreuse du Bignac sits atop a hill surrounded by a winding landscape lined with plum trees and grapes. This accommodation can be found in the center of Bergerac, a region known for its fine red and white wines. Head to the on-site wine bar to sample some of the best wines from the area. A small library, stone fireplace and vaulted cellar from the 12th century add to its rustic elegance.
A red wine lover’s paradise – the Margaux vineyard produces some of the best red wines in Bordeaux. The majestic Château du Tertre looks out over this landscape. Built in 1865, the architecture of the building is still solid with exposed beams and French oak ceilings. Guests France can explore the wine cave and wander the grounds to enjoy the beauty of the gardens while tasting their local grape varieties.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is known for producing fresh red wine and there is no better place to taste the fruit than in its hometown. The Château des Fines Roches overlooks local wineries. This 19th-century castle France was once inhabited by the Marquis de Baroncelli and was visited by many Provençal poets. Today, the building is a place of relaxation with wine nuances; imagine you are sunbathing, dining on the terrace and swimming in the pool under the towering tower.
Cahors vineyards are known for producing deep red wines made from Malbec grapes. This fine wine is also steeped in history – the bishops of Cahors in the 13th century inhabited the Château de Mercus to care for its vineyards. Today, the castle is a four-star hotel france, complete with a swimming pool fringed by rows of cedar trees.
The architecture of the Domaine de Verchant Relais & Châteaux exudes Southern French majesty, decorated with 200-year-old white stone walls with orange roofs and terraces under palm trees. This magnificent villa also features a wine cellar with a capacity of 10,000 bottles. The region is known as a producer of fresh white wine, a drink that perfectly complements the typical Mediterranean dishes served at the hotel france.
Head down a laneway in the heart of the Provençal countryside and you’ll find this magnificent 18th-century château. This majestic castle is located in Lorgues, Provence’s oldest wine-growing region known for producing dry pale rosés and sharp and spicy red wines. Apart from enjoying wine tours and various activities, you can also relax in the large spa and Michelin-starred restaurant, stroll through the olive groves, or rent a car to explore the local area further.