When it’s cold out, nothing warms you up faster than planning a dreamy vacation, especially one filled with world-class vino. If you’re lusting for warmer days and a wine-filled vacation, look no further than these winter wine destinations—all sure to promise sunny days and sumptuous sips.
When it comes to the rolling hills of Italy’s winemaking regions, it doesn’t get more quintessential than the region of Chianti, renowned for the eponymous varietal. A stay at the 26-room Mangiacane positions you at the center of it all, while also providing a scenic landscape of its own; 600 acres of vineyards, olive groves and the building itself as a peek into the 15th century eye of Michelangelo.
For something truly unique, choose Mexico’s wine region—yes, we said wine not tequila—in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe. Blessed with warm days and chilly nights, plus granite-rich soil, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Nebbiolo varieties thrive here. Check-in to Bruma resort for an immersive experience among the vines and an edgy welcome to the valley.
As temperatures drop to the mid-40s, the region’s signature bold Cabernet Sauvignon warms from the inside out. Luxurious properties like Four Seasons Napa Valley provide fire pits and vineyard views without ever having to leave the premises. The property offers bespoke experiences in tandem with Elusa Winery—which comprises the hotel’s backyard—including an onsite tasting room and wine library, all with rustic flair that lends itself to the coziness imparted by winter weather.
When winter strikes in the northern hemisphere, the summer sunshine is in full swing in South America. Visit Chile’s Millahue Valley to trade your winter blues for the country’s signature variety, Carmenere. A bold, spicy red wine, it pairs impeccably with juicy steaks of the region; you’ll want to leave room for some in your suitcase. Stay at VIK to discover where wine meets design at their architecturally impressive hotel that’s carved into the foothill of the Andes.