Luxury wine vacations

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Some of the world's best wine destinations are at their most attractive during the summertime.  Wine tourists often arrive at their vineyard region of choice to find weather that is ideal for strolls amongst the grapes, outdoor wine tastings, or simply sitting on a patio and gazing at the lush landscapes.

Does that sound like an appealing way to spend a weekend (or even a week…or two)?  Keep reading to learn about the best destinations for a wine-themed vacation this summer.

Vineyard luxury vacation

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In each of the three destinations we will feature below, it is possible to take the level of comfort and the feeling of luxury and privacy to a new level. These grape-growing regions boast some of the most special luxury rental villas and estates in the world.

This means that you can take your grape adventures beyond the standard bed-and-breakfast experience and enjoy something truly unique and memorable.  Many estates are large enough that you can invite your family and friends to join you, or you could even choose to host a vineyard-themed retreat for your closest wine-loving friends or business associates.

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The Spanish province of Catalonia is home to the famous Costa Brava region.  This unbelievably beautiful stretch of Mediterranean landscape is where some of Iberia's best wines are produced.  The highly rated Oliveda Vineyard, for example, is known for producing  some of the best cava-style wines (a type of specialty wine produced in Catalonia) in the world.  But Oliveda is only one of more than four dozen quality wineries in the region.

Can Bassa, a unique boutique property in the heart of cava country, is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a wine retreat with family members or close friends.  With an impressive wine cellar to go along with stunning views of the surrounding countryside and one-of-a-kind rooms in a luxuriously restored historic farmhouse, Can Bassa is quite possibly the most purely perfect setting for a Catalonian wine vacation.

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Temecula, within a short distance of San Diego, is one of Southern California's best kept secrets.  This amazing wine-making region features great scenery, with rolling hills dominating the landscape and 10,000-foot mountains towering in the background.  Temecula's rustic, charming atmosphere makes it an ideal place for couples and for anyone who want to avoid the rush of visitors who descend upon the more-popular wine growing regions in Central and Northern California during the summer months.

The 22,000-square foot Castle Rock Manor sits in the heart of Temecula's vineyard region.  With manicured grounds, luxury accommodations for eight people, a marble mosaic swimming pool, and towering man-made waterfall, this is arguably the most enchanting and unique vacation estate in all of Southern California.  With Castle Rock as a base to relax in between vineyard tours and wine tasting sessions, you are virtually guaranteed to have the time of your life.

Mexico luxury wine vacation

Arguably one of the best of the yet-to-be-discovered wine regions on earth, Valle De Guadalupe sits in Mexico only about two hours away from San Diego by car.  The austerely beautiful landscapes of the northern Baja Peninsula create a very unique and visually stunning setting.  And the wines that grow at altitude here (not far from the breezes of the Pacific Ocean) are as unusually attractive as the setting.  And summer is the best time to come to Guadeloupe.  In August, the winemakers in the valley hold a lively festival with tastings, concerts and art shows.

This unique place is best enjoyed at Encuentro Guadalupe, a one-of-a-kind collection of state-of-the-art eco-friendly villas perched on the high ground overlooking the valley.  With a pool, restaurant and bar, it has all the luxuries you'd expect from a four-star hotel.  But it really sets itself apart with wines from its own vineyard, onsite cooking classes, and private decks that are built onto each villa.

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Estate Weddings and Events has rental estates all around the world. You can visit our web site to find the best estates in your favorite wine-making region.

Your Turn...

Are you planning any wine-themed events or vineyard vacations this summer?  Use the comments section to share your summertime plans and to give us your insights about wine tourism.....