Spend a Night in a Wine Barrel to Celebrate National Wine Day
National Wine Day is celebrated annually on May 25 in the United States, and is a great opportunity for wine enthusiasts to gather and celebrate the diversity and quality of some of the world’s best wines. With 20%* of Americans planning to have a winery tour during a 2023 vacation, we present five wine barrel stays where wine aficionados can combine both and to celebrate National Wine Day in a unique way by having a once-in-a-lifetime sleeping experience in some of the world's most incredible wine destinations.
Villa Mansa, Vistalba, Argentina
In Luján de Cuyo´s countryside, just 12,5 miles (20 km) from Mendoza, Villa Mansa is surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. The property features accommodations similar to a wine cellar, while wine tasting and cooking classes are also available onsite. Located at the foothills of the Andes, in the northern-central part of Argentina, the region of Mendoza is one of Argentina's most important wine regions, producing a variety of Argentinian wines including Malbec. The best way to explore the Mendoza wine region is by renting a car and driving through the wine regions of Maipu Valley, Lujan de Cujo and Uco Valley. Maipu Valley is great for cycling through the beautiful countryside and travelers can take an excursion to a vineyard with wine tasting to learn about the local art of wine-making.
Located in Gumpoldskirchen, on the slopes of the Anninger mountain, this Booking.com Travel Sustainable campground offers cozy wooden barrel cabins within a gorgeous vineyard. The town of Gumpoldskirchen is a famous Austrian wine town in the Thermenregion, a wine-producing area in eastern Austria, extending along the eastern edge of the Calcareous Alps up to the Vienna Basin. Thanks to this geographical location, the area is great for the production of wines of fruit, acidity, and maturity, with Zierfandler and Rotgipfler being the most popular wines. Travelers can rent a car and visit the beautiful city of Vienna, just a 30 minute drive away, and enjoy one of the many exciting activities Austria’s capital has to offer.
Offering its own vineyard and accommodation inside century-old wine barrels, the Cava Colchagua Hotel Boutique, a Booking.com Travel Sustainable property, is a dream to stay for travelers who enjoy wine. Not only are guests invited to stay in a wine barrel and have a glass of wine while unwinding in the property’s garden, they can also enjoy massages under the property’s grapevines or visit one of the nearby wineries. Santa Cruz’ main square is located less than two miles (3 km) away from the property, a beautiful town in central Chile's Colchagua Valley, known for its historic architecture and surrounding wineries. For those who want to explore more of Chile, Santiago, the country’s capital and largest city, is a two hour drive away. There travelers can choose to join exciting experiences to explore this lively city, including a guided tour to see a famous Andean canyon and thermal hot springs, or dive into the world of prestigious Chilean wines at the Concha y Toro estate – a main Latin American producer and one of the top wine companies in the world.
Coup 2 Foudres, Saint-Jean-de-Blaignac, France
Nestled in the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards, this beautiful bed and breakfast offers secluded stays in unique wooden barrels that are probably better recognized as wine vinification barrels. Wine enthusiasts will be charmed by the property’s own wine produce and will have the opportunity to taste the full-bodied flavors of Bordeaux wines. This Booking.com Travel Sustainable property is about six miles (10 km) from St Emilion, a medieval village with the picturesque cobbled streets that has a long history of wine making. It’s here where d travelers can enjoy a variety of wine tasting and wine tour activities.
The Wine House Hotel - Quinta da Pacheca, Lamego, Portugal
Set in the heart of the Douro Valley, the luxurious Wine House Hotel in Lamego is surrounded by extensive private grounds with vineyards. The characteristic 18th-century main building of this Booking.com Travel Sustainable property was restored, with respect to its traditional architecture and original features. For a unique overnight experience, apart from the modern hotel rooms in the main building, the property offers suites in the form of wine barrels. The Douro Valley is one of the world’s oldest wine regions renowned for port wine, running along the Douro River, from Spain to the coastal city of Porto, situated on the Atlantic coast. Guests who want to explore more of the beautiful surrounding area can rent a car and follow the Douro Wine Route, including visiting the beautiful town of Pinhão where travelers can experience a course on wine tasting and wine making or a boat ride through the heart of Pinhão’s wine region, to enjoy the incredible views of the regions beautiful hills and extensive vineyards.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 42,513 respondents across 33 markets (2,000 from USA, 1,008 from Canada, 2,000 from Mexico, 1,000 from Colombia, 2,000 from Brazil, 1,000 from Argentina, 2,000 from Australia, 1,000 from New Zealand, 2,000 from Spain, 2,000 from Italy, 2,000 from France, 2,000 from UK, 2,000 from Germany, 1,000 from Netherlands, 1,000 from Denmark, 1,000 from Sweden, 1,000 from Croatia, 1,000 from Switzerland, 1,000 from Belgium, 1,000 from Ireland, 1,000 from Portugal, 1,000 from Israel, 2,000 from India, 1,000 from China, 1,005 from Hong Kong, 1,000 from Thailand, 1,000 from Singapore, 1,000 from Taiwan, 1,000 from Vietnam, 1,000 from South Korea, 1,000 from Japan, 500 from UAE). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months, and planning to travel in 2023 and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in January and February 2023.