Whether you enjoy a glass of red at the weekend, or you fancy yourself as a fully-fledged wine connoisseur, the opportunity to stay in a wine barrel provides you with an experience like no other. But I don’t mean the kind of
barrel that you usually find in your local bar, I’m talking about the giant wine barrels that used to store huge quantities of your favorite tipple. Converted from storage containers into unique and quirky accommodation,
wine barrel holidays are the latest and greatest addition to every wine aficionado’s bucket list.
So, the next time you want to take a break, why not stay in one of these incredible wine barrel hotels. Prepare in advance by reading up on wines and how to buy them so that you can come back fully stocked with your
favorite new drink.
Quinta da Pacheca, Douro, Portugal
If you’ve ever wanted to wake up in the middle of a vineyard, surrounded by grapes, beautiful weather and stunning views, then Quinta da Pacheca is for you. Set in the grounds of an 18th-century manor house, the wine hotel overlooks the vineyards on the banks of the Douro River. Staying here feels as though you are immersed in the
day to day life of a working farm, with many of the buildings still being used to make wine and port. Featuring all the comforts of most modern hotels, there are 10 en suite wine barrels complete with huge glass doors and their own outdoor decks so that you can sit outside and take in the views while enjoying a glass of wine or two.
Hotel Lindenwirt, Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Located in the heart of the historical town of Rüdesheim, the timber-framed family hotel is home to some of the best wines in the region. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tasting the wines from the hotel’s own vineyard
before staying in one of the quaint and cosy two-person wine barrels. With all the comforts of home, such as a small living area, bathroom and comfortable twin beds, this is a stay you won’t forget in a hurry! Check out the Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard and the Rhine Valley while you’re in the area.
Bryant Barn, Walla Walla, Washington
Walla Walla in rural Eastern Washington is a hugely popular destination for wine tourists. With over 120 wineries and 2,800 acres of vineyards in the vicinity, coming here should be high on the bucket list of any wine connoisseur. The wine barrel accommodation at Bryant Barn is the perfect spot to stay while you sample the local wine and enjoy the stunning views. While you’re in the area you could also check out the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals, or take one of the many wine tasting tours.
Cava Colchagua Hotel Boutique, Chile
For those times when you want to get as far away from it all as possible, Cava Colchagua Hotel Boutique in Chile offers the opportunity to stay in antique wine barrels that once fermented 45,000 litres of wine. Surrounded by vineyards as well as a luxurious swimming pool and spa, the wine barrel rooms provide guests with a private bathroom, cable TV, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. There are also numerous vineyards within a short drive, so you can spend your holiday exploring everything the region has to offer.
Terme Ptuj Wine Barrel Village, Pjtu, Slovenia
When it comes to glamping, it doesn’t get much better than a stay in Terme Ptuj Wine Barrel Village. With a total of 8 wine barrels, the village is a popular choice for couples and families who are looking for unusual ways to spend their vacation. Guests are provided with breakfast, access to the Thermal Park pools and saunas and free Wi-Fi. There is also an extensive entertainment programme featuring activities such as kiteboarding, rowing, cycling and day trips to the local tourist attractions.
The only problem with all of these stunning wine barrel holidays is choosing which one to go to first!