WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: FROM WINE BLUFF TO WINE BUFF
Now there’s good wine, and then there’s good wine. Know the difference? We’ll let you in on a little-known secret: sometimes, it can simply be a matter of taste. Wine talk can be a tad intimidating for the average wine bluff, especially when the buff crows about how ‘mineral’ or ‘leathery’ their wine tastes. But behind the fancy lingo thrown around by said wine connoisseurs lies a healthy dose of appreciation for the drink – and there’s naught wrong with that. Whether you know your Pinot Grigios from your Picpoul de Pinets, wine’s still a pleasure worth indulging in.
Meet the three brand-new exhibitors joining the collective who agree, and who offer up local vineyards to ensure guests walk away from their stay jovially gabbing wine jargon like a pro.
NAME: Domaine de Manville
LOCATION: Les Baux-de-Provence
CAUSE: Nonchalantly fulfilling every traveller’s rural French fantasy.
Everyone has dreamed of the simple French life: picking grapes during the wine harvest; falling for the farmer’s son or the stable girl; riding through lush fields on a bike back from the village with a basket full of cheese and baguette. Domaine de Manville gives their guests their dream on a plate, served alongside an impeccable glass of a Rosé de Provence.
The former farmhouse, nestled below the picturesque hilltop medieval village of Les Baux, was transformed into a five-star hotel – complete with a an 18-hole golf course and spa – by a couple who fell head over heels for the rich terrain. Intent on retaining a focus on the produce of the land, the property offers wine and olive oil tastings on- and off-site, and the gourmet restaurant and bistrot ensure savouring fresh, seasonal food and wine is made sacred amidst effortlessly chic décor in the flicker of candlelight. All in all, a stay at the Domaine de Manville guarantees you a refined education in the local wine, and in the French joie de vivre that you should embrace with every sip.
LOCATION: Montalcino, Italy
CAUSE: Being the proud figurehead of Tuscan culture.
French wine is the bomb, but who would dream of overlooking the vino in Italy? Wine from a vigneto is made from a completely different bunch of grapes, and the Italian stallions (and mares, of course) at Castello Di Velona Resort & Spa are damn proud of it. This gorgeous, renovated fortress, distinctive in its warm, earthy Tuscan design, sits in grounds filled with olive trees and vineyards, which produce the world-renowned Brunello di Montalcino – a highly esteemed red known for its bold fruit flavours and high acidity.
Offering guests an authentic experience with full exposure to Tuscan delicacies and tradition is of the utmost importance there: so alongside a wine tasting masterfully conducted by their sommelier, these passionate Italians go a step further by holding wine-making sessions with their in-house enologist. This way, they ensure that there’s no chance guests leave their estate without becoming fully versed in the reds and riches of their region.
Isso realmente é uma degustação às cegas! Os sentidos são aguçados e o vinho se torna parte do corpo! Incrível! Méritos para a sommelier Manoela, do castello di Velona @claudiastaianof @maxcvnt @vivatoscana @selicvnti @marcelladeoliveirs @fabiolagadelhaoficial #degustacao #sensation #sensacaoincrivel #nuncasentido #wine #photography #vinorosso #castellodivelona #demalascomteco
NAME: Tierra Hotels
CAUSE: Championing all things Chilean.
Tierra Hotels – the Chilean-owned brand with lodges in the Atacama Desert, Patagonia, Chiloé and up in the Andes – pay homage to local tradition by showcasing Chile as a country of striking nature. Fiercely proud of their produce and mindful of their surroundings, the lodges’ plush interiors and striking architecture showcases the local culture as accurately as their locally sourced red and white wines at dinner.
Tierra Hotels have also teamed up with La Casona Hotel (Matetic Vineyard), offering a one-night stay along with the Tierra treatment so that wine-lovers can embark upon a tantalising journey of taste and get better acquainted with the audacious, full-bodied red made from the Syrah grape. What more could the budding wine connoisseur ask for?
Hoy vivimos el relanzamiento de nuestro Restaurante Equilibrio y la presentación de nuestro espumante biodinámico Matetic Coastal Brut. Ven a conocerlo! Te esperamos!! Reservas@matetic.com // Today we are experiencing the re-launch of our Equilibrio Restaurant and the presentation of our biodynamic Matetic Coastal Brut sparkling wine. Come and meet him! We will wait for you!! Reservas@matetic.com #vineyards #mateticvineyards #biodynamic #restaurantequilibrio
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