Sampling the Wines of the World: Experience Luxury with Top International Wine-Region Resorts and Discounted First Class Airfare

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From verdant New Zealand to legendary European wine regions, we adore these five resorts that will please even discriminating palates. Wine isn’t the only thing these resorts have going for them, though, especially when visitors travel there in the A-list comfort of cheap business class seats.

Fron Napa to New England, the U.S. brims with a host of its own celebrated wine regions, but there’s something special about embarking on a lush international wine tour. Aside from flying in the splendor of discounted first class flights, few other travel experiences are as blissful as indulging your senses at a high-end international wine-region resort. 

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi - Florence, Italy
Experience the glamor, power and intrigue of the Medici family’s Tuscan estate, now a hilltop resort surrounded by vineyards, olive orchards and a revived medieval town. Visitors can sample local wines, including the area’s prized Chianti, and nosh on dishes prepared by a Michelin-starred chef at La Rocca. After a peaceful night in one of the resorts beautifully appointed villas, visitors can take a dip in one of four pools, practice their swings at resort golf courses or learn to make a special dish at the local cooking school. 

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers - Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
The Farm is intimate with just 22 guest suites, each boasting a balcony for viewing the Pacific Ocean, the scenic golf course and the surrounding 6,000-acre cattle and sheep pastures. In addition to touring 70 local wineries, guests can enjoy clay-target shooting, golfing, hiking and ATV tours. Smart travelers can arrive at the resort refreshed, thanks to cheap business class airfare to Auckland, which is one hour away.

Le Quartier Francais - Franschhoek, South Africa
Exclusive and colorful, Le Quartier Francais gives visitors easy access to 40 local wineries and superb experiences. With just 21 guest rooms, the ambiance of Le Quartier is privileged and impeccable. Award-winning dishes are served at The Tasting Room, and private guides provide attentive service. Guests may visit the on-site cinema, tour the resort’s herb garden or embark on a World Heritage Hike.

Loisium Wine & Spa Resort - Langenlois, Austria
A contemporary masterpiece rising from a verdant vineyard, Loisium is elegant and welcoming. Chic guest rooms are furnished with luxe Wittman furniture, and the resort’s pool, on-site vineyard and 900-year-old wine cellar provide ample entertainment. Spa services are extensive, perfect for soothing muscles after a day spent hiking or cycling. For a special treat, visitors on-site during the resort’s concert season can enjoy dinner in the vineyards while enjoying a live concert.

Les Sources de Caudalie - Bourdeaux-Martillac, France
Combining wine and spa treatments, this resort has pampering down to an art form with vinotherapy treatments like honey and wine wraps and crushed cabernet scrubs. Luscious suites offer private terraces overlooking the vineyard and lake. Wine tours, cooking lessons, tasting lessons, cycling tours and horse-drawn carriage rides allow guests to experience all of Bordeaux’s delights. Discounted flights to France in first and business class are plentiful so visitors can travel to the region in style.