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Five of the Finest Villas in Europe for Wine Lovers

by Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande

Enjoy a holiday at the heart of some of Europe’s best wine growing regions, staying at one of our unique luxury villas. Each has been selected not only for their exceptional location, close to vineyards and within stunning landscapes, but for facilities too, like beautiful swimming pools and stylish kitchens.

Masseria del Fano – Italian manor set amongst the vineyards of the Salento peninsular – Italy 

Puglia, the south-eastern ‘heel’ of Italy, is a joy to discover for food and wine lovers. It’s a region that has retained it strong, authentic identity  – which is best appreciated through its gastronomy and wine.

Villas Masseria del Faro, an historical 8-bedroom manor house with pool, is surrounded by the fertile landscape of Solento, Italy’s second largest wine-growing area.

This magnificent country villa is as tempting as the fruity wines made nearby. Within the main building one finds a kitchen that foodies will love. The welcoming living room has a large open fireplace.

The 3 main guest suites are also in the main house, including the spectacular tower suite with sea views. The adjacent annex with independent entrance, has a further 5 double ensuite bedrooms.

The estate even produces its own wine, so here you’ll be able to indulge your passions of fine food and great wine in stunning surroundings, accompanied by the wonderful Mediterranean climate.


Masseria del Fano

Le Pratola – historical Tuscan villa set within a Chianti wine estate – Italy   

This luxurious 5-bedroom villa with infinity pool is part of the Rocca di Castagnoli Wine Estate. The setting is quintessentially Tuscan, and at the heart of the Chianti Classico region, so you’ll have the opportunity to try the very best of these acclaimed red wines.

Thanks to the villa’s hilltop location, expect wonderful 360-degree views of the Italian countryside; whilst Sienna and Florence are temptingly close.

Le Pratola has 5 bedrooms, all with en-suite travertine bathrooms and air conditioning, 2 sitting rooms, kitchen, dining room, games room, gym, laundry room and a stunning open plan galleried hallway. The villa is a dream for food lovers too, with a designer Italian kitchen is stunning, and an original pizza oven in the medieval courtyard.

Expect an elegant mix of contemporary and traditional styling including fine art and antiques. Outside is a heated pool and shaded terraces for alfresco dining.


Le Pratola

La Bastide de Vignes – amongst the vineyards of Languedoc, with views of the Pyrenees mountains – France

Languedoc is France’s biggest wine producing region, offering a rich diversity. A stay at Villa La Bastide de Vignes will immerse you within the beauty of this Mediterranean landscape. With 6 bedrooms and bathrooms, and a saltwater swimming pool, the villa makes for a fabulous escape for an extended family holiday or celebrating a special occasion with friends.

The fully furnished terraces overlook landscaped grounds and the pool. Inside there’s well-appointed livings spaces, including a dining room that opens to the terraces. The modern open plan kitchen features a traditional French range, perfect for those that want to make the most of the wonderful local produce.

When it comes to finding accompanying wines for your al fresco meals, you will be spoilt for choice. From fine appellations to iconic country wines, Languedoc never disappoints. 


Bastide de Vignes

Torre Scilano – romantic Alpine property with its own Lombardy vineyard – Italy

This charming stone-built home is full of unique and quirky features. It makes for a romantic hideaway in a verdant valley framed by mountains.

This 2-bedroom, architect-owned house has stylish interiors, a well-equipped kitchen, and cosy guest rooms in the tower part of the house.

Within the garden is a small vineyard, so you feel connected to the wine growing culture of the Lombardy region. 

The location is perfect for lovers of nature too, with wild countryside to be explored, with a nearby waterfall, meadows and mountains.


Torre Scilano

Villa la Tosca – elegant Aquitaine villa, in Bordeaux – France

Villa La Tosca, a prestigious luxury beach-front villa, is the epitome of French elegance. This 8-bedroom, 8-bathroom property is perfect for wine and food retreats, meetings, as well as vacations with friends and multi-generational families.

The interior features a dream kitchen, and sophisticated living spaces including the dining room and separate salon, both with open fires, and floor to ceiling French doors which open onto the sea view terrace offering an al fresco dining experience. 

The beautiful guest rooms and suites offer sea, forest and garden views.

The private and secluded gardens and grounds include an ecological pool with Balinese day bed and hammock. Only the century old stone wall, lined with Tamaris trees and its heritage gate, separate the grounds from a stroll onto the beach at low tide or a refreshing dip at high tide.

The south west of France is renowned for its wines from Bergerac and Armagnac, to of course Bordeaux. A stay in Aquitaine offers guests the opportunity to try from probably the widest selection of grape varieties in France. 


La Tosca