Country/Vineyard

Some 450 miles east of Château Cheval Blanc, the Saint-Émilion producer of one of France’s most celebrated wines, is Bernard Arnault’s other Cheval Blanc. Arnault, chairman of LVMH and France’s...
The restored British Colonial buildings that mark the entrance to Capella Singapore shield an even greater architectural treasure. After passing through the 18th-century structures, which house the...
A little more than a year ago, the old stone building on Yountville’s Washington Street, between Starkey Avenue and Pedroni Street, resembled the excavation of a medieval tower. And like a zealous...
From the twisting road that follows the Amalfi Coast outside of Positano, Italy, you might not notice the entrance to Il San Pietro di Positano. The only indication that you have arrived at the...
Hotel Caruso dangles from a cliff in Ravello, an Italian village of some 1,000 steps and at least as many lemon trees. The resort’s executive chef, Mimmo Di Raffaele, utilizes the ubiquitous citrus...
The Harris hawk is a sociable creature, known to pursue and attack its quarry in casts, or teams, in the wild. The bird’s group mentality makes it an ideal companion on the hunt and the species of...
Spring in Vermont rarely arrives the same way twice. Sometimes it drips in, with punishing snowstorms giving way to copious rainstorms. Occasionally, it arrives in one great mid-May burst: Dandelions...
Surrounded by olive trees and grapevines at the open-air trattoria in Vetralla, 40 miles north of Rome, we had eaten Lallo Piergentili’s aged cheeses, cured meats, and pappardelle with wild boar. Now...
Patrizio Cipollini, general manager of the new Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Italy, has been hearing the same question since he first visited the property’s site in 2001. "People walked up to me...
Owners of the 10 new Resort at Paws Up Wilderness Estates ( www.pawsup.com ) in Greenough, Mont., can navigate the 37,000-acre property without polluting the Big Sky. Each of the 3,248-square-foot...
In a mining project in Napa County’s Pope Valley struck pay dirt of another kind: a natural hot spring. The owners rewrote their business plan, constructing a lodge on the 700-plus-acre property over...
Three couples travel from New York City to St. Helena, Calif., for a weeklong culinary vacation in wine country. Providers. Air travel by Bombardier Flexjet (972.720.2725, www.flexjet.com ); villa...
For his love of water, not wine, Diogo Vaz Guedes, founder of the Aquapura hotel group, selected Portugal’s Douro River Valley as the location for his firm’s first resort. Vaz Guedes believes water...
The Carlton Hotel (+41.81.836. 70.00, www.carlton-stmoritz.ch ) , a nearly century-old institution in St. Moritz, Switzerland, reopened in December after a $65 million, 18-month renovation that might...
Diners in the second-floor restaurant at Marqués de Riscal’s new hotel in Elciego, Spain, can descend in one of three elevators—built into the main pillars that support the Frank Gehry–designed...
Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle’s favorite rock sits halfway up a narrow hiking trail at the Clos Apalta estate in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. A quick scramble up the almost perfectly round, Volkswagen...
Arriving at the new Hotel Marqués de Riscal, perched atop the Riojan winery’s cavernous aging cellars at the edge of the medieval village of Elciego, Spain, recalls the scene from Steven Spielberg’s...
Ask Cavas Wine Lodge owner Cecilia Díaz Chuit to suggest a tranquil place for lunch, and she might send you off—with a picnic of serrano ham and arugula sandwiches on just-baked whole-grain bread—to...
"Even the French say the best wines are created from vines that see the river," says SageCliffe winemaker Berle "Rusty" Figgins over dinner at the estate’s Tendrils Restaurant. At SageCliffe, a 680-...
The Cliff Lede Estate in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District is a patchwork of vineyard plots on either side of the Silverado Trail. Planted with Bordelaise varietals and named for classic rock songs,...
Wherever one looks in Italy, one sees the overlapping of eras, centuries, and epochs, like so many layers of glaze coating every surface with an indelible patina. Ancient terra-cotta pieces and Roman...
Since its first vintage in 1951, Penfolds Grange has been the prototype Australian Shiraz, a robust, cellar-worthy red that has spawned imitators in the Barossa Valley and beyond. As a guest at...
The Mercedes has bottomed out. More speed might have propelled the vehicle over the hill on this rolling Irish cart road, but the undercarriage now sits squarely on top of a grassy protuberance,...
John Hunt’s day begins at dawn. There are hundreds of avocado trees to plant and 10 tons of fresh-picked citrus to pack. As a farmer, he always has a fence to mend, a leaking hydration pipe to fix,...
Up ahead, the vista widened as the canal opened into Burgundy’s Saône River. “Gently, monsieur . Gently,” the pilot advised as he surrendered the helm to his passenger, who nodded. “This will be a...
When the decadence and decay that are the charms of Venice have worn thin, adjacent towns of the Veneto Plain offer a quiet respite. Bassano del Grappa, a walled medieval city of 40,000 inhabitants—...
The Macallan distillery is offering an intriguing seven-day trip that will take you and a guest from Spain to Scotland to show you how whisky becomes the Macallan. The trip will begin with a first-...
Gabriele d’Annunzio, the early-20th-century Italian poet, playwright, war hero, and Fascist theoretician, spent his twilight days on the shores of northern Italy’s breathtaking Lake Garda in a...
There is a saying that the farther north you travel in Florida, the farther south you get. Southern drawls become thicker, grits more prevalent, the countryside more unspoiled, and the hospitality...
As highly prized as the gifts of the grape are, there is more to the world’s great wine regions than simply the wine. Natural beauty, rich history, and cultural and culinary traditions, it seems,...

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