Posted On Sep 01, 2016
These four vineyard getaways offer juicy luxury in the heart of the vines—no grape stomping required.
By Amy Zavatto
SHINN ESTATE VINEYARDS & FARMHOUSE
? LESS THAN A HUNDRED MILES FROM THE BUSTLE AND CACOPHONY OF NEW YORK CITY sits Long Island wine country, where dozens of wineries cover an expanse of 2,500 acres of vines on the island’s slender dual-pronged forks. While the Hamptons on the South Fork attract summer revelers to its well-traversed beaches, it’s the sleepy North Fork where the brunt of wine country lives. In the town of Mattituck on quiet Oregon Road sits pretty Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse (Shinnestatevineyards. com), where husband and wife team Barbara Shinn and David Page farm their 20 acres with sincere sustainability. The circa 1880s on-vineyard inn offers just the right combo of rustic-chic luxury: All four comfy rooms have vineyard views, queensized beds with plush feather pillows, and gorgeous meals (paired with their lovely wines, of course) prepared by Page, a talented chef. Stay tuned for their new spot, the charming nearby Creek House, opening in Spring 2016. Be sure to visit their sweet little tasting room, where, along with the wines, you can also sample Page’s eau de vie, made in his prized alembic pot still. Rooms start at $169 per night.
? IF THE WORDS “WINE COUNTRY” INEVITABLY CALL UP VISIONS OF CALIFORNIA for you, the rarefied accommodations at Landmark Vineyards (Landmarkwine.com) in stunning Sonoma will not disappoint—and are worth the wait. Book far in advance to nab one of their two available on-vineyard rooms at the foot of the majestic Mayacamas Mountains overlooking the estate vineyard. The Guest Suite offers California cool luxury, with vaulted ceilings, an elegant white brick, wood-burning fireplace, king-sized bed, and private patio with views of Sugarloaf Ridge and Hood Mountain. Or, if you’d rather feel like the lord of the vineyard and are inspired to do a little farm-to-table cooking yourself, check into the Cottage, with a charming kitchen affording views of the vines. Both accommodations come complete with a free tour and tasting of the Landmark’s Sonomacentric vineyards and a complimentary bottle of their Overlook chardonnay. Rooms start at $275 per night.
JUSTIN VINEYARDS & WINERY
? WE REALLY LOVE THE SUPER RELAXED FEEL OF CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL COAST, and here the JUST Inn (Justinwine.com) is a must. Each of their trio of luxury suites is a mix of modern design and inspiration from nature, and all named for a proprietary JUSTIN wine (Isosceles, an intense, inky, cabernet sauvignon-centric blend; Justification, a cabernet franc-merlot nod to the famed Right Bank Bordeaux beauty, Cheval Blanc; and the full-bodied, brambly syrah cheekily named Savant). Rooms have Frette linens and offer sigh-inducing extras like a vineyardview balcony. There’s also a private 1,400-square-foot hilltop Vintner’s Villa, decked out in cabernet-colored linens and offering spectacular views of the vines below. All rooms come with a vineyard tour, tasting room sips, and access to the on-prem ise Restaurant at Justin, with its locavore menu focusing on fresh, wine-country flavors. Rooms start at $375 per night.
ALEXANDRIA NICOLE CELLARS
? PERHAPS ONE OF THE BEST TRENDS TO COME OUT OF THE EARLY TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY? Glamping. You know, for those of us who want to be close to nature but who like hot showers, clean sheets, and other creature comforts. Located in the beautiful Horse Heaven Hills appellation of Washington state, Alexandria Nicole Cellars (Alexandrianicolecellars. com) built a duo of chic, quirky cabins that owners Ali and Jarrod Boyle dubbed “Tiny Houses” (featured on HGTV just last year). Self-reliance in these less-than 400-square-feet respites comes in the form of cooking for yourself in the outdoor pizza oven, grill, or adorable, nicelyappointed kitchens. Smack in the midst of their 300 acres, each tiny house will wow you with views of the Columbia River, where you can canoe or kayak, with an easy walk to the tasting room and production area for an insider’s view of winemaking at this family-run operation in Paterson, Washington. You’re a quick drive from a couple dozen wineries in Prosser and Woodinville, but once you settle in you probably won’t want to leave (and may well be inspired by your surroundings to write the great American novel). Bonus: Wine clubbers get 20 percent off, and rooms are pet-friendly with a $50 deposit. Rooms start at $250 per night.