Top Hotels with Fabulous Wine Lists
Le Bristol‘s Café Antonia is decorated with frescoed walls and crystal chandeliers.
The Fearrington House Inn
Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA
Those who like their laid-back luxury to come with a dose of Southern charm need look no further. Set in an idyllic, pastoral village in North Carolina, the inn has 32 individually designed rooms filled with antiques, artwork and fresh flowers. Explore the gorgeous, lauded Fearrington Gardens, visit the local farm or simply relax in their day spa. Housed in what was once the original farm homestead, the Fearrington House Restaurant prides itself on its partnerships with local farms to craft an approachable fine dining experience, not to mention a renowned hot chocolate soufflé. Choose from the tasting or seasonal menu, featuring vegetables and herbs harvested from its own gardens.
The multi-award-winning wine list has more than 1,500 unique labels, a selection that The World of Fine Wine compares to three-Michelin-starred restaurants in larger markets. It should know – Fearrington House snaffled its top gong for Best Hotel Wine List in the World 2020 from better known, urban rivals. Relax and let them do the hard work for you with personalised wine pairings - proof that you don’t have to stay in a big metropolis to savour an unforgettable, perfectly-balanced wine offering.
An icon of French elegance, Le Bristol has one of the most prestigious addresses on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, sharing the block with the Elysée Palace. The hotel boasts 190 rooms and suites, including three new presidential suites decorated with Louis XVI furniture. In summer, the garden is a tranquil oasis of flowers and blossoming orange trees but guests can also relax in the rooftop swimming pool and enjoy fantastic views of Paris.
Le Bristol is perhaps best known for its dining tradition, with its Epicure restaurant and 114 Faubourg brasserie holding four Michelin stars between them. Chef Eric Frenchon and sommelier Bernard Neveu are at the helm of Epicure, and as you’d expect for a restaurant described as a “defender of French cuisine,” there are no surprises about their focus or passion. Expect a wine list weighted towards Burgundy, with nearly 200 Grand Cru reds. 114 Faubourg runs a monthly wine-tasting evening, at which a leading French producer presents their favourite vintages, matched to a specially-created four-course tasting menu. Good to know: Le Bristol welcomes pets and its Burmese cat, Fa-Raon, has his own apartment.
Franz Keller - Schwarzer Adler
Cosy up in this historic inn in the beautiful Kaiserstuhl wine region in southwest Germany. Choose to sleep in the main building or in the middle of the vineyards. The flagship Schwarzer Adler restaurant was awarded a Michelin star for its French-influenced haute cuisine back in 1969 and has held it without interruption ever since. Or go a little less formal in Rebstock, a low-key eatery with Baden specialities executed to the same high standard.
The Schwarzer Adler is also a wine producer; the modern winery, built into the typical Kaiserstuhl vineyard terraces as an architectural statement just outside the village, offers another informal restaurant with superb views. Stellar wines are guaranteed – in addition to their own wines, the owners have been importing Bordeaux and Burgundy forever and so have a wide selection with impressive vintage depth. Around 2,700 bins are listed in the starred restaurant alone. Whatever you decide, relaxation and fine wine are guaranteed and you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy elegant and authentic German hospitality.
This stately palace in the heart of Austria’s capital dates back to 1844 but was turned into a hotel in 2003. Behind the restored neoclassical façade, it combines historical ambiance and skilfully incorporates renaissance features with contemporary elements. The suites are fit for royalty, with period furniture, fine artwork and, naturally, crystal chandeliers. Spot St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the old city from the window. In winter, its location makes this the ideal starting point to explore Vienna’s famed Christmas markets.
The jewel in Palais Coburg’s crown is its magnificent cellar built inside 16th century ruins. The wine archive and Champagne cellar, which contain around 60,000 bottles, are spread over six different rooms, each with a specific dedication. Choose from France, New World, Old World, Champagne, Rare Wines and the Yquem cellar. This award-winning collection spans four centuries, and you can check it out for yourself on one of Palais Coburg’s cellar tours or tastings. Or work your way through the wine list without leaving the table of the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, where Silvio Nickol cooks with the perfection and attention to detail of a Swiss watchmaker. His culinary creations at the highest level are recognised with two Michelin stars.
PM & Vänner
Founded in 1992, this sleek hotel aims to showcase the best of the southeast region of Småland, famous for its furniture, pristine environment and proud culinary tradition. Dine in one of two restaurants or grab a snack at the hotel’s own bakery. The focus is on regionality and seasonality, allowing the produce to take centre stage.
The hotel takes the same approach to its well-hidden wine cellar, which is housed in the former archive of a local bank. The award-winning, eclectic collection is one of northern Europe’s largest with nearly 5,000 different wines. Small verticals of young and upcoming producers from less renowned regions sit next to impressive line-ups of Cheval Blanc and La Tâche. Indulge in the Menu Grand Vin in the PM restaurant for a vinous journey with a precise Swedish twist.
The Little Nell
In the heart of the US ski resort of Aspen, this hotel is famed for its breathtaking mountain views, top-notch accommodation and renowned dining and cellar. Choose from two restaurants and three bars. Element 47 serves contemporary Colorado cuisine emphasising local wagyu beef, home-made pasta and seasonal produce. The dining experience is complemented by an award-winning award-winning wine programme. With 20,000-plus wines in its cellar, The Nell’s list majors on classic producers and regions, with multiple vintages and wines from some of the world’s biggest names, from Roulot and Romanée-Conti to Screaming Eagle. Guests are well catered for in an establishment that prides itself on having graduated more Master Sommeliers than any other in the US.
Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant
Pirate captain John Howard Graysmith reportedly built the Graycliff mansion in the 1740s and the hotel still exudes a mix of colonial charm and Bahamian warmth. Tucked away in old Nassau, next door to Government House and only a few minutes from white sand beaches, the property prides itself on its atmosphere of casually elegant tranquillity. But the five-star hotel takes its dining and wine offerings seriously. Graycliff Restaurant serves up Bahamian influenced cuisine, including stone crab claws and lobster morsels, paired with a stunning international wine list.
The cellar holds 250,000 bottles from over 5,000 estates in 20 countries. It comes as no surprise that the restaurant has been the recipient of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award since 1988 as well as numerous other accolades. Cognac, Armagnac and Port lovers should check out Greycliff’s 9,000-bottle Cognateque. The perfect accompaniment? An after-dinner cigar from one of the five brands hand rolled at its on-site boutique cigar company. Former guest Sir Winston Churchill would no doubt approve.
The 260-metre tall Grand Lisboa is one of the most distinctive architectural landmarks in Macau. Guests are treated to ultimate luxury from the moment they step inside the lobby where a 218 carat diamond is on display. The spacious rooms and suites all offer rainforest showers, Turkish steam baths and a jacuzzi. Relax in opulent East-meets-West surroundings and then ponder dining options in one of the eight restaurants. The three-Michelin starred, Joël Robuchon restaurant, Robuchon au Dôme, is at the pinnacle, both literally and figuratively, of the culinary offerings. Enjoy superb, meticulously crafted French cuisine, matched with wines from the most expansive and impressive collection in Asia. With more than 17,000 different labels, the list has been described by one wine judge as more of an encyclopedia. Check out the white and red Burgundies and the vast selection of mature German Rieslings. Don’t forget to admire the wine cabinets amassed with sculptures, before repairing to the casino for a seat at the blackjack or roulette tables.
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