It might surprise people to learn that Spain has more vines than any other country in the world. Its production is only exceeded by France and Italy. You can pretty much place a pin on the map of Spain and you’ll not be far from vineyards. Use our guide, however, and we’ll take you to some of the most interesting and best wine hotels in Spain.
Pick any region and you’ll find vines growing somewhere, even in the Canary Islands. Of course some regions stand out more than others: Galicia, for Rias Baixas and Albarino wines; Catalonia, south of Barcelona, noted for Cava and Priorat; Andalucia for sherry; and, perhaps most famously, Rioja for its eponymous, full-bodied wines.
Spain’s most famous wine region, Rioja, produces the bright, barrel-aged, red wines made from Tempranillo and Grenache grapes. Tucked in the north of Spain, inland from San Sebastian and Bilbao, the region is protected from the Atlantic winds by the Cantabrian Mountains and is named after the river, Rio Oja, which flows through the region. The region has one of the widest choices of wine hotels in Spain.
With nine vineyards within striking distance, Castillo el Collado, near Guardia, is perfectly placed for sampling Rioja’s wines. The castle is a glorious fairytale of rooms, rich with panelling, exposed stone walls, canopied beds and heavy dark furniture. A pool sits amongst manicured gardens and there’s a terrace for relaxing with a glass of something new to savour.
Also near Guardia, Hespederia de los Parajes not only lets you sample the wines but have them applied to your body in one of its spa treatments. Chic rooms mix contemporary furnishings with exposed beams and stone walls; some have Jacuzzis.
If you prefer an urban setting, take a look at Marques de Vallejo in the heart of Logrono, close to the cathedral of Santa Maria de La Rodonda. An 18th century townhouse from the outside, inside it’s all smooth white-on-white bedrooms and minimalist furnishings.
For an even bolder modern look, check out Hotel de Marques Riscal, set amongst its own vineyards near Elciego, whose metallic, wave-shaped roof bears all the hallmarks of architect Frank Gehry, designer of Bilbao’s Guggenheim museum. Balconied rooms are cool and Scandi-chic plus there’s a spa.
Wine hotels in Catalonia and Barcelona
Catalonia (or Catalunya in Catalan) is in north-east Spain with France to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the east. The region, with these two influences, produces a great variety of wines but is perhaps best known for its Champagne-style Cava, and red wines produced from Tempranillo and Grenache grapes, such as Terra Alta and Priorat.
Set amidst a 250-acre vineyard, Can Bonastre Wine Resort offers over a dozen different wines for tasting. Rooms are sleek and modern plus there’s a spa and magnificent views to the mountains.
Just to the north of Barcelona, Mas de Baix is the perfect spot for a simple chilled-out weekend. The former Catalan farmhouse has just nine rooms that mix bold colours and charming antiques. With a pool and tranquil gardens, it’s close to beaches, too.
A great-value B&B option is Hostal La Panavera, south of Tarragona in El Perello. This former olive mill has simple, rustic rooms with beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls.
There are dozens of hotels we could recommend within Barcelona but one that will appeal to foodies and design-lovers alike is Cram, with its chic, smooth styling, roof-top bar and Michelin-starred restaurant.
Tucked in a quieter, leafier area of the city, Primero Primera is a relaxed, sophisticated choice. Rooms are sleek and understated with crisp furnishings, cool colours and large windows.
Galicia, in north-western Spain, is bordered on two sides by the Atlantic Ocean and buts up against Portugal to the south. Indeed, many of its wines have a Portuguese flavour. Most famous are its Rias Baixas wines made mainly from the Albarino grape which gives them their lovely crisp yet aromatic flavour; perfect with the region’s seafood.
Just 10 minutes from the coast, yet surrounded by quiet countryside, Quinta de San Amaro offers modern, quirkily decorated rooms, a glass-walled dining room serving up award-winning Galician food, and an outdoor pool with restful valley views. The hotel can also arrange wine tours.
Overlooking the Galician coastline, in the heart of Vigo, Gran Hotel Nagari is the best choice if you want to combine some pampering with your vineyard tours. This chic hotel has a luxury spa plus stunning views from its rooftop pool and bar.
If you’re after authentic charm, check out O Portelo in the heart of historic Allariz. This modest hotel with its traditionally furnished rooms of exposed stone walls, highly polished floors and embroidered bedcovers, charms with its simplicity and welcoming hosts.
Wine hotels in Murcia and Alicante
Tucked between Andalucia to the west and Valencia to the east, Murcia is one of Spain’s smallest, and quietest, regions. With its Mediterranean-influenced climate, its grapes are well-suited to producing robust reds. The classic is a fruity red wine made from the Monastrell grape which produces wines with high tannins and deep rich colours.
An obvious choice is Hospes Amérigo, in the historic part of Alicante, whose Michelin-starred restaurant, fittingly is named after the region’s famous grape, Monastrell. Sleek, white-on-white rooms have been fashioned out of this 16th-century convent, while cleverly slipped onto the roof are a bar, spa and swimming pool.
Wine hotels around Seville and Cadiz
Andalucia is synonymous with sherry. This fortified wine ranges from the light and delicate ‘fino’ to the treacly sweet, full-bodied Pedro Ximenez. Whilst Jerez is probably the most famous city associated with sherry, Seville and Cadiz also play their parts. Apart from sherry, the delights of this region, at the gateway to the Mediterranean and almost touching distance from North Africa, are its exotic, Moorish architecture and sublime coastline. In this region, you will find some of the most wide-ranging design-styles of wine hotels in Spain.
Stay at Casa Vina de Alcantara, outside Jerez, and you are deep in the land of sherry, in all sorts of ways. Surrounded by vineyards, this former 19th-century hunting lodge is owned by a family with links to the Gonzales-Byass sherry clan. With elegantly furnished rooms, some under high beams, it also has a tranquil, shady garden.
In the heart of the city, Hotel Villa Jerez is a stylish urban option with spacious, contemporary classic rooms, an outdoor pool and a sense of serenity despite its central location.
If you prefer the sultry beat of Cadiz, have a look at Hotel Argantonio. Deep in the old town, the hotel is designed in traditional Mozarabic style with rich colours and intricate carved woodwork; there’s a definite tang of exoticism.
Seville is a city of huge intensity - and not just its summer heat. We have a great range of hotels but here are just two to whet the appetite.
For something truly quirky but highly polished, you might like Casa No. 7, a six-room boutique hotel with antique-furnished rooms, marble floors and white-gloved butlers serving an elegant breakfast. There’s also a hidden courtyard and a rooftop terrace.
At the other end of the scale, Hotel Holos is achingly modern with smooth, minimalist bedrooms, acres of glass, blinding-white walls and bold aluminium canopies.
The joy of Spain is its diversity, from the wild Atlantic coastline in the north to the sultry, Moorish architecture of the south. That diversity is reflected in its wines. Using our guide to the best wine hotels in Spain will help you experience some of that rich variety. Nothing in Spain that fits the bill? Then check out our recommendations for wine hotels in France or Italy.
An unusual hotel built by the designer of the Guggenheim museum. Set amid its own vines, a large metallic building with fantastic food and an impressive spa. Sun lit rooms and suites in contemporary style with balconies and sophisticated furnishings. Wonderful views and plenty of exploring.
43 rooms from $350
Designer - Built by the designer of the Guggenheim.
Good wine list - In the heart of the Rioja region.
An enchanting castle hotel in the Basque countryside. Unique and elegant rooms are filled with exposed stone walls, antiques and canopy beds. Excellent regional cuisine, outdoor pool, fragrant gardens and a lovely terrace. A delightful choice for a weekend break.
10 rooms from $134
Local exploring - Historic Laguardia, with the stunning Church of Santa Maria de los Reyes, riding trips through vineyards and walks by lagoons
Foodies - With nine vineyards in the vicinity, this is an unmissable spot for exploring the rich region
Gorgeous spa hotel. Rooms have wooden beamed ceilings, stone walls, chandeliers and jacuzzi tubs. Superb spa with aromatherapy, wine and olive treatments. Outstanding Spanish cuisine in both restaurants, and atmospheric cellar with tasting menu. Unique and romantic.
18 rooms from $144
Foodies - Wine tasting for all abilities, food pairing courses and hot air balloon to see the vineyards
Sights nearby - Palaces and prehistoric remains as the town of La Hoya
18th century exterior; 21st century interior. Communal areas are decorated in the dark, brooding colours of the wine the region is famous for. Bedrooms are light and bright with modern furnishings and bathrooms. There is a gourmet restaurant serving a fresh take on local cuisine. One for foodies!
Sights nearby - Santa María de la Redonda Cathedral is 40 metres away whilst Iglesia de San Bartolome is nearby.
Great walks - Logroño is located along the famous pilgrim's route, the Camino de Santiago.
This traditional wine resort is not just fantastic for the fruits of its 250 acre vineyard. Relax in the wonderful spa and dine in its gourmet restaurant. With extensive grounds and spaces for entertaining it is the perfect place for group wine-tasting or impressive corporate events.
12 rooms from $306
Business meetings - 247 acres of outdoor space, parking for 100 cars, outer patio for marquees, interior patio, heliport, two fields for activities.
Gourmet - Fine dining restaurant and extensive vineyards that provide 13 different wines for tasting.
Eco break - The estate is fuelled by solar power and rain water.
A charming hotel in a restored Catalan farmhouse. Unique rooms are contemporary yet full of character, with antiques, coloured walls and original features. Outdoor pool, fragrant garden and cosy lounge area. A lovely choice for a laid-back weekend visiting beaches and vineyards.
9 rooms from $69
Beach Life - The beaches of Barcelona and Maresme with sailing, swimming await. Costa Brava's beaches are one hour away
Romantic Break - Rooms based on Spanish cities are ultimate romance, wineyard tours, beaches, local markets and gardens
A charming little hotel in the historic centre of El Perelló. A former olive mill now a rustic B&B. Traditional rooms have wooden beamed ceilings, stone walls and iron bedsteads. Good breakfasts, walking distance to restaurants. Excellent value, perfect for local exploring.
The most notable aspect of this modern hotel, other than its futuristic twist, is its Michelin-starred restaurant, which people flock to. In a great location not far from the Passeig de Gracia, the Plaça Cataluña, and the Ramblas.
A relaxing hotel infused with modern design in a leafy suburb. Spacious living areas, contemporary rooms, suites and apartments, delightful courtyards and an outdoor pool. A sophisticated choice for couples and families alike in a slightly quieter area.
A delightful hotel in the countryside of Pontevedra. Elegant rooms feature wooden floors, valley views and frescoes. An outdoor pool, cosy library, and a fragrant fruit tree garden. Outstanding Galician cuisine. Quiet, chic, gourmet. Great for a romantic escape.
14 rooms from $96
Beach Life - Rias Baixas beaches are ten minutes away, plenty of sailing, diving, fishing and island hopping opportunities
Foodies - Much-lauded hotel restaurant serves gourmet Galician market food; wine tours of the region
The perfect location for a restorative break in the heart of Vigo. A plethora of massages and treatments are offered by the luxury spa, coupled with a rooftop pool and bar that boast stunning views of the Galician coastline - a chic yet understated hotel not to be missed.
62 rooms from $109
Sauna/Steam - The hotel is renowned for its spa and sauna facilities
Simple yet charming hotel in the heart of historic Allariz. Rooms are traditionally furnished and rustic in style with wooden beams and exposed stone walls. Perfectly situated to explore both the town and surrounding area of Galicia and Northern Portugal.
12 rooms from $109
Sights nearby - 20 mins from Ourense, an hour from Santiago de Compostela.
Gourmet cuisine and pool-side pampering at this chic hotel. Centrally positioned in the historic district of Alicante with stunning views of the cathedral and Santa Barbara Castle - and only 300 metres from the beach. Sophisticated city style.
55 rooms from $134
Foodies - Gourmet cuisine at el Monastrell Restaurant.
19th-century hunting lodge on the edge of family vineyards, converted into a stylish boutique hotel for enjoying fine sherries and relaxing. Large rooms, high beamed roofs, great bathrooms. Shady garden, swimming pool, and lake. Butler service and honesty bar. Indulgent country retreat.
9 rooms from $192
Country Escape - A tranquil country hotel surrounded by rolling vineyards and charming gardens, only a short drive from the town of Jerez.
Great walks - Wander through the vineyards from the hotel, bring a picnic and explore this stunning landscape.
Renovated and tranquil hotel in Mozarabic style, full of character. Andaluz, rustic or colonial styled rooms with terracotta hues, Moroccan-style hand-carved arches and wooden beams. Fantastic traditional buffet style breakfasts. Close to the beach and ideal for local exploring.
15 rooms from $131
City Style - A charming hotel in the heart of the city, featuring an uniquely eclectic and interesting decor style rich in history.
Great walks - A great way to see Cádiz are the theatrical guided tours, full of fun and information.
Sailing - If you have a week to spare there are fantastic sailing courses in the local harbour.
Fishing - For all those angelers, the hotel will happily arrange deep sea fishing trips.
This small hotel combines modernity and avant-garde in an architectural and decorative restoration. This hotel is especially for people who look for something different. White washed cubic forms and aluminium canopies. A modern treat.