10 Best Wine hotels in Chianti

Chianti’s borders are as wonderfully fluid as its main export, and the name really refers to the hills and valleys between Florence and Siena where the grapes are grown that go into Chianti and Chianti Classico. An area which covers some of Tuscany’s most scenic spots, including Pisa to the west and Arezzo to the east. As well as providing world class wine tasting opportunities, the 10 best wine hotels in Chianti also offer incredible views of vineyards, medieval hilltop towns, sunburnt wheat fields, rows of poplars and cypresses and olive groves. And now imagine sitting out with a glass of chianti in your hand and taking all of that in…

Castello di Spaltenna

And if you’re thinking “well, that’s nice but I’m a bit peckish”, don’t worry, the best wine hotels in Chianti definitely have the menu sorted as well. Some of our Guru’s picks to be included in our list of the 10 best wine hotels are luxurious - we have a couple of castles in there, and some are on working vineyards, and some are in villas or converted farmhouses - we have also included some of the best value wine hotels in Chianti too.

The best wine hotels in Chianti’s castles

If you have a suspicion that your wine might taste even more delicious if served within the grounds of your own castle accommodation then you’ve come to the right region. Chianti is awash with suitable castello conversions.

Perched on a hilltop with magnificent 360-degree views over vineyards and olive groves, the Castello di Tornano, near Lecce, ticks all the right boxes for a castle: bedrooms in turrets, four-poster beds and beamed ceilings. There are even stables, should you choose to arrive on horseback. There are 11 rooms and eight apartments, and you can self cater or enjoy locally grown local cuisine in the traditional restaurant.

Castello di Tornano

Near Gaiole in the Chianti hills, the Castello di Spaltenna is a stunning country house resort with 37 beautiful rooms, suites and apartments, all decorated traditionally and many with fantastic views over vineyards and sunburnt wheat fields, with the odd popular sprouting along the road. The wine cellar is huge, and they have a very creative Tuscan restaurant on site, as well as two pools and a modern spa and fitness centre.

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The Relais Borgo san Felice is a sprawling country house hotel with it’s own vineyards to look out over from its hilltop position. And it’s own billiards room, tennis courts and pool. Plus an extremely well regarded Mediterranean restaurant. Expect plenty of space and a long, long wine list, which they use for their comprehensive tastings.

Relais Borgo san Felice

The Castel Monastero is a magnificently restored 11h century hamlet tucked into the Chianti hills. As well as two restaurants, one overseen by Gordon Ramsay, and an impressive cellar bar, the Monastero has 61 elegant, luxurious rooms and a pool and wellness centre and spa.

Castel Monastero

If you want some tutored wine tastings, or a cookery lesson, the Villa Le Barone, a gorgeous, 14th century Tuscan villa near Panzano, fits the bill. As well a winery, and an impressive kitchen and restaurant, there are 28 rooms and two suites, all carefully decorated with antiques and many of them with beautiful views. Plus there’s a salt water swimming pool.

Villa Le Barone

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The Borgo Pignano is a handsome house on a private Tuscan estate turned luxury haven. Take breakfast in the ballroom, enjoy screenings in the private cinema, go truffling, take an art class, or swim in the magical infinity pool. The no-added extras are the beautiful vies, frescoed walls and roll-top baths.

Borgo Pignano

Discreet yet sprawling, the Hotel le Fontanelle is a series of individual, rustic houses, elegantly presented with terracotta tiles, raftered ceilings, archways and private terraces. Surrounded by olive groves, lemon trees and vineyards, it has the timeless feel of a Tuscan hamlet. And the restaurant and spa are fantastic.

Hotel le Fontanelle

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The Agriturismo Poggiacolle is a Tuscan farmhouse B&B with its own vineyards and saffron farm near San Gimignano. Rooms are rustic-romantic plus there are tennis courts, a swimming pool, and self-catering apartments, if you prefer. There are just four rooms, which start from only €85 per night including breakfast.

Agriturismo Poggiacolle

The hilltop Palazzo Leopoldo, at Radda, is equally charming, with traditionally furnished rooms with terracotta-tiled floors, exposed rafters and four-poster beds. There’s a terrace restaurant with lovely views over the vineyards. Doubles start from €120 per night.

Palazzo Leopoldo

The 10 Best Wine Hotels in Chianti

  • Villa le Barone Panzano in Chianti Greve in Chianti, Tuscany 28 rooms from £156

    Views  -  Stunning views over the Chianti countryside
    Country Escape
    Honeymoons
    Great walks  -  Fitness trail for walking or jogging, plus many walking and hiking paths close by.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Gorgeous Tuscan villa with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Traditional, romantic bedrooms and suites with oak floors, soft fabrics and antique furniture. New heated salt water swimming pool for 2017, winery, restaurant, wine tasting and cookery classes. See More

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  • Castello di Tornano Gaiole in Chianti Siena, Tuscany 11 rooms from £113

    Weddings
    Groups
    Families
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool built into the castle's ancient moat
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A beautiful castle serenely perched on a hilltop. Traditional rooms and apartments, some in turrets, with oak floors, four poster beds, and magnificent valley views. Ideal for weddings, groups or family holidays. See More

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  • Castello di Spaltenna Gaiole In Chianti Siena, Tuscany 37 rooms from £172

    Foodies  -  Two restaurants offer the choice of informal or formal dining, the latter of which has been awarded one Michelin Star
    Families  -  Apartments sleep four and have their own kitchens, ideal for families wanting a little privacy
    Sights nearby  -  The church of San Sigismondo, Gaiole in Chianti Stadium, and Medieval Tower of Barbischio are all easily accessible
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and indoor pools

    A striking stone castle set in the Chianti hills offering a peaceful rural escape. Elegant rooms feature exposed stonework, beamed ceilings and antiques. The expansive grounds house a large pool and there's an indulgent spa to aid total relaxation. Best yet there's two good restaurants to pick from. See More

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  • Relais Borgo San Felice Castelnuovo Berardenga SI, Tuscany 33 rooms from £260

    Good wine list  -  Excellent choice from the hotel's own vintages.
    Wine tasting  -  The hotel is surrounded by its own vineyards.
    Foodies  -  Fantastic Mediterranean cuisine.
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel, Tablet

    A stunning country house surrounded by its own vines and parkland. A hilltop position with fantastic valley views. Sumptuous elegant rooms and suites with lots of space and big bath tubs. Fantastic Mediterranean restaurant, billiards, tennis, wine tasting, swimming pool, and views for miles. Wow! See More

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  • Castel Monastero Castelnuovo Berardenga, Tuscany 61 rooms from £402

    Sights nearby  -  Situated between Siena and Arezzo and ideally located for exploring many Tuscan villages
    Cooking classes  -  Book a class and learn to create the Castel's own gourmet dishes at home
    Swimming Pool  -  There are three swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Castel Monastero is a magnificently restored 11th century hamlet turned exclusive hotel and spa, in the peaceful Tuscan hills. Elegant rooms and suites, pool, wellness centre and two restaurants provide the ultimate in luxury relaxation. See More

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  • Campo Regio Relais Siena, Tuscany 6 rooms from £165

    Sights nearby  -  Conveniently located for the Piazza del Campo, one of Europe's most beautiful and architecturally interesting squares.
    Great walks  -  Wander around the streets of the Medieval town and absorb the architecture and beauty.
    Views  -  Stunning views over the Duomo
    Boutique
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Romantic, stylish hotel furnished with antiques and enjoying splendid views over Siena. Elegant and spacious individually decorated bedrooms with parquet floors, four poster beds, antique furniture and beautiful fabrics. Lovely breakfast terrace. A romantic spot from which to explore Siena. See More

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  • Casa Howard, Florence Florence 13 rooms from £69

    Romantic Break  -  With beautiful suites, charming terraces and plenty of sites within walking distance this is the perfect romantic hideaway.
    Families  -  Large family rooms are available making this a great choice for those travelling with young children.
    Value chic  -  With chic Italian design and rooms starting at just €80, this is a very reasonable stay.
    Cooking classes  -  The hotel can organise Tuscan cooking classes by an expert chef, with genuine ingredients and traditional recipes.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    Casa Howard is a unique guesthouse in an elegant historical palace in the heart of Florence. Family-friendly base within easy reach of some of the best shops and restaurants. Each room is as unique as the guests. Centrally located and great value. The perfect alternative to a boutique hotel. See More

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  • Borgo Pignano San Gimignano 17 rooms from £564

    Families  -  With excellent family friendly accommodation and a wide range of activities for all ages it's perfect for family stay
    Views  -  The property enjoys breathtaking views over the surrounding Tuscan countryside
    Kids Club  -  During the summer months there are dedicated staff who organise a wide range of children's activities
    Swimming Pool  -  Salt water outdoor infinity pool plus another smaller one for children under 12.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A private Tuscan estate and luxury haven set amid 750 acres of organic farmland. Sensitively restored throughout, bedrooms and suites feature original architectural details and traditional Tuscan style interiors plus stunning views. A magical spot for couples, weddings, and family holidays. See More

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  • Hotel Le Fontanelle Castelnuovo Berardenga SI, Tuscany 25 rooms from £304

    Intimate  -  The hotel is built as a hamlet so that accommodations are homely rather than hotel-like.
    Outstanding location  -  Stunning; surrouned by vineyards, rolling hills, and lemon groves.
    Country Escape
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.

    A wonderful Five Star property surrounded by olive groves, lemon trees and vineyards. Homely accommodation spread through a hamlet-style setting. Each room and suite is beautifully decorated, some with private balconies and views. Fantastic restaurant and spa facilities. See More

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  • Agriturismo Poggiacolle San Gimignano 4 rooms from £74

    Groups  -  Some apartments sleep up to 10 people.
    Families
    Great walks  -  Plenty of walking on the doorstep
    Sights nearby  -  Just 2km from San Gimignano

    A gorgeous Tuscan farmhouse B&B with its own vineyards and saffron farm. Four separate self-catering apartments occupy the farmhouse. Rustic-romantic rooms, infinity pool, tennis courts, and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Ideal for families and groups of friends. See More

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  • Palazzo Leopoldo Radda In Chianti, Tuscany 14 rooms from £104

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor heated pool, or use the outdoor pool for free at a sister property just 5 mins by car.
    Sights nearby  -  Great base for exploring all that Tuscany and the Chianti area has to offer
    Views  -  Stunning views from the terrace
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A traditional hilltop hotel with an excellent terrace restaurant and spa. Bedrooms and suites have fireplaces, stone floors, killim rugs and wooden beams. Stunning valley views, indoor and outdoor pools, and cookery courses. Peaceful, serene, and rustic. See More

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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Monday, 5th August 2019