Humans love wine. We’ve been making it since around 6000 BC, and have spread vines to all corners of the earth. But while everyone loves a nice glass at the end of a long day, true appreciation and enjoyment of wine and its production process is often thought of as the purview of the wealthy, the elite, those who have the time and money to travel, sip, and truly understand wine. The wine-focused hotels around the world usually follow suit and, while gorgeous, are often extravagantly priced, far out of reach of most wine lovers’ wallets.
Yet a wave of up-and-coming winemakers and people working in the wine tourism industry have recently started showing the world that enjoying wine and having a boozy wine-filled vacation doesn’t have to conform to old norms. From constructing a hotel out of wine barrels to making wine in the hotel’s basement, here are the coolest wine hotels around the world.