Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee - © Beall and Thomas
Readers' Choice 2014: Top 20 Food and Wine Resorts
Each year, we ask our readers to vote for the best food and wine resorts around the world. From the exquisite Napa Valley to the grandeur of France’s Champagne country, enjoy the delicious results of Andrew Harper’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
TOP FOOD AND WINE RESORTS
— Country house hotel owned by the Beall family since 1976, set on a 9,200-acre estate bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 25 minutes south of Knoxville.
— Cosmopolitan resort terraced into a hillside overlooking Napa Valley vineyards in Rutherford, 90 minutes north of San Francisco.
St. Helena, California
— Distinctive resort on a 250-acre estate in the heart of the Napa Valley in St. Helena, 90 minutes north of San Francisco.
— Luxurious and intimate country retreat amid 300 acres of meadows and woodlands in an unspoiled valley, 15 minutes north of Woodstock.
— Tranquil 157-acre resort of 50 cedar-clad freestanding guest lodges, sister property to Auberge du Soleil, in a wooded canyon at the northern edge of the Napa Valley.
Christchurch, New Zealand
— Evocative seven-suite Queen Anne manor amid century-old estate gardens, 20 minutes outside Christchurch. Magnificently appointed public areas include a richly paneled dining room, library and guest lounge.
— Sophisticated, family-owned country-style inn in the Russian River Valley, offering 18 rooms in an 1873 clapboard-sided farmhouse, adjacent farmworkers’ cottages and a barn.
— This smartly appointed country inn and gourmet sanctuary occupies an unassuming white building on the main street of Washington, a rural village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Carmel Valley, California
— Refined resort in the peaceful Carmel Valley amid oak-covered hills with a backdrop of the Santa Lucia Mountains, 15 minutes from Carmel.
County Laois, Ireland
— Restored 1826 Regency mansion, widely regarded as one of the architectural gems of Ireland.
— Tudor-style mansion set on 100 acres of grounds near Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
— Grand château housing 20 exquisitely appointed guest accommodations and gracious public salons, surrounded by a pretty 17-acre English-style park on the fringe of Reims, 90 minutes northeast of Paris.
Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, France
— Recently renovated palace- hotel surrounded by a 14-acre private park overlooking the Mediterranean at the very tip of Cap Ferrat, 20 minutes east of Nice.
Big Sur, California
— Unique coastal resort set along a bluff directly above the Pacific in Big Sur, 45 minutes south of Carmel.
— Thirteenth-century stone manor house built as a resting place for pilgrims en route to Rome, converted to a lavish 15-room hotel.
— Magnificently restored medieval château set among vineyards in the quiet Beaujolais countryside, 45 minutes northwest of Lyon. The spectacular 13th-century structure displays conical towers, dry moats and a drawbridge entrance.
—This Provençal-style manor sits on a knoll above the small Sierra town of Oakhurst, an hour north of Fresno near the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park.
— Sophisticated 500-acre cottage-style resort in the leafy foothills of Montecito, just outside Santa Barbara.
— Inviting property set on a seven-acre site in the gourmet town of Yountville, 90 minutes north of San Francisco.
— Distinctive Tudor-style sanctuary overlooking 107 acres of parkland along the banks of the North Teign River, 2 1⁄2 hours southwest of Bath.
1. Blackberry Farm - © Beall and Thomas
6. Otahuna Lodge - © Stephen Goodenough
11. Blantyre - © Sean McLaughlin
13. Grand hotel du Cap Ferrat - © Manuel Zublena
14. Post Ranch Inn - © Kodiak Greenwood
15. Relais Borgo Santo Pietro - © Andrea Jones
17. Chateau du Sureau - © Terrance Reimer
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