Villas of Distinction

Taste the finest of Europe at these top food and wine destinations.
By Avery Bredesen

Pack your passport and your appetite — these tantalizing European culinary destinations are sure to tickle your tastebuds. Discover where to stay on your luxury foodie retreat and how to make the most of each location’s stunning sights and local flavors.

Under the Tuscan Sun

Set amid an enchanted garden, Villa Hortus in Tuscany marries modern décor with old world beauty. Dine alfresco amongst the forest, drizzling your fine fare with small-batch extra virgin olive oil produced at the estate. Toast your toes in the winter at one of many fireplaces.

Oenophiles will love Villa Allegra near Trecciano Winery. Stroll the vineyards and sip local wine as the sun dips below the rolling hills. Lounge poolside between day trips to Siena, only a 20-minute drive away.

Mediterranean Marvels

Dorata is a private palazzo perched 94 steps above the Mediterranean on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Sip fresh-squeezed juice from the citrus grove and leave dinner to your private chef, who prepares local delicacies with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Villa Giulia overlooks Positano and is a mere 15-minute walk from the beach. Unwind with a dip in your private hot tub on the terrace or indoor pool. Elevate pizza night with wine pairings from a sommelier and food prepared by a professional pizzaiolo in your villa’s brick oven.

French Fairytale

Enjoy the advantages of an estate designed for vacation and viticulture at Chateaux Prestige in Bordeaux — a grand stay with four buildings arranged around a courtyard. Tour vineyards, taste wines, picnic, barbecue, and dinner party from the Grand Salon and wine cellar to the outdoor terrace and poolside.

Villa Puligny is in a small hamlet at the heart of Burgundy’s wine land — ideal for Oeno-tourism. Try a cooking class, wine tasting in the cellar, or BBQ on the terrace, and let a private driver whisk you about to renown local wineries.

Located on a working wine estate between Aix En Provence and St Tropez, Provencal Chateau boasts seven bedrooms, a private pool, and vineyard views. Hire a private chef for an extravagant feast crafted from local ingredients.

Portugal Paradise

Located within the famous “Golden Triangle” of Algarve, Portugal, Villa Vinoa’s stylish layout and circular swimming pool is tucked away yet close to restaurants, trendy shops, beaches, and golf and tennis clubs. Enjoy a private, chef-prepared meal of local, fresh ingredients from this private hideaway.

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